Time to piss off the bike riders: a lesson in unintended consequences.

I wrote this in response to a debate on Facebook a few days ago regarding whether or not urban bicycle riders should be required to wear helmets (a lot of people think that they shouldn't be required because the inconvenience may discourage people from biking for urban transportation.  Kind of messes up the hair.) As …

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From the Good Ideas File: A Conference on What Went Wrong

I've seen an occasional conference session popping up here and there lately, but never a whole conference on how our great ideas, big projects and good intentions blew up all over us. So it looks to me like the Urban Research Network has done something pretty interesting here.  This social-sciences-researchers-with-an-activist-bent network is looking for dignified …

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From the Good Ideas file: Work at WikiSpeed is not work like it used to be

It's hard for people who work in local governments and nonprofits (or many old-line employers, for that matter) to grasp the incredible changes going on in how more and more people do their work.  Don't get caught up in the gee-whiz technology mentioned in this article, but look closely at how this work is getting done …

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From the Good Ideas file: the unintended consequences of Eds and Meds

Could 'eds and meds' be a liability for some cities? Via @AtlanticCities:  http://t.co/CUvb10i2Od  For me, this was the particularly interesting part -- chalk it up to the risks of unintended consequences and counting on magic bullets to solve everthing for us: Eds and meds employment levels were uniformly negatively associated with nearly every single important …

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