On Assignment

Kevin Kelly went to Asia in the early 1970s having never held a pair of chopsticks. He took a change of clothes and 500 rolls of film in his backpack, because he was, as he puts it, “on assignment” to…

Time Travel (2)

The Future is here, it’s just not very evenly distributed. William Gibson There’s a second way to look at this. If looking at other places can help us see the future, it can also help us see the past. One…

What can I do to make your job easier?

I ask each member of my team this question at the end of the ‘Any Other Business’ part of our meeting. I used to think of it as a management question: what can I do – or stop doing –…

Three Things

“You get work, however you get work. “But people keep working in a freelance world, and more and more of today’s world is freelance, because their work is good, and because they are easy to get along with, and because…

Time Travel (1)

The Future is here, it’s just not very evenly distributed. William Gibson There are ways in which we can all see the future, And ways we can learn to see possibilities and bring them into being. One way of seeing the…

Kindness

Note to self: what seems important to you from moment to moment often isn’t what’s most important. With your family; with friends and neighbours; with colleagues; with strangers – what are you like? And what will you wish you’d been…

Human choices – a tale of two janitors

I’ve just been listening to Tim O’Reilly, who’s in the running for the driverlesscroc thought-leader of the week award.* *There is no award.** **More to the point: crikey, what would Zinsser say about that sentence? O’Reilly was talking about the unequal…

WTF? Technology and you

WTF: What’s the Future? Tim O’Reilly If you’re doing meaningful work, you’re trying to hit a moving target, and your job isn’t made any easier by how fast the world is changing. These resources should help you calibrate your ‘deflector…

Marketing the internet

Often, we market products or services that solve problems that people already know they have. We offer a better app, or a better screwdriver, or a better way of doing something, and our job is to convince people that it is…

A broken promise

I was on the receiving end of a broken promise a couple of weeks ago: a cancelled flight. The airline gave me a refund, but nothing for out of pocket expenses or lost time. They won’t reimburse me me because…