Kill Your Business to Keep it Alive! Organisational Implosion for Post-Innovation Survival.

Kill Your Ideas Early In a blog post by Peter Diamandis last weekend, he gave some hot tips on how to organise creativity. The advice is based on his work with semi-secret R&D facility Google X, or  X as it’s called now. It’s an interesting read, and there was particularly one section which grabbed my attention. Principle 2: Try to Kill Your Best Ideas Early. According … Continue reading Kill Your Business to Keep it Alive! Organisational Implosion for Post-Innovation Survival.

A Stakeholder Model for the 21st Century

Who’s left out? Every time we create a stakeholder model we exclude someone or something. We consciously or unconsciously decide that only some groups have something at stake – are holders of stakes, are affected by our actions, objectives and policies. According to Wikipedia; the stakeholder concept was first used in a 1963 internal memorandum at the Stanford Research Institute. It defined stakeholders as “those … Continue reading A Stakeholder Model for the 21st Century

The Holiday-Break-Sense-Making Experiment

Over the Christmas / New Year break I decided to do an experiment. Instead of aimlessly throwing out things that interested and excited me online (retweet them, post them on to my Facebook wall etc), I decided to save them for after the holiday. Instead I wanted to try an experiment where I tried to find logic in the combination of this  information, of these … Continue reading The Holiday-Break-Sense-Making Experiment

Chaos and Order in Living Systems

  A question for systems geeks out there… I’m thinking about the relations of various bubbles we live in. A bubble with a living system within another living system. I am a living system of cells and organs within a larger ecosystem of other humans and organisms, for example my neighbourhood. And that living system is part of another living system, for instance the city … Continue reading Chaos and Order in Living Systems

Our Antipathy

I haven’t written anything about the Syrian migrant crisis which have fragmented Europe this year. I wrote about the EU, its borders and potential to bring the local and global together, but beyond these structural challenges, there are other cultural aspects to consider. Earlier this year, Mark Rice-Oxley wrote a piece in The Guardian about our antipathy towards migrants. He noted the struggle between our … Continue reading Our Antipathy

Do We Need More Professional People?

A while ago I tweeted the following: Sometimes people tell me I should be more professional. But I don’t think more professional people is a thing that’s good for our planet. Professional people get more shit done. No doubt about it. They can influence people, engage people and push people to do things. They have more money and power. They dress sharper, have better social … Continue reading Do We Need More Professional People?

Three Scenarios for the Future of Capitalism

We currently see many articles about the the evils of capitalism, the end of capitalism and possible post-capitalism futures. I was invited to talk at the One Planet Anti-Conference a couple of weeks ago on the topic ‘whether or not capitalism can be transformed to “realize” that the earth is capital’. I wasn’t well, so couldn’t do the talk, but thought I’d write down my … Continue reading Three Scenarios for the Future of Capitalism

An Experiment with Living Labs

What is a Living Lab? For about three months we in the enkel collective, a group of Western Australian changemakers, have explored the potential to set up three so-called ‘living labs’. “A living lab is a research concept. A living lab is a user-centred, open-innovation ecosystem, often operating in a territorial context (e.g. city, agglomeration, region), integrating concurrent research and innovation processes within a public-private-people … Continue reading An Experiment with Living Labs