I am in Dubai for the next few days to do a keynote at Arab Media Forum on the future of media.
I’d love to catch up with anyone who is interesting in an informal meetup to chat about the future, media, and social media in the Arab world and beyond.
It has been a while since I’ve been in UAE and keen to connect with interesting people and hear what’s happening.
Where: A’Rukn cafe, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (location link)
When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 21 May
Hope to see you there! Everyone is welcome, feel free to pass on word, whoever turns up will be the right people
Today’s issue of AFR Boss magazine includes highlights of the discussion at the recent first BOSS True Leaders’ Legacy Dinner, where 14 of us had an excellent dinner and debated “how Australia could seize the opportunities of the knowledge economy”.
It was a fantastic and sometimes heated discussion, most enjoyable. The highlights of the conversation are published in the online magazine.
At the outset I said (quotes were severely edited for length):
Ross Dawson: We have over a million Australians who live around the world. This Australian diaspora is a way of linking the extraordinary talent we have in this country to the rest of the planet. Far more than any other country, we must look at digital productivity and what that affords us. Australia in the last six years or so has become a truly networked economy with a network mentality.
As I’ve noted before, entrepreneurial migration is highly valuable in forming global networks.
Australia has come a long, long way in the last 6-8 years in becoming a nation with a true network mentality. This is essential given our geographical isolation. However I am becoming concerned that our progress is not keeping pace with the rest of the world.
Later in the conversation I was quoted:
Ross Dawson: How do we get new levels, layers and structures of capital markets where money gets allocated to the ventures that have the greatest potential financial and social impact? We still have explicit and implicit industrial policy in Australia which is in favour of legacy industries, not the industries of Australia’s future or potential future.
Crowdfunding is just one of range of new capital market structures that are allocating funds to where they can have the most value. National regulation is critical in enabling or disabling these innovative approaches.
The nature of politics is that legacy industries have the funds, clout, and connections to make governments pay attention, while newer industries don’t have the impact or access. Yet they are where our future lie. It is critical that attention – and in some cases resources – are spent on the networked, knowledge-based economy that will bring our future prosperity.
Today I was interviewed on the Channel 7 Daily Edition about the future of travel. Click on the image below to see a video of the segment.
One of the topics we discussed was a proposed concept of a Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub, an interesting idea which allows high speed trains to shift to a vertical configuration as they arrive at a station.
Instead of long carriages the train consists of smaller pods that can stay in upright position as the train shifts to be aligned with the walls of a building, where the passengers can alight.
The primary advantage is that the train station can have a very small footprint, which will be increasingly important when space is at a premium in densely populated urban centers.
High-speed trains are proving to be a vital foundation to China’s infrastructure, providing an example that other countries are increasingly interested in following.
The vertical train hubs concept is not that likely to be implemented, but it is a novel and intriguing approach that just might facilitate the adoption of high-speed trains in major centers.
Image source: Evolo
Will the next big technology company come out of the fashion world?
I’ve had a very interesting evening at the latest Sydney event of Decoded Fashion, a global network of events on the future of fashion.
Here are a few of the many interesting insights and ideas that came up during the evening, either directly from the speakers or evoked by what they said.
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