Future Cities: Eliminating Crunch Points

‘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

Where has the love (for government) gone?

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?

Apple Stores and Amazon Books- is ‘on-line’ moving to the city?

  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?

Dear 2015 – In 2050 every city solves problems for the world (Adelaide chose active ageing)

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)

Is Australia on the verge of becoming one of the world’s dumbest nations?

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?

Love your job? That’s good news for your city!

How much do you love your job? According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2013 if you’re really engaged at work you’re in the minority. In the US 30% of people report that they are emotionally engaged at work, in Australia and New Zealand it’s 24%, in the UK it’s 17%. Globally only 13% are engaged … Continue reading Love your job? That’s good news for your city!

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration…..

The World Cities Summit in Singapore this week has highlighted the need for more collaboration in cities. In fact, everywhere you look there are calls for greater collaboration. Especially in relation to the challenges of cities and government. Yet we rarely talk about why collaboration is so hard to do. Good collaboration takes time and … Continue reading Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration…..

Five ways to connect people to economic opportunity This is a response to the Group Blogging Event for the Meeting of the Minds in 2014 entitled 'How can we better connect people to economic opportunities?' Over the past few years I’ve worked on large-scale economic development projects in the UK and city scale projects in … Continue reading

Letting the light in…….

‘There is a crack in everything, that’s where the light gets in’  Leonard Cohen Ok, so Leonard was talking about our souls – about imperfection being essential to our spirits.  Profound and simple and lovely. But in some ways cities have spirits too, even personalities and psychologies. And while  city makers focus on the tangibles … Continue reading Letting the light in…….

Want to be a good creative partner? Say ‘yes’ to ideas.

I’ve been reading Working Together: why great partnerships succeed (2010) by Michael Eisner (with Aaron Cohen) CEO of Disney from 1984 to 2005. Eisner explores successful business partnerships such as Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. He reflects on his own working relationship with Frank Wells which lasted until Frank’s death in a … Continue reading Want to be a good creative partner? Say ‘yes’ to ideas.