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Design, Digital and Innovation: Driving Profitability and Productivity

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Last week at the annual 'Design as Strategy Forum' in Sydney, a succession of excellent speakers shed light on the transformative power of design in their particular fields, and the value that it can deliver to customers, business, government and society. Even the RAAF. One of the speakers was the eminent economist Professor Ian Harper who, whilst making the case for designing cities and workplaces that are conducive to creativity in order to attract and drive productivity, neatly highlighted the interdependencies of Design, Digital and Innovation. Digital technologies are rapidly and fundamentally undermining the economies of scale that have been central to driving productivity in the industrial age: Distributed Manufacturing....

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The Digital Future is Already Here

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William Gibson's phrase "the future is already here, its just not evenly distributed" is a personal favourite of mine, currently revived as the tag line of the 2016 Sydney Biennale. And if you want to see the future, in my experience, a visit to Japan is always a good start. From fashion or technology, market discovery trips to Tokyo always yielded strong insights. Last week I had the good fortune to meet Toshiyuki Inoko, the founder of teamLab, the Tokyo based interdisciplinary creative digital studio. I had first come across their mesmerising work at an exhibition in London and eagerly anticipated the opening of their first Australian exhibition*. What is...

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Collaborative Futurecasting in a Digital Marketplace

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To thrive in turbulent times requires innovation and agility, both of which demand collaboration. And one of the most significant barriers to collaboration within established organisations is that information and knowledge have long been hoarded as sources of personal power.  This tendency to hoard information and to protect fiefdoms are practices that run contrary to the logic of newly pervasive networking technologies such as social media and open innovation platforms. Such technologies are challenging attitudes about the ownership and the sharing of information and intellectual property, worldviews that have underpinned our collective interactions for centuries. The Guggenheim opened an innovative exhibition last month which allows visitors to...

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