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Moving towards a “digital enlightenment”

Last week I participated in the “Digital Enlightenment Forum” in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Forum believes that “people should enjoy the kinds of autonomy and freedom online that they do offline. The first priority of our mission is to establish and support the position and rights of the individual in relation to the rest of society. […]

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Becoming “digitally savvy” …

Yesterday I sat and observed an old man as he waited at a bus stop in London.  He stood with his trolley for almost twenty minutes, and watched expectantly, totally focused on his quarry.  The right bus just wouldn’t come.  Eventually some taxis drove around the corner and he tried to hail one, but none […]

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Forgetting and remembering in the digital age

In the past month I have participated in a number of events which have highlighted the juxtaposition between “remembering” and “forgetting”. And 2014 is a rather important year on both fronts. Firstly, 2014 is the tercentenary of the Longitude Act (1714) when the British Government established a prize to solve the “Longitude Problem”. As a […]

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Observing the Web as a way of making sense of a world of “wicked” problems

(Image courtesy of Thanassis Tiropanis in his “Web Observatory” presentations). In a previous post I talked about Socrates and notion of the “examined life”. Countless words have been written on human attempts to examine the psyche, and the challenge of more effectively understanding how we can live together more harmoniously for the betterment of all. […]

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Brain, soul and spirit food

This past couple of weeks I have lived in London soaking up as much as I can of life in this dynamic and vibrant city. Whilst I don’t really like being in London at this time of the year – with every man and his cat – I have used this opportunity to participate and […]

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The World Wide Web and a still divided information world

This photograph says it all really! Three people, armed with smartphones, on the top of a skyscraper overlooking a polluted city. It was taken on the top floor of the Seoul CODEX Intercontinental Hotel just prior to having the most expensive gin and tonic in history (at least for us!). We were attending the 23rd […]

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Patterns for living and learning – bringing forth a digital literacy

Two weeks ago I participated in the annual ANZSOG Master Class held at the Melbourne Business School and facilitated by Professors John Alford, Jon Brock and Mike Vitale. The workshop brings together academics from the public policy space and this year the first day was spent focusing on the potential impact of online education and […]

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The magic of trust

On Friday I went to see Cranked Up, this year’s marvellous performance of Circus Oz under the Big Top in Darling Harbour. I went to see Circus Oz two years ago and, for me, what this amazingly gifted group of individuals do is to, quite simply, redefine Circus. They present a seamless, dynamic and entertaining […]

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Moving towards a more “examined” world

“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” (Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot”) There is nothing like looking at an image of the Earth from space to give a […]

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Government as a Social Machine – First Report

Today ANZSOG released the first report on our “Government as a Social Machine” research project which can be found on the ANZSOG site here. It is also available on the Intersticia site here. You may recall that I wrote about this research in a previous post. This brings together the “desk research” phase of the […]

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