Archive for the ‘Engagement Politics’ Category

A free ride to nowhere?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011I opened my analogue copy of The Observer at the weekend, and as is my habit I found myself in the culture section and looking a book reviews. My eye caught Evgeny Morozov's review of Robert Levine's book Free Ride, ...

Dial M for Murdoch, C for corruption, but who ya gonna call?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011I found this image at the Wooster Collective – a great piece of visual satire. But the question is "who are you going to call?" And it may well be that the Ghostbusters might be our best option, because as ...

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 ...

Dynamics of dense crowds

Monday, May 2nd, 2011Interesting article in The Economist on how crowds self organise -Existing models of crowd behaviour  treat moving masses of humanity as though they were fluids. This works, up to a point. But it often fails to predict the changes that ...

The democratisation of financial capital

Friday, April 22nd, 2011FaultlinesWhich business, which industry, which NGO or political organization, democratic or otherwise has not been touched by the impact of our most recent communications revolution? In a breath it seems, businesses defined by their socialness, community, and peer to peer ...

Juliana Rotich of Ushahidi in conversation

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011Ushahidi (Testimony) inspires me, because it was created from nothing, with no money, it demonstrates what true entrepreneurship can do. It also inspires me because like any good piece of work that is true to the age we live in ...

Communities Dominate Brands in the top best books for starts ups

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011When I read this I was quite chuffed - IN CDB Tomi and I went beyond the social media hype before it was hyped. The lesson is – when new communication tools are not only invented but ubiquitously adopted, they ...

True democracies in open space

Saturday, February 19th, 2011True democracies need open public spaces, that are shared, where people can meet as equals, writes John Keane in The Life and Death of Democracy. It is no surprise then that we see the square recently as the symbol of ...

Did the church see Gutenberg coming?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011Social Media or Social Business?Did the Church see Gutenberg coming? I asked this question recently at an event on innovation and disruption. Those of you that are fans of Blackadder, let me use the comedic twinning of Rowan Atkinson as ...

Cumbria’s DIY broadband community

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011MP for Penrith and The Border Rory Stewart, tells an important story of [1] what the 'Big Society' really means, [2] why in many way what we face is a design problem [3] that community is still situated and can ...

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