At 7 am it was already a long line outside the main entrance of this year’s Mobile World Congress. Despite the spring feeling Barcelona had given us the day before, it was clear that people were starting to feel a bit chilly. They had been there for a while already. Finally the doors were open, and so was the event. Continue reading
The MWC craziness is in full swing with a running stream of announcements and launches, hands being shaken, agreements signed, and expectations being expressed about continuous evolution with connectivity as the cornerstone. It’s amazing to be here in the center of the mobile universe! Continue reading
Mobile World Congress 2014. Taste that combination of words: Mobile – World – Congress – 2014. “Mobile,” as in the devices we’re all carrying around and the services we increasingly depend on for business and pleasure. “World,” as in the entire industry coming together to show progress and new ideas in the Networked Society. “Congress,” as in our industry discussing, debating and sharing thoughts. And “2014,” as in NOW!
Joel Mokyr puts it well: “…the best predictor of the living standard that a newborn baby can expect to enjoy is the accident of where he or she is born.”
I have been writing recently about the changes happening in working life and the challenges that both employers and employees will face going forward into the Networked Society.
For many people, the latte-paced economy is a reality. Managing a work-life balance today is about combining work at home and in the office. And as the workforce becomes even more mobile, this model will change even further. So what can we learn from global road warriors who fly more often than they take the bus, are constantly juggling their current business, and as they develop, are moving deeper into the Networked Society? Continue reading
Each day I drive 30 minutes one way to an office where I have bad IT, a 10-year old desk phone I never use, and where I spend all my time speaking and interacting with people who are usually located somewhere else on the planet. Continue reading
With the onset of the new lunar year, communities around the globe embraced the festivities of the Chinese New Year. Apart from the typical over-indulgence in Chinese cuisine and candy, the holiday includes exchanges of gifts between relatives, traditional sharing of money in red packets to the unmarried, and inevitably, fortune cookies. Chloe, my adorable eight-year-old niece made me open a whole bunch of them. While I was amazed by her enthusiasm to read, I asked her mother if she tried downloading an app for that. True to the adage, I found one on iTunes aptly named, “Good Fortune Cookie”. It would unceremoniously wear down the novelty of fortune cookies in the household… Continue reading
If you were born any time before the last century you probably grew up, worked and died without ever noticing a significant difference between your first day and your last. Managing change during a lifetime is a modern phenomenon. Nowadays change doesn’t occur over a lifetime or even over years but rather months. Today if you complete a computer science degree, what you learned in your first year of study is obsolete by year 3. And this is not only a problem for individuals but for businesses too. Continue reading
The wellbeing of ‘cityzens’ is dependent on individuals taking a greater responsibility for being active. Running in the parks or workout sessions at the gym are common in urban areas but what will we demand in the form of measurement when these activities move beyond the fitness freaks and become mainstream in the city? Continue reading