Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Mobile money transformative for emerging economies

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013Most people on the planet do not have access to a bank account. Banking is very poorly developed in all African countries compared to the industrialised world. There are significant challenges to getting banking services working in Africa, ranging from ...

The desire for a moral economy

Friday, February 22nd, 2013[caption id="attachment_3841" align="alignleft" width="300"] Humanity shifts gear when it demands fundamental change to its real world circumstances[/caption]When people feel powerless, their style of reaction takes us back to a different age and a different time in which visceral protest can ...

Switching on the Human-OS has a political dimension

Thursday, February 21st, 2013Introduction: In Necessity Hath no Law, the obsertvation was made that when people feel powerless, their style of reaction takes us back to a different age and a different time. Visceral protest. These reactions are representative of, I would argue, ...

Designing and co-creating the best possible future for the NHS

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012Designing and co-creating the best possible future for the NHSThe bitter public battle now being fought over the future of the NHS looks set to continue. Its future shape uncertain, and the mounting resistance that is so visceral is based ...

Openness is resilience

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011What does it mean to design and create open source tools for civilisation?Marcin Jakubowski tells us how. In many ways this story is very much part of the story of No Straight Lines that I have been researching, evolving and ...

TEDx Sheffield: No Straight Lines

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011Thank you TEDx Sheffield for inviting me to kick off your event recently.No Straight Lines, argues that we have reached the nadir of the adaptive range of our industrialised world. Now faced with an unsustainable trilemma of social, organisational and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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