Serious play in the city

Why would Deloitte’s Silicon Valley think-tank be studying online gamers and kite surfers? John Hagel and John Seely Brown’s hypothesis is that engaged employees will not be enough to sustain performance in uncertain times and where the half-life of a business model is constantly contracting. They argue that to thrive in the twenty-first-century world, a […]

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Participatory culture: the power of collaboration

From a world in which few produce media and many consume, the last decade has seen a fast-paced move towards one in which each participant has a more active stake in the culture that is produced. The role digital technologies play in our daily life is changing how the world works, affecting our relationships, educational […]

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How is technology affecting your work/life balance?

Technology is impacting us all, whether we choose to embrace it or not! It’s something I’ve thought about (and written about) a lot, and a recent debate we arranged within the Strategy Plus team threw up some interesting questions about how technology is impacting work/life balance and how it will go on to do so […]

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Millennials changing expectations for healthcare industry

“Generation gaps are nothing new. The term itself was popularized in the 1960s, as the huge baby boom generation began to influence all aspects of American society. Now another huge generation—the Millennials (those born after 1980)—is moving into adulthood and impacting everything from popular culture to technology to social institutions. We’re only beginning to see […]

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Big data hits the big time: global cities indicators

Photo: Copyright AECOM by David Lloyd The Global Cities Indicators Facility (GCIF) at the University of Toronto has for a long time worked with many cities around the world to collect and share data on city-level information that would be valuable for city management. Their global conference held this past May in Toronto brought together […]

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No more work face?

Image courtesy of green apfel  I recently wrote a soon-to-be-published article for iCroner that outlined the “Journey of Leadership in the Workplace”, defining the skills a leader would need in 10 years to lead and manage in a more consumer-type workplace, as defined by the AECOM workplace research. I argued that leaders would need to […]

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Keeping it real at work

Image courtesy of: What is the one thing you’d like to do before you die? Candy Chang – artist, designer and urban planner – lost an important person in her life, and her grief led her to ask this question of the public as part of an installation on an abandoned house in her […]

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Gender and Gen-I

I was recently introduced to three new friends, the Re-con Man, Athena Woman and Generation I, at a LS:N Global trend briefing in Sydney, led by UK-based The Future Laboratory. While these introductions were made with an abundance of rather cute descriptors (fem-trepreneurs, man-ventures, VIPeers), underneath the gloss I got some insight into how these […]

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The not-shop

Image courtesy of Leila, Berlin. ABC news Australia recently reported that 10 million people in the U.S. are unemployed.  Forty percent of these people have been unemployed for more than six months. Ten million is a huge number to grasp, until you think of it like this: Australia has a population of 23 million people. […]

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