Add your voice

Add your voice to the chorus of humanity. Don’t stay silent when you have something to say. Don’t shy back from adding your voice to the chorus of…

Incremental acceptance of the unacceptable

Social disasters stem from the gradual acceptance of unacceptable (but small) changes. Step by unchallenged little step, we march as a whole towards a greater outcome we would…

From Facebook to direct interactions

Image via Buzzfeed. It took about five minutes yesterday, standing on a busy train platform, to decide to scale back (ok, suspend) my interactions on Facebook. Nothing bad…

Just hiring diversity is not enough

Diversity is more than just hiring diverse people in your organisation. If everyone in your organisation is unwilling, or don’t know how to connect to each other, then…

The time for grassroots action is now

Forget governments and politicians; the time for grassroots action is now. Like many people I know, I have been increasingly disillusioned with politicians and governments of late; from…

Five steps to tyranny

This documentary explored why normal everyday people do horrible things or allow horrible things to happen; and consequently how tyranny arises out of ordinary societies. These lessons are…

Society slow to respond to threats

These are three topical sustainability issues at the moment: Coffee pods Bottled (tap) water Plastic carrier bags There’s been frequent articles about how much indestructible waste the consumption…

Millennials lack social skills

I have often heard this assertion. Always from an older person. And across cultural and professional strata. This easy dismissal may seem like an immediately obvious truism. This…

Social media is not advertising

Buying/selling/using social media engagement is not the same as buying/selling/using advertising. Here are seven ways the two are different: Social media takes a longer period of time to…

Ice cube tray: squee or sigh?

I spotted this ice cube tray in the National Gallery (Oslo) shop. The included polar bear accessory immediately called to mind this: The ice cube tray is very cute….

Visualising De Waag

I recently had the great privilege of visiting De Waag Society in Amsterdam. I think of De Waag as a modern day art and technology guild (like the…

Graffiti citizen engagement

This Mashable post This graffiti artist’s ‘experiment’ with the authorities escalated hilariously is interesting from a citizen engagement point of view. (Images above sourced from the Mashable post.)…

Tools and operating frameworks

Tools We have long built tools as a species. In recent times these tools have been information-based: mobile apps, software, computing hardware, the Internet. We currently have acces…

From big external to small internal

From one of many discussions with the ineffable Bob Jacobson. Here on control, drivers for action, influence, and empowerment. Global village Village global People power Personal empowerment Mass Personal Fast…

Global awareness, personal power

Even as our awareness expands to the global scale, the locus of control has been increasingly contracting to a more personal sphere. Apart from oddballs like North Korea,…

Pay attention to build connections

Thoughts after reading Is Facebook Making Us Lonely: If we were to describe Facebook to someone in the eighties, they would be forgiven for thinking that it’s mere…

Wilful ignorance about the Internet

Why is the government so bent on stuffing up the internet? They don’t understand the technology and: a. Refuse to learn or consult experts. b. Don’t care about…

Another pointless and wasteful design?

I came across this ANDREA Air Purifier on inhabitat and couldn’t quite get my head around it. See the video making some astonishing claims here. How can sticking a plant inside an…

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Two things the world need today

1. Integrative thoughts and actions. Image courtesy Shutterstock. Industry is getting too specialised. Society is getting too polarised. Time to bring it together. Seeing, understanding and working with…

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Group size matters

In a certain group size (a small tour group, neighbours in a small apartment block, and the people sitting near us in a small classroom) we bond and…

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Fortress Learning: Learn and Lend

Like many businesses, Fortress Learning has a referral fee mechanism to reward referrals. The difference is that they provide the option to donate this referral fee to Kiva…

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Breaking through illusions

The biggest (constructive) disruption we can induce today is to break through the cumulative illusions about how we live and work together. Marketing, status quo/conformist beliefs, religious doctrine…

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The cheap and the entitled

Some of the comments on Google’s Play Store (and presumably also on Apple’s App Store) show how much of a disrespectful entitlement culture we live in. You know…

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Vaclav Smil nuggets

My highlights from a Wired interview with Vaclav Smil: This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading. the demise of US manufacturing dooms the…

 

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