How policy can make the most of the Networked Society

How do we use technology to improve our societies?
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.”
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It’s working life, Jim, but not as we know it

Next-Generation Working Life

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.
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Finding your productivity sweet spot – at home and at work

Work-life balance

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

Living in a working environment: what does the future hold?

The future of the office

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

Asian mobile app adoption gallops on

2014 - the year of the horse

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

How fast is our world becoming obsolete?

The pace of change

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

Smart devices are making city life healthier

Fitness in a connected world

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

Why is Stockholm the best city in the world?

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At the top of the list comparing 31 cities around the world on aspects of ICT maturity, economy, social development and environmental progress is Stockholm, capital of Sweden, followed closely by London, Singapore and Paris. These are the top-ranking cities in the Networked Society City Index a valuable asset for analyzing the correlation between triple bottom line performance and ICT maturity in cities. Continue reading

Smartphones lend a helping hand to city homeless

Lending a helping hand

Life for homeless persons in the city is not getting easier and funding of their basic needs has gone beyond the capabilities of tax-driven efforts. A perspective that has perhaps not been explored as much is what role smartphones and mobile applications can play in assisting homeless people in urban areas? Continue reading

Yangon: Challenges and solutions for Asia’s future megacity

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Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city with a population of 5 million. The city has been the country’s commercial and financial capital since colonial times and was its political capital until 2005, when the government moved to Nay Pyi Taw, a new city built in the center of the country. Yangon is an attractive and living city on the brink of tremendous growth. By 2040 – when its population is expected to reach 10 million – it will also be one of Asia’s newest megacities. Continue reading