"Escaping this flatland," Tutfe has written, "is the essential task of envisioning information, for all the interesting worlds (physical, biological, imaginary, human) that we seek to understand are inevitably and happily multivariate in nature."Indeed.His most recent booklet, The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint" will be arriving in our office next week.The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press
Yesterday, we met with John Schumacher, the new Chief of Staff at NASA. Getting into NASA isn't the easiest thing to do. We underwent rigorous security checks and has to submit all our questions in advance. However, when we met them, they were helpful enough, and gave us a far from weightless pile of glossy NASA material to read. The one area they weren't particularly keen to discuss was the growing militarization of space, which will be a central concern of our report. They did ackno...
Next time you're crushed in the tube or navigating the tides of tourists around Westminster, remember: there is a long-term solution to the problems of overcrowding. Melissa and I met yesterday with Brian Chase, Executive Director of the National Space Society, a small but influential lobby group in Washington. In the short term, their goal is to promote human space flight and get the Shuttle programme restarted. But longer term, they are more ambitious. As their founding statement of phi...
Day 2 in DC. Melissa and I met yesterday with Rob Atkinson, the Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute. Amongst the items we discussed is a report they've just published called 'Network Government for the Digital Age', which echoes many Demos themes around systems, complexity and public service transformation. Jake Chapman's work is cited in the report, so good to know we're having an influence on debates over here!Check out the report here.
Yesterday the US Supreme Court by a narrow margin ruled in favour of affirmative action. The court case itself as well as the ruling are proof of the continuing divisive nature of the issue of race in the US. To read more click here and/or here.
Take a look at the cabinet from 1997 and compare it to the 2003 version. I can only spot three people who've stayed in the same job. The old BBC logo looks funny too.
Geoff Mulgan has an interesting piece on openDemocracy that I urge you all to read. It's perhaps best summed up by the final paragraph:"The ultimate prize is that, in this emerging global commons, the governments which are quickest on their feet, most willing to adapt and learn, will be the ones that serve their citizens best."Tom will be responding via oD next week.
Here's a puzzle: how much money would you need to raise to elect a US president who's serious about campaign finance reform?I don't have the answer, but it seems an increasingly important question, as the New York Times reports. President Bush is anticipated to raise more in two weeks than all of the Democrat contenders put together have raised in the last three months. Scary.Read more.
I went along yesterday to the BBC launch of some new figures suggesting Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is taking off in the UK. I have to admit that I can't really see how the new digital world of television radically changes us from being a nation of couch potato goggle box watching billy no-mates.... but that might just be me.
In case you haven't noticed, the boys and girls over the road are sponsoring another essay prize in conjunction with The Economist. This year the title is 'Do we need nature?' - 2,000 words are due by the 22nd August and you stand to pocket $20,000 if you win.In our youfs a few of us have won this kind of thing (although none of us have won that much!). It got me wondereing whether maybe we should run one? Pros and cons in the comments box please.Click here for more about the She...