Generational theory cannot explain how people behave

Quite often there’s an article that bundles us all up into handy age-based cohorts (a.k.a. ‘generations’). Behavioural phenomena are neatly explained by the characteristics of the particular age cohort or generation. Based on the theories of Strauss and Howe generations have been adopted as a popular explanatory model for people’s behaviour, and demographers like Bernard Salt and Mark McCrindle have done very well in explaining … Continue reading Generational theory cannot explain how people behave

Science communication and social media #media140au

Attending the Media 140 Conference in Brisbane today. The tag line for this conference is “exploring the impact of social technologies on science communication” and it explores some of the issues and challenges facing science communication today. There’s been a great line-up of speakers so far, with: Bernie Hobbs, ABC Science (who’s doing an excellent job as Conference host) Dr Andrew Maynard, Director of the … Continue reading Science communication and social media #media140au

Protecting babies: whooping cough vaccination boosters for adults

Many people who were vaccinated as children do not realise that by the time we’re all grown up some of our protection no longer works. In the case of whooping cough, or pertussis, the protection can wane in as little as six to ten years. This means that many of us are wandering around at risk of catching whooping cough ourselves or asympomatically transmitting it … Continue reading Protecting babies: whooping cough vaccination boosters for adults

Truth, transparency and consequences

Truth is said to be a double edged sword. Yet truth is only a problem if one is trying to hide something. The Wikileaks saga shows how difficult is has become to keep secrets in our hyperconnected world. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell Amusingly I noted a newspaper article announcing that governments around Australia … Continue reading Truth, transparency and consequences

Why the wiki revolution is real via @dtapscott

This is a fascinating interview by Parag Khanna (@paragkhanna) with Don Tapscott (@dtapscott). Tapscott discusses the potential upside and downside of collaborative revolutions for societies around the world and the implications for dissent, noting that: “the Internet radically drops the cost of dissent” Continue reading Why the wiki revolution is real via @dtapscott

A lucky country indeed …

Even though it was once said ironically, it has always seemed to me that Australia really is the lucky country. Our national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, sums it up: We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil… Our land abounds in nature’s gifts… We’ve boundless plains to share… In recent times the troubles of far off places like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and others have … Continue reading A lucky country indeed …

More thoughts on revolutions #Egypt #Tunisia #Bahrain #Iran #Libya

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the … Continue reading More thoughts on revolutions #Egypt #Tunisia #Bahrain #Iran #Libya

Floods, community spirit and Australia #qldfloods

Along with most other Australians I have been moved and disturbed by the unfolding flood disaster in northern Australia. The floods are said to cover an area of Australia the size of France and Germany combined. Typical of Australia we also have bushfires in the western part of the country. Over the past few days as the scale of the tragedy has become apparent I … Continue reading Floods, community spirit and Australia #qldfloods

Innovation – does it make sense for business?

Every business book I pick up nowadays seems to accept as a fundamental premise that innovation is a good thing and that it should be pursued relentlessly. But I’ve been wondering about that particular premise and under what circumstances it might (or might not) be true. Innovation provides us with a dilemma in business. Don’t do it at all and the business will probably die … Continue reading Innovation – does it make sense for business?

Christmas in Paris

I like Paris in winter – there are not too many tourists and the queues to get into museums and galleries are much shorter. Of course, in 2010 western Europe experienced snowpocalypse and many people suffered from cancelled transport and were forced to spend days trapped in airport terminals. Luckily I was spared that experience. The typical Australian Christmas experience for me is to join … Continue reading Christmas in Paris