Social irresponsibility: thinking the unthinkable

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.

Anglo-Israel Colloquium on “Ethics and Responsibility in an Interconnected World”

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

What does privacy mean in a connected world?

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

Success is more than counting clicks

 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

What’s the big idea?

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