The internet might rightly be called the greatest medium of free expression in human history – but just how free is the internet?
This month a federal court ruled that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can block or slow internet content they don’t like … or charge popular sites to be accessed.
In other words, the company that provides your internet can also decide what you see on it.
The ruling has caused an uproar, with everyone from government regulators to high-tech companies trying to decide what to do next. Many of them argue that the principle of “net neutrality” – the idea that every site on the internet should be treated equally by ISPs – is essential to preserving the potential for the internet as a free exchange of ideas.
For Joel Federman, a member of Saybrook’s Human Science faculty who heads its interdisciplinary concentration in Social Transformation, this discussion couldn’t be more crucial. The future of democracy – which depends on access to information – is at stake.
It’s one small step for 400 people – but could turn into a huge change for the federal government.
The United States Office of Personnel Management has announced that it will implement a pilot “results only” work program for 400 federal employees – allowing them to work wherever, whenever, and however they want, and evaluating them only by the results they produce.
If successful, it could lead to widespread changes, and greater flexibility, for government employees at every level.
Saybrook scholars who work with governments say they are impressed – but that programs like this aren’t always easy to get right.
“The devil is in the details, as they say,” says Gary Metcalf, an Organizational Systems faculty member who teaches at the Federal Executive Institute of the U.S. government. “How it actually works will depend a great deal on the targets they set, and how they get measured. Some people will do better with it than others. Also, it takes more discipline to run your own schedule, and some people don’t do that well.”
Still, he’s excited by the prospect. “Conceptually it sounds like a huge step forward – well beyond what many corporations are ready for yet. If the expected amount of work for each person remains relatively the same, though, and employees feel like outcomes are evaluated fairly, I think the end result could be really positive.”
Saybrook is expanding its social media presence to build our community and attract new communities.
Need to know what’s happening at Saybrook – and to connect with students, faculty, and alumni? Check out, join, and invite others to join our social networking sites.
Saybrook has an active presence on:
• Twitter, where job postings, faculty news, and links of interest to our community can be found;
• Facebook, where members of our community connect with one another professionally and personally;
• LinkedIn, where our social networks combine to create more career opportunity.
Signing up is easy – and keeps us better in touch.
Saybrook also has a YouTube channel featuring videos of faculty and students talking about their Saybrook experiences … and is open to video submissions from community members telling us their story.
New content is provided regularly – and Saybrook is committed to using these tools to make our resources more accessible to our community, and our community more accessible to the world.
Saybrook community members in the Southern California area have a rare opportunity to connect with the work of Carl Jung.
Jung’s renowned Red Book – his recording of his own psychotic break, the insights gleaned from which eventually led to the underpinnings of Jungian Psychology – will be on display at the Hammer-UCLA Museum from April 11 – June 6.
Additionally, Dr. Sonu Shamdasani, a Distinguished Consulting Faculty Member at Saybrook and the translator of Jung’s Red Book, will give a lecture on Jung on April 23, entitled Prophecy, Divine Madness, and Psychology: Liber Novus, the Red Book of C.G. Jung.
Saybrook is now accepting applications from students for several high-profile scholarships offered directly from the university.
The Rollo May Scholarship: this $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student of any of Saybrook University’s three colleges whose graduate work explicitly applies and extends the existential-humanistic contributions of Rollo May. Student work may include scholarship in the areas of personality theory, psychotherapy, art and literature, cultural criticism, existential encounters, or other topics clearly connected to the Rollo May tradition.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC)/State Loan Repayment Program Information The National Health Service Corps (NHSC)/State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, has received a grant for $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to repay outstanding government and commercial loans for expenses incurred during...
Selene Vega, PhD '10 will host a workshop entitled: Opening to our Depths: Self Relations Supervision with Dvorah Simon, Ph.D Skyote Mountain, Santa Cruz, CA April 15-18, 2010 (*CE) Reg. & Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prophecy, Divine Madness, and Psychology A Public Lecture by Dr. Sonu Shamdasani Red Book Editor and co-translator; General Editor of the Philemon Foundation; & Philemon Professor of Jung History at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London Friday, April 23, 7:30-9:30 PM UCLA Schoenberg Hall Ticket Information - See Below Dr. Shamdasani is the...
Saybrook University’s Board of Trustees Chair, Alison Bonds Shapiro, would like to invite you to join the Saybrook Community for a conversation with our new president, Dr. Mark Schulman. Tuesday, May 11, 3 PM EDT, 12 Noon Pacific Mark is excited to have this chance to get to know you and to talk with you about his enthusiastic support for Saybrook’s vision. The Board of Trustees...
AHIMSA BERKELEY INVITES YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS TO HEAR Huston Smith speak on: Fundamentalism in America Today Sunday, April 18, 2010 3:00 - 5:00 pm Berkeley Buddhist Monastery 2304 McKinley Ave. (one block below Martin Luther King Jr. Way; cross street: Bancroft Way) Berkeley, CA 94703 What is fundamentalism, and what is the state of fundamentalism in American society today? Professor Huston...