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Empathy and Israeli (in)Security: Reflections on Miri Eisin’s "Security and Safety, Challenges and Opportunities"


Miri Eisin is a former Colonel of the Israeli Defence Force. Her talk at MIT on the 2nd November 2015 prompted the question of how to fight the reification of victimhood narratives within the dialogues of protracted conflict situations and how to make room for emotion within our understandings of 'rational negotiations'. 





Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

After a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award-winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion: Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets can’t deliver. Last week, he came to MIT to share the insights he’s distilled in his new book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.

Now Hiring a Developer for

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MIT’s Center for Civic Media is developing a new platform to add contextual information to livestreaming video and search across multiple livestreaming services, allowing viewers to more deeply engage with livestreams. The site is built on Meteor.js and we currently have an early beta version deployed at We are looking to contract with a Boston-area developer who wants to play an active role in continuing the development of features and refining the UI.

This position is part-time (between 15 and 25 hours a week) for 3-5 months. This period will include providing support for early users and integrating user feedback. It will also include an onboarding period for knowledge transfer from the current developer. We plan to hire before the end of December. Ideally you would be open to the idea of joining the project on a longer-term basis if we are able to secure additional funding or enter an accelerator in the summer.

Forget joint ventures: BCIC are coopting investment...

Bustling into Clover in Harvard Sq. in the early evening of November 3rd and scanning the faces there, you probably wouldn’t have noticed anything out of the ordinary. Maybe, if you’d been looking for it, you would have noticed a rather expansive gaggle of people on the central downstairs table. You might have even bothered to ponder why the gaggle was  gathered so tightly despite the surrounding spare seats - but you probably wouldn’t have.

The members of the Boston Cooperative Investment Club do not immediately strike one as strange. Yet, if you talk to them, you realise that what they’re doing is quite extraordinary. The twenty or so people gathered round the table were all there as members, officers or interested parties of the BCIC, a club that raises money to invest in cooperatives and, as they say on their website, ‘organizations and associations that support cooperatives’.


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