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Operation Project Fear: The Open University (UK)

Art work by Charles Cutting.

There is a fascinating "Operation Project Fear" as an Open University educational curriculum out of the UK, check out their website. The tag line for the novel (and an animation film as well): "An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear?" The website description in general read: "We are all victims of fear. Project Fear has been with us for hundreds of years. Find out how fear is weaponised and targeted and how to avoid making things worse!" 

This image above is an excerpt of the cover of a graphic novel by Dr. Simon Bell (and Charles Cutting's illustration)--available free if you sign-in to The Open University website. Bell, Professor of Innovation & Methdology (in Dept. of Engineering & Innovation) is a systems thinker who is bringing his background to the Fear Problem (aka Fear Project). He is someone I recently discovered through reading some of his book online- see "Formations of Terror" (2017). Unfortunately, this e-book is over $100. However, if you go on Google Books you can read parts of it for free.

It is fascinating that another "systems thinker" is applying their craft to the Fear Problem, as I recently posted a blog here on Dr. Bhandari doing the same thing. Oh, by the way, British Politics has apparently had this public discourse going of use of the label "Project Fear" in the past few decades, according to Wikipedia:

The term "Project Fear" has been used in British politics, notably before, during and after the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership by those campaigning to leave the European Union. It denotes the alleged scaremongering and pessimism employed by those in favour of remaining in the EU.[1] The phrase was coined by Rob Shorthouse, who was the "Better Together" campaign's director of communications during the Scottish independence referendum, and was later used by 'remain' supporters in the buildup to the "Britain Stronger In Europe" campaign during the EU membership referendum campaign. [see more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Fear_(British_politics)

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  • Dear Michael !

    I think "Operation Fear Project" is useful for us. We have to keep contact with them. All over the world, many fearist authors, we have to conversation with them. When we work together, It gives concrete  concept of fear. So far my understanding numbers of new authors are coming in this subject. Because area of fear is expanding. Different authors can catch different field of fear. Thank you for sharing this important link. I try to follow their project.

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