The Idea of Food as Commons or Commodity in Academia.

“Food systems primary goal should be to nourish human beings. And yet, the current industrial food system, with its profit-maximising ethos, is not achieving that goal despite producing food in excess. On the contrary, this system is the main driver of malnutrition on the planet, as well as environmental degradation. Nonetheless, food systems also play a double role as Nature’s steward.

Deciding which role we want food systems to play will very much depend on the idea we have about food. What is food for humans? The dominant narrative of the industrial food system undeniably considers food as a tradeable commodity whose value is mostly determined by its price. This narrative was crafted and disseminated initially by academics, who largely favoured one option (commodification of food) over the others (food as commons or public good). In this research, the author aims to understand how academia has explored the value-based considerations of food as commodity and private good (hegemonic narratives) compared to considerations of food as commons and public good (alternative narratives).

via Natural Capital Coalition | The Idea of Food as Commons or Commodity in Academia. A Systematic Review of English Scholarly Texts

How to come up with better ideas

Bringing together people who disagree isn’t always easy but it leads to a deeper understanding of seemingly conflicting conclusions. As a team, the researchers weaved their different theories into a cohesive story that makes more sense and accounts for complexity. “It’s rarely the case that one person is wrong and the other is right,” says Scerri. “Insights from different models can help to shed light on the answers we look for…Perhaps we can say that nothing is really entirely new in science, it’s all about incremental steps and changing perspectives.”

via How to come up with better ideas | World Economic Forum

Got The Double Life Problem? Feeling Like a Zombie? Try Some Borderless Philosophy.

So most promising young people eventually resolve The Double Life Problem by reluctantly becoming Statist, big capitalist zombies, and then relaxing like crazy on the weekends, numbing themselves, trying to quell the residual, vestigial urges towards genuine creativity and free thinking instead of the playpen creativity and obedience and fakery they’re locked into during the work week, as professionals of some sort or another, doing some bullshit job or another. And Darwin help the other young people who even fall short of that, working in shit jobs of all kinds, everywhere, billions of once-promising, now dead-inside, Statist, big capitalist zombies everywhere, faking it forever, The Fake Life without end, amen.

via Got The Double Life Problem? Feeling Like a Zombie? Try Some Borderless Philosophy. | Against Professional Philosophy

Resilience is the new happiness

“Resilience is a personal act of defiance,’” writes author Jesse Sostrin, who heads the executive leadership coaching program at the audit firm PwC. By becoming conscious of emotions and internal dialogue and the role they’re playing in your actions, you can overcome negative states, rebelling against the part of you that sabotages yourself.

Resilience “affects everything,” according to Sostrin, including problem-solving skills, physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and innovation. “Resilience is like a super-competency, influencing many other related skills and abilities that you need to deploy in order to work, manage, and lead well.”

Bouncing back matters more than happiness because life is tough. Everyone falls or is felled. But not everyone stays down.

via Resilience is the new happiness — Quartz