Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Shallows

You may remember me raving about The Shallows by Nicholas Carr a few weeks ago. Well I read a review of the book by Sam Leith in last weekend’s Sunday Times. The review is good, but in case you are … Continue reading

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Saint-Exupery quote

I’ve been searching for a last quote for the new book (Future Minds) and remembered this one. “The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.”

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Could this be true?

I love this. In 2003, 24 children were named Unique in America, but only one was called Xerox.

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Future Files

I was looking online to see whether my Australian publisher had started to promote my new book (Future Minds) the other day when I stumbled across someone from Adelaide blogging about my old book saying that it was more or … Continue reading

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Too much email

According to Basex, a business research consultancy in the US, the (negative) cost of multi-tasking to the US economy is USD$650 billion annually. Modern office technology is a contributor. According to McKinsey, between 1997 and 2005 email traffic grew by … Continue reading

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Orders of Magnitude

What have I been up this? I’m glad you ask, dear reader. On Thursday I did a half-day workshop at the London Business School for a group of South African students. The workshop was on futures thinking and was interesting … Continue reading

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Thought for the weekend

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is an invisible labour.” – Victor Hugo.

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Social Networks & Innovation

Ronald Burt, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, has spoken about  “structural holes” inside organisations. For example, a study by Mr Burt inside Raytheon (a defence company) found that not only did those managers with wider social networks come … Continue reading

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Baby Mozart

The idea of the ‘Mozart Effect’ in children dates from 1993 when Frances Rauscher, a psychologist, wrote a paper that appeared in the American science journal Nature. The paper summarised a study in which Rauscher asked 36 college students to … Continue reading

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An eye to the future

Vision Optic Co. in Japan has created glasses that stop people from falling asleep. The glasses, aimed at drivers and students preparing for exams, feature an earpiece vibrator that warns the wearer when they are about to nod off. When … Continue reading

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