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Preview: TEDxAuckland 2014

Posted on 15 June 2014

TEDxAuckland 2014 event will be held on August 16th this year. The theme is Ascending – “a celebration of resilience, courage amidst adversity and the achievements of individuals who are making a better world.” This will be the 5th TEDxAuckland event since 2009 and my impression is that the latest speakers group is a thoroughly interesting […] Continue Reading

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culture, featured, industry futures, WordPress

Preview: Matt Mullenweg in New Zealand

Posted on 22 May 2014

Matt Mullenweg will be in Wellington and Auckland on June 17th and 18th this year. It is Matts second visit to New Zealand and five years since he came to the first ever NZ wordcamp held in Wellington in 2009. Since then WordPress has continued to grow to the point where it now powers something […] Continue Reading

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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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Why Media Strategy Matters

Posted on 29 July 2013

Back in the 90′s many of us in the tech community talked about the convergence of technology making for changes in the value chains of many businesses. Some of that was obvious as telcos and media companies started to feel the business impacts of change. Back then many of us were quoting Marshal McLuhan and […] Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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