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.