Monthly Archives: July 2007

The Department of Future Crimes

Just a tiny bit from my book today… A more controversial idea, perhaps, is that free will does not exist and that our personalities and actions are largely shaped by our genes and are ‘fixed’ by our ancestry. If proven, … Continue reading

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Green go the banks

Here’s my lastest column from Retail Banking Review… Thou shalt not be any other colour except green. How could anyone disagree with that these days? Ever since Al Gore put his PowerPoint slides to music, companies the world over have … Continue reading

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A bit more of my book…

Overall, people will cope — just – with the avalanche of change, uncertainty and anxiety but many of them will seek refuge in the past. They will escape the present through various nostalgic pursuits although their love of the old … Continue reading

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Comfortably Numb

Some more of my book… This obsession with ‘busyness’ can be seen in the way that the work ethic has invaded childhood. Children must be kept busy at all times. As a result children are becoming over-scheduled and we are … Continue reading

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Have I Got Your Full and Undivided Attention?

Here’s my latest number for Fast Company magazine… ‘Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity’ is an interesting book by John Henry Clippinger — a senior fellow at the Beckman Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. … Continue reading

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OK Computer

My book is getting some encouraging feedback so I’ll be posting bits as often as I can. My publisher has also agreed to let me send out the whole of chapter one as a pdf on Sept 3 so watch … Continue reading

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Inventing new types of fear

Sorry everyone, I’ve been up in the mountains without email. So back to the book. Here’s another sneak peak… But back to anxiety. What will people be running away from in the future? What will we be afraid of in … Continue reading

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My book…continued

People seem to like this so I’ll keep it coming…comments very welcome. In Japan there is a social phenomenon called ‘Hikikomori’. The phrase roughly translates as ‘withdrawal’ and refers to boys who retreat into their bedrooms and rarely, if ever, … Continue reading

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From Hard to Soft Power

Here’s a little something (actually rather long) that I’ve just written for a magazine called Future Orientation (F/O) in Denmark – www.cifs.dk. Back in 1987 I worked with a company that was trying to convince the citizens of Europe that … Continue reading

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