9th Sept 2014
I ran a #street_wisdom adventure ( http://www.streetwisdom.org ) with the very wonderful people from Future Publishing, this week
We spent some relaxing and contemplative time in a few peaceful residential streets east of Marylebone station and west of Gloucester Place
We had a whole range of questions for the street, such as –
What can be my new hobby? Should I move into town or out to the country? How can I get out of the rat race and follow my passion? I’d like to move my family to a warm climate – how can I make this real? I’m stuck in a bit of a rut and would like to bring my dream to life? I’d like to get even more happiness in my life
A recent piece in Techcrunch – The Great Fragmentation – We Are All Weirdos Now by Jon Evans http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/12/the-great-fragmentation-we-are-all-weirdos-now/ got me thinking ( once again) about the impact of the web on society as a whole and cultural diversity, in particular
Finding the best ingredients for successful creative thinking, is an important subject and one I’ve pondered before, most recently in the blog post – Isolation or Distraction? Which is better for the Creative process? http://www.thedigitalfilter.com/isolation-distraction-better-creative-process/
The traditional image of the productive and creative thinker is one who takes time to contemplate and consider a problem independently and at length.
We are creating little and saying even less.
In the ways that we create content and communicate with each other, we are on a slippery slope – sliding from a place of relative depth and richness, down towards a trough of levity and brevity.
7th Nov 2013
Wednesday’s Google Doodle celebrated Raymond Loewy, called the ‘Father of Industrial Design’ by The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/raymond-loewy-google-doodle-celebrates-120th-birthday-of-the-father-of-industrial-design-8921626.html
This is what they had to say –
Google has marked the 120th birth anniversary of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. He is widely considered to have revolutionized the industry creating product designs for everything from refrigerators to cars, cigarette packets and spacecraft. He also designed logos for Exxon and Shell as well as the former BP logos. He was also responsible for the design of the Coca-Cola vending machines and the iconic Greyhound Scenicruiser bus
Loewy was responsible for the design of the famous Coca Cola ‘hobble skirt bottle’ which was patented in November 1915.
Why Digital Natives are not the Future
19th Oct 2013
We often talk in hushed and reverent tones about the motivations and media habits of ‘Digital Natives’ – how this group is different from previous generations in terms of their interaction with technology and media channels; and from a marketing perspective, how we can best communicate with them and persuade them.
17th Oct 2013
We all love a good ‘Print is Dead’ story. These crop up regularly, in part because there is often substance to them, but also because journalists and especially sensational (web) journalists often go for big punchy titles – and these type of definitive statements make for good copy. Continue reading
25th Sept 2013
I’m a big fan of Stephen Fry’s : Fry’s English Delight, now in it’s sixth series on Radio 4 . Some of the topics covered in the latest round have been – The culture and history of the ‘F’ Word’, ‘The ever expanding lexicon of the English language’ and ‘How our spelling system has become so chaotic’http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lv1k1/episodes/guide#b0392gyt
All the talk about language and it’s development, got me thinking about the English language, and how the internet age is changing the way we speak and why verbs are increasingly the most important words that we use.
4th Sept 2013
An interesting article in the June edition of Wired, http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/meditation-mindfulness-silicon-valley/all/ by Noah Shachtman, highlighted the impact that Buddhist thinking is having on West Coast technology companies.
The centrepiece of this trend is the Wisdom 2.0 conference, at which delegates sit down and discuss the best ways to incorporate technology into our lives in a symbiotic and sympathetic fashion – http://wisdom2summit.com.