Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Office

A while ago I met a Marketing Director of a food company in Melbourne who was in her 40s. She told me about a conversation she’s had with someone who was working for her who was in their 20s. The … Continue reading

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Deadlines

There’s nothing like a deadline to get you thinking. I think it was Douglas Adams who said something along the lines of loving deadlines. Especially the whooshing sound they make as they rush past.  

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The truth about beauty

According to art historian Robert Hughes the term avant garde no longer has any meaning. If anything and everything is acceptable there is no longer anything to be ahead of. Furthermore, there is an assumption that film, television and photography … Continue reading

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Reading…

A quote and a book all on the same day. This is surely a first. The reason for this is that I’m wading through piles of cuttings and printouts for the next issue of What’s Next (#30) and I’m facing … Continue reading

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Richard Watson – TEDx Lodz

The video of me talking at TEDx in Poland has finally gone up (we’re all still waiting for the film from Germany as far as I know). It’s basically about thinking spaces and, in particular, why I feel it’s important … Continue reading

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Libraries: An open and shut case

This needs a response. Last month there was an article in the Daily Telegraph saying that public libraries are no longer needed in the UK and should be closed (The Liberal whingers are wrong – we should shut our libraries). … Continue reading

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Poetry on a Friday

As usual Leonard Cohen has got the words right. I’m off to take a few pictures and have a conversation with a few of the people camped out by St Paul’s… Things are going to slide, slide in all directions … Continue reading

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Books for Christmas

You may say that I’m a dreamer, but it appears I’m not the only one. Kevin Duncan has written an interesting book about dealing with the digital deluge. His book is Revolution: Tame Your Technology …Get Your Life Back is … Continue reading

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Future of Africa Scenarios – Thinkers Wanted!

Here’s a draft matrix produced for an Africa in 2030 project for Save the Children (a pro bono project). So we now need to pick a few brains. First, if anyone out there is interested in Africa we’d love to … Continue reading

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Thematic investment

  I rather like this. It’s from Taylor Young and is a model of what’s hot and what’s not. If you are not familiar with thematic investment this is a way of using certain emerging social, demographic, economic and technological … Continue reading

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