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Thanks to we are social for pointing me to this slideshow from Bart De Waele. As we blog less, can’t be bothered to comment on others blogs, have less time for meetups, push back on Facebook default privacy rules, find Twitter and Foursquare a necessity rather than fun how can we get engaged again? or is this just the [...]
As you will know my Brit bike preference pretty much goes Triumph>BSA>Norton (oh no, where does Vincent fit in?) but with new Norton Commandos being produced it was time to fight back 30-year-old prejudices. The 961 Cafe Racer looks OK (but not in yellow and the rear seat unit still looks too heavy, even “bulbous” – Suzuki [...]
There are plenty of “social media 101″ slideshows on the web, this is better than most for the newbie, some good strong images, maybe could have done with pecha kucha discipline to see if the story could be told in 20 slides, but thanks to Marta Kagan of Espresso or putting it together (nearly two years ago!). One year [...]
Last month Nesta published its report “Mass Localism”, which builds on an emerging theme in political and activist circles. Last year John Denham led the charge with “Making Local the Answer” lecture at the RSA, ironically saying after 10 years plus of centralisation “local” is the big idea…
The Nesta report is OK, wishful thinking in places and [...]
this is fairly old now in internet terms – over 18 months – but I was researching education and behaviour so this hit a chord. Ewan McIntosh’s edublog argues the case for schools, naturally suspicious of new technology, to embrace and allow students to use the social media they are immersed in once they leave the [...]
Worth watching for the last two minutes of speeded up transformation of the space. Ingenious…
The architects views on the process also struck a chord, as it’s not too different from any of our projects – client buy in, controlling costs, no surprises, use established technology, etc.
Again its a Dallas architecture/planning innovation, see my earlier post [...]
Every year I repost/review the Edge Annual Question as a refresh/reboot as my new year starts. The 2010 Question - “How is the Internet changing the way you think?” appears at first as a bit mundane, but as the 137 writers approach the task with their own personal take on the question I find enough to provoke some [...]
Following a RT from the Herdmeister this presentation has much to get your head around. For me the exploration of weak and strong ties, social capital and norms echoes a book on economics I read on holiday last week ( I know, I have a real life on order, just Amazon couldn’t deliver in time) - Diane [...]
It is a truism that there’s no shortage of advice on social media measurement, just not one silver bullet solution that everyone gets… coming at this from a real world engineering perspective I understand the difficulties, just as I am impatient for a solution.
Looking for answers I noted that this post even mentions the traditional engineers [...]
Moto Guzzi retro – an ongoing fascination which has yet to result in a project bike in my garage, but it is only a matter of time…
From Firestarter Garage - the Zero
and a V11:
modern Guzzi cafe racer/streetfighter, also from Firestarter
and this what I am after – shiny :-)
Tagged: Bikes, Cafe racer, Engineering, Motorcycle, Motorsport [...]
I have just returned from a few days in Little Rock and since I lived there many years ago the city centre, like many US cities, is starting to come back from the loss of confidence in urban living in the 70’s. However apart from the Clinton Library and some regen of the riverside areas (usual makeover aimed at [...]
I read about Shai Agassi’s plans for electric cars in Wired last summer and while it is high profile, with big name partners including Nissan Renault, I just wondered whether it was another software millionaire playing with cars (see Tesla as exhibit A). His plans are set out in more detail at betterplace.com , including a [...]
One of the most telling moments at Mipim this week was the Innovation seminar. Now seminars at Mipim are never that well attended - theres deals to be done, wine to drink - but even so less than 100 people in a big room reminded me of the industries weaknesses - introversion, conservatism, complacency.
The speaker, Robert [...]
It is with some quiet satisfaction I report that a Japanese study (admittedly sponsored by Yamaha) led by the nueroscientist behind Nintendo DS Brain Training, Ryuta Kawashima, has tested a number of middle aged men who after returning to motorcycling saw improvements in memory, information processing and concentration functions.
The riders said they made fewer mistakes at work and felt happier.
Just a quick redirect to an article by Kevin Kelly (not the guy from Long Now, Wired, etc) in Forbes about risk and innovation, which has been a topic I have spent a lot of time on this week. Apart from the references to our old friend Daniel Kahneman (see 18 previous posts) Kelly makes [...]
Russell Davies, from his blog “as disappointed as you are”, quoting Clay Shirky:
“We’re not going from a world of Business Model A to one of Business Model B, we’re going from Business Model A to Business Models A to Z”.
That was what I was trying to explain to a potential client, our new method doesn’t depose the [...]
I have been looking for a quick way to explain to clients the move from the broadcast model to social marketing - this just may be the answer. Enjoy.
Tagged: Advertising, Business, Marketing, Social networks
New video for an old project from Jon Kamen (Radical Media) exploring urbanisation and the rise of megacities, on Fora TV.
The 19.20.21 project draws attention to the way such cities are growing and the problems of mass urbanisation, particularly in developing nations. How do we live in cities and how does that change over time?
Not sure about you, but I am less and less interested in the showy new, nouveu riche, architecture of Dubai and China. With the northern European architects I constantly find much more to enjoy, where sensitivity to place and context is job 1, but not reduced to neo classical kitsch or Quinlan Terry faux Nash terraces (see Richmond Riverside) - [...]
Amongst my reading of learned journals - “Coach and Bus Weekly” , “Treehugger Monthly”, “Economics World”, “Which Behaviour” - I await the delivery of Performance Bike magazine each month with great anticipation. They tell me that the new Suzuki GSXR 1000 (”The ultimate evolution of the GSX-R family. Born to be on the track.”) beats the Honda [...]
From the Digital Life, Design 2009 conference I found this video of a discussion with Daniel Kahneman (2002 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences) and Nassim Nicholas Taleb (author of “Fooled by Randomness” and ”The Black Swan”). In “Reflections on a Crisis” they explore how economic behaviours, bias and risk taking got us to where we are in the [...]
Thanks again to Jessica Hagy & ”Indexed” for an image that reflects my last 7 days… luckily my friends and colleagues have been doing the heavy lifting on the blog frontline:
In the words of the Private Eye ”From the Message Boards” parody - “great stuff, guys!”
Tagged: blogs, Business, Work
Avoiding work constructively and so enjoyed some old clips from Yoram Bauman, PHD and the self styled world’s first “standup economist”- although a little theoretical knowledge might help in crossing over the humour barrier for mere mortals (or neo Keynesians).
Recent gigs at Chartered Financial Analyists local meetings… World tour promised, the LSE should book him now.
I am very impressed with Alltop.com, from Nononina, which I have been using for some time now. Its one of the best news and blog aggregators I have used - “aggregation without the aggravation”. Clear easily usable web 2.0 design, lots of nice features.
As they say:
“Alltop is an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. We [...]
Ah, yes, time for the reviews of the year, and in our specialist area how does transport - general, green, any mode - fare in the analysis, especially in the economic context where eco innovation is:
Our saviour, or
The US transport top ten trends from Inhabitat includes the death of the SUV, green cars saving the [...]
Wired Autoblog closes the year with a roundup of the half a dozen green bike orientated stories it has already run. No “new” news but OK as an intro to the subject. The article and comments pickup on the difference (for existing bikes) between good fuel economy - tick - and low pollution - uh, not really. [...]
Are there trustworthy analytics/metrics for measuring “influence”? In the web 2.0 world we count hits on the blog, friends on Facebook, Twitter stats, etc.
According to Twinfluence I have a Twitter rank of #8,862 and:
Velocity: 1,020 second-order followers/day
Social Capital: 56,171.6 +10.6 Very High
Centralization: 55.50% / -0.5 Average - Fragile
To understand this read a “Web Analytics Demystified” [...]
Imagine the scene - you get Dan Kahneman, Richard Thaler, Sendhil Mullainathan in a room in California to deliver a master on behavourial economics, courtesy of Edge. In the audience you have Jeff Bezos, Nathan Myhrvold, Danny Hillis, Ev Williams, George Dyson and other A listers.
6 sessions, with videos and text, plus Q&A. As an [...]
A few images and stories to get my blog back into the biker esoterica:
The Suzuki Crosscage concept bike from 2007 uses hybrid electric hydrogen fuel cell motor and is now a working prototype. Single-sided swing-arm and front fork, superlight and fast enough 100mph speed limited. Just need to perfect the fuel cell technology - nothing on [...]
Working my way through this years “Pop!Casts” from Pop!Tech I settled down for the Malcolm Gladwell show. The premise of his new book, Outliers, leaves me a little underwhelmed - “so what” comes to mind - and I know that there has been some cultural critics who have argued that we have seen diminishing returns from Tipping [...]
Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for the heads up on Tom Peters free stuff corner of his website. Amongst the management advice is a “Change This” Manifesto (another favourite site) that I must have missed first time around in 2006 - “111 Ridiculously Obvious Thoughts on Selling” :
13. Lunch with at least one weirdo per month (goal: always [...]
Well what I need now are some social media marketing businesses to work with on a project in Brighton (lets see if this sentence gets picked up by a potential business partner, by osmosis or Google)…
While doing my research I came across the debate in various blogs on the fate of the self appointed/publicly acclaimed experts [...]
Sunday afternoon working and while we try to avoid Dilbert’s optimism and buzzwords in our Strategic Plan for next year I have also been reading between the lines of the new Transport for London Business Plan. For what its worth my initial thoughts on the business plan are offered, prepared for the South London Partnership .
Tagged: Bus, Business, cartoon, comic, [...]
From the wonderful disassemblers at Adbusters is this year’s Buy Nothing Day campaign - one week to go - on Saturday 29th November say no to the corporate world. The events proposed include the zombie walk through malls and credit card destruction:
Credit card cut up - Volunteers stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and [...]
David Cushman, author of the “Power of the Network”, questions the role and usefulness of the focus group in his blog, Faster Future . Although the Scoble example is appropriate in a web/Twitter context it is David’s “Communities of Purpose” proposition, which ties in with some of the new thinking we are pushing in travel behaviour change, that [...]
Its all about timing…
Last night I watched the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young DVD “Deja Vu“, recording their 2006 tour and specifically the anti war protests that divided audiences across the States. The mixed reaction to the song “Let’s Impeach the President” is instructive - surely fans going to a gig by the band that wrote [...]
And now the hangover, but perhaps first a short walk through the values and meanings of Obama in the context of the “new” American Dream… using cultural theory to analyse and develop brands (or Presidents).
Please have a look at all of the Greg Rowland Semiotics presentation, (don’t be put off by the semiotics tag) but particularly the slides [...]
Just like TED there are so many opportunities to enjoy the presentations at the big US “ideas” conferences without putting your name on waiting lists and spending thousands of pounds.
Names at this October’s PopTech include Dawkins, Stephen Pinker, Bruce Sterling, Kevin Kelly and one of my favourites, Stewart Brand (of LongNow fame)- watch his predictions for the next [...]