Why salaried employees are the worst innovators
Creativity

Why salaried employees are the worst innovators

Innovation is a nauseatingly overused term in business these days. Just about every company is setting up some form of  ‘innovation department’ or at least…

The TED talk Donella Meadows never gave
Futures

The TED talk Donella Meadows never gave

Dr Donella Meadows was a pioneering environmental scientist, academic and systems thinker. Those that study systems thinking, mention her name in hushed tones. The reason…

Why you should love the non-conformists in your life
Innovation

Why you should love the non-conformists in your life

Non-conformists, trouble-makers, the rebels, the outliers who can be a downright pain in the butt for a manager who is trying to get everyone walking…

Shopping mall in shipping containers
Innovation

Shopping mall in shipping containers

Boxpark is a pop-up shopping mall in shipping containers that’s perfect for entrepreneurs to set up a temporary shop for whatever reason. Having set up…

Take a look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory
Innovation

Take a look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory

What do you get when you mix an enormous amount of cheap money with a big idea? The answer is the Tesla Gigafactory. An estimated…

Who owns your future?
Futures

Who owns your future?

Who owns the future and who owns your future? Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist and a Silicon Valley insider. His views are similar to…

Wonderboy for President
Political

Wonderboy for President

Wonderboy for President is a South African mockumentary. It’s ‘reality political satire‘ (our phrase) that reminds us a bit of the Britsh character Ali G…

Alan Watts used as voiceover for ABSA bank commercial
Opinion

Alan Watts used as voiceover for ABSA bank commercial

Alan Watts in recent years, has become somewhat of an Internet sensation. Although he died in the 1970’s, his thought-provoking lectures on wisdom are today…

Dollar Shave Club shows that no company is safe from disruption
Branding

Dollar Shave Club shows that no company is safe from disruption

Dollar Shave Club – the quirky, cheeky in-your-face US razor subscription service, was recently sold to Unilever for $1 billion. That a lot for an…

The Last Bookstore
People

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is a short documentary about a book entrepreneur and his LA bookshop. Where it was once assumed that e-books and digital media…

Conscious consumerism – Gotta Groove Records
Trends

Conscious consumerism – Gotta Groove Records

In a world racing to the botton of the price / cost barrel – conscious consumerism is a consumer mindset that questions the journey of…

What Mzoli’s can teach us about social capital
Innovation

What Mzoli’s can teach us about social capital

Years ago we took a trip out to Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, Cape Town to see how just one business has created a vibrant economic hub…

Can you upload your mind to a computer?
Futures

Can you upload your mind to a computer?

Man has always had a weird fascination with the idea of living forever. Attaining immortality has been the focus of books and movies for centuries….

#RIP Alvin Toffler
Futures

#RIP Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler’s book Future Shock, which was written in 1970, is to this day a remarkably insightful look at the world as we experience it…

Does Brexit signal the NIC’s ‘Stalled Engines’ scenario?
Futures

Does Brexit signal the NIC’s ‘Stalled Engines’ scenario?

Brexit is now, unbelievably, a reality. But is this just the beginning of the collapse of ‘the European project’ that was highlighted as a major…

Cycling wearable wins Product Design Grand Prix at Cannes
Creativity

Cycling wearable wins Product Design Grand Prix at Cannes

A cycling wearable won the Grand Prix for product design at the recent Cannes Festival of Creativity. The jacket in question – named Jacquard – was…

Ronaldo for Nike Football 2016
Advertising

Ronaldo for Nike Football 2016

Ronaldo is back for Nike Football in 2016 with this mega-long piece of branded film, where the international superstar collides with a ball boy at…

To have a better future – you first need to imagine it
Futures

To have a better future – you first need to imagine it

All possible futures start with imagination. You need to imagine and see what is possible and plausible in the mind, before you can find a…

Perspectives of the super rich
People

Perspectives of the super rich

What books are the super rich reading this year? Mega investment bank, JP Morgan have released their 17th Annual Summer reading list – which is…

Peace – what are the global trends?
Political

Peace – what are the global trends?

In the last decade – the amount of peace that the world has enjoyed has decreased overall. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace…

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