Are we being domesticated by Facebook?

Stop whatever you’re doing (I mean whatever). And read this article Infinite Stupidity published on the amazing Edge.org. By Mark Pagel (pictured), professor in evolutionary biology, it explores the notion and consequences of social learning and human evolution. In short, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that social learning has allowed us to […]

It’s not easy being lean

 The rise and rise of the Lean Startup Movement seems to continue unabated – notwithstanding the odd notable dissenter (“fat startup” anyone?). However, with its broader acceptance and adoption come some associated problems, most notably ones of understanding. Or more specifically misunderstanding of what lean is (and what it isn’t). I have no problem with […]

Bruce Sterling and his call for millennial revolution @ SXSW 2011 [video]

This guy just kills me. It’s reason enough on its own to attend SXSW. Last year he floored me with his closing speech in which he concluded with the words “Telling the truth is a revolutionary act… So why not right here, right now.” This year he built to another stirring, angry, truthful, inspirational conclusion. And […]

How to turn an idea into a business: Launchpad by Pollenizer

via pollenizer.com Delighted to see this type of initiative in Australia. It’s disappointing that so many ambitious Australians (ahem, like me) are forced to go further afield to pursue digital adventures. Of course if we all stayed at home, there mightn’t be the problem! Check out their other YC-style seed fund: http://www.startmate.com.au/

5 Ways to Well-being (imagined in an iPhone app)

[I’ve cross posted this to the Made by Many blog where there should be some more conversation, so you might want to head to www.j.mp/happyappy.] I recently watched the utterly fantastic TED talk ‘The Happy Planet Index’ by Nic Marks. The talk covers a lot of sensible ground including why the environmental movement needs to shift […]

Douglas Adams on ‘How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet’

Because the Internet is so new we still don’t really understand what it is. We mistake it for a type of publishing or broadcasting, because that’s what we’re used to. So people complain that there’s a lot of rubbish online, or that it’s dominated by Americans, or that you can’t necessarily trust what you read […]