Adelaide as a carbon neutral city? Good idea. But can we really commit?

In Adelaide we’re good at inspiring each other . Heather Smith’s post last week on Adelaide as a carbon neutral city has inspired me to write this post. At the moment there’s so much interest around the world in cities.   If plotted on the Gartner Hype Cycle, cities may be  up there with the ‘Internet of Things’. Right at the top of … Continue reading Adelaide as a carbon neutral city? Good idea. But can we really commit?

Internet of Things World Forum 2014

Part groovy revival meeting, part home shopping channel – welcome to Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Chicago this week (or it is Internet of everything (IoE) – there are different views). You have to admire Cisco’s ambition and their sheer organizing capacity for such an event. Even though the sales pitch can … Continue reading Internet of Things World Forum 2014

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.

What makes collaborations work?

I listened to a speech by Andrew Bovell, the well known Australian playwright and screenwriter, on ABC Online last week where he was delivering the 2012 Foxtel Screenwriters’ Address. You can find it here. Amongst other things,  Bovell talked about what makes a good writing collaboration – and to paraphrase his words – he said … Continue reading What makes collaborations work?