Flexibility revisited

Flexibility is the parent of hope.

Flexibility needs the clothes of honour to be respectable.

Improve the flexibility, improve the credibility (except if honour is at stake).

With sources of flexibility, the more you look, the more you find.

The first step in managing flexibility is measuring it.

Flexibility indicators belong in every KPI system. They shouldn’t be the elephant in the room that everyone ignores.

Flexibility hates glass ceilings, racist signs and ignorance. It loves to hang out with innovation, dreamers, strategists, financiers and engineers.


Pressure and flexibility


Since everything is inter-connected, governments shouldn’t bow to single-issue pressure groups.

It’s possible to retain existing flexibility when you slow things down. If you can’t control outcome uncertainty, try to control the pace instead.

Better research upfront makes for better policy outcomes later.


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Flexibility is me,

Flexibility is key,

Flexibility is Plan B.


Flexibility will get you through,

Flexibility is what to do,

Flexibility will help you find your boo.


Flexibility helps you cope with city life,

But sadly, flexibility is anything but rife.



3D printing in the buff

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When 3D printing costs drop further, early generations of 3D printed items and prototypes can be expected to rise significantly. Is anyone worried about the extra pollution this will cause and are any governments planning for this?

The economics of 3D printing will probably allow a step-change in consumer choice (size, colour, texture, shape etc) compared to the present. The costs of providing such choice are only the time taken to tweak the printing programme code slightly.

3D printing strengthens the ‘be here now’/instant gratification expectations of consumers. Is this a good thing?

As the 3D printing age matures, how quickly will we phase out words like distribute, shipping, forklift, lorry, pallet, warehouse and grow?

How long before we start 3D printing foodstuffs instead of growing them? When that happens, what will happen to all the farmland out there?

Social Transitions 3

What will happen to Middle East peace when the World’s oil dependency runs out? Doesn’t that region of the World need to focus all their energy on building a highly skilled workforce, supported by state of the art infrastructure?

If the Sun gives us free solar energy and the ocean gives us free wave energy, why are we still paying energy companies for energy?

For a multi-national energy company, the grass is always greener over the fence, when you keep choosing to harvest old investments in fossil fuel production. As the innovation vehicle speeds up, organisational complacency and myopia become the first victims of road kill. Share price the second.

Protecting free goods like the air we breathe is one battle worth fighting. Another is converting free solar energy into free energy for society.

Market cabals are the dying breath of an obsolete club – real competition isn’t market equilibrium. It’s market revolution.

Why in the UK do we encourage begging in the streets (by giving money to beggars)? We give enough in welfare benefits, foreign aid, food bank contributions, disaster relief and charity donations already. If the beggars aren’t UK citizens, who lets them come here and effectively tax us, on top of the EU taxes we already pay?

Do parental suicidal attitudes translate into their teenagers’ suicidal actions?

When it comes to national innovation, thinking outside the box means not drowning in the treacle of tradition inside the box.

2D and 3D Worlds

In a 3D World, it’s interesting just how many jobs involve 2 modes or 2 statuses only.
How would the World operate if many of us were forced to act, by considering a hybrid state, or a time dimension as well?

Computer programmers code for a binary World, and for Windows or Mac. The obvious hybrid state is open source.

Product designers recognise right or left-handed people, male or female, real or virtual, real or imitation, outdoor or indoor, interior or exterior, toxic or non toxic. Time is an exciting third dimension to encourage flexibility into the design.

Management consultants love framing problems using 2D matrixes. Their business problems typically consider; merge or acquire, debt or equity, make or buy, outsource or insource, labour-intensive or automated, cost or quality. Most matrixes would likely yield different insights by adding a time, or hybrid dimension to them.

Graphic designers love their 2D reference grids & think black & white or colour, pixels or vectors, rush job or non rush job . Their creativity is enhanced by adding any additional dimension.

Snowboard instructors teach rookies who are goofies or naturals, on-piste or off-piste, on snow that is real or artificially-created.

Accountants journal in a double entry World. They also consider; cost and price, cash or credit. Rate of change is an exciting third dimension to consider in their reporting.

Court environments have prosecution and defence, innocent or guilty. expert witness or non expert witness, custodial sentence or non custodial. Would we have greater justice by considering a hybrid state or time dimension as well? To be fair, mitigating circumstances and suspended sentences respectively, are examples of this already.

Economists divide into macro and micro. Would we have more useful economics by considering an irrational behaviour dynamic, or adding the time dimension as well?

The Military recognises friend and foe, military or civilian. Hybrids include those people who can be won over as future supporters –change the tactics to consider the hybrid status of some people encountered in the field.

Bankers match borrowers and lenders. They also consider costs and prices. Time and/or changing risk is an exciting third state to encourage flexibility into the design.

Traders match buy and sell, act or delay. Time or changing risk is an exciting third state to encourage flexibility into the design.

Food for thought?

Certainty and Flexibility

Certainty relies on flexibility and flexibility relies on certainty. Certainty is about resilience, dependencies and how much variation in one thing creates change in another thing.

Flexibility is about handling change, managing risks and knowing how much control you have over things.

Voters need politicians to be certain, to ensure good decision-making, but not flexible in their moral character.

Voters need politicians to be flexible to cope with external change, but remain uncertain that they (politicians) are always right.

Politicians need voters to be flexible (forgiving of their poor judgements) and certain on Polling Day (certain enough to cast a vote and certain enough to vote for them), but not certain during the rest of their political term, or they’d be out of a (decision-making) job.