Seen in → No.138
Source → jmulholland.com/small-group/
On a similar topic, quoted in the Matt Webb piece linked above, this one too overlaps with convening.
Around a dozen members is the sweet spot of social motivation: small enough to know everyone, yet large enough that the group won’t collapse if one or two members’ enthusiasm wanes; small enough that you are not daunted by competing with the whole world, yet large enough that you still need to be on your toes to keep up.”
Anthropocene Magazine — Very short near-future fiction with some ideas of how COVID and future zoonotic diseases might change our systems of public-health, international trade, and meat eating. Is there a word for plausible (as in, doable and appropriate) yet improbable (because politics)?
Handling the threat of zoonotic diseases became a government function as basic as wildfire prevention or flood control, and—apart from averting the next world-shaking pandemic—these programs helped treat the slow burn of comparatively low-profile zoonoses. […]
Scientists didn’t hesitate to shut down wildlife markets, but when it came to factory farming, they settled for risk mitigation: developing new vaccines, trying to stop dust and air from escaping buildings, monitoring workers for disease, and maybe promising them health insurance. […]
Regular citizens looked at supermarket meat aisles and fast-food value meals as pandemic lottery tickets. Eating those foods carried a social stigma, not unlike how Westerners a decade earlier had regarded bat-eating.