Archive for the ‘Economics’ Category

What’s next for business?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013We have created a 1 day session and shorter briefings for companies and organisations that are interested in exploring what next might look like for them.You are short on time, curious, exploring new possibilities about What Next for Business looks ...

Transforming financial systems

Thursday, February 21st, 2013[caption id="attachment_6665" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Time for an upgrade"][/caption]         Without our financial systems evolving we are stuck in a really tough place.So we need to define a new system that does the following:Supporting a financial transaction tax,¬†being¬†implemented in many countries. Protecting the commons ...

Achuar community ancient knowledge and modern tech

Thursday, February 21st, 2013Gregor MacLennan works for Amazonwatch an organisation that campaigns for the rights and lives of indigenous tribes living in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.MacLennan explains that huge tracts of the Amazon have been sold to international companies for mineral extraction. ...

Design and manufacturing in a non-linear world

Saturday, February 11th, 2012A story about how we design and manufacture in a non-linear world, using agile software development, modular design, and rapid prototyping, the WikiSpeed car development team, developing a 100 MGP car for the Automotive X-Prize, has achieved an extraordinary compression ...

Human nature is not like a machine

Friday, October 14th, 2011John Stuart Mill writing in On Liberty in 1859 said "man (humanity) is not built like a machine, that should be set to do the work exactly proscribed to him but should be seen more like a tree, that can ...

Grow VC opens API for developers for a truly open crowdfunding ecosystem

Thursday, October 13th, 2011The guys at GrowVC seem to be on a wave of constant iteration and development, constantly pushing the boundaries of how venture funding is going to look like, and be like.Grow VC Chairman and Co-founder Jouko Ahvenainen said to me ...

A suitable placement: Juveniles In Justice

Friday, October 7th, 2011In 1990 or thereabouts I met a guy called Richard Ross (American) in Vienna. He was part of a photographic show that a friend of mine had curated called Reinventing the American Dream. At the time I had no idea ...

The success and failure of startups

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011In my forthcoming project No Straight Lines I argue that we have reached the nadir of the adaptive range of an industrialised world, in fact we are now faced with a trilemma of social, organisational and economic complexity, tensions and ...

Grow venture community democratising start-up funding

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011Today GrowVC (for whom I work as Head of Vision), announces some interesting developments to their platform.These are:New visual outlook and improved usability It is free to create and publish investor and start-up profile Members can invest 100% of the micro-investment membership ...

I+we=why? people or machines?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011A thought provoking film All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace is a three part BBC documentary series[1] by filmmaker Adam Curtis, well known for other documentaries including The Trap and The Power of Nightmares.Wikipedia writesIn this episode Curtis ...

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