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Launch of Australia’s Web Observatory

Last week in Adelaide and Sydney we launched our Australian Web Observatory which is now a “node” within the global network of Web Observatories.  My presentation can be found here, and Ramine Tinati’s overview of SOCIAM and the Web Observatory can be found here. The Australian Web Observatory is hosted at the University of South […]

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CeBIT 2015 and how to under-sell the “digital” agenda

This week I went to CeBIT, “Australasia’s largest business technology exhibition“.  Apart form the fact that I had to schlep all the way out to Homebush, they didn’t have my registration correct, and the organisation was poor, I was seriously underwhelmed. The last time I went to CeBIT was around five years ago and I […]

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Intersticia Foundation – Creating the Space to Imagine

It seems to me that that there is a lot of talk about the need for people and organisations to be more “innovative” and “creative” as the knowledge economy evolves and the need to manage and work with rapid change confronts us all.  But doing things more “smartly” or more efficiently doesn’t necessarily lead to […]

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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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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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“He who tires of London, tires of life!”

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” (Samuel Johnson) I won’t deny it, London is, quite simply, my favourite city. And I am […]

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Generations of Hope

When I was in Berlin last year the one memorial that completely overwhelmed me was “Mother with her Dead Son”, by Käthe Kollwitz in the Neue Wache. I always feel that Berlin is a sort of  living “twilight zone” which exists on the border between sanity and madness: the place where it is acknowledged that some […]

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Leadership in an age of abundance

“A leader is one who takes the hardship of finding a better way of doing things for the common good and then selflessly shares the knowledge with others by guiding them on that path.”  (Avijit Dutta) This has always been my favourite quote about leadership, because it is steeped in the concept of service, and […]

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