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If you are overwhelmed with the daily routine of the here and now and don’t have time to step back and reflect. If you feel that you are increasingly surprised by new developments. If you feel that the lack of a broader picture makes your work less effective. Then you’ve landed on the right page.

Looking Sideways aims to make you step back, explore and reconsider. It aims to empower you to take a different tack to the challenge at hand. It aims to provide novel facts and evidence-based insights, and deconstruct self-evident truths (which are often just socially endorsed stereotypes). When the truth is no more than lies waiting to come out, curiosity is the best medicine.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 25 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

I’ve come across a substantial study of European perceptions of “Asia”[1]. It is one of numerous similar studies as background to the ASEM process[2].

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By Aldo Matteucci on 16 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Cohesion within a group of monkeys is maintained through reciprocal grooming. Studies of captive monkeys have shown that grooming makes them more relaxed, reducing their heart rate as well as other external signs of stress. They sometimes become so relaxed that they fall asleep.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 16 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 


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By Aldo Matteucci on 15 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 


I’ve asked a US diplomat friend of mine what his experience had been with Facebook as a tool in diplomacy. Here is his answer: “we had good results with Facebook outreach to Palestinians and Israeli Arabs on business, economic, social and technology issues.”

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By Aldo Matteucci on 12 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Jovan has commented recently on the name tags people wear around their necks when they attend a meeting http://bit.ly/SDO5C2 . He looked at it from the practical point of view of “usability”. Jovan’s point is wholly valid.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 10 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

More than specific technologies it is our “habits of thought” – our “mentality” – which allows societies to advance in understanding reality of a broad front. Around 1250 such a change in mentality took hold in Europe. We never looked back. What happened?

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By Aldo Matteucci on 7 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Should we not take advantage of today’s “tradition” of aversion against nuclear weapons – I’ve highlighted this “taboo” in my 186 – to go for nuclear disarmament? A friend asked me this question. I’m not an expert on this issue, but I can contribute three considerations.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 4 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Twenty years ago “good governance” became the buzz-word among theoreticians of economic development. Once in place, “good government” would spearhead the drive toward development.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 2 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Jovan has wondered whether my use of the term “multi-stakerism” signified a hidden agenda. In fact, any –ism being what it is, a mouthful, one can’t decently write about “multi-stakeholder-ism” without splattering everyone is sight with intellectual food crumbs.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 25 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

The availability heuristic is an uncoscious process by which our brain substitutes one (difficult) for another (easy) one. One answers the easy one, retrofits it to the difficult one and: presto! One’s self-affirmation is once more comforted. The conundrum has been solved.

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