Monthly Archives: June 2009

Future of Libraries

OK, here’s the draft scenario matrix.

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Future of Libraries

OK, here’s where we are at. The X-axis on the scenario matrix is pretty set. The driver is the value placed on physical things. This includes library buildings, librarians and books etc. But the Y-axis? One option is the availability … Continue reading

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Extinction Timeline – 2009 Update

A year or two ago (I can’t remember) I did an extinction timeline looking at familiar things that were set to disappear in the future. The word extinction referred to general rarity rather than total disappearance. Anyway, here’s a 2009 … Continue reading

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Things that are supposed to be dead

“The moment something has been declared dead, it emerges from the grave like at the end of ‘Carrie’, only more powerful and bigger than ever.” – Douglas Coupland. So what is currently returning, unexpectedly, from the grave?

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The Future of Public Libraries

In case anyone is interested in the process for this scenario-planning project it is roughly as below. By the way I am not doing this alone. Far from it. Oliver Freeman at NFA is Head of Process (I’m Head of … Continue reading

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The Future of Public Libraries

As you may know I’m involved with a scenario planning project looking at the future of public libraries. Usually these projects are confidential but on this rare occasion I can talk openly about what we are doing and what the … Continue reading

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2010 Trend Map

What am I up to? Today I’m doing a keynote on the future of work at a human resources national convention and then it’s back to work on some scenarios for the future of public libraries. In between I’m doing … Continue reading

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Extinction Timeline (2009 Update)

Coming soon…a 2009 update to my extinction timeline. It has been done using oil paints so we will have to wait until the paint is dry (about 10 days) before I can scan it. Why oil paints? Why not? There … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

” I don’t believe in God, but I miss him” – Julian Barnes

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Great Brain Map

This is quite cool. A 3D map of the human brain. A genuine image of a brain has been mashed up with an elevation model to create contours and some map data from New Zealand has been added to create … Continue reading

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