A multi-party reality, in a diverse society simply cannot be served effectively by a system designed by the privileged in an era of a class based society. When once “first past the post” delivered a representative with a clear (majority of voters) mandate we now often elect representatives who represent ever smaller minorities, even when measured of votes cast, let alone the electorate as a whole.Continue reading
Change is a funny thing, when it doesn’t look possible or feasible we ignore it, we accept sub-optimal. We carry on with the way things are done even if we know they aren’t quite working as we would like. The cost of change, the effort and time involved in even thinking through what needs to be done […]Continue reading
When we tell our story were actually telling two things. We telling the story of what happened and we’re telling the story of how it happened to us. For listeners, who know us, the result is that their response it Is coloured by the context of their knowledge of us, as a person as well as their knowledge of similar experiences. In my experience this is a far more limiting context and situation than is generally recognised.Continue reading
In the last two weeks or so a number of articles have appeared about the change in focus at Google towards its social platform – Google Plus. Google itself denies rumours that it’s planning to shut it down, but there’s little doubt about the focus shifting. It’s not the only thing that is changing, today […]Continue reading
What the successful small teams did was start as they meant to go on. Whilst they respected their opposition they treated them as equals, not superiors. In business too another business may be bigger, have more money, more customers, more offices, higher paid executives, and a better reputation, but they are just a company.Continue reading
The rising risks in our food supply.
In the long run the overall food supply model is strained in several places and could break. That may take an external shock, like a sudden rise in oil price or a crop damaging weather event. When a market is strained, as this one appears to be, something quite small can trigger a shift in the whole market environment. It’s our view that the risks of that happening are now very high. The danger is that if it does fail, the number and variety of suppliers will shrink significantly and quickly. Any market that moves (catastrophically) to less competition and fewer alternatives tends to see prices rising very steeply.Continue reading