Archive for January, 2009

System failure – reboot

Saturday, January 31st, 2009I have noticed on my travels around Britain in the last year an interesting the increasing presence of farmers markets and small food co-operatives on the high street, or established in farms or in villages.[caption id="attachment_3164" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Food ...

Engagement, Freedom, and Malcolm Gladwell in Amsterdam

Saturday, January 31st, 2009This week I was in Amterdam speaking at a MIcosoft conference on driving engagement.I found myself in an international school bedecked with the stars and stripes, standing on a podium in a sports hall adressing the gallery - I craved ...

Do we seek the comfort of Gutenberg’s ghost?

Monday, January 26th, 2009Simon Jenkins argues that in today's world of great economic uncertainty we are turning back to the past, for some hand holding. And to a degree he is right.On Tuesday 2 million Americans decided not to watch their hero on ...

Human nature and the need for social connection

Friday, January 23rd, 2009[caption id="attachment_3130" align="alignleft" width="197" caption="Loneliness by John T.Cacioppo & William Patrick"][/caption]Two cornerstones of classic economic theory are the assumptions that individuals are rational decision makers and individuals have purely self-regarding preferences.  These assumptions fly in the face of most psychological ...

Freedom of speech at the LSE

Friday, January 23rd, 2009Archbishop Cranmer is reporting that Douglas Murray has been banned from chairing a meeting on Islam at the London School of Economics because of "concerns about public safety". The debate was called "Islam or Liberalism: Which is the Way Forward?" ...

A short story about a long journey

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009Here I am chatting away to David Cushman, talking about the things that are important to me and what I think should be important to anyone interested in creating meaningful communications in today's world of No Straight Lines.Looks like the ...

Hot media = heat is energy in motion

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009Someone asked me today how I would describe hot media.Heat is defined as energy in motion, and I describe hot media as media which enables us to make media and communication, dynamic and participatory.This in fact is the antithesis of ...

Mobile and the survelliance society

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009Stephen Fry, talked about the survelliance society in one of his podgrams as being a better phraseology to describe our CCTV cultre. Shortening it to SS.I have written a number of papers (The black gold of the 21st Century and ...

When technology succeeds it becomes invisible

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009I often make the point when I am addressing an audience that when technology really succeeds it becomes invisible. Observing that most people in the room are writing with pens and paper - I point to their paper notepads and ...

Deschooling business schools

Saturday, January 17th, 2009Most of the world is not well served by the structures or assumptions of financial capitalism. If we could lift our eyes from the financial chaos, we would see that the world is at the start of a huge technological ...

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