24 December 2010

Humanity Media Awards 2010

Winners of the 2010 Humanity Media Awards for Considerate Democracy - sponsored by camaggi.com - have just been announced.

Discover more at Considerate Awareness Magazine.

18 December 2010

A Considerate Democracy Blog

Would you like to visit a blog that is purely devoted to the topic of considerate democracy?

I've started one today!

Considerate Democracy

Take a look.  I hope you'll find it interesting.

18 November 2010

Elections and Awareness

What has been the most significant example of considerate awareness you have witnessed or experienced in an election campaign?

24 August 2010

Poetry

If some of the greatest philosophy can be found in poetry, what is the wisdom you have found there?

05 August 2010

Finding Understanding

Where have you found understanding on your philosophical travels?

Humanity Media Awards

Who would you nominate for a Humanity Media Award for Considerate Democracy?

Considerate Democracy

Do you have any thoughts on the topic of considerate democracy?

If so, please leave a comment.

What do you think it means to be considerately aware, and considerately democratic?

03 August 2010

A Global Phenomenon

Is considerate awareness a global phenomenon?

The Future of Books

You are invited to respond to my ponderings on the future of books.  Have you explored the section of Considerate Awareness Magazine on this subject?

27 July 2010

Hyperreality, Pseudo-events and the Future of Awareness - Part One

Some of my recent blog posts have mentioned my Twitter experiments.  One of these experiments involves the categorization of "followers". 

Before I began, I did not know who any of the followers might be or how I would categorize them.

Here is a link to my earlier post called New Media and Social Media

I began my main Twitter account, @camaggicom, by following a few Twitter accounts of journalists.  Then I followed some of the Twitter accounts they follow, and who follow them.  This was done in a mostly random way.

Journalists were chosen because I wanted to ensure that at least a few of the Twitter accounts I followed were of people who had an interest in public policy issues, whether in Australia or elsewhere. 

Gathering useful information about public policy has been a side benefit of the experiments.


My main interest, however, has been to see who might follow my main Twitter account, and to attempt to assess why they might do so.  


Interestingly, some of the first "followers" of the account were comedians.  I do not know what this might say about considerate awareness!

The name of my first Twitter list was therefore "amusing".  The second list I began was called "uncertainty", mainly because I was uncertain why some followers had chosen to follow my account.  Those particular early followers appeared mainly to be promoting a commercial product or service of little relevance to me.

I soon changed the name of the "amusing" list to "absurdity".  This was because the comic followers were mainly interested in political satire and I felt "absurdity" to be a more appropriate word to describe their reflections on political life than the word "amusing".


The next problem I faced was one related to the difference between knowledge and opinion.  


I observed that even by mainly putting philosophical questions into my Twitter feed, it was difficult to keep my own opinions separate (and private) from the knowledge I wished to gain.

My hope was that I could also develop a list of especially knowledgeable people from amongst the "followers". There were a few I categorized as this quite early and placed them in an "experience" list.

Several politicians and journalists also became "followers" and I placed them mainly in a "politics" list, rather in the "experience" list.  I will allow you to form your own conclusions about my decision.

I also began a "philosophy" list, hoping that people with philosophical insights and interests might follow my Twitter account and perhaps also contribute to this blog.

My final list was called "society", where I placed all the followers who did not quite fit appropriately into the categories of any of the other lists.  I then decided that I had enough lists, and perhaps even too many.

You may be wondering what most of this has to do with the title of this blog post.  One reason for the title is that I am interested in perceptions.

Perhaps, for example, people would be concerned or annoyed about the Twitter listing I gave them or their organisation, but I have not yet received any indication of that.

Observing and documenting other people's perceptions of social media will be topics for later blog posts.

After two or three weeks of using Twitter, I decided that the "experience" list and the "absurdity" list needed to be removed.  One reason for this was that some of the other lists were growing quite large and those two were still very small.

A list called "diversity" was needed, I thought, to separate some of the people from the "society" list into a separate category, and to add a few from the "uncertainty" list to the "diversity" list.  My reasoning for this will become clearer in future blog posts.

Following the "followers" I was not already "following" had also been part of the initial plan, at least for most of those who did not fit into the "uncertainty" category of my listings.

I hope you are following this blog post quite well and are not confused.


If you follow my main Twitter account, and you do not seem to be mainly interested in trying to sell me something, then I will probably follow your account in return.


After making the lists mentioned above, I felt it was time to be more selective in the people I had been "following", as my previous post on the topic has mentioned.

Over the past two weeks I have reduced the number of Twitter accounts I have been following, including some of those who have followed my account, mainly because journalists and others interested in the news appear mainly to say similar things and frequently repeat what I have already heard elsewhere.

I do not want my Twitter account to be boring, either to myself or anyone else.


The experiments are continuing and I look forward to your comments about them.

25 July 2010

Resources for Thinking Well

My observations of social media appear to indicate that opinions often take precedence over wisdom.  Considerate Awareness Magazine and A Picnic in True Freedom are intended for people with more interest in wisdom than opinion. 

22 July 2010

The Art of a Good Mind

You may be aware that there is currently a federal election campaign happening in Australia. 

I would be interested to know about examples of considerate awareness that you have discovered in election promises of various candidates, wherever you are in the world, in any election.

During an election campaign, what do you think it means to think well?

18 July 2010

Importance

Is it usually more important to have questions than answers?

Descriptions

I am interested in why people think and act as they do, and why they use particular verbs and adjectives to describe events and experiences.  This especially applies when considering the way journalists and politicians communicate with the public, and with each other.

Honesty

Is honesty more about truth than trust, or vice versa?

News and Peace

Which is more important:  The future of news or the future of peace?

Being Considerate

Under what circumstances may it be possible to be both considerate and wasteful?

Reflection

Why is it important to recognise that reflection is not a competitive pursuit?

A Successful Society

Can a successful society be accurately define and measured?

Past and Future

Do most contemporary philosophers discuss the past rather than the future?

13 July 2010

New Media and Social Media

Over the past couple of months, I have been researching the topics of new media and social media.  An experiment has taken place on this blog, too.  Have you noticed it?

If you have found the frequency of questions here more than usually overwhelming on a few days, then that may be because I have experimented with a similar format to a Twitter feed. Please be assured, though, that the original frequency of questions will soon be resumed!

You are, however, still welcome to comment on any of the blog posts here.  I would also suggest making a comparison between the Wikipedia article on new media and the one on social media.  I'd be interested to know about your observations.

Wikipedia - New media

Wikipedia - Social media

My experiments have also been conducted on Twitter itself.  Initially, I planned to develop a Twitter feed by following 1000 Twitter users.  Those chosen mostly have an interest in media, politics, philosophy and/or psychology. By the time I reached 900, I realised that I cannot possibly follow that many in a useful or informed way.

07 July 2010

Courage

I hope you have the courage to explore and reflect upon this blog in an informed way.  Perhaps you may discover more about your inner and outer worlds in the process.

Self-awareness

How philosophical, ideological, dogmatic, erratic, wise or otherwise, are your ideas?

Certainty

Is understanding beyond the limits of certainty?

Philosophical adventures

What has been your most interesting philosophical adventure?

Uncertainty

How do you relate to uncertainty?

Absurdity

How do you relate to absurdity?

Dignity

Should dignity ever have a price?

Good Policy

Does good policy require good questions?

Ideas of Quality

Are most good thoughts deep ones too?

Influence and Insight

Is it more important to be influential or insightful?

Interesting

I like to publish interesting responses to my blog posts.  How would you define an interesting point of view?

Instinct

How do you know something instinctively?  Is it only a culturally conditioned response?

06 July 2010

Good Thinking

Is good thinking more about philosophy, psychology or health?

Good Questions

How do you tell when a question is good?

Open Minds

How do you recognise an open mind?

Friendships

Do true friends often discuss philosophical issues?

Meaning

What does philosophy mean to you?

Thinking Well

What does it mean to think well?

02 July 2010

About Philosophy

Why is philosophy important?

Important Questions

What are the most important philosophical questions and who should answer them?

Useful Answers

Who are the philosophers (if any) who have provided the most useful answers to your questions?

Philosophical Questions

Which philosophical questions do you find the most challenging, and why?

29 June 2010

Another Level

If you know why the title of this blog is now A Picnic in True Freedom, why not take your philosophical adventures to another level?

You might enjoy exploring my other blogs. None of those is linked to this one, however, and each requires a password. You will find that each of the more exclusive blogs has been designed specifically for particular types of clients of my independent training and consultancy services.

You can find out more about my work by visiting the website of Considerate Awareness Magazine.

The magazine offers a wide range of invitations and opportunities, for all sorts of thoughtful people, not just those who use my services.  

Adventures for Philosophical Travellers

Adventures always involve risk. 


I'm very interested in your answers to a few of the challenging questions I have encountered as a philosophical traveller. You are therefore cordially invited to express your thoughts about any, or all, of my blog posts.

Until today, this blog was entitled Adventures for Philosophical Travellers.   The subtitle was "Mapping the territory of a peaceful, prosperous world through considerate awareness".  If you have visited this blog before, you may have noticed quite a few changes here recently.

I hope you will enjoy your own ongoing philosophical adventures, too.  What does being a philosophical traveller mean to you?

27 June 2010

Online Social Networking

I have avoided using online social networking until now because I already have a very busy life.  However, over the past month I have set up two twitter accounts.

Time to Think

I wonder if I have offered enough questions here to keep your mind occupied for a while.

The moral task, though, is to act as well as think.  The creative task is to work out how to do so.

My actions include writing this blog and inviting your comments.

Do you think my next question should be: What happens next?

A Democratic Society

How should ideas be explored and communicated in a democratic society?

Important Ideas

What are the important ideas that are usually ignored?

25 June 2010

Journalism

Do most journalists experience representative democracy as a spectator sport?

Knowledge and Opinion

Are opinions more about emotions than knowledge?

22 June 2010

A Few Moments

Do you think it is worthwhile to pause for a few moments, to reflect on your own philosophical ideas, as you answer the questions posed in this blog?

Aspects of Existence

Do you have a genuine, heartfelt appreciation of a few aspects of existence?

Expressing yourself

How do you express yourself in sensitively critical, compassionate and creative ways, perhaps even simultaneously?

10 June 2010

The Language of Democracy

What is the language of democracy?

How do you express it?


09 June 2010

Ecology

How do you apply a considerate understanding of ecology in your daily life?

08 June 2010

International Essay Competition

Could you write an insightful, concise essay about considerate democracy?

If so, you might like to participate in the annual writing competition I sponsor.

Nature or Culture

Is natural beauty or cultural beauty most ephemeral?

06 June 2010

Resources for Improving the World

Perhaps the world can be improved with the use of the right resources.

05 June 2010

Popular Government

In 1904, Leonard T Hobhouse wrote in Democracy and Reaction:

Is it that the Democratic State, the special creation of the modern world, and the pivot of the humanitarian movement, has itself become an obstruction to progress? Does popular government, with the influence which it gives to the Press and the platform, necessarily entail a blunting of moral responsibility, a cheapening and vulgarisation of national ideals, an extended scope for canting rhetoric and poor sophistry as a cover for the realities of the brutal rule of wealth?

How relevant are the above questions today?

04 June 2010

Democracy Without Ideology

Do you believe it is possible to have democracy without ideology?

02 June 2010

The Global Conversation

Since beginning this blog, I have been attempting to ask and answer questions of relevance to the global conversation about considerate democracy and the meaning of humanity.

I have been a regular participant in the conversation since early 2003.

If you have not yet had the chance, you are most welcome to participate in the conversation, too.  It's easy!

30 May 2010

Literacy and Understanding

Imagine you were looking at this screen and nothing here made any sense to you.  (Perhaps you think that nothing in this blog makes sense, anyway!)

You can probably follow written instructions, especially if they are in clear, simple language. You may even have the ability to compare different points of view from many different generations and cultures, just by reading words.  Perhaps a few of those ideas have been translated from other languages.

How do you celebrate your ability to read and write? How might you provide assistance to those (especially adults) who do not have that ability?

Why is literacy important?

Fact or Fiction

Is philosophy fact or fiction, or does it sit somewhere in between?

29 May 2010

What Is Philosophy?

How do you distinguish between philosophy, science, ideology, religion, politics and spirituality?

Why is it important to make those distinctions?

27 May 2010

True Freedom

Is true freedom about travelling at the speed of life?

Is it about having the right to travel at the speed of life?


Boundaries

What are your boundaries? What do you do when they are crossed?

26 May 2010

Inner Beauty and Reality

What is inner beauty?  Is it real?

10 May 2010

Investing Your Time

How do you decide whether or not you are making a good investment of your time?

The Value of Your Time

If you are contributing to considerate awareness on your own philosophical journey through life, how might this blog assist your reflections and activities?

01 May 2010

Important

What are the most important problems to solve in the world?

15 March 2010

Social Networks and Philosophy

Do you ask philosophical questions within your social networks?

09 March 2010

History

Is history the most useful source of understanding?

03 March 2010

Online Upgrades

If you have tried to read Considerate Awareness Magazine online recently, you may have experienced a few difficulties as its digital systems are currently being upgraded.

You may also have experienced a few problems sending me emails.

A new and improved service is on its way...

07 February 2010

Coping With Challenges

In today's world, we can often feel overloaded with information, and problems, and things to do.  Our minds can feel cluttered and confused, bombarded with sensory stimuli and fraught with the stresses of a challenging schedule.

I attempt to cope by finding a quiet and restful space, in both the outer world and inner one.

How do you cope?

02 February 2010

The Landscape of Peace

What shape is the landscape of peace? 

30 January 2010

Preventing Cruelty

The primary goal of a good society (including a good government) is to prevent cruelty.

Is the above statement true?

13 January 2010

A Place for Books

One of the most challenging tasks for a book publisher is to distribute the product.  It is often expensive to move paper from one place to another, whether printed or not.  It is also expensive to promote books and encourage librarians, booksellers, gift givers and potential readers to buy copies.  There is probably nothing new about this.

But what sorts of physical books do we still need in this digital age?

09 January 2010

Purpose

A wise person goes on journeys to gain understanding.

What do you hope to understand better while on a journey?

07 January 2010

The Ethics of Consideration

You may find my questions difficult to answer.  Perhaps you feel that your answers are too private and personal to share here.

I hope that you may have some ideas on how I, as a very private person myself, may improve access to knowledge about a culture of consideration, and especially about considerate democracy.

06 January 2010

From Philosophy to Spirituality

How do you know when your philosophical travels reach a spiritual ascent?

05 January 2010

Developing Awareness

How might your mind become more aware of its own development through time?