Friday Thread: Where do good ideas come from…?

“They come, more often than not, in small fragments…” The inimitable David Lynch Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Friday Thread: How to thrive in a world where change is constant…

A few years back I got asked to judge in a fun version of the Dragons Den as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup at the Science Gallery in Dublin. It was pitched largely at students in the Regional Technology Colleges right across the Republic, from Letterkenny and Sligo to Waterford and Cork. It’s the nearest I’ve seen that matches what MIT Media Lab head Joi Ito is calling for in the TED talk above, which is to start utilising the …

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Friday thread: On doing things that make us feel good but which don’t work…

Benjamin Brattan gave this anti TED TEDx talk in San Diego last year. He’s talking directly to the kind of techno-utopianism that TED often falls into. But this section towards the end might have some useful lessons for Northern Ireland. Consider, following Jim’s analysis this morning, that the Haass talks fall under the category of “things that make us feel good but which don’t work“: If we really want transformation we have to slog through the hard stuff: the history; …

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The Written World

Here’s something to keep you occupied over the weekend.  [Will there be a quiz? – Ed]  Possibly…  The BBC magazine has an short and interesting, but un-embeddable, audio slide-show of Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 five-parter, In Our Time: The Written World.  The British Library has more online information about the texts and technology featured in each of the programmes.  From Chinese oracle bones, the oldest items in the library, to 17th and 18th Century news books, news pamphlets and newspapers.  As …

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Hutton: the future in Belfast MUST be flexible

We’ll be coming back to the Creating a Good Economy conference several times over the next few days… Between Alan, Geoff and Ivor we’ve a shed load of content to share. There was lots of good stuff. Two things stand out: one Arlene’s insistence that the late arrival of the programme for government would have an negliable effect on confidence in Northern Ireland; and two Will Hutton, for many years the imaginative genius behind the Work Foundation, bluff call to …

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