Category: World View

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Everyday Internet Miracles

Imagine for a minute that you’ve just bought a new stove. The old stove just wasn’t doing all you needed so you’ve bought a new German-engineered stove. It’s Saturday morning and you’ve managed to get the stove in place, it...

/ 9 December 2011

Three reasons why M4D may be bad for Development

Fair warning, this post is a slightly intemperate and possibly ill-advised rant but sometimes you just have to get something off your chest if only to enable someone else to tell you how wrong you are. I have previously raised...

/ 1 November 2011

Randomness vs Leadership

A book that has been on my mind a lot recently is Tim Harford’s Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure. Tim Harford is a great story-teller and he makes his case Gladwell-style by mixing research with individual narratives that...

/ 26 August 2011
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Sympathy for the Tinkerer

Tinkering gets a bad rap and I am making it my personal mission to rehabilitate the term. I keep an eye out for articles about tinkering and it is dismaying to see tinkerers getting the same raw deal as “hackers”. ...

/ 27 May 2011

Chiclete Com Banana

On Wednesday this week I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of hours chatting with Gilberto Gil.  I am still pinching myself. When I was 17, I was an exchange student for a year in Brazil.  It was there...

/ 14 May 2011