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It is rare to hear anyone with a good word for “talking shops”. It is a term of abuse and indicates a waste of precious time. So my ears pricked up when a meeting was described by a series of politicians, industrialists and civil society speakers at a briefing as being good because it was such a talking shop.
If I could give a single book to a new graduate entering the world of work in industry, I would not hesitate to choose Peter Drucker’s masterpiece “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. The lucidity of the writing is matched only by the thinking, a rare combination.
A belated Happy Birthday. The genuine interest around Prof Hawking’s 70th birthday shown by both physicists and the general public illustrates that the UK has both an appetite for science, and an interest in the scientist as hero that is not often recognised in British Society.
The granting of patents to Google for the self-driving car, has now forced me to retire one of my longest lasting futures workshop games. Still, it has served me well for over a decade.
“To err is human, to foul things up requires a Computer”. I was reminded of this recently when finally getting to the bottom of a long-running mess.
The invention of moveable type printing by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1430s was one of the most important inventions in human history.
Over the last month I’ve received a whole set of projections in different industries about expected technology developments. Across every sector there is an incredible consensus that change is getting faster, and will continue to accelerate into the foreseeable future.
Sir David Omand has recently co-authored a pamphlet for DEMOS, "#Intelligence" on balancing the needs for security with developments in social media.
The use of ICTs in education remains controversial. Last week the head of Ofsted announced that he wishes to ban mobile phones in schools.
When it comes to science and engineering, there is no doubt in my mind that ‘big data’ has both elements of challenge and opportunity.

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