Harrumph of the week: you cannot be serious?

26 Aug

Yesterday’s news that Amazon is intent on acquiring Twitch Interactive Inc. – a 3 year old venture with a million broadcasters and 55 million visitors per month – for around $970 million in cash, is yet another signal that your correspondent should perhaps wake up and take the games market seriously.

But having just been visited by two young grandchildren (with iPads) on their summer holidays, it is difficult to be serious.

The mind boggles.

Full story featuring the EvilLordPexagon here

Indian business leaders gathering in London will get multi-ministerial support

30 Jul

The 2014 London Global Convention for the Institute of Directors (India) will bring business leaders from across the globe in October.

OfficialBaronessVermaSustainability will be high on the agenda – not least because chair of the convention’s programme committee is Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Sustainability is a high priority on many boardroom agendas and also represents major trade opportunities for the UK – so it’s no surprise to hear that Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, and Trade and Investment Minister, Ian Livingston are also expected to attend the event.

For more information on the Convention and why Sustainability is a key business topic read the Groupe Intellex background commentary.

Can Municipal Enterprise unleash creativity at scale?

20 Jul

thinking_heads smallWhen we published a recent note on Municipal Enterprise we didn’t expect any great rush of readers.

It turned out that the RSA’s City Growth Commission was finalising its report on Connected Cities.

Recommendation 2 of that report (whilst argued specifically for Metro’s) gets very close to the themes of our forthcoming publication with “a substantial risk transfer to those metros able to shoulder it

With regard to infrastructure and connectivity we argue that metros should be responsible for approving and securing finance to develop schemes within their boundaries.

The report also fully supports the lessons gleaned from our Study Tours: “the UK must learn from high-performing international competitors , which typically allow metros much greater flexibility and long-term certainty of funding”.

Catch up with our note (13th July) and links to some of our background thinking.


Keeping it Under your Hat – creating a market for personal data?

20 Jul

HAT LogoIn our latest editorial we look at the work of the RCUK Digital Economy HAT project –  ‘Hub of All Things’.

Described as a model of ‘life-as-we-don’t-yet-know-it’ we introduce readers to the aftermath of Prof Irene Ng’s book ‘Value & Worth: creating new markets in the digital economy’.

The researchers assert that the Internet is changing from serving an era of transactions to a new age – an era of of data-driven decisions.

Read our full editorial with links to the project’s recently released briefing paper.


Brain Gain: ICF’s book launched today

23 Jun

Before they set off on some new adventure, mountaineers do at least know the height of their target.   Writers are mountaineers who set off with far less certainty.   Their imagined summit may not exist or be hidden in a fog of ideas, experiences and confusing signals.

ICF Brain-Gain-Front-CoverHaving followed the gestation of ICF’s new publication, sensing the highs and lows of the writing team as they plotted their way forward, today’s publication moment comes, like childbirth, as a huge relief – and a cause for celebration.

ICF – The Intelligent Community Forum – has garnered years of experience of progressive communities from around the world.  This experience is now brought to bear on issues of the moment – how innovative cities create job growth in an age of disruption.

In our full review we applaud their myth-busting analysis and demolition of orthodox views.  This work underscores the need for a radical rethink of the priorities in planning for the growth of places and their people.  With so much political capital invested in the power of competition, the evidence shows very clearly that in our more-networked world ‘collaborative advantage’ is the new ‘competitive advantage’.

Read the Groupe Intellex review, ‘Brain Gain: community responses to digital disruption‘.

The Real Economy

21 Jun

How often do we hear politicians or commentators draw a distinction between reported data and their view of  ‘the real economy’?

Does this mean that there’s an unreal economy?

entrepreneurial state - cover pic

In our latest musings – ‘Summer Reading for Students of the Real Economy‘ – we start with that thought and then amble through recent refreshingly provocative texts that (a) suggest that this unreality is in truth the established orthodox views, assumptions, myths and their underling ideological roots and (b) what can be done about it?

Or maybe that’s a wee bit of an over-statement?

Feel free to disagree when you’ve read your way through the full editorial and the works cited therein.


Or, come along to the Intelligent Cities conference in Bradford (July 15th – and FREE) where great minds will be gathered to think about how smart a city must be to become truly  intelligent.


Britain’s Battle to Boost Broadband – and its impacts

17 Jun

Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards 2014

Britain’s Battle to Boost Broadband – 2014 Awards Contenders reflects huge strides by both enterprise and public sector.

With just 2 weeks still to go for nominations, the 2014 Digital Challenge is giving air-time to some brilliant innovations and fresh thinking from new ventures and community leaders.

  • Public library lends out touch-screen Tablets to help older folk get online.
  • New Mobile App for ‘behavioural analytics’ boosts advertising effectiveness.
  • Interactive technology in museums enhances education
  • Thousands trained in health literacy – saving calls on NHS
  • Secure online access to 40 million Driving Licence records bringing insurance costs down
  • County Council creates new technology hubs
  • Town Centre uses crowd-funding to create free-wifi facility.
  • New Rural Fibre Network backed by District Council
  • New product designs fast-tracked with 3D printing

These and many more projects are breathing new life into local economies and bolstering community cohesion.

In 2014 folks all over the UK are realizing that the pace of broadband (and what it helps you do) is growing at an amazing rate.

The 2014 Next Generation Digital Challenge will identify the brightest and best new ideas and achievements.

  • Nominations close 30th June.
  • Short-listed Finalist announcement 15th July (at Intelligent Cities event, Bradford)
  • Independent judging panel deliberates in September.
  • Winners announced and trophies presented at the NextGen 14 conference dinner 11th November (Derby).

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Go direct to the Nomination Form

Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards 2014 



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