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For the past 22 fortnights we've been sharing collections of articles and events loosely arranged around a theme. We've had excellent feedback on the newsletter, but we found we were clutching at straws sometimes to present a thematic grouping of the stuff we found interesting.

There's lots of other places you can find interesting content, but this is still one of the only ways to get to know the team at Paper Giant, and what we're up to. So, from today, we're ditching the theme, and we're making this space more explicitly about what our team are thinking about and reading at the moment.

What's on our minds? The subjective experiences of the world as described by visualisations, how speed is often a bad thing, and how cognitive scaffolding helps learn new skills. 

— the PG team

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Coral Cities: Visualising how far a 30-minutes drive will take you
Recommended by Wendy Fox
I am always intrigued by the overlap of art and data as a way to tell stories and understand the world. Craig Taylor's 'Coral Cities' uses visual metaphor as a tangible way to represent a key element of liveable cities: ease of movement.

I have reservations about Taylor's interpretation of the '30-minute city' liveability criterion. Surely it doesn't matter how far you can go, it matters what you can access: schools, parks, social opportunities, and so on. And accessibility by foot or public transport is a better indicator of liveability than car travel. Nevertheless, these coral skeletons are a beautiful way to compare the diversity, complexity and density of urban road infrastructure.
Ways people trying to do good accidentally make things worse, and how to avoid them
Recommended by Jess Allison
This article highlighted a perspective I hadn't really considered before: just because we want to do good and even think we are doing good, we still need to be careful to mitigate risks. Rushing to implement changes or doing things the wrong way may take longer to recover from than the time you would have spent doing more initial research and community-building.

The effective altruists at 80,000 Hours are especially concerned with the outsize impact that mistakes by a well-intentioned novice can have on emerging fields potentially making it harder for others to get funding or even just be taken seriously. Luckily they also discuss how to mitigate these risks, from building your expertise and seeking out the wisdom that already exists in your field, to the under-discussed basics of just being nice.
How we learn a skill: The journey from novice to master
Recommended by Ashlee Riordan
This is front of mind for me because becoming a great researcher or a great human-centred designer takes more than learning theory and reading books. It takes years of practice years of practical experience. 

My challenge is to help pinpoint where a practitioner is on their journey towards mastery and then to create an environment that supports them to grow. Learning by doing will eventually produce mastery but how might we consciously accelerate and support this journey for practitioners? The techniques I've found most effective are mentorship, reflective practice and peer observation.
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Paper Giant on Done By Law
Done By Law is a weekly radio show that gives listeners a unique and irreverent take on current legal news. This week, PG's Emma S. and Kate G. will be on the program to talk about how technology can increase access to justice. Human-centred design can help organisations use technology to make a real difference, instead of falling into the trap of just churning out more apps and websites.
December 4, 6pm, 3CR 855AM
Streaming here

'Student-led and student-centred: better supporting international students’ legal needs'
International students are vulnerable to a range of legal issues involving where they live, work and study, but most don’t know where to turn for support, and fear reporting issues because of perceived impacts to their visa arrangements. Paper Giant will discuss the tool they designed, and the process: involving international students at every step of the end-to-end research, design and evaluation process, ensuring their needs, goals and motivations are sensitively considered in solution development.
December 7, Sydney
ISANA International Education Association Conference: program and tickets

Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility
Why is is so hard for white people to talk about racism? And what does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims that race is meaningless? US-based writer, researcher and educator Robin DiAngelo has considered these questions deeply. She examines how this phenomenon derails progress in dealing with structural discrimination, and challenges us all to find constructive ways to see, acknowledge and respond to racism in the 21st Century.
December 11, Melbourne
Info and tickets

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