Monthly Archives: June 2011

Email and health

Email is bad for you – it’s official. A study by Ashlee McGuire, a graduate student from Queens University in Ontario, says that walking over to a co-worker rather than sending them an email has long-term health benefits. Well, yeah, … Continue reading

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Drowning in Shallow Waters

Amazing how much you can end up doing when you have nothing else to do. I’m writing a chapter for a new book proposal. Monday I spent four hours trying to think of a word (starts with the letter G, … Continue reading

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Books to Read Before You Die

Are you reading enough books? Lovely thought by Philip Hensher in the Independent newspaper recently. The UK government is aiming to get school kids to read 50 books a year. It is also, you may recall, asking people to eat … Continue reading

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The World in the Year 2020

Back to my post of June 22 about the Class of 2020. Are there any common factors involved in the disappearance of these jobs? The answer, in my view, is yes. Automation and intelligent systems mean that if a job … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

“On the web everyone will be famous for 15 people” – David Weinberger

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Zuckerberg’s Law

The amount of personal information people are prepared to reveal about themselves – in return for commercial gain or social status – will double every eighteen months. Just made that up based upon Mark Zuckerberg’s comment that every year people … Continue reading

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The World in 2020

I’m writing something for the Class of 2020 and it occurs to me that many of the jobs that we take for granted now will be extinct or endangered by the time students graduate in eleven years time. Furthermore, many … Continue reading

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How did I end up here?

Just been in Seoul at the World Strategy Forum 2011. I’ve now idea how I ended up being there. Certainly Heathrow Terminal 3. Possibly the books.  Anyway, I had my own Chauncy Gardiner* moment at a meeting with the Prime … Continue reading

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What Wikipedia Teaches Us About Education

Our model of education is broken. In most countries schooling is based upon a model developed during the agrarian era and adapted to produce workers for factory production. But most people now live in knowledge economies and the speed of … Continue reading

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Tiny turbines

I had a thought recently. If all fossil fuels are derived from plants, which originally got their energy from light (i.e. oil, coal and gas are stored photosynthesis), why can’t we mimic this process with biological factories converting light into … Continue reading

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