This is the best time in history to be alive. Access to education, healthcare and employment is increasing for populations the world over. If you are born poor, the chances of escaping poverty and leading a long and healthy life are significantly better than ever before.
Every employer dreams of having the perfect working environment. One that will retain the best talent, hire the best recruits and make them stand out ...
Social science research is about knowledge, or what I prefer to call the materialisation and seeding of ideas. Lots of ideas flourish, both good ideas and bad ideas, and in social science we have plenty of good and bad ideas which are sustained.
Silicon Valley remains a beacon and it is still growing but the evidence suggests that we are moving to a world where technology centres are spread far and wide. Some will have local specialities.
We have faced criticism for being the industrial underdog in recent years. However innovative approaches to business have brought about much commercial success in the UK of late.
In his recent Government growth review 'No Stone Unturned in pursuit of Growth,' Lord Heseltine made a number of recommendations about how universities can contribute to economic growth in the UK.
People like Shields don't move without good reason, and what usually attracts high fliers is a job with significant challenges but also unique potential. Tech City - regardless of what you think of it - has both in spades.
Culture and technology feed from each other
A business's success isn't determined by its strategy, it's determined by what it actually does - products, service, markets, prices etc. - so for organisations that fall into this meaningless strategy trap the resulting lack of action is a major problem.
Recently, I was listening to the story of Felix Baumgartner as I was getting ready to go to work. Baumgartner is an Austrian extreme athlete who was aiming to break the sound barrier in a supersonic skydive over New Mexico. He was planning to jump from a capsule floated 23 miles into the stratosphere by a huge helium balloon, and Chris Evans was getting very excited about it all.
I am starting to wonder, if I am turning into a serial networker? Or if I am embracing what I am preaching: to develop your innovation skills you have to push yourself out of your cognitive comfort zone?