Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Libraries: Americans crave human interaction despite pervasive tech

"The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."
~Colin Powell

Lead yourself whenever your boss' leadership deteriorates. When your boss doesn't praise what you do, praise yourself. When your boss doesn't make you big, make yourself big. Remember, if you have done your best, failure does not count. 
~ Mario Teguh


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Evidence is becoming increasingly important in policy-making. However, the policy-making process itself is not always conducive to producing or making use of evidence. Predictiv is a tool released by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in the U.K. government to address this.

Predictiv is an online platform for behavioural experiments. It enables governments to run randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with an online population of participants, and to test whether these work before they are deployed in the real world. As these tests take only one to two weeks to complete, policy makers can obtain responses to questions that would have otherwise taken months or years to answer.

More than 30 trials have been conducted via the Predictiv platform to date, and the results are already shaping government policy. For example, the Government Equalities Office and the Department for Work and Pensions are using the results of one trial to change government communications around shared parental leave. OECD, Predictiv – United Kingdom (2018)

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IRS Logo 2Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Another IRS Free-Speech Scandal, by David B. Rivkin (Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C.) & Randal John Meyer (Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies):

The Internal Revenue Service infamously targeted dissenters during President Obama’s re-election campaign. Now the IRS is at it again. Earlier this year it issued a rule suppressing huge swaths of First Amendment protected speech. The regulation appears designed to hamper the marijuana industry, which is still illegal under federal law although many states have enacted decriminalization measures. But it goes far beyond that.

More reasons why libraries and librarians will continue to play a critical role as we confront the rising tide of communications’ disconnect:
“We may sleep with our smartphones and spend multiple hours a day staring at device screens, but almost of half of American adults say they prefer in-person communication, per a poll by SurveyMonkey for “Axios on HBO.”

  • Why it matters, from Axios managing editor Kim Hart: The rapid rise of social media and smartphones led some experts to worry that digital communication would replace face-to-face interaction, potentially leading to weaker relationships and less productivity.
  • The results show that adults still value the human connection of an in-person conversation over text messages by a 21-point margin.
Coming distractions: The proportion of teens who prefer in-person interaction has plummeted from 49% in 2012 to 32% today. Texting is now the favorite mode of communication, per a survey of 13- to 17-year-olds by Common Sense Media.
  • 54% of teens agree that using social media often distracts them when they are with people, and 44% say they get frustrated when their friends are using their phones while hanging out.
  • Yet 55% say they hardly ever or never put their devices away when hanging out with friends…”
The Hamilton Project Framing Paper – The Geography of Prosperity – “Over the last several decades, the fortunes of regions and communities across the United States have stopped converging. Evolving patterns of trade and technology, among other factors, have created concentrated prosperity while leaving many places behind.