big ideas, culture, featured, industry futures

Is 2015 the year that VR gets real (Oculus Rift:) from @WemoLab

Posted on 08 January 2015

Back in September last year at the 2014 MORGO conference I was able to try out the Samsung Gear Oculus VR device and I was very impressed to see a swim by of a Blue Whale and more on the screen. VR as a concept; has been around for quite a while and like many […] Continue Reading

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culture, featured, TEDx

#TEDxAKL 2014 it’s a wrap

Posted on 17 August 2014

Today is the day after TEDxAuckland 2014. It is almost too soon to tell how good it really was. That may not make much sense but every TEDx talk has at least 3 lives. These are: 1/ On the day – impressions & impacts from the live audience and secondary impressions from social and other […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, featured, general business, industry futures, WordPress

Inspiration is the best rocket fuel

Posted on 19 June 2014

Last night Matt Mullenweg told the story of WordPress and how it had all happened. It was a kind of a one man solo theatre performance with a stream of anecdotes counterpointing each step along the journey. I have been lucky enough to hear Matt speak a few times over the past 6 years and […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, culture, featured, industry futures

Digital Advertising Hits the Tipping Point

Posted on 27 April 2014

Back in 2001 I was part of a grand digital futures experiment. Along with 3 others I was part of a small group named “the future” inside of a regular advertising agency and our mission was to explore the future of advertising and in our view that meant digital was only going to get bigger. […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, featured

Is Solar Power for Home Practical for NZ?

Posted on 04 January 2013

Many NZ consumers will be wondering if solar power for the home is a practical option. In simple terms despite New Zealand having mostly renewable energy our power costs to the home have continued to climb in the past few years despite low inflation. In real terms power costs have pretty much doubled for me […] Continue Reading

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big data, big ideas, featured, TED

The Ultimate Infographics are here now

Posted on 02 June 2012

One way that newspapers and other media try to manage a lot of information is by making an infographic or diagram. This type of visual “map” often helps the media to convey complex ideas more quickly and makes it easier for most of us to process. Unfortunately many of these infographics are becoming quite cluttered […] Continue Reading

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culture, music

On a Slow Boat to China

Posted on 19 November 2012

Mainstream TV in New Zealand seems to think that besides cooking shows, building renovations and talent shows we need to see X factor, Idol, the Voice and various other talent shows. Luckily there is lots of great music around and if you have ears to hear it is easy to find. Luke Thompson has been […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, culture

Politics as universal comedy

Posted on 16 October 2012

In a few weeks it is Presidential elections in the U.S. The choice there is between a President who has done very little to change the daily lives of US people and a candidate who intends to ignore most ( about 47%) of the population and further dismantle the state. Part of the problem for […] Continue Reading

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culture, music

What’s so funny about Mental Health and Understanding?

Posted on 12 October 2012

This week in New Zealand and 149 other countries around the world it is Mental Health Awareness Week. The  theme this year is : Depression: A Global Crisis  For very many reasons it is tricky to talk about mental health because many people don’t know what is going on and even when they do getting help may […] Continue Reading

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big data, TEDx

TEDxAuckland Radio Interviews

Posted on 05 October 2012

Over the past few weeks a number of the TEDxAuckland 2012 speakers have talked with National Radio. Here are Sean Gourley, Assil Russell and Matthew Simmons radio clips. TEDx talks on the day are limited to 18 minutes each so these extended radio clips give more background. “New Zealand-born physicist Sean Gourley on the mathematical […] Continue Reading

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culture, industry futures, TEDx

The Optimistic Economist – transparency in trade

Posted on 05 October 2012

Andrew Stoeckel at TEDxCanberra caught my attention when he noted that: “A 1% increase in the rate of trade to GDP leads to a 2-3% increase in income per person” …. Taking the long view, Andrew examines the three pillars of prosperity – productivity, trade and property rights, focussing on trade and why it functions […] Continue Reading

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culture, industry futures, TEDx

TEDxCanberra Videos Up

Posted on 04 October 2012

Stephen Walkers talk at TEDxCanberra a few weeks ago was very challenging. He goes through some scary numbers that illustrate the paradox of living in a time of great wealth but at the same time there are so many living in poverty. What do Australians give to charity? Only 34 cents in every $100 is […] Continue Reading

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culture, TEDx

TEDxAKL totally rocks – on Sat 6th Oct

Posted on 03 October 2012

Some readers will know that I am a key helper on the TEDxAuckland event coming up next Saturday. We will have 17 talks of 18 mins each. If you dont have a ticket yet you should make sure not to miss out go here to buy. I am an ideas person and so the prospect […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, culture, TEDx

The Dunedin Study

Posted on 16 September 2012

Back in July I went down to Dunedin (1100k South) to TEDxDunedin for an evening. One of the speakers was Professor Richie Poulton who is director of the Dunedin Study. “The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study Members are the 1037 babies born in Dunedin, New Zealand between 1 April 1972 and 31 March 1973 […] Continue Reading

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