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Last week I gave a talk to the board of Helpage International, a large, very global ageing charity. I had a 'simple' brief. Talk to a very varied board - with members from Sri Lanka, USA, Latin America, India, Sri... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
Last weekend's FT piece about 'ideas conferences' by James Crabtree in the FT, reminded me of a post I wrote over 7 years ago on Indian tea shops, the internet and blogging. The blog for Ideas Bazaar (version 1) is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
via Given my interest in Facebook, maybe I should be on it? Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
Here's a talk on innovation in healthcare that I gave this afternoon at Imperial Business School to Professor James Barlow's students. I hope they found it useful. Innovation in Healthcare I've been interacting with James for a few years now.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
ILC-UK, a London based think tank that focus exclusively on ageing related matters, launched a report today on older drivers. Specifically, it addresses how ideas from the ‘nudge’ agenda can be applied to the self-regulation of older drivers. The UK... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
I've been banging on for ages about the massive rise in the use of Facebook by older people. I've been posing as an advertisier and tracking the audience reach Facebook claims to provide to over 65s for over three years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
For all those who love the history of the past's ideas about the future: "Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
I like this plundering of the pharmaceutical 'semiosphere' to create packaging for a mythical chocolate brand - source unknown I'm afraid.... [Update, here's a link to more, including Bochox] Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
"It is what the internet lures out of us – hubris, daydreams, avarice, obsessions – that makes it so potent and so volatile. TV's power is serenely impervious; it does all the talking, and we can only listen or turn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
“Everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
Over the last five years or more I have sat in many workshops, seminars, discussion and found myself getting wound up by yet another, somewhat self-congratulatory presentation featuring another user-centred technique for co-something - collaborating, co-discovering, co-creating, co-inventing etc... Such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
Image Courtesy of Michele Gauler's Digital Remains project Three recent things, and something I cam across a few years back collide in what seems like an emergent interest in what happens to our digital lives, profiles and data when we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
One habit, and one trend, make the idea of doing a round of the week's activities seem like quite a good idea. The habit: For the last five years I have written and / or collated my own and others'... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
I'm always more than a little wary of 'trends predictions' in whatever form they manifest themselves - be it in Saturday supplements or marketing companies. But this piece from JWT Intelligence looks interesting and some of the predictions for 2010... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at The Ideas Bazaar
As the world gets older, faster, and suffers from growing (nay, epidemic) levels of chronic disease and its health and social care systems shudder under the strain people are getting interested in the role that technology might play in lending... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Nice piece in latest Technology Review comparing Facebook to Diaspora, the new minimalist, Dunbarian social network. Facebook is like a casino: garish, crowded, distracting, designed to lure you in and keep you there far longer than you ever intended. (The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
The Summary I hope what follows doesn’t sound all too bitter and pompous. I had a good time at Intel, did things I enjoyed and made an impact (of sorts) but ultimately, I’ve reached the decision that I wasn’t doing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Interesting video of 3 future book concepts made by IDEO. Seems to me that much of what they propose already exists, just not in one device or set of seamless interactions. Still - a thought provoking set of ideas on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Events of interest to the Wired editorial team (Wired UK) - November 2010 Wired Event calendar. Nice (tags: events conferences diary) About Nice links about smart homes and smart home projects. (tags: design home smarthome bookchapter) / Technology /... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Twitter, Facebook, and social activism : The New Yorker "In other words, Facebook activism succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
The slow death of Dopplr | Technology | Whodunnit? Nokia or was the idea itself lacking a certain something. I always argued the latter. (tags: Dopplr business start-ups Nokia) Ron Conway’s Confidential Investment Guide: The Tech Megatrends (tags: business... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Jan Morris, doyenne of the travel writing world, had a lovely piece about her recent travels through Ireland in the Saturday FT (10.7.10). Despite claiming that it's difficult to capture exactly what it is about the country that makes it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Silver surfers increase by one million over the last year | CARDI : Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (tags: ageing technology internet raceonline) Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
Reframing health to embrace design of our own well-being Nice piece from latest Interactions magazine (tags: health2.0 healthcare design Foucault) Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar
A poem by Baron WormserWhat a person desires in life is a properly boiled egg. This isn’t as easy as it seems. There must be gas and a stove, the gas requires pipelines, mastodon drills, banks that dispense the lozenge... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at The Ideas Bazaar