Creative counterattack

[via IWire]Richard Florida, the American academic who's hugely popular The Rise of the Creative Class made him the star of the show at our BoHo Britain conference last year, finds his ideas the target of withering criticism, reports the Boston Globe .As he applies the creativity index to European cities in a new report jointly published with Demos, right-wing critics say the numbers just don't add up, whilst the left says he has "mistaken the side effects of a booming economy for...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 11 Mar 2004
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Public Search

In an age of privatisation, it would seem this is becoming evermore true. Private provision of public services and facilities, be it bus routes or BUPA, has challenged the ecology of space and services most citizens experience. Its impossible to calculate the extent to which this is detrimental to a kind of collective public ethos. But, as Hajer suggests, this shift in ownership or designation musn't necessary imply a growing disregard or disability for the very things traditional public ...

Posted by on 11 Mar 2004
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Swamps and nanobots

The star turns here have been by the �nano-visionaries�. First up was Eric Drexler, originator of the word nanotechnology and the ideas of molecular manufacturing and grey goo. He gave a pretty electrifying presentation and is on the warpath, make no mistake. His gripe is with the people at the top of federal scientific funding in the US who, he claims, are ignoring his original vision of nanotech in the way they hand out grants through the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NN...

Posted by Paul Miller on 06 Mar 2004
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Paul Miller, style icon

In this month's Arena magazine, nestling amongst the fashion spreads and airbrushed shots of Kelly Brook's bum, you can find our very own Paul Miller, speculating on the future of network politics.Sadly I can't attach a link, as the principles of open access don't appear to extend to the media empire that is Emap. But trust me. There he is on p.111 with an achingly trendy byline photo.I shall pin him to the press board.

Posted by on 29 Feb 2004
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Chandeliers, powerpoint and fish that glow in the dark

Some of the science presentations have been mindblowing. People have been telling us how far they've got in developing (among other things) cures for cancer, tiny microphones that can be scattered like dust, devices for connecting nerves to computer chips and a nose spray that could stop you from getting the flu. It's enough to make your brain hurt and sometimes your eyes ' I reckon some of the speakers were secretly running a competition for how much information you could fit ...

Posted by Paul Miller on 28 Feb 2004
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Miliband on Personalisation

The last two days has seen Demos, OECD and the Innovation Unit (DfES) hosting an international conference on personalising learning and its implications for public service reform. Contributors included Charlie Leadbeater and other experts hailing from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and Finland. The piece de resistance came with David Miliband's speech , which has been posted on the IU website. It received an enthusiastic reception and he seemed genuinely modest when faced with applause ...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 27 Feb 2004
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Demon Headmasters?

I've always wondered what headteachers are like outside school and this week a few of us from Demos have been finding out. In partnership with the Specialist Schools Trust we've been running a series of events with over 150 headteachers and school leaders, helping them develop their own agenda for the future of education. Demos Associate David Hargreaves has been doing the star turn leading conversations focussing on what networking and personalisation mean for the schools system. H...

Posted by Paul Miller on 26 Feb 2004
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Short on respect

Where Michael Portillo managed to come out of his week as a single mum with reputation enhanced - either because people felt he genuinely engaged with his 'family', or because he proved his deft skills of self-promotion - it seems unlikely that many people with have anything positive to say about Clare Short's performance.During her week as a teacher at a comprehensive, she managed to display remarkable arrogance - entirely ignoring the advice of her fellow teachers, trying to avo...

Posted by on 26 Feb 2004
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The Praxis of Evil

Are spammers in possesion of a special kind of evil genius or just lazy bastards bent on pushing clicks, flicks and bigger... ? Well, nevermind. We have our own opinion here at Demos, especially after our blog was struck last week by a virulent attack that saw comments on all manner of dieting, drugs and gambling crawl through the Greenhouse in minutes. Admittedly we were flummoxed, but now Wired Magazine has supplied a surprising answer for our infestation. The attack had nothing to do with ...

Posted by on 26 Feb 2004
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Interns' Network

The Interns' Network aims to make internships in the Westminster Village more 'transparent, fair and fun'. It hopes to open up debate around issues of 'ethical internships' ' who gets them, how, and what they should be like when you get one. The discussion is one we should all get involved in. To rubbish it on the basis that it only applies to an Oxbridge/LSE elite is to accept that most of tomorrow's MPs, policy makers, writers and researchers should come f...

Posted by on 25 Feb 2004
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