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How Real Estate Agents Affect Our Local Economy

November 6, 2012

Yesterday morning just before I headed out to a couple of meetings at the uni, there was a knock at the door. It was someone who lives a couple of streets away, and who was the realtor who sold us our house. (I’ll call him John for the purposes of this story). He and his […]

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Developing Scenarios To Aid Planning

November 4, 2012

Last Friday I gave a brief presentation on scenario planning, to the research groupthat I consult to. One of the things that came out of that all too brief session was that there is a very real lack of understanding of  interdependency of nations and of industries in a globalized economy. It is remarkable how […]

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You Are Special… Celebrate It

August 28, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that all of the personal coaching that I do, either through mentoring creative people or teaching comes down to one thing: transition. We are all in constant transition: moving from and moving to. How can we take some control over where we move to? One key thing that I […]

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Innovation: How do you start it? How do you stop it?

August 17, 2012

Innovation has been a hot topic for quite a while. Recently it seems to have gone mainstream. Companies want to innovate. Universities want to innovate. Governments want to innovate. Why? Because if you are not profitably creating new ways to solve problems, someone else is, another company, another country…. and the ownership of the knowledge […]

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The Solar Decathlon Project

August 10, 2012

The Solar Decathlon has been called the “solar olympics” by some people. It is a regular global competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy to build a totally sustainable house. For the first time there is an Australian team, the team from UOW and they have a really good value proposition for their entry. […]

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X Media Lab And Hyperconnected

May 28, 2012

In the next month in Sydney there will be a lot of attention on connectivity. First there is the XMediaLab conference and the accompanying workshops to be held at the Sydney Opera House. Then there is a much smaller event to be held at the Sydney Business School – Hyperconnected. Both of them are working […]

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On Finding The Fulcrum Of Understanding

May 11, 2012

One of the most difficult things to do these days is to focus. There are so many distractions vying for our time, and while we may think that we can multitask, parallel process, and generally do everything, the reality is that we still live our lives in a linear way and to achieve great things […]

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LinkedIn (art as well as science)

April 4, 2012

I have a lot of interactions with students these days. I teach a class of students who are primarily going to graduate in the next few months with degrees in media and communication. In addition I have a research project that involves PhD students from the sciences in interviewing CEO’s of corporations in high tech […]

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Google: The New Weed Killer

April 2, 2012

Google is a transformative technology, of that there is no doubt. However its ability to effect change are creating some unforeseen business impact. I was talking to someone on the weekend who has some keen insights into the ecosystem of grass… Yes that’s right – that cash crop that everyone knows is at the heart […]

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How Do You Motivate Real Change?

March 24, 2012

I was at a conference yesterday in the nearby town of Nowra. It was put on by and for local business people. As the organizer, Linda, said to me, its the kind of event that when times are tough, small business people should participate in and attend. I talked about disruptive technologies and how they […]

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