Posted by: Tony Shannon | March 30, 2018

How to Solve 21st Century Challenges: Discuss!

In the 21st Century we know there are great opportunities and great challenges all around us. These are exciting times, yet with so much going on, where do you focus your efforts?

A good book as you know can be a great way to improve your understanding of the world and reading is hard to beat as a means to better yourself.
When you find a great book, you often want to discuss it with others and so it was with “Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to think like a 21st Century Economist” which I’ve been recommending to everyone I meet.

Indeed a great book often means you’d like to connect to the author to pass on your thanks, feedback, ideas etc.  When I did make contact with the Kate Raworth, the author of that great book to do so, I wasn’t at all surprised to get an email bounce-back explaining how busy she was, very naturally so. Yet I wanted to discuss the key ideas within a lot, from a range of angles, with others too.

So a seed was planted to explore how to connect with Kate and the many fans of her work around the work.. through , you might have guessed it (esp if you have read the book) the Digital Commons. An ideal tool immediately fitted the bill, Discourse, a tool for civilized discourse, is the “100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet”. My colleague and fellow open source in healthIT champion Dr Marcus Baw was the expert guru who had recommended it to me in the past and kindly offered to lend a hand.

So it was that in March 2018 a small group of us helped Kate launch to the world.
It’s a great medium to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing us in the 21st Century… come & discuss!





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