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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Avoiding spectacular mediocrity

One phrase has stuck in my mind after the Small Advanced Nations meeting in Auckland last month: “spectacular mediocrity”. This phrase was used by one of my counterparts to describe the outcome of poorly constructed or operated contestable funding systems. … Continue reading

Reflections on the social license for science and technology

The term ‘social license’ with respect to the application of science and technology received prominence last week in the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s interim report on hydraulic fracking. Some writings on the position of science in society have used … Continue reading