Peak Car, Cloud Commuting, Gram Junkies, Green Tourism, Caloryville

I’ve learned the hard way that people read things when they are ready to read them – not when they are written. The same goes for system change – and if it’s anything to do with cars and mobility. In that spirit – that it’s about timing, as much as content – here are ten […]

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When Value Arises From Relationships, Not From Things

The following interview with Valentina Croci appears in the March 2018 special edition on innovation of Domus magazine . The print edition is in Italian and English, but does not include all the illustrations I’ve used here).  Q1 The consumerist model and our fossil resources have been stretched to their limits. What could be an […]

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“Whatever Makes Your Dough Rise” – Work-In-Progress 2017-2018

Learning the phrase “Whatever Makes Your Dough Rise” was one  of many gifts I brought back from a Fellows’ retreat last week at the Good Work Institute in the US. I’ll write about that experience soon – but for now, here is an update on recent and ongoing texts, talks or xskool workshops. Is Peak […]

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Connecting the “what is?” with the “what if?”

“The future will be all about cities” – say people who live in cities. Our xskools, in contrast, are about reconnecting with rural communities and looking, together, for ways ways to unlock value. Check out our updated xskool page.

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Is Peak Car Headed for Seneca’s Cliff?

This text follows my recent keynote at Seoul Smart Mobility International Conference. The author thanks 
Seoul Design Foundation and @Seoul_gov  for their invitation. I also thank XuanZheng Wang, professor, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), for alerting me to the @Mobike developments. Two hundred people per second now climb onto a dockless bike somewhere […]

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From Gut to Gaia: The Internet of Things and Earth Repair

The following text appears in the inaugural edition of Ding, a new magazine about the Internet and things, published by the Mozilla Foundation. Ding will be launched at MozFest in London on 27-29 October. On a recent visit to @IAAC in Barcelona, I was charmed by their Smart Citizen platform that enables citizens to monitor […]

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john chris jones at 90

I’m reposting the piece below to celebrate the 9oth birthday (on 7 October) of john chris jones. For jones, writing and living are still intertwined in a sublime but grounded way. I’ve been re-reading “the internet and everyone” by john chris jones. I’ve been astonished once again by the sensibility of an artist-writer-designer whose philosophy […]

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Back To The Land 2.0
 – A Design Agenda For Bioregions

What’s needed is a new story in which care for the places where we live is a practical focus for solidarity. In that spirit, a series of xskool workshops called Back To The Land 2.0 brought local actors together, in diverse locations, to flesh out this new story of place with live examples. The text […]

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of Druids, Biorefineries, Adventure Sport, Ecomuseums, Code Clubs…

I’ve been invited by Pontio Innovation to make a return visit to North West Wales and continue our exploration of Innovation In Small Nation. On Tuesday 6 June I’m doing a public talk, too: here is the announcement. BACK TO THE LAND 2.0 Tuesday 6 June, 18:30h Main Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Pontio, Bangor, Gwynedd. […]

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