Monthly Archives: March 2012

Past views of the future

                Why do we continue to get the future so wrong? Personally, I think it’s a mixture of three things. First, it’s very hard not to base future predictions on extrapolations. We project … Continue reading

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Future Science

2 days to book deadline. Too busy to write anything so here’s a book that looks fun.

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Quote of the week

“While the Left hates Britain’s history, large parts of the Right hate Britain’s future.” – Tim Montgomerie. (to which I’d add that the old live in the past while the young live in the future. Actually is that true? Do … Continue reading

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Stillness

              I think this is interesting. iKonoTV is a channel that broadcasts art. That’s it. Just art in two-minutes chunks with no interruptions. The channel has been broadcasting for a year across south Asia, … Continue reading

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The Manchester Scenarios

I’ve been in Manchester again (I’m now on the 18.35 to London Euston and we passed Stoke-on-Trent a while back) and I’ve been running a mini scenarios workshop on the subject of public libraries once again. We came up against … Continue reading

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Museum of Broken Relationships

Just going through three month’s worth of newspapers, magazines, journals and various online sources for the next issue of What’s Next (about 3-feet of material if you stack it up). Anyway, hugely disappointed with the analysis this quarter. Maybe it’s … Continue reading

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Quote of the day

Actually it’s an equation. Despair = Suffering – Meaning. (Chip Conley).

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Gamification

I’m listening to Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen (I love it but the kids really hate it!) trying to work out whether gamification can be justified as one of the ’50 big ideas’ in one of my new books. It’s … Continue reading

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New Book on Scenario Thinking

Regular readers may know that I am working on two new books, both with the same deadline of March 31st (don’t even ask!). Here’s the contents sequence for the second book, which I’m co-writing with Oliver Freeman. One word of … Continue reading

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Great quote (see last post)

The book arrived and I found that quote. “In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a … Continue reading

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