• Archive for March, 2009

    Ending Poverty With Open Hardware

    by  • March 30, 2009 • Hexayurt • 1 Comment

    This is the talk I delivered at Oekonux, an open source hardware type conference in Manchester this weekend. Here is an MP3 audio version of the talk. Here are the slides. They ask the questions that the talk attempts to answer. Here are the 10 questions we addressed. 1. What is Poverty? 2. How can [...]

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    A fascinating day

    by  • March 29, 2009 • Personal • 1 Comment

    Three observations. 1> Collaboration is not about what you do when things go right. 2> Crowdsourcing isn’t about what you know you want in all cases. Sometimes it’s about people who have totally unexpected angles just appearing to help. 3> I’m done on marketing. I’ve got a serviceable understanding of the very elementary basics of [...]

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    Two talks in one day

    by  • March 28, 2009 • Personal • 0 Comments

    Open Knowledge Foundation in London (UCL) in the morning. Oekonux in Manchester in the afternoon. A little insane in terms of timing. There will be audio and probably video up as soon as possible after each talk. One thing that I’m doing for a change is substantially talking without visual aids. I thought long and [...]

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    Simplifying the future

    by  • March 19, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Recently – and I blame twitter for this – I’ve had really bad information overload. This should not be that much of a surprise. Six and a half billion people, something over a billion of them online, many of them very, very smart with whole lifetimes of thinking and research behind them: there is no [...]

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    My Latest Piece: The Global Village Development Bank

    by  • March 12, 2009 • Hexayurt, The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    If the World Bank was being created at the dawn of the 21st century, how would its basic model and operations differ from the mid-20th century institution which supports projects worldwide today? Since the foundation of the World Bank, two significant development have affected infrastructure financing. The first is the development of distributed infrastructure (DI) [...]

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    NESTA Lab – innovation in public services, please!

    by  • March 10, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Fresh thinking is urgently needed. We can’t continue to tinker at the edges, particularly in the face of an economic downturn. Without bold new approaches, our public services will be over-stretched by the shortterm demands of the recession and overwhelmed by the long-term challenges of the future. What alternatives do we have to radical innovation? [...]

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    Framing The Collapsonomics Practice

    by  • March 9, 2009 • The Global Picture • 11 Comments

    There is a summary of this post here. Most of the people working on collapse scenarios are working from the current state and trying to maintain essential services at about the current level. On noting that this is impossible, in most cases a sort of Mad Max / Former Soviet Union model takes over. Dimitri [...]

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