Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Critical enquiry

Thursday, February 24th, 2011Howard Rheingold provides and in-depth and eloquent lesson on how we need to engage in a world defined not by scarcity or information but abundance, in which we need to be able to determine for ourselves the validty, and quality ...

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 ...

My East End is no longer our East End

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011Why do people quest for connection and communication? Why is the world gone all social? Why does social communication dominate? Why is everyone writing about it? And why is everything that we define as 2.0 defined by participatory culture and ...

The People’s Supermarket

Thursday, January 27th, 2011Following on from my post about Cumbria's DIO (Done It Ourselves) community, The People's Supermarket again demonstrates an alternative way of getting stuff done. In a way that perhaps is more realistic and more humane, where once again people, and ...

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 ...

Innovation, innovation, innovation

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011Here is the presentation that I gave on innovation and entrepreneurship at the HP's HQ in Cupertino, organised as part of the Global Entrepreneur week

Asymmetry looks like this

Thursday, January 13th, 2011[caption id="attachment_5997" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="From simple to complex to complicated"][/caption]We know that, where we once thought our future to be certain, the only certainty we now face is uncertainty. The question is then how to deal with uncertainty?Now is the ...

Wikileaks and the battle for middle earth begins

Saturday, December 4th, 2010In an erudite and compelling post John Naughton (What the attacks on Wikileaks tells us) brings from the shadows and into the foreground, some of the key issues that the current deluge of material from wikileaks has unveiled.Naughton makes 4 ...

The Next Generation of Business Engagement aka Dave Evans

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010Many moons ago, I evangelised the need for companies to move from a world of Interruption to Engagement. That resulted in Tomi Ahonen and I co-authoring the book Communities Dominate Brands: business and marketing challenges for the 21st Century. The ...

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