WakaWaka (solar powerpack and light source) has relaunched

#ShineOn ♻️☀️ #WakaWaka

The Connectivist

Schermafbeelding 2018-10-10 om 15.55.43Good news! The best and most rugged solar battery for outdoor (hiking)  use is the”Waka-Waka”. The brand also helps hundreds of thousands of children in refugee camps and remote off-grid areas to read and learn at night. And the”Waka-Waka” company just relaunched. 

Screen Shot 2018-10-11 at 09.49.43If you buy one for yourself, another person will also get access to light.

The “WakaWaka Power+” gives you light (instead of having to use a smoking oil lamp) and can charge mobile phones/ cell phones/ smartphones for connectivity .

Available from stores, see the list at:   https://waka-waka.com/

These things make a difference in the lives of many in the world, not only yourself.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist and lightknight

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The Act of Creation: About Fusion and ConFusion

#Brainwaves 🧠👋🏼

Constable BV.

Arthur Koestler lived between 1905 and 1983. The first book I read was “The Roots of Coincidence(1973)”. Its main subject is Synchronicity.

In the “Ghost in the Machine(1967)” Koestler argues that the human brain has been built upon earlier more primitive brain structures. When a human is attacked the lower layer is dissociated from the higher layer. The human transforms into a reptile fighting-machine (The Ghost). Much later the Dutch psychologist Piet Vroon wrote a very impressive book about the same subject “The Tears of the Crocodile” (1998).

In 1964 Koestler wrote “The Act of Creation“. The book is about theory building. A new theory is a fusion of two previously separate frames of reference (“bisociation”). For example, dynamic systems theory + psychotherapy = family systems therapy.

Much later (2002) Gilles Fauconnier & Mark Turner (The Way We Think) proved that…

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Why Ben van Beurden (Shell CEO) was left humbled by Hurricane Harvey

We are one through all our (storms) differences. #Harvey #Support #ProjectEarth ♻️

How to become a climate hero

GettyImages-SHELL-HOUSTON Shell gas station in Houston (Getty Images)

During hurricane Harvey Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden wrote a compassionate post on his LinkedIn profile about the resilience of his company and its employees. 

I, and many of my climate buddies, couldn’t help noticing the disturbing absence of any mention of man made climate change. So I couldn’t help myself and had to react. Feel free to do the same. 😉

Thanks for your compassionate post. On a human level you hit all the right notes and sound sincere. I do not doubt that you do care about your employees. After all, they are what makes your company.

But at the same time you might have noticed that your post caused quite a stir. This, in my opinion is due to the complete absence of you mentioning, man made climate change, and owing up to your companies contribution to said climate…

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South Australia’s Risible RET Rescue: Giant $150m Tesla Battery to Power SA for 4 Minutes

Stay focussed, stay creative, stay critical #Energy #ProjectEarth 🌍♻️🔎💡✨


Jay Weatherill: forces SA taxpayers to pay $550m to fix his own disaster.


South Australia’s wind powered energy calamity hit high farce in the week just gone. Its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill proved the adage that when you’re in a hole it’s best to stop digging; except that he didn’t – and, instead, determined to dig into taxpayers’ empty pockets.

Faced with a looming electoral disaster 12 months from now, SA’s hapless Labor government is desperate to keep the lights on, having bet the house on wind power.

Announcing a plan that, at a minimum, will cost $550 million to set up (rather than run), Weatherill and his bully-boy sidekick, Tom Koutsantonis demonstrated that hubris and ignorance are not mutually exclusive virtues in South Australian politics.

After repeated blackouts have hit the economic basket case since its last coal-fired power plant closed in May last year – with more…

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Stroke and dementia risk linked to artificial sweeteners, study suggests | Society | The Guardian

FoodXP: Artificial sweeteners #Food #Health @foodxp404 @tijdvooreten

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Citing new reserch, the Guardian warns that drinking a can of diet soft drink a day is associated with almost three times higher risk. But critics warn against causal connection.

Source: Stroke and dementia risk linked to artificial sweeteners, study suggests | Society | The Guardian

Clearly more empirical analysis is required. However, there is room for serious concern. We already know that there are very high risks associated with sugary drinks but we are now left with the concern that artificially sweetened drinks could be just as dangerous.

The soft drinks industry has a powerful lobby. Just look at any supermarket, soft drinks are big business.

Sadly, governments seem to be behind the curve in promoting healthy food and drink.


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Basic Income and the Left: The political and economic problems

Good read 👍🏼🔎 #UBI #ubuntu404 #BasicIncome


This article is part of a series of articles I am publishing examining Basic Income, the labour movement, automation, and the Left. I have already published a piece looking at the history of Basic Income and the labour movement, “Basic Income or a reduced work week? An old labour debate.” The next article will examine the relationship between automation and Basic Income.

Should the Left and labour support a demand for a Basic Income (BI)? This simple question has provoked a fervent and confusing debate.

The discussion over BI touches on real political and economic anxieties. The attack on the social welfare state, the depreciating power of organized labour and an economy producing increasingly low-wage precarious jobs have led many to search for alternative mechanisms and policies to address these problems. It is no wonder that BI with its promise of streamlined access to minimal economic security has attracted…

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The illusion of enterprise risk management – a paper review

Take a risk… #ERM #Paper 💭🔎 @fitsyourprofile

Eight to Late


Enterprise risk management (ERM) refers to the process by which uncertainties are identified, analysed and managed from an organization-wide perspective. In principle such a perspective enables organisations to deal with risks in a holistic manner, avoiding the silo mentality that plagues much of risk management practice.  This is the claim made of ERM at any rate, and most practitioners accept it as such.  However, whether the claim really holds is another matter altogether. Unfortunately,  most of the available critiques of ERM  are written for academics or risk management experts. In this post I summarise a critique of ERM presented in a paper by Michael Power entitled, The Risk Management of Nothing.

I’ll begin with a brief overview of ERM frameworks and then summarise the main points of the paper along with some of my comments and annotations.

 ERM Frameworks and Definitions

What is ERM?

The best way to answer…

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Snow, Death, and the Bewildered Herd

Empty your mind before reading… #FYI #OffGuardian 💭


by Edward Curtin, from Global Research

Few people at this hour – and I refer to the time before the breaking out of this most grim war, which is coming to birth so strangely, as if it did not want to be born – few, I say, these days still enjoy that tranquility which permits one to choose the truth, to abstract one in reflection. Almost all the world is in tumult, is beside itself, and when man is beside himself he loses his most essential attribute: the possibility of meditating, or withdrawing into himself to come to terms with himself and define what it is he believes and what it is that he does not believe; what he truly esteems and what he truly detests. Being beside himself bemuses him, blinds him, forces him to act mechanically in a frenetic somnambulism.” Ortega Y Gasset – The Self and the…

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