This week is the National Hunt Festival – also known as ‘Gold Cup Week’ in Cheltenham, one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. John Powell ponders on the nature of risk and the role of gambling and financial investment in society.
It is fifty years since Garrett Hardin’s paper ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ was published. In his latest blog post, senior research fellow, John Powell discusses this article, which continues to be cited and used throughout the world, despite the fact that Hardin’s conceptual framework is, and always has been, flawed.
In John Powell’s third and final blog post concerning ‘time’, he discusses living in the present and how it should be utilised, both personally and communally.
Before Christmas, John Powell published the first part of a series of blog posts concerning time as a resource. In this second post, he discusses looking back and forwards in time, and how choices made by ourselves or others can set us along a particular path – one that we may not always be happy with.
John Powell the current IASC president considers the notion of time as a shared resource in this, the first of three blogs. This first part introduces the notion of time, its complexity, our limited understanding of the concept and the three facets which will be explored in subsequent articles.
John Powell, who is currently in China has managed to find the centre of the Universe (we are unsure whether he means the observable or known!) If you would like to know where this is, read more in his latest blog post!
IASC president John Powell is currently in China and attending the first ever commons themed conference. Focusing on water governance, John has been visiting a number of locations observing related issues and has had an opportunity to produce a short blog post detailing his experiences so far.
A Mayoral decision was recently taken to revoke approvals in support of the ‘Garden Bridge’ project across the Thames in central London. Current IASC President, and Senior Research Fellow John Powell discusses why bridges are not just crossing places, are often associated with the characteristics and identity of places and how they are also public goods.
Last week, John Powell was attending the IASC Commons Conference in Utrecht. As current IASC President, John Powell presented one of the Elinor Ostrom awards during the conference dinner, which was held in the beautiful surroundings of Speelklok Museum in central Utrecht which is home to am unusual array of mechanical and automated music-playing machines.
On Thursday 6th July, John Powell travelled to the Netherlands in advance of the 16th International IASC Conference in Utrecht. As a regular blogger during these events, John has written the first of what we expect to be a multitude posts.