Daddy's girl...

I caught the end of the Wimbledon women's final on Saturday. On winning, Maria Sharapova burst into tears before leaping over the wall of the court to battle through to her father, to the delight of a sympathetic crowd. Subsequently, the trophy ceremony was put on hold while she stood on centre court, trying to ring her mother in America on a temperamental mobile phone.This all started me thinking... Would you ever see similar scenes after the men's final? My guess is that we wouldn&#...

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Wonkery and Hackery: two sides of the same coin?

Platell, subbing for Lynda Lee Potter, spun our prediction of over 2 million isolated over 65s by 2021 into a new demographic - 'the lonely generation' - and summarily dismissed our suggestion that friendship and community might fill the gap as all too wishful thinking. A few days later, an alternative but equally energetic response to the report from Yvonne Roberts appeared in the Observer comment section. She regaled against our 'arithmetic of Armageddon', arguing instead fo...

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Step by Step

He doesn't, of course, go on to say directly how this can be achieved or that innovation networks are the future, but it is surely a step in the right direction that he is now publically proclaiming many of the premises on which Hargreaves' argument is built. Normington does make reference to the significant job cuts which are looming at the DfES, and it is easy to get the impression that this is the real spur for accepting that the centre no longer can or should lead the way. Eithe...

Posted by James Page on 02 Jul 2004
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Top Demos Downloads - June 2004

The top five Demos downloads for June 2004 were:1. Disablism - Paul Miller, Sophia Parker and Sarah Gillinson2. A Child's Place - Gillian Thomas and Guy Thompson3. Postmodern State and the World Order - Robert Cooper4. Open Source Democracy - Douglas Rushkoff5. Personalisation through Participation - Charles Leadbeater

Posted by Paul Miller on 01 Jul 2004
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Fruit Mobbing

I came across an interesting spin on the idea of smart mobs while I was in New Zealand. Groups of casual workers who are employed picking fruit in areas like Hawke's Bay use mobile phones to gain leverage over employers. They will text each other the wage that different growers are offering per basket that day, and then go and work for whoever is paying best, leaving other growers in the lurch. It goes to show that even in industries like horticulture, technology can still have a very dis...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 30 Jun 2004
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We interrupt this service...

As Duncan mentioned, we're in the process of moving office so apolgies if we're a bit naff at answering phone calls or emails over the next few days. It's because we're busy playing paper/scissors/stone over who sits where in the new place.

Posted by Paul Miller on 29 Jun 2004
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Roundies and Squaries

The Guardian carries the think-tank version of the kiss-and-tell story today. Ellie Levenson, a former editor of the Fabian Review, pokes fun at think-tanks, examining their branding and categorising them as either 'roundies' or 'squaries'. I tried to gather some opinion on the subject, but everyone's busy enjoying the last of the Waterloo puddles before the big move...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 28 Jun 2004
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The De-Networked Worker

Interest in the ideas contained within the Demos Collection on networks continues to grow. Well, actually, this is slightly cheating, as this article on the Employers for Work-Life Balance website is by one of the editors of said publication, but hopefully will still serve to spread the word. I've developed some of the ideas from my essay on women's networks by thinking about how they relate to the pursuit of that elusive entity: work-life balance. In brief, working flexibly, I argue,...

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Whitehall Wiki

This is the first example I've come across of a government department or quango using a wiki for consultation purposes. How long before we follow suit? We should definitely try this for one or two Demos projects.

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Demos attempt vote-rigging scandal

Prospect are running one of those list things (Greatest Britons, The Big Read, Sexiest Movie Moments...) to find Britain's top public intellectual. They've picked 100 and you get to vote for your top 5 by July 12th. [via iWire]

Posted by Paul Miller on 28 Jun 2004
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