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The future-readiness of Philanthropy

Last week I attended Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 National Conference in Sydney and CEO Sarah Davies opened the conversation with this quote from Victor Frankl. It resonated for me immediately because it highlighted two important elements of philanthropy. Firstly, the potential that lies in the interstice (the space between), where things are ill-defined, and Secondly, the […]

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WebSci16 and the art and science of the web

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  (Arthur C. Clarke) We now live in a world of magic.  One where a handful of very smart people (mostly white males), who now have very deep pockets thanks to their very smartness, are funding other very smart people (mostly white males) to create things which apparently […]

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Being Human in the Digital Age

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Sydney Link Festival as part of a panel facilitated by Narelle Clarke, and with Jamie Engel and Angie Abdilla. The topic we focused on was  “Our Digital Futures”, as in the future of humanity – nothing like a small challenge to cover […]

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Pascal’s Wager and the future of Humanity

“There is no point trying to resist technological change … or … trying to delay the process.  On the contrary, given the coming technological changes, how can we best prepare?” (Kristina Persson, Sweden’s Minister for the Future) In the 17th Century Blaise Pascal came up with his famous “wager” about the existence of God. After […]

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It’s about the people, stupid!

Last week I attended the “Humanising the Robot Economy” at Nesta, which was essentially the launch of “Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy”. This, together with the “Fourth Revolution” at the RSA, reinforced for me the challenge we are facing as a society to both understand the integrate this current “revolution” […]

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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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Keeping it real

Keeping it “real”

Last week I went to “Vivid Sydney” and, in particular, Genevieve Bell’s presentation as part of the “Festival of Big Ideas” with the specific challenge of talking about the “Ten Commandments:  Keep it real”. I have written about Genevieve in numerous posts, and continually find her refreshing approach to the study of technology both insightful […]

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Creativity

A future for creativity? Time we grew up and learned from our failures

In the last couple of weeks I have attended two events courtesy of the University of Technology Business School with a focus on creativity and innovation. The first was a CEDA Lunch on Productivity, featuring presentations by Michael Rennie, Professor Judith Sloan, and Professor Roy Green. The second was the “Future of Creativity”, part of […]

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Semantic Web

Creating the next Web… one step at a time

Yesterday we had our first meeting of the Sponsorship Committee for the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2013 to be held in Sydney in October 2013. ISWC 2013 will be the twelfth annual event held by the Semantic Web Science Association and is “the leading conference for research on Semantic Web topics”. As is always […]

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The getting of wisdom ... one day

The getting of wisdom … one day

“To be a human being is to have the almost unique opportunity of getting to know oneself and the world in which one lives.  It is sure shortsighted to disregard this opportunity and confine oneself solely to the business of living.” So said Ervin Laszlo and this has always been a guiding philosophy for me.  […]

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