The middle of the journey

I'm currently reading Tim Harford's excellent new tome Fifty Things that made the Modern Economy. Based on his BBC Radio series, it charts ideas and objects that have created the world around us today. Some of them are obvious (the Light Bulb), some of them less so (the Billy Bookcase). In his description of the … Continue reading The middle of the journey

Working remotely

I've just re-read the book Remote: Office Not RequiredRemote: Office Not Required published a few years back by the founders of software company 37 Signals. A guide to good and bad experiences of remote working, it seemed timely given the project I'm just kicking off looking at how technology can enhance working practice in one of the … Continue reading Working remotely

The power of tittle-tattle

The world of work isn't somewhere where people just exclusively work. They talk about all sorts of stuff- what they watched on TV last night; the results in their favourite sports; politics; love; life... In my research for Who Shares Wins I found a possibly apocryphal tale of the adoption of email in a law … Continue reading The power of tittle-tattle

Disposing the future

I've written in the past about the stack of old, bound editions of the magazine Punch that appear to be the closest my branch of the Ballantines have as a legacy to pass from generation to generation (if only I'd been part of the distilling branch of the family). Whilst interesting, the archive is strangely … Continue reading Disposing the future

Back doors

The recent hubbub in politics about security services back doors into end-to-end encrypted messaging service has got me thinking. Putting aside the issues of technological impossibility, as we enter into a world in which more and more devices are connected, a storm of questions about the morals, ethics and necessity of back doors into things could … Continue reading Back doors

Adaptability

Earlier this week I had a connection request on LinkedIn from someone under the nom de plume of Unemploy Bot, claiming in its headline "I will take your job soon!". Normally I'd shun such nonsense, but there was something about Unemploy Bot that tickled me. I accepted the request, and got into a short conversation, … Continue reading Adaptability

LinkedOut

I've been using LinkedIn since 2004. It's been a constant past of my working life for those 13 years. I've been a subscriber for about 7 years. In that time my monthly subscription has crept up surreptitiously to now be more than double what it was when I started paying for additional access to the … Continue reading LinkedOut

Robot propaganda

Every picture tells a story. These days in the realm of social networks, click rates and the hunt for audience it's more like every picture sells a story. Imagery is vital to online content. The featured images that get scraped and then catch the eye as articles are tweeted and favorited. The decorative fly in … Continue reading Robot propaganda

The influence of the network

Another fascinating day at Julia Hobsbawm's Names Not Numbers event in London. It's a hugely eclectic day, yesterday spanning the role of theatre in politics, advances in the life sciences, David Bowie, the neuroscience of truth and an interview with the artist Maggi Hambling who I think has now become my favourite sweary creative (wrestling the … Continue reading The influence of the network