Uncover a vitamin – fast!

While finding out your latest brain baby is a vitamin might be a bitter pill to swallow, like any unfavourable diagnosis it’s best to know early. Such was the case with a recent endeavour, I thought I’d share the tools that helped me learn quickly – and relatively painlessly – that my idea – Selfdi –  was not hot. Check out these five amazing tools to help you find out

The Idea Podcast: A Conversation with Dr Genevieve Bell, Part Two.

Join us in part two of our marvelous conversation with Dr. Genevieve Bell, full-time anthropologist, and part-time futurist, as we explore ideas, technology and the futures we create.

If you haven’t checked out part one, you might want to do that. In this the second part of our conversation, Genevieve speaks lyrically about the global dance of ideas and shares her thoughts on artificial intelligence.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to speak with Genevieve and I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

The Idea Podcast: A Conversation with Dr Genevieve Bell, Part One.

Join us on this marvelous conversation with Dr. Geinieve Bell, full-time anthropologist, and part-time futurist, as we explore ideas, technology and the futures we create.

In Part One you can look forward to exploring how as a species we fear our own technological creations, how Science Fiction shapes our collective consciousness and a really neat story about a duck.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to speak with Genevieve, in fact so much of a pleasure that we had to divide our conversation into two parts so that you could enjoy it all.

You can connect with Genevieve @feraldata

The idea on the end of the stick

I have been asked to facilitate an innovation ideation session to get as many ideas as possible. Personally, words like ideation make me squirm a bit, in the same way that Richard Rumelt warns us to detect ‘fluff’ in bad strategy, ‘ideation’ has a whiff of fluff about it. So let’s cut through the ‘fluff’ What does any company want to achieve, what’s the carrot at the end of the

Books: ‘Elon Musk: Telsa, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.’

Swiped the page on the final chapter of Ashlee Vance’s ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’ and I am not sure what I think. While reading, I highlighted passages, going back through them, I’m no closer to having settled on an opinion. Usually opinions settle on me quickly and with force, I say, ‘ hated it,’ ‘loved it’. I am feeling the kind of unease

Sitting with Swans

I live on a lake. Australia is a wild and beautiful place – you only need to travel a few paces from her cities to appreciate how wild she is. Insects so large, you feel it would be improper not to invite them in for tea (or at least introduce yourself), and black swans. So I sit on my lake. Full of black swans. Before Australia was discovered, everyone in the

The Strongest Structure

Dr Jeffrey Tobias said, ‘big companies are trying to be small companies, and small companies are trying to be big companies.’ What does that mean? For large companies, they want speed, they want to realise return on investment sooner. For small companies, they want capital and amplification. When you think of a large enterprise, what do you think? Chances are you think: cumbersome process, evergreen politics, and most of all,

The Change Threshold

All great innovations are a significant improvement on something existing or something new, and they are appealing. Entrepreneurs and enterprises invest in understanding how to find that ‘something’ and how to mould it rapidly into a marketable product; service design, design sprints, ideation sessions, stretching, building, breaking, shaping, lean – it seems everyone is on the same quest to unlock the secret to the success of businesses like Tesla and