The experience of this pandemic has made explicit our ways of seeing. It can inform what and how we need to learn so we can cope with the next complex challenges life may bring us.
We are framing Covid19 too simplistically, just as we did obesity, and hoping for a silver bullet -- a cure, a vaccine. Just like obesity this may be a losing battle.
Governance models while necessary are insufficient consideration in the face of emergencies; the organisation (or a nation) fundamentally need to have competence, resources, and skills, built in peace times.
Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)
This week, it is all about technology and culture. Culture, to me, is a catch-all term for how we think, feel, live, behave, interact and grow (or indeed retrograde). Technology is but science in action, and co-evolves with culture. In which, Sebastian Normandin explores the allure of pseudoscience -- man's search, sometimes desperate, for meaning: … Continue reading Four For Friday (24)
When I first heard the term "ubiquitous computing" almost 25 years ago, it sounded magical. Computers then, I admit, didn't make it easy to imagine such a world. I frequently found myself daydreaming of the films ET and Escape To Witch Mountain (I did say it sounded magical, didn't I?) It evoked a vision of … Continue reading Designing for ubiquity
Jonathan Ive was the last guest in Design Museum's 25th anniversary series of talks. Waiting for my friend to arrive, I stood outside the museum celebrity-watching as leading British designers steadily streamed in. The Conrans, Paul Smith, Ron Arad, and I think I spotted Anya Hindmarch. Here are some quotes and insights from the evening. … Continue reading What next for design? — Jonathan Ive at the Design Museum
The web is on fire with Ms Angelina Jolie's honest and unsentimental account of her elective, prophylactic double mastectomy, appearing in the New York Times. She writes about her mother, who died at 56, having suffered cancer for a decade. She also writes about how she is a carrier of the BRCA1 gene. Her risk … Continue reading Our mothers, ourselves and risk literacy
This week's readings are mainly about cultural themes - openness, archiving, sustainable thinking (yes, even in luxury!) and - in the week that welcomes Olympics to London - performance enhancement. Academic research should go from "filter, then publish" to "publish, then filter". How can museums preserve our digital heritage? Rio Tinto (yes, them!) launches a … Continue reading Four For Friday (20)
This week's interesting reads leaning towards culture and the web: University of Bristol research finds that professionals do not realise their vulnerability online, that principles of professionalism apply to social networks, and that most do not understand privacy guidelines. Now there's a surprise! And on the subject of motivation and use of praise as a … Continue reading Four For Friday (18)