Vanguards of the Revolution

Accidents don't exist — neither do cognitive biases (#411)

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1. Iran’s Women Are (Once Again) the Vanguards of a Revolution

To put it mildly, there's a lot going on in the world these days. One of the developments that is getting less attention than it deserves are the protests in Iran. Somehow missed what it's all about? This is a good article to catch you up. If you'd like to follow the developments, sign up for RFE/RL's Farda Briefing.

Iran’s Women Are (Once Again) the Vanguards of a Revolution
The female-led uprising against the theocratic dictatorship could succeed, if it’s Persians determining their own fate.

2. When Cars Kill, It’s Not an “Accident”

The next time you hear or read about «an accident», take it as a challenge to think about the systemic reasons that made this «accident» possible in the first place.

When cars kill, it’s not an “accident”
“Mistakes are inevitable, but our failure to protect people is not.”

3. ​​A Matter of Degrees — What Can I Do?

When talking about the climate crisis, asking what each and every one of us can do is tricky. We don't want to be distracted from the systemic issues at the heart of the crisis (as BP wanted when they popularised the concept of the «carbon footprint»). Then again, individual actions matter and we can all do better. In a three-part series on their podcast, Leah Stokes and Katharine Wilkinson approach the question with just the right balance, with curiosity and intellectual rigour, to provide us with actionable advice.

“What Can I Do?” Part 1 — The Personal — A Matter of Degrees
As climate people, we hear this question again and again: “What can I do?” Many of us are trying to figure out how to help address the climate crisis. So, we’re taking on that critical question in a three-part miniseries. The first episode is all about The Personal — key ways we can act on climate i