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Occasional posts and views on psychology, technology, markets and innovation

At war with our well-being

At war with our well-being

I have just been reflecting on the trajectory of unsustainability our species is on, and looking at it though the lens of sub-optimisation. Suboptimisation means focusing on one component of a system and making changes intended to improve that one component and...

Choose again

Choose again

Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will...

Share your eyes

Share your eyes

This week I said goodbye to SmallWorlds.com; a venture I have invested more of my time in than any other single project in my life. It’s a timely moment to reflect on where I am in my life now, and how my priorities have changed in the last 10 years. I think it is...

Getting better

Getting better

"Nothing works better than just improving your product”Joel Spolsky Staying relevant is a challenge Technology is evolving faster and faster.  This is placing demands on individuals and organisations to get better at learning how to adapt to a dynamic...

The purpose of strategy

The purpose of strategy

“The value is in what gets used, not in what gets built.”Kris Gale Digital tools only create potential One of the key indicators that strategy is working is a change in the behaviour of our customers. Strategy influences products, and products can influence people,...

There is no such thing as digital strategy

There is no such thing as digital strategy

There is no "digital strategy" anymore, just strategy in a digital worldBud Caddell Digital is more than digital The word "ubiquitous" means everywhere, and aptly describes our experience with digital technology these days.  The inventions of the internet and...

Persuasion matters

Persuasion matters

Persuasion and its importance to your digital technology The power of digital technologies is often unrealised The rise of digital technology is transforming our lives. Digital products and programs to improve our lives are being generated at an incredible rate, and...

Digital is not just Digital

Digital is not just Digital

One of the many wonderful facets of the digital age is that information is so readily shared.  As a society, this accelerates our rate of a learning as we stand on one anothers shoulders.  So last week when the Sunshine Coast...

Why God is digital

Why God is digital

(This speech was given at The Project : Digital Disruption conference in Auckland, New Zealand). Good morning everyone. Welcome to the first sermon of the conference. Today we will be exploring "Why god is digital". So, please, extract your favourite digital...

In the beginning

In the beginning

I have been meaning to revisit my so-called “manifesto”, to expand on the thinking behind each of its 5 elements. In particular, I have found the first element - “Self Authorship” - to be somewhat problematic. First of all in terms of my capacity to clearly articulate...

On becoming an internet millionaire

On becoming an internet millionaire

Last week, I happened to come across Wired Magazine's coverage of Ev William's speech at the XOXO Conference in Portland last month. Ev Williams is most famous as one of the co-founders of Twitter, but prior to that he was behind the blogging platform Blogger,...

People, pairing and platforms

People, pairing and platforms

I have long held a fascination with technology platforms. I think of them as a kind of “super-product”, that brings together people to meet coinciding needs. Michael Cusumano of the MIT Sloan School of Management has been writing about technology platforms for many...

Hello world

Hello world

In computer programming, a "Hello world" program is one of the first and most elementary possible, simply outputting "Hello world" on a screen. This post is my "Hello World" program. Pride is one of the 5 values of my personal manifesto, and yet in launching my Hello...