OLH Tag: Real-world problem

The Complex Problem of Social Media

In 2017, researchers coined the term “eco-anxiety” in response to the rise in severe anxiety related to our relationship with the environment. Issues surrounding big data, data protection and privacy may lead to a similar anxiety disorder evolving, and eventually being established, in the near future.

Social Media Reading List: Data, Mis/disinformation, and Policy & Regulation

Social media is a huge topic. There are infinite articles, videos, and other discussion on the subject – and it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve rounded up some great introductory reading to help you get acquainted with such a broad and fast moving conversation.

Intergenerational Justice

A few months ago, I was reading Avner De-Shalit’s Why Posterity Matters: Environmental Policies and Future Generations.As the title suggests, it’s about intergenerational justice – the moral obligations we have, as people living today, to future generations. The specific question he tackles is: do we have a moral obligation to preserve the environment for future people?

In the Spotlight: Kate Kenny (Jacobs)

Introducing our ‘In the Spotlight’ series, where we’ll shine a light on professionals in our Network. First up, Kate! Kate is Vice President and Head of Sector for Cities & Places in Europe at Jacobs, one of the world’s largest multi-disciplinary engineering firms.

Enhancing capacity for sustainable urban design: an interdisciplinary approach

Goal 11 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals refers explicitly to ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’.  It has ten targets, which include ensuring access to safe and affordable housing and basic services, expanding public transport, providing inclusive and accessible green spaces and public spaces, and reducing the environmental impact of cities.  

Who’s afraid of Ernö Goldfinger?

Tower blocks get a bad press in the UK. But should they? It is easy to fall into the trap of blaming architecture (and even architects) for social ills. But poor upkeep, and poor security are major contributing factors when high rises become crime-ridde, though obviously design can be a factor too. In the 1970s, Ernö Goldfinger was often blamed for problems linked with the two London tower blocks he designed. Was that fair?

Watch Lucia’s take on urban design for wellness

Lucia is a sixth-form student doing an EPQ based on urban design for wellness. The title of her project is ‘Can urban design help to improve wellness and sustainability in sub-saharan cities’.

LIS x Jacobs Challenge: Reinvent your high street

Do you want to: access and receive mentoring from one of the world’s top engineering firms, get behind-the-scenes of London’s top strategic body, shadow the work being done on billion pound regeneration projects, and present your winning idea to senior professionals? 

Approaches to Different Problems

How do we categorise problems? Ed and some of the LIS Ambassadors in our learning community take a look at the Cynefin framework.

More Than a Book Club

More Than a Book Club is where members of the LIS team and the Learning Hub community come together to talk about real-world problems. We’ll base the discussion on an interesting book, podcast, film, newsletter – whatever catches our eye(s).