Month: March 2014

London Social Comment 1

A man who is tired of London’s rush hour, is tired of life.

Friends, Londoners, countrymen. Sadly, three separate categories…

London housing – more filling the gap than minding the gap.

London infill for housing space needs park expansion for breathing space.

Will London property eventually become so expensive, only the robots can live there?

The rest of Britain might be heartland, but London’s a state of mind.

Sound of the times – ituning out the London buskers.

The tourists might come to London, but its mansions and tax breaks go to offshore tycoons.

Point of view; more cyclists appearing on London roads, or fewer cars appearing on London’s converted cycle ways?

Mass cycling and secure cycling lock-ups in London. There is nothing so powerful as two ideas whose time has come.

Cometh the dedicated lanes, cometh the cyclist.

Amateurs and Pros

In business, is the boundary between being an amateur and being a professional slowly blurring?

Product planning often rolls out a new product to the early-adopter market. This segment may include tech enthusiasts and fashion trend-setters, depending on the product on offer.

The early-adopter market might comprise both pros and amateurs – amateurs unconstrained by corporate budgets (including the ‘Maker’ revolution) and professionals seeking a competitive advantage, at least in the short term. Do product marketers make a distinction or lump them all into the ‘early adopter’ category?

In the luxury goods market, early adopters of the new luxury product release (a Rolls Royce car say), again might comprise passionate amateurs (wanting the luxury status in their amateur life) as well as wealthy business owners, wanting the luxury status in their professional life. Of course, the status spillover isn’t usually something they complain about either.

Switching gears (no pun intended), is there an important distinction to be made between wealthy philanthropists who give in their amateur life, versus those who arrange grants from their own business organisations?

As the product quality to cost ratio improves – cameras, music-recording systems, broadcasting, publishing, sports gear, (some) healthcare, tourism, labour-saving devices etc, does it get easier for passionate, talented amateurs to duplicate professional efforts?

Who does this matter to (the winners & losers)?

Governments whose population rely on a structured (licensed) professional labour force, strong in the above areas, might care about the changing economics of those industries, if they create unemployment and voter discontent.

The professional associations and guilds might care about the threat to their members’ livelihoods.

Educators will care about educating the workforce in the relevant skills to avoid those professional roles that are in decline.

Companies might care about capturing procurement savings as professionals rates are bid down. They will also be keen to sell to wider markets than just the business professionals alone.

Finally, is there a net cultural benefit? Professionals are incentivised to make a living first and expand/extend their art second. Amateurs the opposite. If the market blurs, will there be a faster development of the art?

 

 

 

 

Information & Communications Technology

Data has travelled half way around the World before data integration has got its boots on.

Open the pipes to let the water flow. Open the system interfaces to let the data flow.

Big Data and Human Creativity – the twin elements of modern day progress.

Data privacy exists if you can directly restrict data’s ability to mingle with other data. The rest is illusion.

Technology spreads rumour, hype and gossip just as fast as it spreads facts. Don’t confuse latest tech with greatest accuracy.

The golden age of innovation

Automation isn’t labour-saving, it’s creative time-releasing.

With the rise of the machines, doing clever design keeps our skin in the game.

As desktop engineering lands on our worktops, our design expertise, not our production time, will (hopefully) pay for the lifestyle we want.

Being a designer and an innovator isn’t a special talent. It’s a fundamental part of what makes us human.

How do we turn Council Estates/Projects into Cottage Industries and Intellectual Properties?

Invest money in Design houses not Designer houses.

Start Ups & labour-intensive processes – land of the free ideas and home of the brave investors.

Work-life balance becomes a balance of bank-balance probabilities.

The Blame Game

The blame game makes lawyers, criminals and tabloid-owners rich and everyone else poor. The personal responsibility game is a win-win game for us all.

We know things are messed up when PR stands for public relations, not personal responsibility.

If blaming leads to stalemate, fixing leads to checkmate.

Career Planning

Once we used to train for a lifelong profession. Now we reinvent ourselves almost daily, to keep pace with the speed of business change.

Career planning is like skating on ice. You can only go in a straight line for so long. And even then, the surface ahead is of uncertain depth.

 

Effective Government

The task for effective governments – flip over the coin of social sustainability:

From the current side of the coin:

Unsustainable energy, welfare payments, lifestyle health choices, commodity workforce skills & blame culture,

with sustainable crime lifestyles & corporate tax avoidance

To the far side of the coin:

Sustainable energy, self-sufficiency, healthy lifestyles, a Master’s degree workforce & personal responsibility,

with unsustainable crime lifestyles & exemption-free tax rules.