What I miss…

Drowning amongst the many often excellent pieces about the new normal, how to think about pandemics and what this means for business it was only last week that a certain melancholy enveloped […]

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Disembodied work

 I like this short post from Cal Newport’s blog on the pleasures of manual or embodied work. The post is relevant to my book in that explores the nature of […]

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Downing our tools

This passage from David Epstein’s Range seems especially relevant right now, and for almost everyone in any profession:  “There are no tools that cannot be dropped, reimagined or repurposed in […]

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Unsolicited advice

I’m typically sceptical of ‘life lessons’ like this. However, this list of 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice, by technology writer Kevin Kelly is particularly good. The purpose of a habit […]

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Judging a mood

Talk of the ‘mood’ of the British people and their attitudes towards easing lockdown and get back to normal throws up interesting questions about what mood is, and how we […]

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The Presence of Absence

This little thread of posts from an Insead professor, Gioapiero Petrigliero really caught my attention. It nailed so well what is so lacking in virtual communication and video conferencing. It’s […]

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A hand drawn profile

Back in 2016 the very talented Charlotte Hollands was commissioned by EPIC to do a profile of me. Instead of writing an account of my career she decided to draw […]

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Gall's Law

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up […]

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Love and Service

“It is not difficult to see why we are so keen to widen our knowledge and why we are so little concerned to increase our capacity to love – knowledge […]

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Biographies of collaboration

Interesting read from Ethan Zuckerman exploring the tendency for the figure of the lone genius to triumph over teams and collaborators in accounts of innovation. Two excerpts: “It doesn’t lessen […]

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Squeaky Dolphin

From an article about the anxieties of big data by Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford. 2014 is the year we learned about Squeaky Dolphin. That’s the Pynchon-worthy code name for a […]

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