Saturday, November 1, 2014

STIC Twenty Fourteen Event 5

The fifth of six Art Outreach Gallery STIC 2014 events features riveting video talks from Thomas Barnett & David Brooks. ... You know the space, the time is 6:30 PM, Thursday, November 6. (Gallery doors open 5:30.) Please join us!

Dr. Thomas PM Barnett, "Let's rethink America's milatary strategy"
America has an awesome Leviathon force--what we need is an awesome system administrator force to go with it. That's what ace geo-strategist Dr. Thomas PM Barnett has been telling global leaders for years. To understand what that means and why Barnett says it's important to know, check out this TED2005 talk.

Here's a link to Dr. Barnett's books. Here's a sample read from the preface of his still prescient 2004 work The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. Here's a video playlist to help understand the rule sets of the emerging global world order (or, disorder, as the case may be!). And here's some "about Thomas P. M. Barnett" background information, including helpful links about Wikistrat. (NOTE: Wikistrat bills itself as the world's first crowd-sourced global affairs consultancy service. Barnett currently serves as its chief analyst.)

David Brooks, "The social animal" 

In case anyone had any doubts, yes, the title of David Brooks engaging TED2011 talk refers to HUMANS. The best-selling author, New York Times columnist and self-described comic sociologist explores, among other things, such modern phenomena as the truly amazing social skills of today's political class--and why they can't seem seem to channel those amazing social skills into formulating effective public policy. (Brooks suggests it may have something to do with the fact that our politicos often leave out that all-important human relationship factor in their public policy formulations. (Though he seems as baffled as the rest of us as to why that is so!))

Read Mr. Brooks' opinion columns here. Check out his books here. View videos from a quick-and-dirty David Brooks "channel" here.


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The Art Outreach Gallery's STIC 2014 season is sponsored by Jensen Lock & Alarm. STIC Event Five is sponsored by American Institute of Health Care Professionals.