I really believe the inherent optimism of Americans is a major reason behind their cultural and business successes. Europe certainly has enough smart and talented people, but from my 10 years+ of being around creative people and three years in the startup world, I see many similarities and faults in the two groups.
Today marks the 322nd birthday of British inventor, John Harrison. For centuries now Harrison's story has captured the public's imagination: the working class joiner and watchmaker who won against the Goliath might of the astrological community.
We go to the Social media for information. Who do you think provides that information? People like you and me. Our opinions are a collection of not only our own experiences, but the shared experiences of others as well.
With youth unemployment at 23% across the EU, and with an extremely volatile European business market that is changing at an unprecedented speed as it struggles to pull itself out of recession, we need our young people to have the skills to cope.
Apparently at the height of Victorian optimism, the Royal Geographic Society announced victory in the field of all learning, with the invention of the 'lantern slide' a whacking great projector with a candle behind it which would captivate all future generations of learners. An early version of 'death by powerpoint'.
For many the assertion that your business can become 100% digital isn't practical but the simplicity and efficiency of digitisation is an ambition that can be leveraged in every business, whether it is shifting bulk aggregates, or tailoring bespoke suits for a global market.
On numerous occasions, I have seen mothers so absorbed in their task of interacting with their smartphones that they totally ignore the child's plea to talk and interest them in what s/he is observing and thinking.
Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.
The Playable City Award asks us to imagine how we might use these same technologies to make our cities more liveable, hopeful and collaborative. In order to fully explore the possibilities, it is vital we listen and share these questions with people across the world.
On my commute to work this morning I overheard the start of a friendly debate between a young woman in her early 20's and an older man in his late 60's. They were talking about technology, and he asked her if she truly thought it had made our world a better place.
Startups are often run by teams with little conventional experience; large corporations often boast a remarkable array of established, proven and immensely talented teams.