Interview with Bruno Latour from Figure/Ground

Original Available here © Bruno Latour and Figure/Ground Communication Dr. Latour was interviewed by Andrew Iliadis on September 24th, 2013 Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po. Dr. Latour is a leading figure in sociology, anthropology, and science and technology studies, and he is the author of numerous books, including Laboratory Life, We Have Never Been Modern, and Reassembling the Social. …

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Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | Pretty Good Piece in The Nation

Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | The Nation. Elizabeth Whitman has written a pretty good piece in the Nation about NY's Participatory Budget.  What's esp nice about it is that she considers critical perspectives pretty centrally. Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City Elizabeth Whitman April 16, 2012 A community resource center to help residents find jobs …

International Conference on Participatory Budgeting celebrates US Processes

Now in our second day, the first (?) international conference on Participatory Budgeting on US soil drew many of the names associated with international processes, like Yves Cabbanes, Jez Hall, and  Giovanni Allegretti.  Brazilian representatives have included Pedro Pontual (representing the Federal Government), Tarson Nuñez (of the state government of Rio Grande do Sul), and …

More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

It's been barely a week since the Conservative PP (Partido Popular, or Popular Party) swept the elections in Spain, winning an absolute majority in parliament here.  For the currently (but not much longer) ruling social democratic party, the PSOE, it was its worst defeat ever.  For weeks polls had been predicting a conservative victory, and …

Interview with Paolo Flores D´Arcais on post-politics

This is a very interesting interview that has just been published in English and Spanish by El País.  D'Arcais is a very progressive Italian philosopher whose writings rarely reach English-speaking audiences, and who edits a journal called Micromega. The original article is here. "Politics has become a profession"  JOSÉ MARÍA RIDAO - Rome - 07/11/2011 Through his …