Browsing All posts tagged under »innovation«

Choose your news carefully

July 27, 2010


I feel there may be a paradox in using Twitter as a way of building credibility. The thinking goes something like this: Microblogging thrives on News News thrives on Novelty Novelty is at odds with Credentials So if you’re Tweeting about something, I will assume that it’s of novel value to you (something you’ve just […]

Does it have to be rocket science?

November 30, 2009


Working in an industry where innovation is all too often applauded for its own sake, it makes me wonder to what extent we are all drawn to the shiny and new, even when the old and reliable is still, well, reliable? Some recent thinking on Cloud Whitening may be about to confirm my thoughts.  It […]

The end of experience?

October 30, 2009


That someone can honestly be quoted as saying “Staff don’t need to retain information any more, they just need to go somewhere where they can reference it” is perhaps one of the most horrifying sentences I have yet come across in the world of employment and education.  Staff don’t need to retain information any more, […]

Whatever happened to podcasts?

September 17, 2009


A couple of years ago, you couldn’t move in the world of communications without bumping into “podcasting” advocates and eager early adopters keen to demonstrate to the world why podcasting was the way of the future.  Of course, much of that was pre-Facebook and most certainly pre-Twitter. But I received an invitation today to attend a […]

Novel gym membership idea from Waitrose in disguise?

August 26, 2009


Can’t help but wonder if tricks are being missed all over the developed world.  People are spending large amounts of  pounds (£££) to divest themselves of large amounts of pounds (lbs), largely because they’ve spent too many of the former on eating too many of the latter in the first place. The easy answer is not […]

“Radical rethink needed on food”

August 10, 2009


I wonder how radical, radical really is?  Saying no to fish?  Investing in Vertical Farms?  An explosion of closed loop recycling?  Expansion of allotment land?  Let’s see, shall we? BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | ‘Radical rethink’ needed on food.

Booksellers complain about Oxfam

August 5, 2009


Who would win in a straight fight, a charity or a bookshop?  Of course, it shouldn’t come to this.  The notion of charity chuggers charging librarians in the streets of Hay is a curious one (though I suspect the chuggers would have it) but since it looks like that bout is currently on the cards, […]

The role of HE in tackling climate change

August 3, 2009


This week sees the launch of a new Consultation on a carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England, a joint initiative by HEFCE, Universities UK and GuildHE. The aim of the strategy is to make use of the HE sector in the UK to tackle climate change in a number of ways: […]