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Another pointless and wasteful design?

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 albeit nice and futuristic pot with an electric fan and light boost the positive...
Two things the world need today

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 the connection between ideas, knowledge pools, Making links;...
Group size matters

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 become a familial group, looking out for each other. Beyond a certain groups size, however, we retreat within our own...
Fortress Learning: Learn and Lend

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 as part of their corporate giving programme. Owners Chris Gribble and Bryan West made this...
Breaking through illusions

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 and unquestioned cultural norms (not to mention politicians!) all...
The cheap and the entitled

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 the ones: If only you could change the entire app to work exactly the way I want, I would give...
Vaclav Smil nuggets

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 country not just intellectually but creatively, because innovation is tied to the process of making...
UI, UX, IA and gamification in context

UI, UX, IA and gamification in context

Everything we use – including software applications, machinery/equipment, and processes/services – has a User Experience (UX) component. The user experience of a product or service is what the user feels, thinks and experiences in the course of interacting with this...

Video: Workplace Bullying

Bullying is a serious threat to an organisation’s ability to innovate, attract, leverage and retain talent. It is a leadership, HR and social responsibility challenge. This brilliant video is a great introduction to this insidious problem. It is important to...
New social opportunities in online communications

New social opportunities in online communications

According to Wikipedia, “Nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of all communication.” Left image from Wikipedia.org Many of us are familiar with the loss of the non-verbal aspects of communications when online. Written text obviously does not carry tone of...

Evolution by stealth

Perhaps a more realistic approach to humanising business practice is to ask “how can we work with acknowledged human behaviours?” We know people are driven by greed, and that business is set up right now to be driven by a profit motive. So how do we leverage these...
Social tools and intimacy

Social tools and intimacy

We use a variety of social tools everyday – the phone, Facebook, email and chat for example. Each of these tools fosters different degrees of intimacy. Interactive Present/Immediate Anonymous Intimate Face-to-face meeting Phone or Skype call SMS/text, MMS messaging...

Privilege and social responsibility

Political inclinations aside, I found this video is thought provoking and funny. There is a belief that all of us are born onto a level playing field. We then, primarily through our choices, steer our lives upwards or downwards from that position. If we do well, we...
Businesses as people

Businesses as people

(Image from Cheezburger.com) If businesses want to be treated as people, then they must also be accountable as people. A person who engages in sociopathic or illegal activities is accountable to society for those behaviours, and may be subject to medical treatments or...

Social drives evolution from within

Social connectivity (enabled by social media and 21st century global communications) disrupts silos and hierarchies. Social nets are woven through specialisation silos, over org charts, across geographically and socio-economically dispersed people. It is the mechanism...
First-world problem: water at 180,000% mark-up

First-world problem: water at 180,000% mark-up

“Millions of unsuspecting customers are buying filtered tap water and boiled rainwater at massive mark-ups of more than 180,000 per cent. … Sydney Water boasts one of the world’s most advanced filtration systems. It sells water at $2.13 for 1000...
From box to stand

From box to stand

A great reusable TV packaging design by Tom Ballhatchet – the box becomes the stand. More pics and the full article on...
Traffic lights: modern-look usability fail

Traffic lights: modern-look usability fail

All of us are probably familiar with the ubiquitous traffic light configuration shown below left. When I was in China several years ago, I noticed a new “modern-look” configuration (below right) installed everywhere in the new technology city of Teda. Does...
Mittelstand: sensible sustainable

Mittelstand: sensible sustainable

The Bavarian mittelstand philosophy seems to be thriving in spite of the doom and gloom of the greater global economy. Is this a case of the sensible and sustainable “tortoise” winning in the longer term against the attention-deficit and easily fad-distracted hare?...
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