A vision for 2070

Share this…Today I’m participating in a meeting called Optimistic Futures, organised by the Service Innovation Lab, InternetNZ, and Victoria University – three organisations with which I have an association. Here is my own broad vision for what I’d like the world to look like in 2070. We have solved the big, wicked problems. The environment…

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Talking about lean startups and policy on Radio NZ

Share this…I had a nice interview with Simon Morton on Radio NZ this morning, talking about (inter alia) the development of the NZ Startup ecosystem, recycling capital, the Lean methodology, the scientific method, and its application to policy development. Listen to it here, …   or jump over to the Radio New Zealand web site….

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Scriptkiddies in overdrive

Share this…It must be that time of year again.  There seems to be heightened activity of script-driven attacks on servers.  Most of these attacks are attempted brute-force password cracks of WordPress accounts. Here’s a list of countries (by ISO country code) that attacks have come on one of my servers from in the last 48…

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Thoughts on Lorde and BDS

Share this…I was contacted by Radio New Zealand this morning, who asked if I had any thoughts about Lorde’s recent decision to cancel her concert in Tel-Aviv, in support of BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions).  This is what I told them. It’s complicated. A lot more complicated than most people can take in or are…

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Good-bye, Landline!

Share this…Our home landline phone number gets switched off today. When we got our first landline, it was provided by the Post Office.  We had a four-week wait – I guess they were too busy delivering letters. When we got our current number after moving into the neighbourhood, it was only six digits.  We got…

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Government innovation at scale

Share this…Enabling government innovation at scale will require much better engagement and collaboration between government agencies with the private and community sectors. Key points: Government will need to be good at being a keystone member of a community it doesn’t control The magic happens when people do new, unexpected things built on government services Great…

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A new approach to government procurement

Share this…Government procurement for innovative solutions sucks. Here’s one way to fix it. I was privileged to participate in the Startup Nations Summit Policy Hack earlier this year in Tallinn, Estonia. This one day policy hackathon brought together representatives from all over the world, working on different problems. On the day before the Policy Hack,…

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The perfect alarm ringtone

Share this…One of the true delights of having kids is their help in music discovery. One of mine is a diehard death metal fan, and recently introduced me to Zeal and Ardor. I had a little listen to their YouTube collection, and came to Children’s Summon. It starts off with a pleasantly jingly xylophone solo…

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