Monthly Archives: July 2011

Continuing our series of conversations with Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency, and myself, here is the one we kicked off with: what is the role of a futurist? Here are a few of the topics we discuss:

Arthur C. Clarke was certainly one of the most prescient people of the last century, anticipating many developments and in fact inventing the geo-stationary satellite on which much of the early media and communication revolution was based. In this fantastic segment from a BBC broadcast in 1964 he confidently makes two predictions, one absolutely accurate,

Continue reading How Arthur C. Clarke almost 50 years ago accurately predicted our world of global distributed work

Continuing our series of conversations on the future between Gerd Leonhard and myself, today’s session is on the future of music. Here are a few of the points we made:

In my recent keynotes I have frequently used variations on my Transformation of Business framework, which looks at how Technology Drivers and Social Drivers lead to a changed Business Landscape, and in turn New Drivers of Success.

I recently ran a workshop on the future of business at the strategy offsite of one of the world’s largest professional services firm. During the evening I had a very interesting conversation with one of the regional directors about how professional service firms are tapping external networks. For over a decade I have written and

Continue reading How large professional service firms are shifting to networked services and open innovation

My friend and fellow futurist Gerd Leonhard, who runs The Futures Agency (which I am part of), was recently in Sydney for a speaking engagement. We took the opportunity to record a series of conversations on the future. Here is our conversation on the future of money. The key points we make are:

Launch of the Transformation of Government framework

The vast majority of my work over the years has been in the business sector, however I am increasingly being pulled into government and the public sector. As I spend more time in the government space, it is becoming increasingly evident to me that the public sector can lead fundamental positive structural shifts in society

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The fabulous case study of Queensland Police on Facebook

I am at the NSW IPAA conference on The Future Course of Modern Government, where I gave the opening keynote on The Transformation of Government. We have just heard about how Queensland Police used Facebook and Twitter for disaster communication during the extensive flooding in January. It may now seem obvious that these are the

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I’m at IPAA NSW conference on the Future Course of Modern Government, where I gave the opening keynote on The Transformation of Government.  I was followed by Christian Bason, Director of Denmark’s MindLab. The third keynote was delivered by Professor Peter Shergold, previously Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia’s most

Continue reading Peter Shergold on The Ethical Framework (of Professional Public Service)

Christian Bason of MindLab on public sector innovation

I am at IPAA NSW where I have just given the opening keynote on The Transformation of Government. I will endeavor to blog the event as I go. Next up is Christian Bason, Director of MindLab, a cross-ministerial institution for innovation in the Danish government, presenting by Telepresence. MindLab is a government organization that helps

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Keynote slides on The Transformation of Government

Tomorrow morning I am giving the opening keynote at the annual conference of Institute of Public Affairs New South Wales, on the topic of The Transformation of Government. Originally I was scheduled to follow the recently elected NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, but he has had to travel to Beijing, so he will present at the

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The current 10 most viral video ads

Contagious Magazine does a regular Most Contagious Viral Video Chart Round Up. It’s not clear what criteria they use to rank the videos, but they clearly are all enormously contagious videos. Go to the current Most Contagious Viral Video Chart Round Up on Contagious for the full list of the top 20 viral videos, plus

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