Monthly Archives: May 2011

TV viewing trends

Article in USA Today last week by Amy Chua (author of Tiger Mother) saying that the average American child spends 66% more time watching TV than attending school (no source quoted). This feels wrong to me. Screens perhaps but TV? … Continue reading

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Death by Onion Rings

I’m having a feeling of deja vu all over again. A few years ago I wrote about my experience of checking into a budget hotel room at Miami International Airport – See free download of chapter one of my book … Continue reading

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Six Sigma and innovation

Back in December 2005 3M hired a new CEO called James McNerney, who imported the ‘Six Sigma’ process from his old employer, General Electric. Nothing remarkable about that you might think, after all, 82 out of the top 100 companies … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

“Impossible to see the future is” – Yoda (StarWars)

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One Question about the Future

I’m doing a TEDex talk in Munich next month and originally intended to do something around The Architecture of Thinking (Alternative title: Can Buildings Have Brains?). However, one of the organisers has put me off. Instead I’m doing the Perils … Continue reading

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Free vs. paid

Two ideas.  The first, from Esther Dyson, is that perhaps a tiny micro-payment should be attached to emails (paid for by the sender). This would get rid of spam but might also reduce the amount of unnecessary cc’ing that goes … Continue reading

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Five factoids for the future

Why I’m writing this I have no idea because I am supposed to be doing several other urgent things. Anyway, in my book, Future Files, I highlighted 5 trends as being among the major drivers of change for the foreseeable … Continue reading

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Stat of the day

It is estimated that 30% of a typical day is spent processing irrelevant data. Source: Xerox.

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