Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Great Reset


The Great Reset is our attempt to describe the world as it emerges from the fog of the current crisis. Specifically, we look at where and what the nature of global demand will be like. Demand is king, not supply.

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Niall Fergusons describes Chimerica as the driving engine of the worlds economy. One half did the spending, one half did the saving. In all fairness, it wasnt just the US that did the spending, so did the UK, Spain and other countries now left with burst housing bubbles. Likewise, it wasnt just China that saved and accumulated huge amounts of US dollars to lend back to the USA to further fuel the cycle of Chimerica. So did Japan, Korea, Germany and the oil producing Middle East countries. But Fergusons Chimerica captured the essence of the imbalances nicely.

As these imbalances unwind, the way they unwind will send the world down several possible futures which weve termed Wounded Beast, Chasm and Abyss. Each possible future is a mixture of resource volatility, demand and political (un)stability that demands different responses and preparations. This is not a prediction of how the world will go of course, but rather something to ask yourself or your company how should I ready myself for a post-Chimerica world?

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Great Flu - Online Serious Health Game


In this game the player has to manage a worldwide outbreak of a new influenza virus, before it turns into a pandemic. In cooperation with one of the worlds leading virologists Dr. Ab Osterhaus from the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Ranj is developing a serious health game with the goal to increase the awareness and the level of knowledge about viruses and the complex way viruses spread and evolve. Play the game at: www.thegreatflu.com

Posted here because it is highly topical.

If pigs could fly .... ? I, for one, am glad the Mexican variety cannot!

Friday, April 24, 2009

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Week in Second Life


Earth Week is an important event for increasing awareness of the issues and the virtual world is a great example of "green" communications technology. Fitting then, that many events during the week are happening there.

This film by Geo Meek shows an extract of one such.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Second Life

If you follow MY ANNEX you will know I am heavily involved with Second Life and metaverse development. Many of you still find downloading and entering such virtual worlds rather daunting, so this is the best place to show this - a guide to using Second Life from its creators, Linden Labs.

Second Life Quickstart Guide Second Life Quickstart Guide Torley Introducing the Second Life Quickstart Guide"Avatar?""Inventory?"Teleporting?""What's going on in this place?""How am I supposed to do anything?"Are these questions you've heard, or thought of asking yourself once? The world of Second Life can be incredibly confusing for someone logging into the Viewer for the very first time. Fortunately, the Second Life Quickstart Guide is now here to help first-time Residents get oriented and comfortable with some of the most common tasks! The Quickstart Guide includes things like: * Overviews of the viewer interface * Information on camera controls * Instructions for voice chat setup * Recommendations on how to find things that interest you * A printable appendix of frequently-used keyboard shortcutsYou can download it yourself from here, but everyone, including first-time Residents, should expect to see links in plenty of convenient places from now on. In a few weeks, this should also include first-time Residents who speak German, Japanese, and French!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Virtual Worlds and the Rise of the Goverati


What is the Goverati? Mark Drapeau defines it as made up of people with first-hand knowledge of how the government operates, who understand how to use social software to accomplish a variety of government missions, and who want to use that knowledge for the benefit of all.

Today our society faces numerous challenges from the economy to the climate. As a democratic society we must engage the general public and crowd source the solutions. That said, we have a long way to go and the Goverati can not do it alone. Do you want to be part of the solution? Moreover, how can your government enable you to execute on your ideas?

A Smart Grid for Intelligent Energy Use


The Smart Grid involves the use of communications and computing technology to transmit and distribute energy more efficiently. This video describes the smart grid and how it will reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency and the integration of renewable sources of energy.

Although concerned with US infrastructure here, there is a similar revolution needed in both the UK and elsewhere.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Janis Joplin - Little Girl Blue (This is Tom Jones, 1969)


Some holiday history and a real gem.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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