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From old media to post media

From old media to post media

There’s a saying around the smart-aleck set I’m part of: “If it’s free, you’re probably the product” What this bon mot describes is a media business model. The first memorable instance where I saw this model applied to describing online businesses was in Andrew Dubber’s…

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A feature phone fortune at the base of the pyramid

A feature phone fortune at the base of the pyramid

When I was in Nairobi recently, running the Naideation hack day and ideation session, one thing the group of participating developers and entrepreneurs and I discussed was the business case for designing for the least advantaged. Leaving any ethical or redistributive argument to one side…

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From Naideation Nairobi to JaagIDEA Bangalore

From Naideation Nairobi to JaagIDEA Bangalore

I had a fantastic experience hosting Naideation, at iHub last week. Naideation was the second in the series of hack day and ideation sessions I’m hosting, where I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the smartest entrepreneurs and developers in Accra and Nairobi…

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From Haccra to Naideation

From Haccra to Naideation

I’m writing this on the flight to Nairobi, on my way to continue the very exciting project I started in Accra two weeks ago, aimed at prototyping new business models for social change using mobile phones to empower adolescent girls across the developing world. (by…

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Why strategy doesn’t work (and what to do about it)

Why strategy doesn’t work (and what to do about it)

When it come to choosing work, I select projects by their capacity to appeal to my heart more than my head. This means that I’ve been lucky enough to do a really exciting variety of projects, and I’ve been able to create a work life…

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Unlocking the power of mobile phones in Africa

Unlocking the power of mobile phones in Africa

So I’m on the move again – writing this on the flight to Accra on the first leg of a really exciting project that will take me to Ghana, Kenya and India in little over a month. What my client’s asked me to do (ably…

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Van Gogh and the importance of real stuff in a virtual world

Van Gogh and the importance of real stuff in a virtual world

When I worked at the British Council at the turn of the millennium, I coined a theory that I call “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers” to explain how living in a time almost infinite virtual replication of film, image, print and music online might actually increase the…

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The difficult trick of switching off your mental soundtrack

The difficult trick of switching off your mental soundtrack

This post is about what’s going on in your head when you listen to music. I used to think one way, but after listening to “MajorVsMinor’s Beat it in a Major Scale”, uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube last week by Ukrainian musician Oleg Berg, I’ve…

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Why you should join the House of St Barnabas

Why you should join the House of St Barnabas

Until now, I’ve only flirted with members clubs. But now I think I’ve found one for life. Opening in May, The House of St Barnabas is a new kind of members club for a new age. In Steven Johnson’s excellent book, Where Good Ideas Come…

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Horse meat and thieving dogs who lick where you can’t

Horse meat and thieving dogs who lick where you can’t

Will Hutton’s excellent article in the Guardian goes some way to showing the link between the market-craven political ideology of our Conservative led government (which, to be fair, the UK’s last Labour government also suffered from) and the likelihood that in the race-to-the-bottom economics of…

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