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Merry Christmas, Azimuthers!
David Tanzer suggested that we chat more on the Forum about what we might want to write... tossing ideas around without worrying too much about them.
I'm curious about what you folks think about the future of Azimuth. I feel I've been rather bad about leading Azimuth in a clear direction that gets people to join in and do things. I've been pushing to develop "green mathematics", and this is working fairly well among my grad students, but it's not clear how much Azimuth is helping this effort — nor is it clear that this work lives up to the original rather grandiose vision of Azimuth. (It could be better to have a humble framework that really accomplishes something, than a grandiose vision that doesn't get anywhere.)
I've been trying to "lead by example", simply doing things and hoping others join, or do their own thing... and while this works to some extent, I can't help but wonder if it's an incomprehensible or uninspiring strategy to most people. Maybe my career as a mathematicians makes me unsuited for "management": in math, the strategy is usually "if you think you can do something, do it!"
Maybe what people really want are "answers" — a clear (if perhaps wrong) strategy for combating climate change, for example. I think I have ideas about that; they're not very novel but I could perhaps explain them more systematically than some have done. If I start doing that, will good things happen? Will people want to join in and flesh out various ideas? Will people correct my mistakes in some way that converges to an even better strategy, or will the discussion just devolve into a typical stagnant argument that doesn't really get anywhere?
For example, I'm in favor of nuclear power. This will start arguments. Will the arguments be useful? Can we make them be useful?
Questions like this have made me reluctant to launch Plan C, even though I feel someone should do it...
What do you think?