Podcasting primer

"Let's do a podcast" I said to Chris back in around September 2016. Slightly surprisingly he said "Yes". The adventure began. This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while, but only now spurred into it by a chance tweet. It describes technically how we put WB-40 together every week. The editorial … Continue reading Podcasting primer

2018 Futureballs

It's that time of year when people predict the year ahead. Strap in... 2018 will be pretty much the same as 2017. Some things will be different. Most of the things that are different will just be following a trend. A handful will be dramatically different. The things that are following trends are the ones … Continue reading 2018 Futureballs


On Thursday my friend and podcasting co-host Chris went for a walk. Since knowing about the 90 Waypoint Walk from seeing Marcus Brown present at Silicon Beach in 2016, it's been singing I've been itching to try. Christmas rambles seemed to be the ideal opportunity. The 90 Waypoint Walk is a route that can be followed anywhere. … Continue reading Walking

The future of money

I had a great hour or so earlier this week listening to Rowland Manthorpe from Wired talking about the future of money at the inaugural The New Normal session. Rather than the a la mode of talking about distributed ledgers and crypto currencies, Rowland focused instead on data - at the core of his argument … Continue reading The future of money

Planning a workshop

I've run a lot of workshops. I've attended even more. There have been good, there have been bad. There have been the truly shocking. In all of my years of workshopping, the single tool that I have found to be the most useful is a simple technique for planning rather than any particular technique in … Continue reading Planning a workshop

Anti-confirmation bias

I, like many others, are fascinated by the concept of cognitive biases. It you want a catalogue of these shortcuts that the brain uses to make sense (often incorrectly) of the world around us, Rolf Dobelli's The Art of Thinking Clearly is highly recommended - although be warned that by the end of reading it you'll … Continue reading Anti-confirmation bias

New Turing Tests

In conversation yesterday I realised that I've developed an occasional habit of defining alternatives to the Turing Test as ways of understanding quite how far away Artificial Intelligence really is. Here's the compilation... https://twitter.com/ballantine70/status/542986402800365568 An observation that humans are getting quite good at being able to parse complete gibberish that is the result of "AI" autocorrect … Continue reading New Turing Tests

When I grow up I want to be a science

The hope here is that HR can empower organisations with robust tech and data to turn the art of people management into a science Perusing an article from HR Magazine yesterday about the impact that technology is having on the HR industry, I started to wonder what it is that people really mean when they say that … Continue reading When I grow up I want to be a science

Top Ten Posts of 2016

Time for more of the old reflective stuff. Sing-a-long with your own favourite chart countdown music in your head... 10. The Money Siphon A bit of a swipe at the tech startup investment world inspired by reading my book of the year, Dan Lyon's Disrupted. 9. Digital poster children And, as it happens, another bit of a … Continue reading Top Ten Posts of 2016

Five things I have learned in 2016

(Photo: New Year, Icelandic Style) It's that time of year to get all reflective about what the last twelve months has had to offer. And it's fair to say that 2016 has had more ups and downs than most. But rather stick my head in my hands and rock backwards and forwards until it all … Continue reading Five things I have learned in 2016