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Elizabeth Ohene Writes: Should We All Protect Our Own?
One forgets or ignores at one’s peril, Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia’s famous breakdown of what a political party is.

He said a political party was like Techiman market, it attracts all sorts, there would be housewives, chancers, entrepreneurs, thieves, people in a hurry, people lazing around, people there to cause mayhem and people there to buy one item, people who want to make friends, regulars and noise makers.
education  crime  policy  regulation  standards  mores  Ghana  culture  tradition  Africa  religion  tribes  social  communities  groups  mum 
december 2018 by amaah
Lingering cultural colonialism
Thus we have pseudo Anglo-French wars, sometimes Anglo-Italian wars and other times Anglo-Lusophone wars being waged in Cameroon and other parts of the African continent because we seek to identify ourselves on the basis of who colonised us once upon a time, however briefly.
ghana  togo  africa  culture  Cameroon  identity  politics  france  england  germany  communities  mum  colonialism 
november 2017 by amaah
Functional Defenestration
on editorial genuflections in the internet age and the importance of satire
SmallThings  web  attention  capitalism  values  commerce  satire  commons  communities  culture  observation  groups  hustle  marketing  media  rant  whimsy  perception  DarkMatter  toli 
september 2017 by amaah
Co-operation
Humans have a well-known capacity to regard a feared stranger as inhuman and therefore as a suitable object for slaughter. The other side of such fierceness is human readiness to cooperate in remarkable ways – particularly with those we know well. The irony is that our willingness to risk our own lives in destroying our enemies is part of our extraordinary ability to work for (and, indeed, die for) those whom we regard as our own. We should do well to look carefully at the conditions in which this sense of allegiance is formed and the circumstances in which the cooperation collapses.
cooperation  SocialDarwinism  social  strategy  history  organization  politics  culture  economics  humanfactors  behaviour  communities  perception  war  violence  philosophy  capitalism 
november 2014 by amaah
Detroit's Bankruptcy and America's Future: Robots, Race, Globalization and the 1%
fine until he gets to “It seems to me that we need to abandon capitalism as production becomes detached from human labor.”
communities  development  decline  automation  usa  city  history  urban  capitalism  social  economics  detroit  culture 
july 2013 by amaah
Ashanti Group From Ghana Installs Its New York Chief
New York’s growing Ghanaian population, the largest African immigrant group in the city, which numbers more than 22,000, up from about 14,900 in 2000,
communities  Ashanti  culture  immigration  nyc  ghana 
june 2012 by amaah
The North West London Blues by Zadie Smith
elegy for libraries and “Giving the people what they didn’t know they wanted.” Important category. Different from the concept popularized by Mr Murdoch: giving the people what they want. Everyone is by now familiar with the Dirty Digger’s version of the social good – we’ve had thirty years of it.
wist  nostalgia  books  modernity  communities  libraries  observation  england  london  culture 
june 2012 by amaah
Why do the poor choose TVs over toilets?
true the world over... entertainment or rather communication trumps sanitation any day... see cell phone adoption statistics
communities  technology  adoption  culture  communication  Infrastructure  preferences  development  poverty 
june 2012 by amaah
The curious history of chain letters
omits the most well known literary references, namely Evelyn Waugh

Turns out that almost all my bookmarks to articles on Slate are broken, hence the re-saving. They must have changed their content management system... they must not believe in stable urls
communication  communities  gossip  whimsy  humanfactors  gullibility  mail  naivete  culture  history  con  spam  parasites  gremlins 
may 2012 by amaah
Shibboleths
On the political uses of ignorance and tribal identities of American natives
ignorance  knowledge  politics  tribes  communities  identity  USA  lies  culture  observation  perception 
february 2011 by amaah
Jared Diamond - How To Get Rich
I bookmarked this in 1999 and have only finally gotten round to reading it... 11 years later... sigh
economics  culture  technology  money  history  adoption  retention  groups  knowledge  competition  communities  organization  innovation  invention  isolation 
january 2011 by amaah
An ounce of inefficiency
"adherence to inefficient traditions matters quite a lot. On the other hand, taking the long-term historical view, they scarcely matter at all." On norms
tradition  culture  standards  inertia  humanfactors  economics  bureaucracy  observation  perception  USA  adoption  social  anthropology  communities  organization  norms 
september 2010 by amaah
Bad Software Is Good For You
oldie but goodie... now that bloglines is gone, one must migrate clippings... which reminds me that I never published that piece that riffed on Ethan's musings...
technology  communities  software  design  architecture  internet  groups  culture 
september 2010 by amaah
Ghana team singing and dancing all the way to the world cup final
This is fantastic. Just bumped into Ghana team. Here's team spirit that's taken them to World Cup Quarter-final
ghana  sports  music  dance  communities  exuberance  Africa  worldcup  video  joy  happiness 
july 2010 by amaah
Bringing it all back home
remittances... interesting piece on the equivalent of susu collectors servicing Filipino immigrants in Dubai
remittances  payment  systems  culture  economics  microfinance  immigration  money  finance  middlemen  development  business  phillipines  dubai  uae  informal  social  communities  glue  susu  banking 
february 2010 by amaah
Osu Children's Library
a friend reminisces about my favourite place on earth
nostalgia  memory  culture  Accra  urban  library  Osu  neighbourhood  communities  children  education  city  reading  books 
february 2010 by amaah
Atomic Junction, Ghana
Teaser for a film by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare on Kwabenya, Ghana, popularly known as Atomic Junction. What does nuclear power mean for an African suburb? How do the scientists that work there conceive of themselves? How does the surrounding community respond to the presence of a nuclear facility in their midst?
documentary  movie  film  research  Ghana  energy  nuclear  history  science  Abena  Africa  urban  communities  culture  observation  perception  memory  politics  power  design  technology 
february 2010 by amaah
Miracle in Mali
Malians say that their history and culture have nourished interethnic tolerance a whole tool kit of conflict resolution and avoidance mechanisms. griots, imams, customary law that regulates issues of land, inheritance, and relations between communities an
Mali  Africa  democracy  community  griots  politics  SocialLiving  development  glue  conflict  resolution  media  conversation  history  resilience  decentralization  communities 
december 2009 by amaah
Hundreds Arrested in Raids on Mexican Drug Cartel
Interesting if only as a precis of the trappings of a personality cult...

The cartel’s leader, Nazario Moreno González, known as El Más Loco, or The Craziest One, has said his aim is to drive other drug dealers out of Michoacán and to protect Mexicans from the influences of narcotics.

He carries a Bible along with a book of his own quotes, espouses a pseudoreligious philosophy and requires the core members of the group to attend church...

“What is distinctive about them is they are messianic.They justify their actions because they are carrying out divine justice.”
cult  personalitycult  drugs  violence  Mexico  culture  religion  organization  groups  communities 
november 2009 by amaah
Smoking bans and public norms
the interesting question is not so much the spread of the ban across jurisdictions as its nearly universal success in implementation
smoking  norms  mores  behaviour  sociology  law  politics  health  communities  social  economics  costs  policy  strategy 
september 2009 by amaah
Balkans' Pink Panther jewel thieves smash their way into myth
late pass material about the Pink Panthers. Gritty heists seem to move journalists to metaphor
heist  crime  balkans  jewelry  strategy  rogues  Serbia  culture  gangs  communities  gremlins 
july 2009 by amaah
The worst US Post Office - Downtown Berkeley
the reviews, born of godawful experience, tell it all. Pretty awful place, dispiriting... still this page of yelp reviews is part of what makes the web glorious, every page is a latent community
hatchetjob  bureaucracy  drab  mail  review  communities 
july 2009 by amaah
Young Pakistanis Tackle Trash Problem
Interesting that they started with garbage collection. In Ghana too, it's the young and educated who are also trying to deal with the problems of waste management.
Pakistan  youth  organization  social  activism  garbage  waste  volunteer  communities 
may 2009 by amaah
Cellphones in India - A Pocket-Size Leveler in an Outsize Land
almost a parody... there's a template of stories written about the adoption of mobile phones in the developing world and it seems that we are treated to one every few months since circa 2005. Another one for the collection I suppose
mobile  technology  adoption  cell  telecom  communication  communities  economics  India  adaptation  social  internet  networks  systems  sms  leverage  conversation 
may 2009 by amaah
68 Million Congolese Can't Be Wrong
an antidote to current nostrums about 'the idea of Congo' - namely that it doesn't exist... Less vitriol than that other response that used that all time favourite word: deliquescence
Congo  Africa  identity  nationalism  culture  history  communities 
april 2009 by amaah
Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century
some of the most entertaining readings about collapse are Dmitry Orlov's wry musings... zingers galore about the apocalypse - sample: In all, I expect drugs and alcohol to become one of the largest short-term post-collapse entrepreneurial opportunities in the United States, along with asset stripping, and security.
collapse  economics  history  crisis  depression  Russia  Soviet  usa  ussr  observation  energy  BestPractices  social  communities  anthropology 
april 2009 by amaah
Informal Income Opportunities and Urban Employment in Ghana
Keith Hart's seminal article on the social anthropology of Nima in Accra. All hail Google Books
urban  anthropology  Nima  Accra  Ghana  Africa  city  employment  poverty  observation  research  social  migration  communities 
april 2009 by amaah
Social Collapse Best Practices
the end is nigh but we can be prepared... lessons from the fall of the Soviet Union.. I can take any pick-up truck and increase its fuel efficiency one or two thousand percent just by breaking a few laws. First, you pack about a dozen people into the bed, standing shoulder to shoulder like sardines. Second, you drive about 25 mph, down the highway, because going any faster would waste fuel and wouldn’t be safe with so many people in the back. And there you are, per passenger fuel efficiency increased by a factor of 20 or so. I believe the Mexicans have done extensive research in this area, with excellent results.
social  collapse  economics  culture  depression  history  communities  agriculture  food  politics  cohesion  debt  bubble  crisis  USA  observation  perception  BestPractices  energy  agribusiness  strategy  sustainability 
april 2009 by amaah
A New Model for Network Valuation (pdf)
Beckstrom's law... aiming for coinage fame in hopes of overshadowing Metcalfe and Reed... nothing much to see here
systems  networks  technology  modeling  economics  communities  internet  web  end-to-end  lowendtheory  filetype:pdf  media:document 
april 2009 by amaah
Cultural Memory: Forgetting to Remember / Remembering to Forget (pdf)
abstracts of a conference on my current topic... fascinating and lots of food for thought. Of course it would figure the Europeans have a large body of thoughts on the topic but also interesting contributions from Latin America...
culture  memory  identity  history  literature  film  social  communities  glue  research  filetype:pdf  media:document 
april 2009 by amaah
How ethnic groups change Oakland neighborhoods
The goal of his survey is to determine from dozens of residents their perceptions of space and neighborhood resources within the city.

"I got fascinated by how cultures use space to reinforce their cultural identity and socioeconomic means,"
urban  space  communities  design  architecture  city  oakland  street  streetlife  perception  observation  identity  research  social  anthropology 
march 2009 by amaah
The Parable of the Shopping Mall
In town after town across America these days one can physically see the economic mantras of an entire generation turning to boarded-up wasteland before one’s eyes. Shopping malls, which changed the American landscape within the course of a generation, are dying week by week.
observation  culture  USA  architecture  design  urban  planning  development  infrastructure  sustainability  city  communities  sprawl  mall 
march 2009 by amaah
Learning from slums
On a more basic level, these places can teach us about where, for better or worse, urban life appears to be headed. "Squatters are the world's dominant builders," says Brand. "If you want to understand what's going on in cities, look at squatters."
slums  urban  development  architecture  housing  planning  communities  culture  perception 
march 2009 by amaah
The size of social networks | Primates on Facebook
The Dunbar number, the typical ceiling on the size of stable social groups, has not been abrogated online - casual relations are perhaps
groups  social  socialsoftware  culture  networks  sociology  communities  analysis  dunbar 
february 2009 by amaah
Voyagers and voyeurs: Supporting asynchronous collaborative visualization
mechanisms for asynchronous collaboration in the context of information visualization, recasting visualizations as not just analytic tools, but social spaces. Martin Wattenberg's research on the stories we tell about data and how we visualize it. Man, I miss the Cambridge office
collaboration  visualization  technology  software  storytelling  annotation  social  web  internet  communication  communities  interaction  design  narration  data  exploration  analysis  research  observation  culture  usability  humanfactors 
january 2009 by amaah
Models of statistical distribution
When I carried out fieldwork in Ghana during the 1960s, I was amazed by how migrants found their relatives, after traveling 500 miles to an unknown city of a million people. They had no addresses or phone numbers written down. When they arrived in the central lorry park, they would look for someone wearing Northern dress and ask him where they could find people like themselves. Directed to a particular district, they would seek out a leading figure in the ethnic community. They might then be directed to someone else from their home village. By all means, within an hour or two, they would be sitting with their relative. These African migrants knew that we live in small worlds connected by fewer links than most of us imagine. They used contingent human encounters and network hubs like local big men, not street maps. Their method was news to me then, but it shouldn’t be now.
communities  networks  distribution  modeling  humanfactors  sociology  social  anthropology  statistics  migration  immigration  information  flow 
january 2009 by amaah
Community Networks — the Robin Hood Approach
the Pakistan example... informal, incremental internet infrastructure build out... this is how you route around slow incumbents.
communities  technology  adoption  infrastructure  development  telecom  web  internet  Pakistan  systems  design  coordination  informal  deployment  economics  lowendtheory 
january 2009 by amaah
The Heist at Harry’s
more detail on the diamond heist in Paris... a serbian gang -up to 200 strong from a small village, tied together by family, kinship and criminality... dubbed the Pink Panthers... life imitating art... in film this would be The Pink Panther meets The Sicilian Clan meets Rififi meets Bob Le Flambeur
heist  crime  Serbia  culture  rogues  groups  communities  gremlins  France  coordination 
december 2008 by amaah
Mind, hands, and heart: John Leeke on Internet video for sharing knowledge about historic home preservation
fascinating interview about collaboration and the irrepressible compulsion to share, annotate and document. Tacit and implicit knowledge becoming practical. Udell and Leeke riff on opacity and transparency, comprehension and learning, participation and control - what's not to like. "This is the heart side of the work that the industrial revolution leaves out. It boils everything down to mind and hand, and leaves out the heart. That is the heart side, when you drive by those buildings you helped restore, last month or last year or 20 years ago."
lowendtheory  collaboration  technology  software  video  social  media  knowledge  interview  process  annotation  learning  education  craft  carpentry  web  internet  memory  tacit  preservation  history  transparency  opacity  communities  participation  control  culture  publishing  storytelling  production  practice 
december 2008 by amaah
Becoming an Internet Native
Bob Frankston expounds on the end-to-end principle and the implications of the internet, its roots as an overlay network of networks and its group forming future. Typically lucid musings.
networks  technology  systems  end-to-end  design  architecture  groups  overlay  adoption  collaboration  communities  strategy  thinking  mobile  telecom 
november 2008 by amaah
Jonestown (The Situation of Evil) Revisited
From Milgram's experiments to the banality of evil ala Eichmann to an analysis of Jonestown
psychology  control  evil  social  Jonestown  human  communities  crime  culture  history  cult  sociopath  sociology 
november 2008 by amaah
Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds
Christopher Allen is back with more food for thought on communities, this time musing on coordination costs and group sizes
communities  social  socialsoftware  groups  collaboration  dynamics  observation  culture  coordination 
september 2008 by amaah
Dharavi, India's largest slum, eyed by Mumbai developers
If the officials get their way, the slum will be demolished and reborn as a gleaming collection of high-rise apartments, office towers and manicured parks. Residents who arrived before 2000 would be re-housed elsewhere in Dharavi in small flats of 225 square feet -- smaller than a suburban American garage -- while an influx of richer folk and big companies would turn the area into one of Mumbai's fashionable addresses.
slums  India  housing  development  policy  economics  business  realestate  communities  adjacencies  social 
september 2008 by amaah
In Kenya, Some Fear That Fissures Remain
I'm most curious about the displaced people nine months on; the politics that most seem to focus on will matter little if the wounds, social, physical and economic are not addressed... revisit for piece on internally displaced
kenya  africa  politics  refugee  displacement  social  communities  dynamics  dislocation  economics  revisit 
september 2008 by amaah
Seattle to Remove Automated Toilets
the restrooms, installed in early 2004, had become so filthy, so overrun with drug abusers and prostitutes, that although use was free of charge, even some of the city’s most destitute people refused to step inside them.
commons  nuisance  sanitation  policy  drugs  urban  communities  publichealth  privacy  design  AttractiveNuisance 
july 2008 by amaah
Process is an embedded reaction to prior stupidity.
oldie but goodie, a Hyde-Shirky conversation on groups and process...
groups  process  bureaucracy  communities  organization  technology  social  software 
july 2008 by amaah
From world traveler to city rider, Pierre Sundborg finds adventure in the small things
The joy of small things - in this case bus rides in Seattle. Finely observed and beautifully written.
obsession  observation  culture  communities  transportation  bus  SmallThings  via:bhyde 
july 2008 by amaah
Gearing Up for the Fans
20,000 soccer fans are expected in the Washington area this week to watch teams of Ethiopians from the United States and Canada compete. The annual tournament has become one of the largest gatherings of Ethiopians outside their homeland.
diaspora  communities  Ethiopia  USA  football  sports  immigration  organization 
july 2008 by amaah
I Write in Brooklyn. Get Over It.
As you may have heard, all the writers are in Brooklyn these days. It’s the place to be. You’re simply not a writer if you don’t live here. Google “brooklyn writer” and you’ll get, Did you mean: the future of literature as we know it?
culture  observation  writing  brooklyn  NewYork  humour  literature  communities 
march 2008 by amaah
The Founding Of Nima
on the early history of Nima and its formation "he obtained permission to settle here, and to build a village for the accommodation of strangers like himself in 1931" A place for outsiders on the fringe of urbanity. a resting place for exiled souls
Nima  Accra  Ghana  urban  culture  Africa  city  slums  Islam  land  migration  immigration  language  communities  social  sociology  SocialLiving 
december 2007 by amaah
What I Picked Up About Trash in Taipei
Waiting for the garbage truck is one of Taiwan's liveliest communal rites. These curbside jaunts were my initiation into Taiwan's broader waste-disposal network, municipal employees and regular citizens all doing their part to keep the system humming
garbage  waste  environment  social  policy  communities  Taiwan  law  norms 
december 2007 by amaah
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