When you mention the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ people laugh and say ‘isn’t that an oxymoron?’. But Sebastian Turner, publisher of Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s leading daily paper, found the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ inspiring when he first heard it from Charles Landry. It crystallised something he’d been thinking about. Why did his paper ‘listen’ to everyone except government … Continue reading The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018
One city makes you feel uplifted and bold. Another city makes you feel diminished. Which one do you choose?
By Correy Faccini for Innovate UK Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find & drive the science & technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. I am happy to host a guest post on Cities of the Future for Innovate UK. Please check out the Innovate UK Future Cities … Continue reading Predictions for the City of the Future
Last year I did a report for the Department of State Development on the SA Bike Economy. The report was released last week. The Government has announced that a bike economy summit will be held later in the year. A link to the report is at the end of this post. Like many cities Adelaide … Continue reading Why SA is the place for the bike economy
‘Crunch points’ are interruptions to flow. They make us stop short of our goal. It’s the whirling colour wheel on your MacBook. The train that stops short of a destination. Complicated arrangements for tickets. Machines that don’t accept your cash or card. It’s being put on hold. Needing to change terminals. Waiting to cross the … Continue reading Future Cities: Eliminating Crunch Points
In the USA and beyond, 8 November, 2016, may go down in history as the turning point for a new era. The urge to try and make sense of it all will inevitably lead to thousands of articles, books, and theses and so on for decades to come. Everything is topsy-turvy. In the same week … Continue reading Where has the love (for government) gone?
In the film ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) runs a children’s bookshop in Manhattan. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) opens his Fox Books superstore just around the corner. It’s the mid 1990’s and the internet is fresh. The characters meet in an on-line chat room and fall in love, whilst unknowingly battling each … Continue reading Apple Stores and Amazon Books- is ‘on-line’ moving to the city?
This is a response to the Meeting of the Minds group blogging event, October 6, 2015. It was revised slightly on October 7, 2015. The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years. Dear Adelaide Things are … Continue reading Dear 2015 – In 2050 every city solves problems for the world (Adelaide chose active ageing)
My Thursday afternoon and Friday morning were spent in a workshop on South Australia and economic prosperity. It was an invited group of people across sectors and ages. We were asked to identify opportunities for South Australia and then create an action plan with a 1-2 year time horizon. It was all rather timely given … Continue reading Can bikes power Adelaide’s economic development?
Last week Tyler Brûlé, Editor-in-Chief at Monocle, claimed that Australia is ‘on the verge of becoming the world’s dumbest nation’ because of excessive regulations. In particular, Sydney’s ‘lock out’ laws and ‘airport curfews’ drew his ire, along with not being able to carry a glass of wine out onto a pavement. According to Brûlé “If … Continue reading Is Australia on the verge of becoming one of the world’s dumbest nations?