Saturday, August 1, 2009

LD: A good read

This looks quite good. You might be able to track it down at a nearby library, or you might need to order it from the publisher. While you're at it, see if you can find a copy of this book too.

Monday, July 6, 2009

LD: Stuart Brown and National Institutes of Play

Last night I listened to a radio interview with Dr. Stuart Brown, a former professor of psychiatry and neurology, and now director of the National Institute For Play. In case you prefer reading to listening, here's the transcript.

A fascinating point he made about halfway through the interview: he said that he distinguishes competition from contest. He thinks of competition as just one person measuring her or himself against another, and that it only becomes a contest when you have to have a winner, a loser, and domination. I think affirmatives might be able to use this to very good effect, and he's got quite impressive credentials. It's worth checking out.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

LD: More ideas and a reading list

Part One

Part Two

So after yesterday's lengthy reading list for the TP topic, I didn't want you to think I was slacking off on the LD topic.

Same offer as I made the TP folks: if you're within travel distance of Eugene, Oregon and would like to sweep a library, I can offer you a classroom at Northwest Christian as your staging ground and your debrief room, and I can be there to bounce ideas before, during and after such a library assault. You can get both the TP and LD kids together and get a lot done in one trip.

Here are some books from the U of O collection that probably hold promise for the LD topic:
  • Agonistics: arenas of creative contest, Janet Lungstrum

  • Children in cooperation and competition : toward a developmental social psychology, Emmy A. Pepitone

  • Competition in theory and practice, Terry Burke

  • Competition policy in America: history, rhetoric, law, Rudolph Peritz

  • Competition, cooperation, efficiency, and social organization: introduction to a political economy, Antonio Jorge

  • Competition, trust, and cooperation: a comparative study, Yuichi Shionoya

  • Competition: the birth of a new science, James H. Case

  • Cooperation and competition among primitive peoples, Margaret Mead

  • Cooperation and competition in humans and animals, Andrew M. Colman

  • Cooperation and competition in the global economy: issues and strategies, Antonio Furino

  • Cooperation and competition: theory and research, David W. Johnson

  • Co-opetition, Adam Brandenburger

  • Dynamics of interpersonal competition and cooperation: the experience with competition and subsequent cooperation, Byungjune Chun

  • Economics, competition and academia: an intellectual history of sophism versus virtue, Donald Stabile

  • Ethics and excellence: cooperation and integrity in business, Robert C. Solomon

  • Excellence: can we be equal and excellent too? John W. Gardner

  • Handbook of transformative cooperation: new designs and dynamics, Sandy Kristin Piderit

  • Hot spots: why some teams, workplaces, and organizations buzz with energy-- and others don't, Lynda Gratton

  • In search of excellence: lessons from America's best-run companies, Thomas J. Peters.

  • Learning together and alone : cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning, David W. Johnson

  • Moral sentiments and material interests: the foundations of cooperation in economic life, Herbert Gintis

  • Pluralism: against the demand for consensus, Nicholas Rescher

  • Rambo and the Dalai Lama: the compulsion to win and its threat to human survival, Gordon Fellman

  • Sport in Society, Jay Coakley.

  • The complexity of cooperation: agent-based models of competition and collaboration, Robert M. Axelrod

  • The cooperative sports & games book: challenge without competition, Terry Orlick

  • The death of competition: leadership and strategy in the age of business ecosystems, James F. Moore

  • The spirit of community: rights, responsibilities, and the communitarian agenda, Amitai Etzioni

  • The survival game: how game theory explains the biology of cooperation and competition, David P. Barash
I don't have a list of journals, because there aren't journals set aside for this problem area the way there are for pollution and other environmental issues, but on the U of O research computers you'd have access to a number of search engines that would help you dig out articles in game theory, social psychology, law reviews, etc. that would equip you for both sides.

Let me know if you make it to my neighborhood, and we'll set something up.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sweeping The Library

Sweeping The Library, part one

Sweeping The Library, part two

At the end of the video, there's an invitation to people in or near Oregon to come sweep Knight Library at the University of Oregon, and use one of our classrooms as your staging ground. You can bounce ideas with me, or debrief and sort your articles into categories after you get done.

What's below is the bait I'm dangling in front of you to tempt you to come. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all the books or journals in the U of O library that I think you and a club ought to check out. This is just scratching the surface. You can find some awfully good evidence that no one else has, if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and work hard.

Books I think you should at least look at. Every last one of these is a 2009 book, and all are in the U of O library:
  • Becoming good ancestors: how we balance nature, community, and technology, David Ehrenfeld

  • Blue-green coalitions: fighting for safe workplaces and healthy communities, Brian Mayer

  • Conservation psychology: understanding and promoting human care for nature, Susan Clayton

  • Contagion and chaos: disease, ecology, and national security in the era of globalization, Andrew T. Price-Smith

  • Diagnosis mercury: money, politics, and poison, Jane M. Hightower

  • Doing environmental ethics, Robert Traer

  • Energy in a changing climate, Martin Nicholson

  • Environmental economics: an introduction, Barry C. Field

  • Environmental law and justice in context, Jonas Ebbesson & Phoebe Okawa

  • Environmental politics: stakeholders, interests, and policymaking, Norman Miller

  • Global warming and the political ecology of health: emerging crises and systemic solutions, Hans A. Baer

  • Investing in a sustainable world: why GREEN is the new color of money on Wall Street, Matthew J. Kiernan

  • Love God, heal Earth, Sally G. Bingham

  • Nature in common?: environmental ethics and the contested foundations of environmental policy, Ben A. Minteer

  • Nested ecology: the place of humans in the ecological hierarchy, Edward T. Wimberley

  • Recalibrating the law of humans with the laws of nature: climate change, human rights and intergenerational justice, Burns Weston

  • Smart green: how to implement sustainable business practices in any industry and make money, Jonathan Estes

  • The economics of climate change policies: macroeconomic effects, structural adjustments and technological change, Rainer Walz

  • The environmental food crisis: the environment's role in averting future food crises: a UNEP rapid response assessment, Christian Nelleman

  • The global deal: climate change and the creation of a new era of progress and prosperity, Nicholas Stern

  • The human right to a green future: environmental rights and intergenerational justice, Richard P. Hiskes

  • Two billion cars: driving toward sustainability, Daniel Sperling

  • Unquenchable: America's water crisis and what to do about it, Robert Glennon

  • Why we disagree about climate change: understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity, Michael Hulme

  • Yellowstone and the snowmobile: locking horns over national park use, Michael J. Yochim
And here is a partial and preliminary list of the available journals I think you should at least skim through the past couple of years, picking out and copying (or emailing to yourself) the best articles. All are in the U of O library collection, some in hard copy and some through their electronic databases:
  • Biology and environment

  • Buffalo environmental law journal

  • Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America

  • Business Strategy and the Environment

  • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

  • Clean water report

  • Colorado journal of international environmental law and policy

  • Dickinson journal of environmental law & policy

  • Duke environmental law & policy forum

  • Ecological and environmental anthropology

  • Ecological applications

  • Ecological complexity

  • Ecological economics

  • Ecological engineering

  • Ecological indicators

  • Ecological informatics

  • Ecological management & restoration

  • Ecological modelling

  • Ecological Monographs

  • Ecological research

  • Ecological Restoration

  • Environmental and ecological statistics

  • Environmental Conservation

  • Environmental Economics and Policy Studies

  • Environmental engineering and policy

  • Environmental history review

  • Environmental Policy and Law

  • Environmental pollution. Series A, Ecological and biological

  • Environmental protection

  • Environmental science & policy

  • Environmental science and pollution research international

  • Environs

  • Global Environmental Change

  • Groundwater monitor

  • Human and Ecological Risk Assessment

  • Inside EPA's environmental policy alert

  • International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology

  • International journal of sustainable energy

  • Journal of arid environments

  • Journal of Developments in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Journal of environmental assessment policy and management

  • Journal of environmental policy & planning

  • Journal of Regulatory Economics

  • Journal of renewable and sustainable energy

  • Journal of the Air Pollution Control Association

  • Journal of the IEST Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology

  • Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review

  • NAFTA: Related Environmental Issues and Initiatives ( Policy Papers )

  • Pace environmental law review

  • Pollution Engineering

  • Regulation

  • Remote sensing of environment

  • Sustainable development law & policy

  • The environmental forum

  • The Open Environmental Pollution & Toxicology Journal

  • UCLA journal of environmental law & policy

  • Water, air, and soil pollution

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Proof of concept for the EPA topicality argument

Thomas C. Downs, attorney, American University Law Review, Fall 1992, p. 159
Accordingly, a number of bills have been introduced in Congress to regulate green marketing claims. The bills offer two divergent approaches to the problem. The first approach divides the responsibility for green marketing regulation between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency responsible for environmental policy, and the FTC, the agency responsible for enforcing laws against deceptive advertising.

Jacqueline Karnell Corn, Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Environmental Public Health Policy for Asbestos in Schools: Unintended Consequences, 1999, p. 16
Before proceeding further it is necessary to present some important technical concepts, seldom explained to the public or to Congress, and thus poorly understood. They were underutilized or even ignored by EPA, the regulatory agency responsible for environmental policy. The concepts include: threshold, extrapolation from high dose to low dose, and risk assessment.

Louie Gilot, staff reporter, El Paso Times, May 18, 2005 p. 1B
While the EPA is responsible for environmental policy, "there is a great deal that others can do to make sure that children are protected from environmental threats," William H. Sanders III, acting director of the Office of Children's Health Protection, said in a news release about the award.

Scott Shepard, staff reporter, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, January 31, 2001, p. 3A
Whitman also was confirmed by the Senate, 99-0, to take over the EPA, which is responsible for environmental policies. She will resign as governor of New Jersey a year shy of completing her second and final term.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Team Policy Topic: A Bit Of Archaeology

It'll be a few days before I post my first thoughts on the TP topic, because, to be perfectly honest, I'm scratching my head over the wording. Don't get me wrong: there are clearly angles. But it's going to be a slightly longer process than with the LD topic.

What I'm offering today is something from very long ago. The NDT/CEDA topic in the 1996-97 season required affirmatives to strengthen regulations that required a decrease in environmental pollution, and what I'm posting here are links to intelligence reports from two key tournaments that year. The University of Northern Iowa was the season opener, so the affirmatives and negative arguments were brand new and untested. The University of Southern California tournament took place over Christmas, so that was the mid-season status report.

Many of the arguments you'll see listed are not at all current anymore. These lists are just a tad under thirteen years old, and things have changed. But they're good food for thought, and a few might still be viable. If you're ready to start thinking about next year, start here, and in a few days I'll have some thoughts up.