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I was insanely privileged to be invited to speak at Google Firestarters 16, as one of the Magnificent Seven CSO’s and Planning Directors curated by Neil Perkin. We each had ten minutes to talk about “The most useful thing you have learned in your career to date”, and to do so in a provocative manner. […]

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Most people share links on Twitter. Not many people make an active effort to sell them. An effective sell tells you what the link is about and why it’s worth your while to click it. (i.e. why this link in particular, above all those others that are trickling down your various Tweetdeck columns, deserves your […]

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Notice anything unusual about this photograph? (Apart from the crappy exposure control and lack of Insta-filtering). I’m talking about the blue curtain where normally there would be Powerpoint. Cory Doctorow was mightily impressive at Wednesday night’s Google Firestarters event. He was, as they say, great on his feet. And he was on his feet for […]

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Here we are a week after the event. The generous folk at Google, expertly aided and beautifully abetted as ever by Neil Perkin, didn’t so much start a fire this time round as plant a glowing ember that has been smouldering away at the back of my mind for the last seven days. To be […]

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Thanks to Neil Perkin for curating another highly topical, highly relevant, highly provocative Firestarters event on behalf of Google. And thanks to Mel Exon, Martin Bailie and James Caig for providing said provocation by way of three alternative views on The New Operating System For Agencies. This is not a summary of the evening. This […]

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Kevin Kelly’s post on the Technium blog has just taken over my Friday evening. It includes a link to the Google Ngram viewer. The what? The Google/University Consortium has digitised over 15 million books so far, and the Ngram viewer allows you to investigate the frequency of use of various words in various languages over […]

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A couple of summers ago I got chatting to a guy in the queue to pick up a hire car at Palma airport. Turned out he was an independent cheesemaker from Devon. We nattered for a while in the air-conditioned office whilst our respective families melted in the Majorcan heat outside. Then I watched, aghast, […]

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Process increasingly gets in the way of problem solving. Thus spake John Willshire, Chief Innovation Officer at PHD, at last night’s excellent Firestarters event. The event was generously hosted by Google and masterfully curated by Neil Perkin. John will no doubt post his slides in due course, and I’ll link to them from here when […]

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