25 March 2013

How and Why to Become a Lifelong Learner

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How and Why to Become a Lifelong Learner


For the first twenty-two years or so of our lives, our main “job” is learning. The bulk of our time is spent in classrooms acquiring new knowledge. And then, once we graduate, we feel like the education phase of our lives is done and now it’s time to go out into the world. Have you ever thought about how odd that idea is? That only a quarter of our lives should be devoted to learning, and then we should simply rest on our laurels for the remaining three-quarters of it?
It’s an erroneous idea – but one many have absorbed, at least subconsciously. But school need not be your exclusive provider of learning. Just because you’ve finished your formal education, doesn’t mean that your education is over!
Many, perhaps most, of history’s greatest men were autodidacts – those who devote themselves to self-education, either in addition to or as a substitute to formal schooling. A fantastic example of this is author Louis L’Amour. L’Amour was one of America’s most prolific and manliest fiction writers. During his career he cranked out over 120 dime Western novels as well as several collections of short stories and poems. What makes Louis L’Amour’s story all the more remarkable is that he was almost entirely self-taught.
Louis L'Amour
Lifelong learner Louis L’Amour
Due to family hardships, L’Amour dropped out of school when he was fifteen and spent the next eight years traveling around the American West working odd jobs on cattle ranches, farms, lumber mills, and even mines. To earn extra money L’Amour boxed in small prizefights around the country and earned a reputation as a formidable opponent. While in his twenties L’Amour became a merchant marine and traveled the globe via steamship.
During all this time, L’Amour was voraciously reading books. As soon as he set foot in a new town, he’d locate the local library. If libraries weren’t around, he’d skip meals so he’d have enough money to order books from catalogs. He was also working on his craft as a budding writer, scribbling notes in cheap notepads that he kept with him all the time.
All of his experiences while traveling, all the books he read, and all the notes he wrote laid the groundwork for his later successful career. But even after L’Amour became an established writer, his pursuit of learning continued and rewarded him greatly. He is a perfect example of the fascinating life one can create for himself when he makes the commitment to be a lifelong learner. (If you want to learn more about L’Amour’s lifelong self-education, pick up a copy of his autobiography, Education of a Wandering Man. Super inspiring read.)
If you want to become the best man you can be, you need to adopt a mindset of lifelong learning. Below we explain why you should become a lifelong learner and how to do it.

Why Become a Lifelong Learner?

“Our whole life is an Education — we are ‘ever-learning,’ every moment of time, everywhere, under all circumstances something is being added to the stock of our previous attainments. Mind is always at work when once its operations commence. All men are learners, whatever their occupation, in the palace, in the cottage, in the park, and in the field. These are the laws stamped upon Humanity.” – Edward Paxton Hood, Self-Education: Twelve Chapters for Young Thinkers, 1852

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22 March 2013

Ride Your Bike to These Cafes, Get a Free Beer or Meal

Ride Your Bike to These Cafes, Get a Free Beer or Meal

If you show up on a bike at one of a string of businesses in São Paulo, Brazil, you'll get a reward for leaving your car behind. A bar, two restaurants, a creperie, and a cake shop all offer treats for cyclists, ranging from fresh juice or mate to a free salad. 
Though biking is becoming more popular in São Paulo, it still isn't common; the city of 11 million got its first bike lane only a few years ago, and for many, biking is still seen as a form ofrecreation rather than transportation. The small steps these local businesses are taking might help nudge more people to ride. Each business also has bike racks outside. The racks actually came first, and the businesses soon realized there would be advantages to giving cyclists an incentive to come inside. 
For other cities, could this type of program help alleviate (car) parking woes? Cafes and other local businesses might end up with more customers if they're arriving on two wheels instead of circling the block in a car. And every bike-riding customer is also a win for the environment. As cycling infrastructure in cities struggles to catch up with the need for alternative transportation, is there a need for more creative incentives like these?
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21 March 2013

Urban Studies Online Table of Contents Alert

Urban Studies Online Table of Contents Alert
A new issue of Urban Studies is available online:
April 2013; Vol. 50, No. 5 
The below Table of Contents is available online at: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/vol50/issue5/?etoc

Introducing Policy Reviews
Mark Stephens
Urban Stud 2013;50 855

Policy Review
The Housing Market Renewal Programme: Origins, Outcomes and the Effectiveness of Public Policy Interventions in a Volatile Market
Philip Leather and Brendan Nevin
Urban Stud 2013;50 856-875

‘Ripple’ Effects in South African House Prices
Mehmet Balcilar, Abebe Beyene, Rangan Gupta, and Monaheng Seleteng
Urban Stud 2013;50 876-894

Regional House Prices and the Ripple Effect in Malaysia
Hooi Hooi Lean and Russell Smyth
Urban Stud 2013;50 895-922

Trajectories of Multidimensional Neighbourhood Quality of Life Change
Elizabeth Delmelle, Jean-Claude Thill, Owen Furuseth, and Thomas Ludden
Urban Stud 2013;50 923-941

Exploring Change in Local Regeneration Areas: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England
Paul Lawless and Christina Beatty
Urban Stud 2013;50 942-958

Variations between Organisations and Localities in Government Funding of Third-sector Activity: Evidence from the National Survey of Third-sector Organisations in England
David Clifford, Frida Geyne-Rahme, and John Mohan
Urban Stud 2013;50 959-976

Elected Neighbourhood Officers in a Turkish City (Izmir): Gendered Local Participation in Governance
Fatma Senol
Urban Stud 2013;50 977-993

Le Goût des Autres: Gentrification Told by Children
Jean-Yves Authier and Sonia Lehman-Frisch
Urban Stud 2013;50 994-1010

Place Stratification or Spatial Assimilation? Neighbourhood Quality Changes after Residential Mobility for Migrants in Germany
Philipp M. Lersch
Urban Stud 2013;50 1011-1029

Knowledge-based Development in Leading Regions across the Globe: An Exploratory Analysis of the co-Evolution of Resources, Capabilities and Outputs
Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi
Urban Stud 2013;50 1030-1048

Urban Inequality and Political Recruitment
Per Strömblad and Gunnar Myrberg
Urban Stud 2013;50 1049-1065

Branding the City: The Democratic Legitimacy of a New Mode of Governance
Jasper Eshuis and Arthur Edwards
Urban Stud 2013;50 1066-1082

Book Reviews
Book Review: Cities in Translation: Intersections of Language and Memory
Urban Stud 2013;50 1083-1085

Book Review: Beyond the Resources of Poverty: Gecekondu Living in the Turkish Capital
Urban Stud 2013;50 1085-1087

Book Review: The Principles of Green Urbanism: Transforming the City for Sustainability
Urban Stud 2013;50 1087-1089

Book Review: Social Sustainability in Urban Areas: Communities, Connectivity and the Urban Fabric
Urban Stud 2013;50 1089-1092

6 March 2013

Congratulations to my sister

L. F. Oliveira, "Release of Volatile Compounds from Polymeric Microcapsules Mediated by Photocatalytic Nanoparticles," International Journal of Photoenergy, vol. 2013, Article ID 712603, 9 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/712603.

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4 March 2013

Summary of Discussion Papers

Worker Matching and Firm Value
Espen R Moen
Eran Yashiv

Search Costs, Demand-Side Economies and the Incentives to Merge under Bertrand Competition
José-Luis Moraga-González
Vaiva Petrikaite

In the Name of the Son (and the Daughter): Intergenerational Mobility in the United States, 1850-1930
Claudia Olivetti
M. Daniele Paserman

Persistent effects of empires: Evidence from the partitions of Poland
Irena Grosfeld
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Growth and Structural Transformation
Berthold Herrendorf
Richard Rogerson
Akos Valentinyi

Three Sisters: The Interlinkage between Sovereign Debt, Currency and Banking Crises
Sylvester C W Eijffinger
Bilge Karatas

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