Category Archives: Columns

Don’t Panic




Global warming? I think some people are getting hot headed and should cool it. The latest example of climate confusion was a polar bear that floated from Greenland to Iceland on some melting sea ice. Apparently, this was our fault … Continue reading






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Battery Farmed Children




According to a survey, 25% of them have difficulty walking and many of them are becoming disabled by rapid weight gain and a lack of proper sleep. The story in question is about battery-farmed chickens but it could equally be … Continue reading






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Another Case of Bad Language




Here we go again. A report by something called the the National Organisation of University Art Schools says that schools should be teaching ‘visuacy’. The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is similarly focussing on the “outcome” of visuacy … Continue reading






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Always Turned On




Things are getting really weird. I have a female friend that goes to bed with an electronic device every night. Her husband is getting fed up and claims it’s ruining their sex life. Her response is that she’s in meetings … Continue reading






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Are We All Going Google Eyed?




Here’s fun game. Visit an ATM and play “Guess your PIN.” If you win you get some money. If you don’t you loose your card, usually after the third attempt.Other versions of the game are available for credit cards and … Continue reading






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Human Contact a Cyber Failing




Something I wrote for the Herald Sun Newspaper… In America, you can attend a Cuddle Party. This is where a group of strangers pay to hug each other. According to cuddleparty.com, it’s “a place for people to rediscover non-sexual touch … Continue reading






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How to unearth growth by digging in the dirt.




My columns for Fast Company are being migrated to the new Fast Company.com website. In the meantime I’m posting as many of the originals as I can find here. Be aware that some of these go back to 2004 and … Continue reading






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Is M&A the new R&D?




A while ago I wrote a piece for Fast Company called An Evolutionary Approach to Innovation. The central idea was that Darwinism teaches us quite a bit about innovation. In particular, random mutations and adaptations caused by a particular local … Continue reading






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Why the Future Keeps Catching Us Out.




Why is it that some innovations score a home run, whereas others leave the field almost as soon as they walk on? The reasons obviously vary according to on the specific context, but two culprits are undoubtedly timing and the … Continue reading






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Have I got your full and undivided attention?




Life is speeding up and we are constantly inventing new ways to make things move even faster. But what are some of the consequences of this constant busyness? Are we losing our ability to think and properly relate to other … Continue reading






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