Cars

Obsolete Model: The Car New Model: The Human ***   Obsolete Model: The Car “The spirit of generosity already threatened by the horse, evaporated entirely with the motor car.” – Bruce Chatwin in his Patagonia notebook *** I’m about to buy a car. And I don’t like it. I wish I didn’t have to. I’ve had an issue with cars for a long time now. … Continue reading Cars

Nine Metaphors for a Futurist

Initially this post was to be called ‘Dress Code for Futurists’. After spending five years with futurists from over the world, I wanted to find out whether there was a particular way to dress for futurists. Doctors, plumbers, history teachers, clowns and other professions have their own dress code, whether it’s prescribed or not. But I haven’t been able to decode the futurist dress code … Continue reading Nine Metaphors for a Futurist

The Dynamic Integral Governance App Store

Obsolete Model: Democracy New Model: The Dynamic Integral Governance App Store *** In my home country Australia we have decided to destroy the Great Barrier Reef. Over the past year we’ve seen a lot of media reports on how plans for a new coal shipping lane in Queensland will impact on the highly sensitive and unique ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef  – one of … Continue reading The Dynamic Integral Governance App Store

Some of my issues…

This image came up on Facebook yesterday, with the heading: We can now only watch as West Antarctica’s ice sheets collapse, and a link to an article written by a researcher at  ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Australian National University. And we all reacted in different ways; “Oh my God! This is terrible!!! But I better keep calm and carry on. We will … Continue reading Some of my issues…

Wise Innovation And The End of Institutions

  The End of Institutions?   Technology is a tool which can be used for good and for bad. How do we know which it will be? How do we know what the consequences will be when we build a gadget, an app or a web platform? And, perhaps more importantly, what the unintended consequences will be? Today the most powerful organisations are created by … Continue reading Wise Innovation And The End of Institutions

The Mystery Train – A new model for thinking about the future

  Some futurists, including me, are obsessed by process. Joseph Voros’ Generic Foresight Process, IDEO’s Design Thinking Process, Otto Scharmer’s Theory U, Graham Wallas’ Creative Process and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey are some, which I have obsessed over in recent years. As you know, a process never describes what reality looks like. Reality is always more complex and messy. The beautiful randomness of  life is … Continue reading The Mystery Train – A new model for thinking about the future

Four Creative Ways to Get a Great Edge Community Space (which is way beyond your budget)

I’m looking for a space to lease. A space suitable to turn into a place where ideas are turned into action. A place for makers and changemakers who work to co-create the future they want together. A combined coworking space and school for entrepreneurs, with a garden café and maker lab on site. But as you know, large spaces in central areas of all major … Continue reading Four Creative Ways to Get a Great Edge Community Space (which is way beyond your budget)