Friday, April 11, 2014

Human progress: Forget GDP and GNP - The Social Progress Imperative

Social Progress Index - Data - Social Progress Index - The Social Progress Imperative

How do you measure human welfare?

Many people use GDP, but it has its own problems. Here are a few alternatives: http://b-gat.es/1g9C3PR




See the Michael porter post further down and remember Robert Kennedy's speech:




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77IdKFqXbUY




Its a little bit too USA nationalistic and needs a global update but still worth a listen.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Dont hold your breath but the digital vote will come!

Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital leads investment into Scytl

'As the industry leader in the election modernisation space, we have a responsibility towards our customers to continue bringing technology, innovation and excellence into this space.'

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why You Should Stop Brainstorming AND BrainSWARM

BrainSWARMING: The narrative is dull as are the examples but the principle is sound today, not that they should trash brainstorming in its entirety http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/why-you-should-stop-brainstorming/




If you put the "corp speak" to one side, in this day and age of crowd collaboration and learning, there's merit in this approach, don't you think? Vision and purpose with a good dose of JFDI, competence and sharing, maybe?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Isn't a Currency But Underlying Tech Holds Promise

Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Isn't a Currency But Underlying Tech Holds Promise




More interesting stuff:




"However, Wilson and Ursua also point out that bitcoin shows more promise in terms of its payments technology than as a stable store of value, which is what many bitcoin entrepreneurs have been saying all along."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants | Wired Design | Wired.com

This video is cool and they say "necessity is the mother of all invention" and the real mother here is nature, nature after all only follows OR I should say: delivers the laws of nature! Science and nature: you don't have to "believe" in the laws of nature for them to work for you or anyone else!




These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants | Wired Design | Wired.com

Friday, March 07, 2014

A vision from 1930 towards 2030

100yr vision from a time well before we have.know.do what we do today! Written in 1930, times not to different to today in terms of uncertainty and austerity. We should be in little doubt about the goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 in spite of all the past, present and future challenges www.econ.yale.edu/smith/econ116a/keynes1.pdf


http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/where-keynes-went-wrong-in-economic-possibilities-for-our-grandchildren


http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21594264-previous-technological-innovation-has-always-delivered-more-long-run-employment-not-less


http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/may/08/john-maynard-keynes-hypothetical-grandchildren


2030 and the eradication of extreme poverty, a goal we can and must reach!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

China - reform

As we know political reform and a rebalanced economy has a long way to go. Is this progress or an attempt to shift the power or blame?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26225205

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sustainable development, great resources!!!!



http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG
http://unsdsn.org/resources/publications/an-action-agenda-for-sustainable-development/
http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications?print&book_recurse
http://esa.un.org/unup/CD-ROM/Urban-Agglomerations.htm
http://www.citymayors.com/statistics/urban_growth1.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Bank_high-income_economy
http://esa.un.org/unup/Analytical-Figures/Fig_2.htm
http://esa.un.org/unup/Country-Profiles/country-profiles_1.htm
http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index


Thanks to Prof J.Sachs and Coursera


PS great data and self selecting controls in http://faostat3.fao.org/faostat-gateway/go/to/download/Q/QI/E
Also useful the Maddison DB in http://www.ggdc.net/maddison/maddison-project/data.htm

6 innovations feeding the world

6 innovations feeding the world

I like the Wonderbag http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderbag for cooking idea http://nb-wonderbag.com/Pages/WonderbagImpactSubpage

Thursday, February 06, 2014

2014 disruptions in the cloud

Interesting big picture corporate view from Accenture


http://www.slideshare.net/GaldeMerkline/accenture-technology-vision2014


From digitally disrupted to digital disrupter!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Christine Legarde BBC iPlayer - The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: 04/02/2014

As a triple bottom liner I absolutely love this lecture:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ttn4b/The_Richard_Dimbleby_Lecture_04_02_2014/

BBC iPlayer - The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: 04/02/2014




Its comments at 18min52sec to 19m16s and from 29min onwards.




Comments like:




from this post industrial "hyper connected digital age" where we see " a simultaneous coming together and moving apart" of communities and people. (reminds me of Tom Peters, In search of Excellence comment I always remember "the simultaneous loose tight properties" of successful companies and leaders.




And also her comments in line with http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2014/02/04/why-co-creation-is-the-future-for-all-of-us/ (which references http://www.globaltrends.com/knowledge-center/features/shapers-and-influencers/190-corporate-clout-2013-time-for-responsible-capitalism )





Monday, January 27, 2014

Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com

Start ups on steroids!




The USA, China, European battle makes this chart doubly interesting!




Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com

Monday, January 20, 2014

Google More Innovative Than Apple - Business Insider

After more than a decade "The Internet of Things" seems to be being talked up more again...




Google More Innovative Than Apple - Business Insider







and what with google trying to make a big deal of home heating and lighting with Nest Labs which clearly with the iPod man at its helm have done great things, it still only the message I recall Scott McNealy peddling about Java and Zigbee in the 9o's http://www.zigbee.org/




I don't doubt that augmented reality with LBS being real now and wearable become fashionable (we know about fashion) and of course "scanners" for everything from RFID to traffic, nature and health its going to be interesting how real it gets before 2015!




Linked Data, Big Data, Visualisation, Mobile and Cloud services and Cloud learning is as interesting as ever. The school in the cloud, the clinic in the cloud, the brain in the cloud, makes sense to me!

2050: What if cities ruled the world? Davos. The World Economic Forum

Its Davos time again!




The Charter city debate continues:




2050: What if cities ruled the world? | Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

"Imagine it is 40 years in the future. Government has been decentralized to the city level. Connections between cities consolidate into mega-corridors, which span national and state borders. This is the time of the mayor, whose political star has risen."

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence - Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Harvard Business Review

"Confidence is an expectation of a positive outcome. It is not a personality trait; it is an assessment of a situation that sparks motivation. If you have confidence, you’re motivated to put in the effort, to invest the time and resources, and to persist in reaching the goal. It’s not confidence itself that produces success; it’s the investment and the effort."

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence - Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Harvard Business Review

Rise of mobile computing fosters new tech hubs

Silicon valley worried about apps hubs abroad?
Rise of mobile computing fosters new tech hubs - FT.com#axzz2pQVCpuQe#axzz2pQVCpuQe

revisit the London story in 2020!! http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/aab581c4-6c85-11e3-8b61-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2pQVCpuQe

Friday, January 03, 2014

Bill Gates Invests In The Urine Powered Mobile Phone - Forbes#b01g03f20b14#b01g03f20b14#b01g03f20b14#b01g03f20b14

Bill Gates Invests In The Urine Powered Mobile Phone - Forbes#b01g03f20b14#b01g03f20b14#b01g03f20b14#b01g03f20b14

iycr2014 - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

We remember and celebrate a lot this year:

100yrs since WW I
50 yrs since the conviction of Nelsom Mandela
25yrs since the invention of the Internet, or WWW
But did you know we celebrate > iycr2014 - home

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations | Bitcoin Litecoin Peercoin Namecoin Quark ProtoShares WorldCoin Primecoin Megacoin Nxt and more...

Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations | Bitcoin Litecoin Peercoin Namecoin Quark ProtoShares WorldCoin Primecoin Megacoin Nxt and more...

Taking time to watch the development. 2014 will be interesting for sure!

Professor Pat Pending had better watch out http://www.ft.com/.../e230307a-61c4-11e3-aa02... and http://rt.com/business/bitcoin-jpmorgan-internet-cash-116/ Wacky Races indeed!!!


http://bitcoinrichlist.com/top100

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/12/fbi_wallet/?cid=15955134

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The 'fake' Mandela memorial interpreter said it all | Slavoj Žižek | Comment is free | The Guardian

An interesting read of a most extraordinary incident from a most extraordinary celebration of a leader:
The 'fake' Mandela memorial interpreter said it all | Slavoj Žižek | Comment is free | The Guardian

Zizek is such an interesting guy, well worth following, as a Lacanian his understanding of the "other" and the "real" is fascinating http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMbpQ8J7g and Lacan himself had so much to teach everyone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb50-117dQQ must get to see Zizeks films http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqE353qgDMI "a leader sets you free!"

Google buys major military robot maker: Why?

Along with the Amazon work on automated delivery by drone, the next decade will be real interesting!

Google buys major military robot maker: Why does search giant want to be 'BigDog' of automation? - NBC News.com

Not just at a tech and commercial level but at a humanitarian and ethical level.
http://www.stopkillerrobots.org/2013/10/unga2013/

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

20 Reasons Why the Internet of Things will be Big and Important

The IOT discussion roles on, its been up and down in the last 15 yrs and resurrected again in the last 5 yrs, will it become a mainstream term, perhaps not simply because of the semantics on the label

20 Reasons Why the Internet of Things will be Big and Important

This is what has been said so many time, it is a good read!

Monday, December 09, 2013

We can learn so much from this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornsweet_illusion

As ive blogged before, a favourite concept of mine is "the edge"! Where most diversity, innovation and change happens!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Minesto - Ocean Energy Solutions | Deep Green Technology

Minesto - Ocean Energy Solutions | Deep Green Technology

Along with google power kites ( http://nickhorslen.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=good+energies )in the air these renewables are looking very interesting!

Silicon Valley catches Bitcoin fever - FT.com

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/943494ea-5aa5-11e3-b255-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=uk#axzz2mJLqlHZM
Having been conscious of the p2p protocol developments for over a decade and the emergence of the crowd and the cloud, Bitcoin has been looming for a couple of years. The popular press stories add to the tech hype but the opportunities in various area's from ecommerce to microfinance and mobile payments and remote service exchanges at an international level and even into areas like international development and #digitalDIYaid are interesting to keep an eye on

Silicon Valley catches Bitcoin fever - FT.com

Ripple and Buttercoin, a Bitcoin exchange.
http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/20/buttercoin/
http://buttercoin.com/#/
http://buttercoin.net/

https://ripple.com/
https://www.computingforgood.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripple_(monetary_system)

A couple to watch in 2014!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Amazon droning on - Look back 15 web years, look forwards 15 web years!

Amazon dreaming of drones for their accelerated delivery!? Don't rush to see these drones flying about our heads anytime soon but as someone who helped drive the biggest pan-euro ecommerce initiative in Europe when most had not even heard ...of Amazon or EBay this side of the pond its great food for thought and a wake up call http://www.microsoft.com/misc/features/features_eChristmas.htm
It was the fact that Amazon, EBay and others were only into their second year of trading and struggling with massive costs and lack of mass adoption that made us stop and think. Everyone said amazon would bomb! We took it direct to major organisation from the EU in Brussels and their DG's focused on encryption, security, trade and telco and many thought we were nut. We didnt do £300,000 of sales on that first site in 97 and now that it is what is being done every minute online this christmas. For most the WWW stood for Why Would We! now look at the value of online trade in Europe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25180906 Amazons vision is a vision but these devices along with 3D printers and collaborative cloud models are going to change the world in the next 10 years like those before did so massively in the last 20yrs. It will only accelerate. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25180906 the impact for hard to reach rural economies all over the world could be amazing from healthcare to trade. Think creatively!

Silicon Valley catches Bitcoin fever - FT.com

From crowd collaboration to cloud funding, microfinance and microinsurance, the old and new coinage as a proxy to services or value has a way to run and its going to be interesting to follow the path or keep up with the race(s)
Silicon Valley catches Bitcoin fever - FT.com

Monday, November 25, 2013

Which fossil fuel companies are most responsible for climate change? – interactive | Environment | theguardian.com

Which fossil fuel companies are most responsible for climate change? – interactive | Environment | theguardian.com

This is a great piece of visualisation and the companies have to be held to account by their investors, users and employees in order to make the changes the planet needs!
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/interactive/2013/nov/20/which-fossil-fuel-companies-responsible-climate-change-interactive

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

4 World-Changing Products Dreamed Up by Bill Gates | Wired Design | Wired.com

4 World-Changing Products Dreamed Up by Bill Gates | Wired Design | Wired.com

This is a real insight to some global problems and potential solutions from energy to agriculture, new born health to cloud based diagnostics!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mega cities, Charter Cities!! Climate - Smart Urbanisation

This connected to the charter cities posts ive done before going back to about 2009 is a very interesting angle on this development. International development and children in the context of eco and construction industry interests. Childrens Investment Fund Foundation CIFF:

Climate - Smart Urbanisation » CIFF

The problem

The world is rapidly urbanising. By 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities with more than ten million inhabitants - megacities - are forecast to double in number by 2030. Megacities create significant greenhouse
gas emissions, comparable to those of large countries, and are wasteful of resources. If emerging megacities follow the current pattern of urban development, citizens will be locked in to carbon and resource intensive lifestyles.

The transformation we want to see

Emerging megacities are low carbon and resource efficient by 2030.

The impact we seek

The adoption of climate-smart principles in urban planning, transportation, waste and air quality management systems by megacities in Latin America and China.

How we'll measure impact

  • 1 The percentage of megacities with integrated transport and urban planning strategies
  • 2 The number of megacities with development plans based on climate-smart principles
  • 3 The proportion of megacities with integrated waste management plans
  • 4 The percentage of megacities with world-class air quality management systems

Chemists Without Borders - Mission & Vision

As a chemist myself, I was delighted to be contacted by an old American colleague who was aware of some of my international development interests and the fact that I try and tie healthcare, education and technology together in this area.

I'm a chemistry graduate of old but I married a pharmacist 30yrs ago and we own our own business. We help via Skype some people with pharmacy questions in Africa. I'm also a strong advocate of the "school in the cloud" hence the TED2012 prize winner links on my blog. I've thought of the "clinic in the cloud" from what we do as #digitalDIYaid but the "lab in the cloud" is a new one.

Chemists Without Borders - Mission & Vision

I must discover more experts and professionals running such portals and try and list them all somewhere. In the would of social enterprise, charity and voluntary work not to mention NGO, Govt and Private business this is so encouraging!!

I know through MSF there is doctors without boarder and other great plans around like http://1millionhealthworkers.org/about-us/
keeping track of them or signposting others to them has to be worth while!!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Big History Project

This is a great update and spans a much longer time frame that the Bradshaw link I blogged years ago but the link of science and history is great
Big History Project
while http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/journey/ does a great job of illustrating the science of mitochondria DNA and the link to geography, geology and sociology BOTH are really worth hitting the play button!!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Twitter visualisation: mentionmapp

http://www.mentionmapp.com
Another great tool (beta) to visualise your social media connections and hashtag topics in real time
#user-mentionmapp

Interactive Friend Wheel for Nick Horslen - Facebook Friend Relationships

My interest in Visualisation tools is given another stroke today!

Interactive Friend Wheel for Nick Horslen - Facebook Friend Relationships

http://friend-wheel.com