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A Different Kind of Sense Making in Times of Chaos and Fake News

A plague on both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing? (Mercutio to Romeo in Romeo and Juliet Act 3. Sc. 1) Mercutio’s curse of frustration and anguish, as he confronts his imminent death, is in some senses echoed by many across the globe as they confront seemingly unpalatable and opposing choices. Does one, on the …

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The Decentralisation Revolution: Now no-one and everyone can own networking power

Perhaps the line of logic here is a bit complicated but in my view the line of logic will be repeated again and again in the next few years. It goes as follows: When the internet was first developed two important principles were central to its design. The first was that the internet as conceived by Robert E Kahn and …

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Probing Ephemeral Futures: Scenarios as Fashion Design

I was involved in producing the following article after attending the Oxford Forum for the Future 2014 on the intersection of scenarios and design. For those of you of more academic mind – enjoy. For those of you who are not so inclined, basically it suggests that if all that matters is the 24 hour news cycle we must as …

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The big silence

About the time of this last post I decided to do a PhD that critiques the work of Jeremy Rifkin and in particular his work on the Third Industrial Revolution. I chose to do it under the supervision of Sohail Inayatullah a globally renowned futures thinker, philosopher and more recently UNESCO Chair of Future Studies, using macro history as a …

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The future of food

Until now most conversations about the future of food focus almost exclusively on the issues of production. In this short video, based on a keynote given to an Australian Regional Agribusiness Forum I argue that a more nuanced debate is required; one that looks at the dynamics and required shifts of at least five different ways that value flows from …

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The transformation challenge for the Property Sector: Rethinking form and space in the 21st Century.

The form and space of our cities reflects what we have valued and what we value. The banks with their Roman or Greek columns, churches with spires and formal botanic gardens say much about what our 19th century forebears valued and aspired to. So too, the Mechanic’s Institutes, the surprisingly enduring 50’s state house and the large cloned shopping mall …

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Re-imagining Christchurch as a 21st century CBD

In November, the Chinese held their 18th National Party Congress. As the debate focused on a new era of leadership, one of the key influences was Jeremy Rifkin’s bestseller the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Perhaps its lessons already in currency in Europe, might well apply to the reframing and rebuilding of Christchurch’s new CBD as well?   Lets consider:   Getting …

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FOOD; A MIRROR OF LIFE AND LIFESTYLES?

One of the best ways to understand another society or culture is through the ways it produces and consumes food. It offers us a first glimpse into ritual, values and custom. In one way it is a mirror of what has been and what might be. This insight or reflection is as true for us as any one else. So …

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Running on empty as history ruptures

It is now very clear, in this second decade of the 21st century, that the rules for success in almost every sphere are changing. The very basis of competitiveness is being reinvented before our eyes. In other words current ideas and associated value propositions are not delivering the energy to keep organisation’s moving. Those caught up in the eddies of …

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Reliving the blacksmiths nightmare

The following  think piece came from some work I recently did in with a group exploring the future of manufacturing in Victoria Australia. The model I suggest is equally appropriate in other developed countries. A little over 100 years ago the blacksmiths, stable owners and telegraph officers saw with some bemusement the first cars go by. What those vehicles heralded …

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