Category Archives: social

please, criticize me! (why anticorruption practitioners should scrutinize and challenge research methodology)

Although this guest post for the Global Anticorruption Blog is not formally part 4 in a series on Corruption among development NGOs, conceptually it certainly is part of it. For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this … Continue reading

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booming Shanghai

The China blog of the Asia Society just published a piece on the Dramatic Urbanization in China Over Decades. This is a partial reblog. Twenty-six years ago, only 26 percent of the Chinese population lived in urban areas. Since then, China’s urbanization … Continue reading

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the science business

It may very well be confirmation bias, which would be telling, a strange loop or bootstrapping kinda phenomenon rather than some real change out there, but the science business hanky panky finally seems to be getting more attention in mainstream media. It’s been a … Continue reading

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razor sharp

The day he turns 87 is as good as any other to share some recent words of a sharp mind. I think his views are sometimes too certain about shit being intentional  and planned, or at least predictable. The world’s too messy, … Continue reading

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how not to help Nepal

Quartz just published this very sensible guidance on what NOT to do to help Nepal:

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architecture for kids

Seems so common sense. But it isn’t. Shows that modernity is really not Western (anymore? let the pundits get worked up about that…). Is a lot more radical than I imagine possible in the Netherlands at the moment. A joy … Continue reading

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reblogging Shanghai 1973

A piece in That’s Magazine: Pollution is not yet a major problem but China’s planners aren’t ignoring it – they can’t. These are the tragicomically wrong words of an American film crew visiting Shanghai in 1973 – two years after … Continue reading

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