Monthly Archives: March 2010

Scenarios for the Future of Student Unions

I’ve just been talking with NUS Services (the commercial arm of the National Students Union essentially) about scenario planning and we spent a few minutes (literally) speculating about future scenarios. Here’s an amalgamation of a few suggestions, which I don’t … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

I cut this out of the FT on a plane recently but I can’t quite remember where it’s from. I’m pretty sure it’s the back page column by Harry Eyres. ” We are much more vulnerable now than we were … Continue reading

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Library Letters

I’m sitting in the Virgin Atlantic lounge at Heathrow tucking into some scrambled eggs and a copy of The Week. On the letters page there’s an exchange between the director of community services at Lancashire County Council and a man … Continue reading

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Report on the Modernisation of Public Libraries

On the way to Liverpool via Hong Kong (like you do) so I’ve had a chance to catch up with a bit of reading. Here’s my take on the DCMS report on the modernisation of public libraries. First of all … Continue reading

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Future Thinking

Just been thinking again about a formula for the future (post March 7). How about… Technology + History = the Future (History = human psychology + nature x time).

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Future of Libraries

I’ve been ploughing through the DCMS report (UK) on public libraries. Talk about joined up gobbledegook. I’ve never seen so many “outcomes”, “deliverables” and “access” in my life. Actually that’s not quite true. I once got involved with a UK … Continue reading

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The Future of National Libraries

Ellen at the State Library of NSW has sent me a link to a paper from the National Library of Scotland (NLS) that considers the influences that will shape the development of the NLS over the next 20 years. I … Continue reading

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Creativity and Depression

Have you ever wondered why depression is commonly associated with creative genius? According to Paul Wolf, a clinical pathologist at the University of California. Einstein, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Ravel, Goya, Michelangelo and Warhol all suffered from diseases that are now … Continue reading

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Shop of the Month

This will be a Harvard Business Review case study in a few years time – one on innovation and adding value to a well-established commodity market. There’s a retail brand in Australia called Smiggle, owned by the Just Group (fashion … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different” — Peter Drucker

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