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Scenarios of disaster, visions of liberation  [cached]
Steven Best
Revista Theomai , 2004,
Abstract: As the planet spirals ever deeper into social and natural disaster, with all things becoming ever more tightly knit into the tentacles of global capitalism, there is an urgent need for new maps and compasses to help steer us into a viable mode of existence. Karl Marx′s 1843 call for a ruthless criticism of everything existing has never been more urgent and appropriate, but all too often today critique is merely academic, stratospheres away from concrete action and progressive social policies. Yet, social critique and change in the slaughterhouse of capitalism needs to be guided and informed by powerful descriptions of what is -- the degraded forfeiture of human potential in a world where over a billion people struggle for mere existence -- but also by bold new visions of what can be, imaginative projections of how human beings might harmoniously relate to one another and the living/dying earth
Enduring Quests-Daring Visions (NASA Astrophysics in the Next Three Decades)  [PDF]
C. Kouveliotou,E. Agol,N. Batalha,J. Bean,M. Bentz,N. Cornish,A. Dressler,E. Figueroa-Feliciano,S. Gaudi,O. Guyon,D. Hartmann,J. Kalirai,M. Niemack,F. Ozel,C. Reynolds,A. Roberge,K. Sheth. A. Straughn,D. Weinberg,J. Zmuidzinas
Physics , 2014,
Abstract: The past three decades have seen prodigious advances in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with the exploration of our solar system and continuing through the pioneering Explorers and Great Observatories of today, NASA missions have made essential contributions to these advances. This roadmap presents a science-driven 30-year vision for the future of NASA Astrophysics that builds on these achievements to address some of our most ancient and fundamental questions: Are we alone? How did we get here? How does the universe work? The search for the answers constitutes the Enduring Quests of this roadmap. Building on the priorities identified in New Worlds, New Horizons, we envision future science investigations laid out in three Eras, with each representing roughly ten years of mission development in a given field. The immediate Near-Term Era covers ongoing NASA-led activities and planned missions. This will be followed by the missions of the Formative Era, which will build on the preceding technological developments and scientific discoveries, with remarkable capabilities that will enable breakthroughs across the landscape of astrophysics. These will then lay the foundations for the Daring Visions of the Visionary Era: missions and explorations that will take us deep into unchartered scientific and technological terrain. The roadmap outlined herein will require the vision and wherewithal to undertake highly ambitious programs over the next 30 years. The discoveries that emerge will inspire generations of citizen scientists young and old, and inspire all of humanity for decades to come.
Scenarios of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the Next Decade
Wantana Amatariyakul,Kowat Tesaputa,Chulaporn Sota
The Social Sciences , 2013,
Abstract: This research aimed to study the scenarios of Rajamangala University of technology Isan in the next decade, covering four aspects of University tasks including learning and teaching management, research, academic services, art and cultural maintenance. The study was conducted by Ethnographic Delphi futures Research from the study of opinion of the experts, who were stakeholders of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan. Three mixed methodologies were used in conducting the study: document syntheses, quantitative research and qualitative research. The results of all three methodologies revealed the following: the scenarios of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the next decade in learning and teaching management aspect would be growing a number of graduate study curriculum and science and technology curriculum, it was the instruction for lifelong education. Research aspect expects that lecturers should be self-developed by creating their researches and innovations for the developing foundation. Academic service aspect involves direction and planning of service for society systematically and cooperation with both government organization and non government organizations. Art and cultural maintenance aspect includes proactive policy and planning. The university should open to every sectors to participate and define university s developing strategies, throughout graduate students production and development. Scenarios of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the next decade will develop for its goals the attainment in 4 keys, which may be briefly presented as follows: excellence in teaching and learning and staff development to obtain higher qualification in master and doctoral degree. Equity opportunity and accessibility to higher education is the right of all people. The system will be fair and lifelong learning will be promoted, i.e., staff can study all the time. The efficiency will also includes the ability to respond to the country s needs and to produce enough engineers. In terms of internationalization; Rajamangala University of Technology Isan has the roles in relation to other academic institution especially, those of their neighboring as Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, which have sent their students to study at Rajamangala University of Technology Isan. In summary, the advantage of the research will appropriately plan and develop for Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the next decade.
Scenarios of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the Next Decade
Wantana Amatariyakul,Kowat Tesaputa
The Social Sciences , 2013,
Abstract: This research aimed to study the scenarios of Rajamangala University of technology Isan in the next decade, covering four aspects of University tasks including learning and teaching management, research, academic services, art and cultural maintenance. The study was conducted by Ethnographic Delphi futures Research from the study of opinion of the experts who were stakeholders of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan. Three mixed methodologies were used in conducting the study: document syntheses, quantitative research and qualitative research. The results of all three methodologies revealed the following: the scenarios of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the next decade in learning and teaching management aspect would be growing a number of graduate study curriculum and science and technology curriculum, it was the instruction for lifelong education. Research aspect expects that lecturers should be self-developed by creating their researches and innovations for the developing foundation. Academic service aspect involves direction and planning of service for society systematically and cooperation with both government organization and non government organizations. Art and cultural maintenance aspect includes proactive policy and planning. The university should open to every sectors to participate and define university?s developing strategies, throughout graduate students production and development. Scenarios of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the next decade will develop for its goals the attainment in four keys, which may be briefly presented as follows: excellence in teaching and learning and staff development to obtain higher qualification in Master and Doctoral degree. Equity opportunity and accessibility to higher education is the right of all people. The system will be fair and lifelong learning will be promoted i.e., staff can study all the time. The efficiency will also includes the ability to respond to the country?s needs and to produce enough engineers. In terms of internationalization; Rajamangala University of Technology Isan has the roles in relation to other academic institution especially, those of their neighboring as Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, which have sent their students to study at Rajamangala University of Technology Isan. In summary, the advantage of the research will appropriately plan and develop for Rajamangala University of Technology Isan in the next decade.
′Ha! What is the benefit of living next to the park?′ Factors limiting in-migration next to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania  [cached]
Davis Alicia
Conservation & Society , 2011,
Abstract: Controversies and contestations of park and other protected area policies, new conservation rules and regulations (formal and informal), and new land classifications are redefining land and resource use, and thus livelihood options, for four ethnically distinct communities around Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Research was conducted on how livelihoods have been shaped by perceptions of and in response to conservation policies and community-based conservation projects. Several factors were revealed that provide examples of perceived problems and issues, which would deter in-migration to these communities bordering a national park. Migration into these areas, located to the east, north-west, and western border of Tarangire National Park may be limited, at best, due to issues of fear and mistrust, lack of access to and alienation from land and resources, ethnicity, and litigious actions. This paper addresses these limiting factors, revealing how real world examples of conservation issues can be used to inform policy, rather than relying solely on statistical-based modelling.
Modelling scenarios of land use change in northern China in the next 50 years

HE Chunyang,LI Jinggang,SHI Peijun,CHEN Jin,PAN Yaozhong,LI Xiaobing,

地理学报 , 2005,
Abstract: Modelling scenarios of land use change and their impacts in typical regions are helpful to investigate the mechanism between land use and ecological systems and process the land use allocation under the ecological security. A system dynamics (SD) model with the aim to modelling scenarios of land use change and assessing ecological impact in northern China in the next 50 years is developed here. The accuracy assessment with the historic data from 1990 to 2001 indicated the SD model is robust. After the different "what-if" scenarios controlled by GDP, population, market, and technology advancement were built, the different scenarios of land use change in northern China from 2000 to 2050 were simulated with their ecological impact assessed. The result suggested that such factors as GDP, population, market and technology have a strong relationship with land use structural change in northern China. It also indicated that such measures as strict controlling of population increase, importing some food to keep the supply-demand balance in the region, and improving agricultural technology will be the guarantee of regional sustainable development with fast economic growth and the obvious land use structural improvement at the same time.
The ICRF-3: Status, plans, and progress on the next generation International Celestial Reference Frame  [PDF]
Z. Malkin,C. S. Jacobs,F. Arias,D. Boboltz,J. Boehm,S. Bolotin,G. Bourda,P. Charlot,A. De Witt,A. Fey,R. Gaume,R. Heinkelmann,S. Lambert,C. Ma,A. Nothnagel,M. Seitz,D. Gordon,E. Skurikhina,J. Souchay,O. Titov
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: The goal of this presentation is to report the latest progress in creation of the next generation of VLBI-based International Celestial Reference Frame, ICRF3. Two main directions of ICRF3 development are improvement of the S/X-band frame and extension of the ICRF to higher frequencies. Another important task of this work is the preparation for comparison of ICRF3 with the new generation optical frame GCRF expected by the end of the decade as a result of the Gaia mission.
Belogradchik Visions: A Poetry [In Bulgarian]  [PDF]
V. Borisov
Venets : The Belogradchik Journal for Local History, Cultural Heritage and Folk Studies , 2012,
Abstract: Recently Veselin Borisov, a professor of social medicine in the Medical University in Sofia, who is born in the village of Skomlya, near Belogradchik, has written a new and still unpublished book: “The chef d’oevure of God: Belogradchik visions.” An excerpt from the poetry section of the book is presented. All of the rhymes chosen are inspired from the poet’s memory from his schooling in Belogradchik and for his work as a physician in the Belogradchik hospital.
Technology-Based Lesson Plans: Preparation and Description  [PDF]
Svetlana KUBILINSKIEN?,Valentina DAGIEN?
Informatics in Education , 2010,
Abstract: A lesson plan is an important methodological component of the learning process. The key purpose of the article is to analyse the current situation and suggest how the information technologies can assist in the development of lesson plans, their accumulation and retrieval, thus ensuring their effective application. The authors disclose the problems of lesson plan creation and their description as well as make comparative analysis of information and lesson plan templates provided at learning objects storages. The authors identified the main components of lesson plans and their description, based on application of learning objects metadata standard model and the principles for improving the model elements as well as on the results of the analysis made, and proposed the templates for creating the technology-based lesson plans and their description. The development of lesson plans and descriptions will allow educators reuse didactic resources (lesson plans) as an effective learning tool. The storage of didactic resources will allow teachers to use the best practices, and the same learning objects in different learning scenarios.
Holistic education and visions of rehumanized futures
Jennifer M. Gidley
RoSE : Research on Steiner Education , 2010,
Abstract: This paper reports the findings of qualitative research which investigated the views and visions of their futures of Steiner-educated senior secondary students in Australia. The students’ visions of their “positive preferred futures” were strongly focused on social futures in contrast to the wider youth futures research, which demonstrated a stronger focus on techno-fix solutions. In exploring the human qualities the students thought they should develop to contribute to their ideal world in 2020, they identified such factors as more activism, more awareness, attitude and values changes, more spirituality and future care. The findings also showed that the students valued social equality, diversity, tolerance and community as important contributions to a peaceful, communicative world. Many of the students’ preferred futures also paid attention to the needs of the environment, reflecting not just sustainable development but views that were closer to the eco-philosophers who argue for a re-enchantment of the world. In conclusion, there is an exploration of theoretical and practical links between the findings and recent speculations of educational futurists in regard to educating young people for the 21st century.
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