From the recent backlash of Libeskinds’ claim to boycott working in China, to the call for a ‘Code of Ethics’ from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, the politics of the global built environment is undergoing perpetual debate. Some argue that ‘starchitects’ only have short-term political agendas in search for publicity stunts. Others claim that all designers and architects should be allowed to choose by themselves what they believe to be moral without the pressure of social responsibility.
It’s welcome news that a new government-backed design lab, to be launched this month, will aim to influence how government services are run. Yet it’s also cause for concern. There can be no doubt that designers make a positive impact on many people’s lives — especially when they help people access online government services more easily. Continue Reading
Colloquium themes: THEME A: The Social Media in Open and Closed Societies. The impact of social media on governments, communities, education, protest movements, etc., in the UK and Israel – and in controlled societies such as in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Myanmar, et al; Does this impact tend to revolutionise politics and Continue Reading
Andrew Keen entrepreneur; founder, Audiocafe.com; author, Digital Vertigo: how today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us Gerd Leonhard futurist; CEO, The Futures Agency Martyn Perks director, Thinking Apart; co-author Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation Chair Timandra Harkness journalist and writer; co-writer and performer, BrainSex, Humans V Nature: Engineering FTW!and Your Days Are Numbered: the maths Continue Reading
Today things are reversed. Out: politicians with conviction; businesses who innovate with products and services. In: politicians who interpret opinion polls; businesses who make sure everything is ‘tested-to-death’ so it works technically.Voting by clicks offers engagement with a button not a political idea. Similarly, businesses who chase their customers for ideas will end up in Continue Reading
Billed as a '24-hour blogathon', Watson used his blog – an online journal – to kickstart debates on the issues that 'matter most to us' (or to those who can be bothered to stay up all night). He says he received over 300 comments and more than 1000 visits to his site (1). Quite impressive Continue Reading
Consider the new committee charged with making parliament more accessible to the masses. A specially designed website, chaired by once-radical MP Peter Hain, asks three questions: 'How could the Palace of Westminster be made more visitor-friendly? How could proceedings in parliament be made easier to follow? Does parliament adequately reflect the concerns of ordinary people?' Continue Reading