Is a digital strategy a ‘clientless’ brief?

As you all know, I am a consultant. Yes, I said it, the dirty C word. Consultants are a weird bunch, especially in a ┬ácompany like Arup. We’re traditionally a bunch of clever and somewhat geeky engineers that apply their smarts to making the most impossible projects possible. It’s hard to argue with the value … Continue reading

Futur en Seine @ le 104, Paris

Hello all, I am back in my hometown, getting to know the place again. I don’t know if any of you ever feel this, but the first couple of days of being back, I feel like I am in a movie, people don’t look real, places look like movie sets. I’ve just gotten over that … Continue reading

Ideas worth sharing: TEDx Sydney and the power of networks

Hello hello, First off, apologies for the quiet time, I’ve been travelling internationally and have just gotten over the jet lag over here in Paris, tough gig I know. I am on leave for 3 weeks, a great opportunity to kick off my blogging again, and to become a Parisian again… Before I get too … Continue reading

Flashback on Sydney – Viewing the city in 1943

No, this is not an Australian adaptation of ‘Back to the Future’ where Marty discovers that as his younger mother falls in love with him, the possibility of him existing has vanished from the cone of possible futures, but rather a simple and somewhat nerdy indulgence that I gave into on Anzac Day: the NSW … Continue reading

Retail Innovation in Sydney – a few examples

Hi All, I hope the last couple of weeks have been good for all, certainly getting much closer to winter down here, a time of the year I love to loathe even though I am, every year without exception, reminded by my fellow northern hemisphere buddies that this thing they call winter down here is … Continue reading

The Origins of Branding – Heraldry in contemporary Australia

Today, we’re going to go for a slight journey through history, looking at the symbols and forms of representation that have been used for centuries to denote familial traits, character and aspiration: the coat of arms. I am no medieval buff, and I am happy to open a wider conversation about this with the folks … Continue reading

New Podcast Updates

Hello all, I may be setting a new trend here, with two posts in one day. There is much I would like to write about, just too little time. It’s time to update you on what I’ve been listening to lately. Some good, some less good but all interesting. My new favourite in the podcast … Continue reading

Finding a halfway house: Can we design public services better?

Hello there again, Apologies for the long interlude, work travel and projects have been keeping me very busy and stimulated indeed. But with an extra day off work in the bag, it is time to give back to the blogging community and write up a post I’ve been pondering for quite a while now. There … Continue reading

Jamming for Public Service Design – Global Service Jam, Canberra

Hello Folks, It’s been way too long. I kind of dropped off the radar there. Eight weeks back into work and not a moment to spare. Who knew my day job would interfere so much with my newfound hobby! The important part is that I am back, for now at least, and keen to share … Continue reading

Revisiting Syria – A chronicle from 2008

You’ve seen it all over the news. Syria is in turmoil and there is no end in sight. A series of threats, warnings, negotiations and visits from international observers, the bottom line is: it’s not letting up. The latest plea has been from the Saudi delegation to the UN, who in spite of their own … Continue reading