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Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data is the word of the century. Big data is the future. How we perceive, think about, and accept data will determine the world we live in. I am interested in data as a tool for identifying and providing insights into problems and how to solve them. I am also interested in how data is being used – in coordination with communication systems – to manipulate; furthering existing exploitative systems.

Data & Political Tribalism—the Dilemma in Georgia | Download the Article

Technology and Globalization

Technology has increased the speed and scope of connectivity. This is the essence of globalization. Globalization is not inherently bad. However, the actual benefits of globalization have never matched the rhetoric. Economists have always known that globalization is a set of trade-offs, which if well managed could result in benefits for the common good, while being dislocative for certain communities. The politics of globalization has led to unacceptable levels of inequality and communities which have yet to recover from the loss of jobs due to automation and global competition.

Technology and Globalization
Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

We live in a world that calls for engagement in social, political, cultural and economic issues which are increasingly complex. The world is asking: How do we move forward? How do we solve problems?

One answer is to reconceptualize development into a process rooted in sustainability, rather than progress. Like life, sustainability must be more heterogenous and complicated, and therefore more challenging than progress, though with better overall outcomes.

As Kwame Anthony points out, “People are entitled to be different from each other. People start off different, and they can remain different. And that is kind of great”.

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Challenging the Narrative

“When you are accustomed to privilege, equality can feel like oppression.”

What the United States needs is the creation of a ‘Just’ society. Yet somehow this feels like oppression to those who hold privilege? The problem continues to be one of controlling the narrative. The dominant argument is that we are playing a zero sum game. One group wins. The other loses. Yet as Jim Hightower likes to say, “When everyone does better, everybody does better.”

The Privilege of De Facto Norms - Download the Article
Challenging the Narrative
At the Edge of the Modern World

At the Edge of the Modern World

Memoir from my Peace Corps experience in Kenya. This is a labor of love. If you are a literary agent and want to inspire the completion of this project please reach out. 🙂

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Deaf Education in Kenya

Deaf Education in Kenya

Working to promote educational and vocational opportunities for Deaf students amongst pastoralist communities of Northern Kenya. This is undertaken in partnership with the Isiolo School for the Deaf, where I was a Peace Corps volunteer teacher from 2005-2008.

Isiolodeaf.org
A New Journey Begins - Love in the Age of Trump

A New Journey Begins - Love in the Age of Trump

You can follow the journey that Melissa and I took by visiting her site.

MelissaStarks.com

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