When thinking about innovation often the emphasis is on finding the new, the never done before and especially focusing on technology. How innovative a development is, is often confused with how much noise is made about it, but by focusing on the razzmatazz surrounding a development rather than the impact that it has, we’re missing a trick. Continue reading
There’s much talk of a shortage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in both the US and the UK. In the UK, there is general consensus that there is a shortage – Read Professor John Perkins’ Review of Engineering Skills (BIS Nov 2013) Continue reading
My colleague Julie’s blog about the rise and rise of Aldi and Rodolfo’s blog about what we can learn from Mercadona in Spain highlight just what can be achieved when we challenge existing models and how this could change the face of UK grocery retailing. Continue reading
If you have 10 minutes over lunch today, check out this fly on the wall account of a day in the life of the ONS (the UK’s Office for National Statistics) in The Guardian. It sheds rare light on just how national statistics are produced and shows just how complicated this can be. Continue reading
Niall and I were decontrolled yesterday. A customer service representative and numerous other staff at Gatwick Airport informed us that we were being “decontrolled”.
What on earth had we done in order to incur this punitive treatment? Continue reading
Earlier this week I read an interview with Abhijit Banerjee, MIT economist and co-author of Poor Economics described as “Freakonomics for the billion people on earth who live on less than a dollar a day”. Continue reading