Monthly Archives: August 2015

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    A fixed authoritative posture could make you a less effective leader

A fixed authoritative posture could make you a less effective leader

It is widely accepted that non-verbal communication is extremely influential in interpersonal encounters, and non-verbal signals (i.e. everything except the words themselves), including body language, eye contact, tone of voice and rapidity of speech, can have a subtle but significant influence on the dynamic between two people. For leaders in a professional context, there is no exception.

I have recently […]

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    Industrial robots boost productivity and growth, but effect on jobs is an open question

Industrial robots boost productivity and growth, but effect on jobs is an open question

The capacity of robots for autonomous movement and their ability to perform an expanding set of tasks have captured writers’ imaginations for almost a century. Recently, robots have emerged from the pages of science fiction novels into the real world, and discussions of their possible economic effects have become ubiquitous. But a serious problem inhibits these discussions: to date, […]

Book Review: Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Mel Evans. Pluto Press. 2015.

Mel Evans’ Artwash was strategically released to mark the five-year anniversary of the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil spill that gushed miles underground for 87 days and brought 4.9 million barrels of oil onshore. While the book’s timely release was mostly meant to memorialize this ecologically devastating event, […]

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    Contrary to popular belief, new developments do not decrease nearby property values

Contrary to popular belief, new developments do not decrease nearby property values

Many people fear that new housing development will worsen local amenities, reduce their wellbeing and perhaps even undermine the capital values of their home – often regardless the quality of the development envisaged or whether there is a shortage of homes to meet local needs.

The question of the impact on house prices is never directly addressed during the planning […]