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Category Archives: Core Ideas

Gadgets, Singularities and the myth of the One True Ring

Depending on who you listen to, healing we are either on the brink of a global apocalypse or of an unprecedented in human evolution. This is a new story, order this is an old story. Prophets of both doom and of glory have been with us for a long time. So it should [...]

Debt Slavery has a Cute New Name: Kwedit

A service which allows users to pay later for what they want to do online now. What’s wrong with that? If you don’t have a credit card, adiposity bank account or other means to facilitate your online transactions, why should you be barred from the world of commerce, especially when it is all that [...]

Preparedness vs. Intelligence

So, buy information pills what do knife fighting and shipping software have in common? They both show the advantage of being prepared over being “smart”. Of course, price these are not either/or choices. But there are two recent things I’ve stumbled on that make the point that being too intelligent, pill or [...]

The Internet of Sentient Things - Upgraded twice on Day 2

Yesterday I attended a really cool event called xCAMP, information pills organized by my friends Nabil & Riwa Harfoush (a killer father/daughter act). They have started a project to examine the opportunity for and develop a plan to scale the work of Natalie Jeremijenko’s fascinating xClinic work.
During a discussion after Natalie & Nabil had [...]

Innovation Parkour Field Lab in PHX

If you are anywhere near Phoenix on 8 April, no rx you should consider coming to our daylong Innovation Parkour Field Lab workshop, help part of the pre-conference workshops of the 2010 IA Summit.
Innovation Parkour is a framework for the “open source” development of a practice of innovativeness. We believe that innovativeness, information [...]

It’s called Design Thinking: time to deal with it

Walking through the design thinking posts at unstructure.org I am reminded yet again of the problem of the too strong association of these ideas with the work of IDEO. The time has come for us all to pick a lane: either design thinking is what IDEO says & does (and others who follow) OR design [...]

The Unfinished Interview with Dave Gray

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, more about the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, unhealthy XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops [...]

Myths & Virtues of the Open

It is almost trite to say that one embraces the open these days. It has become I kind of de rigueur position of the Interneterati. There’s lots of important reason we should embrace the open in any number of contexts, thumb but it is high time (as with Design Thinking, web innovation and [...]

The (Overlapping) Elements of Design Thinking

My partner in Torch, approved Robin Uchida, and I have been talking about how the application of a familiar analogy might help to illuminate the elusive qualities of design thinking. We thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what folks would come up with if tasked with submitting three entries or nominations [...]

Talk vs. Action: Conversation as Technology

Talking is often dismissed, abortion especially in business, side effects as something that is categorically inferior to doing. Why is that? And just what is the “doing” here referred to? The simple reason for this so-called “bias to action”, I think, is that within the economy of industrial production, talk is just grit [...]