March 2017

Questions to ask before making a group decision

An evolving list: What exactly is the decision we need to make? Who is responsible for making the final decision? When must we decide? Is this even important enough to act on now? Do we have good enough options? Do we have the right information about those options (e.g. their effects)?

Social connection is more important than many other resources in surviving crises: Throughout the city, the variable that best explained the pattern of mortality during the Chicago heat wave was what people in my discipline call social infrastructure. Places with active commercial corridors, a variety of public spaces, local institutions, decent sidewalks, and community organizations […]

Anything and everything

Carson tonight, from under a towel: Dad, I can’t see anything! I can only see everything. He must have been reading William Blake and Wallace Stevens.