[-empyre-] Makers of policy are critical

Kevin Franklin kevinfranklin.edd at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 16:36:29 EST 2014

Thank you Tim for your response to my post. I did in fact mean to link
criticality with making as I was thinking about the Organization of
American States (OAS) being both a critical maker of policy across the
western hemisphere and being critically made by the policies and critiques
of multiple countries and actors across those countries. The OAS as a
political body is an example of a making project that I think provides a
critical expose of the problems within and across countries and
organizations while increasingly presenting an important interpretation of
large-scale data to suggest strategies for positive impact to those that
critique and make.  While the OAS is a work in process the OAS and its
sister organizations are trending in the right direction... it recently
produced the Plan of Action of Panama launching four working groups to
organize the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministers in the Americas
to examine existing projects and initiatives and to scale successful
efforts to address common problems. These working groups themselves are
critiqued by the nongovernmental and academic actors that have been
included in the groups and special emphasis is given to balancing different
voices including indigenous*. *A second maker project that I would
reference is the World Science Forum. I attended the most recent meeting in
Brazil; the theme of the gathering was Science for Global Sustainable
Development which I'm happy to say syncs with other international policy
focused organizations including the United Nations Millennium Goals and the
European Commission Horizon 2020, that have made an expressed commitment to
be data-driven, and to be inclusive of people with different ways of
knowing in the interoperation of solution exploration on a range of topics
included poverty, health, climate, energy, water and land, food, etc. I am
cautiously optimistic by what I consider a sincere commitment by these
organizations and groups to include the arts, humanities and social
sciences in their maker efforts. With regards to your comments on the
1%, while they still remain wealthy and powerful recent economic projects
like Brazil's which has distributed greater income to its citizens thus
raising 41 million people out of poverty suggests that things may become
better as countries identify innovative strategies for positive change.
 The World Science Forum committed to eradicate poverty as one of its main
goals. Data, time and innovative policy are not on the side of the 1%.
Dr. Kevin D. Franklin
Executive Director, Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social
Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Research Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Adjunct Associate Professor, African American Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-418-9500
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