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Solomon Lecture 2014

Almost immediately upon my return to Australia I travelled to Brisbane to record and deliver the 2014 Solomon Lecture, “Government in the Age of the ‘Social Machine’”. Being asked to deliver the Solomon Lecture is a huge compliment, and I would like to thank Queensland Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata, Acting First Assistant Information Commissioner Steve […]

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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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A silver lining in the dark cloud of Australian politics?

I recall having a conversation with a newly elected Senator from Western Australia who told me that “you cease to learn once you are elected to Parliament”.  She felt that so much time and energy was spent just dealing with the day to day of being a “politician” that there was precious little left to […]

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Social machines in Action – Second ANZSOG Report

We have just released our second ANZSOG Research report as part of our “Government as a Social Machine” which can be downloaded here. This report concludes this initial research work which has resulted from the work that I have been doing with Peter Thompson for ANZSOG over the past four years. The second report follows […]

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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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Government … within a social machine ecosystem

Last week we submitted our {Government as a Social Machine in an Ecosystem” Paper for the SOCIAM workshop to be held at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference in Seoul. The paper is the result of numerous  conversations which began with the ANZSOG research project (see our first report here), the visit of Dame […]

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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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