Powerpoint presentation: how to make a self running Power-Point presentation

Few times I have received a file where a whole Powerpoint presentation was started almost automatically without following the usual route (open the file, press F5 – or click on start presentation).

Looking further I’ve found that this Ms Office feature extends even further and gives plenty of opportunities, included the possibility to add voice-over, set the time automatically etc.

Would be worth giving it a try or keep it in mind for the future!

If you want to see how this works, have a look at my recent presentation for the British Society of Criminology : “BSC 2012 Presentation

If you find yourself using it, please do comment and let’s share some thoughts!



Desistance and the structure vs agency conundrum: fiction or reality?

In desistance research the work of the “usual suspect” desistance scholars (Maruna, Farrall, Laub and Sampson etc..) has lead to the following conundrum: what does come first between structure and agency? What is the one that starts the whole process? Does personal change lead to a re-definition of the structure or the other way round? (see Giddens in relation to structure and habitus).

The question has been posed in an interesting article by LeBel, T., Burnett, R., Maruna, S., & Bushway, S. (2007) and has a suggestive title: “The Chicken or the Egg of Subjective and Social Factors in Desistance”.

While the questions is interestingly stimulating, and yet there is more an agreement on the fact that there is need for research on this topic than on the exact order, the question that follows is: why is knowing the exact order of the two important?

Assuming that either the structure or the agency have a specific role in desistance, how does this translate in policy and further intervention?

Agency without structure will soon jeopardise the persons’ change while the other way round won’t be having much effects. What might be more important is rather knowing whether there is a structure ready to welcome an ex-service users’ agentic change.

Are there in place structures to help the process? That is: are we paving the road to desistance?