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Why is this getting more difficult, not easier?

Thanks to we are social for pointing me to this slideshow from Bart De Waele. As we blog less, can’t be bothered to comment on others blogs, have less time for meetups, push back on Facebook default privacy rules, find Twitter and Foursquare a necessity rather than fun how can we get engaged again? or is this just the usual mid summer malaise… Anyway the slideshow reaffirms that it is “hard work” and nothing falls into your lap, as we are finding out now trying to build the “24 conversations” brand/place/meme.


Does anyone still need to be told? Yes

There are plenty of “social media 101” slideshows on the web, this is better than most for the newbie, some good strong images, maybe could have done with pecha kucha discipline to see if the story could be told in 20 slides, but thanks to Marta Kagan of Espresso or putting it together (nearly two years ago!).

One year later Marta gaves us the improved updated version… I really like this one:

Thats all, just thought I would share these with you 🙂

The bebo classroom – unleashing creativity

this is fairly old now in internet terms – over 18 months – but I was researching education and behaviour so this hit a chord. Ewan McIntosh’s edublog argues the case for schools, naturally suspicious of new technology, to embrace and allow students to use the social media they are immersed in once they leave the school gates (or follow the Canute like businesses who restrict access to social media on productivity or specious commercial grounds).

See also his “Social media creates open education” keynote and commentary on “Bebo-boomers” (and his quote from John Hunter – “Dont think, try” – hmm, could use that at work).

From air to z



Russell Davies, from his blog “as disappointed as you are”,  quoting  Clay Shirky:

“We’re not going from a world of Business Model A to one of Business Model B, we’re going from Business Model A to Business Models A to Z”.

That was what I was trying to explain to a potential client, our new method doesn’t depose the old method, just massively increases your options.

The Stephen Johnson quotes (he wrote “The Invention of Air” – about Priestley and science, also the excellent “Ghost Map”), picked out by Russell, emphasises the role of groups coming together outside of the traditional frameworks to further science, technology and industry.

This focus on groups of common interests, often very niche and specialist, reflects what we are trying to build in our new behavioural change models (applied to transport this time). Still need to get evidence to convince clients of the multiverse of options, because risk is number one on everyones mind these days – “no one got sacked for buying IBM” as my old boss used to say… (well it was a long time ago)

So where is my rocket car,then?

I remember reading my uncle’s popular science magazines in the 1960s when I lived in North Dakota and every year there would be a long look forward to the future, always optimistic and full of technology breakthroughs just around the corner. A look back at the November 1968 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, courtesy of the Modern Mechanix blog, gave me a mix of “well, that happened” and “we’re still waiting” moments.

IT’S 8 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, and you are headed for a business appointment 300 mi. away. You slide into your sleek, two-passenger air-cushion car, press a sequence of buttons and the national traffic computer notes your destination, figures out the current traffic situation and signals your car to slide out of the garage. Hands free, you sit back and begin to read the morning paper—which is flashed on a flat TV screen over the car’s dashboard. Tapping a button changes the page.

Well, the predictions about sat nav & computers in the article have been met, with the internet predicted and the wide use of electronic money, for example. A good read, as is the Paleo Future blog, now we need someone to write an article about 40 years from now, I bet it won’t be so optimistic.

The future is bright, the future is…public?

I always enjoy Cameron Reilly’s podcasts and his TPN blog, especially his interest in society and futurists – so just need to recommend the last GDay World podcast, #320.

@Future Systems

The interview with Jamais Cascio covers a lot of ground, but its a timely consideration of living life publicly on the net, through ubiquitous social networks. The Chorus is cool, but to encourage interaction I am not writing anymore, you have to listen to it.

Social Objects & Markers

From Fast Company TV and Shel Israel, a good interview with Hugh MacLeod on “social objects”.

I met Hugh a while back on the Scoble Pissed as Newts tour, had a few beers and discussed microbrands, blogging & markets – hence “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time” – now you know who to blame, although it was Robert that really encouraged me to “just do it”.

Corporate voices

Theres a bit of an internal (and external) debate about the value of “corporate blogs”.  To be honest if its just bland press releases no one will ever read it twice.  Hopefully this blog offers to links to interesting stories, random thoughts, news etc.

There’s very few senior people blogging in our sector (land development, transport) but one I have followed is the New Swindon Company blog, written by Peter James, Chief Executive.  All the rules are followed reasonably frequent updates, personal, honest about successes and disappointments. Other honourable mentions on the development and transport blogging front include…

Disclosure: We are working for AMEC on one of the development sites in Swindon

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the workers


From Hugh’s Gaping Void blog, 23rd December

TED: Ideas worth spreading

The TED Conferences consistently get the speakers and topics that I want to hear, although with a waiting list and a hefty charge I don’t suppose I will be going .

Jaime Lerner

The March 2007 TED presentation from Jaime Lerner of Curitiba is particularly relevant to our business.

Open the link and prepare to lose several hours of your life – it’s a good thing, trust me.

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No need to get lost in web 2.0 now

Cool map combining my interest in maps and the internerd – even I am not sure about all of the “places” mentioned! Somewhere I have seen a tube style map of the web, must google it…

Getting to the front of the train


Russell Davies used the phrase “getting to the front of the train” in a recent blog and it struck a chord, not because of the transport meaning but the need to stay one step ahead of the crowd. My search of the web, deep reading in science, advertising, ideas, politics just keeps bringing me back to the crowded central section of the tube train. Enthusiasm is one thing, but there is not enough time in the day to be up on everything – which is the frustration. 

The whole “wisdom of the crowd” thing is also proving less reliable and Andrew Keen, the demonised questioner of web 2.0 is making a lot more sense now.

Interactive tube maps


From Tom Carden – not official TfL, just “proof of concept”

“Click on (or select, above) a station to see the London Underground map reorganise around the times of travel from that station. Shortest paths are used to place the other stations – radius is proportional to time to travel, and angle should be correct for as-the-crow-flies direction on a map. The concentric circles are at 10 minute intervals. Press ‘g’ to get back to the geographical tube map”

It does make you rethink the distances on the original (brilliant) Harry Beck map.

Private parking (again)


Another website offering private parking spaces , called Peasy.com? The key difference from the site I posted about before, Parkatmyhouse, is the use of google maps – hardly a mashup but makes it user friendly. Also if you don’t like the price you can click on the negotiate button – to establish the true economic value of parking spaces (hmm, a possible resource for transport planners). 

Not many spaces offered yet, this is either a dotboom fad or just possibly a niche business – big companies will soon exploit it if critical mass is reached (Ebaypark.com, anyone?).

Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

The Web 2.0 video – I have watched it 5 times and still amazed – the new web in 5 minutes… we are indeed “teaching the Machine”.

Thanks to Michael Wesch, assistant Cultural Anthropology Professor at Kansas State University – the man behind Digital Ethnography

and a more traditional explanation

The Long Tail

Chris Anderson explains it all, now all I have do is find how to apply it to my business?

Although in this clip he reminds of  Dave Gorman!

(or if you would rather read the original article from Wired) – yes I know this is old stuff, but few in our business are thinking about it yet…