What, exactly, is value? Or, in a less philosophical way: how is it that you practically know when you have experienced something of value?
“Irked” is the best way I could describe my feeling after reading a recent opinion piece on the Mail & Guardian’s site on the topic of “white privilege” in South Africa. It took me a while to understand why, exactly, I felt this way, but I’ve since established that it has a lot to […]
Many a 2×2 matrix has been developed around what we tend to call “innovation”, but are these existing ways of thinking about innovation actually useful to us? Are they practical enough to help guide our daily thinking and activities to actually facilitate real-life innovation? Of course, the question of “why” needs to be […]
Several times now I’ve wondered if there are perhaps lessons we can take from real-world, successful projects and approaches the ICT industry that we may be able to apply generally to society. A simple example is how the Agile management approach speaks rather deeply, on a philosophical level, about how to approach projects […]
Of all the articles on my site, The Flaw in Network 21’s Value Proposition gets the most traffic and comments, and seems to stir up the most emotional responses. After reading through my previous post and all the comments, I thought I’d unpack a little more […]
I’m still busy reading Nassim Taleb’s “Anti-Fragile” and I have to say that I’m loving it so far. The book has much to do with humanity’s generally faulty perspective on risk management, and he provides a very coherent alternative perspective. In a nutshell, Taleb says that there are three different types of systems […]
In thinking about the pros and cons of standardisation in the field of the Internet of Things, I stumbled upon a project report where the authors claim that:
The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) will represent a paradigm shift in communication: initially, communication occurred between living beings. With ICT, this was complemented, and some […]
For a long time now I’ve been trying to figure out why it is that we’ve put so much effort into coming up with new technologies and processes, such as organisational processes. To me, a technology or a process seems as though it’s a tool (a static pattern of some sort) that attempts to facilitate […]
Lately I’ve been thinking about the role of money in society quite a bit, and today I was thinking about it against the backdrop of entrepreneurship.
Money, Relationships and Freedom
On a philosophical level, it would seem to me as though money is a sort of portable, tradeable representation of the amount of freedom […]
Psychology and philosophy have fascinated me since I was a kid, and I’ve read tons of material on these subjects over the years. I’ve also seen quite a few articles over the years talking about online privacy, and how easily we give up private information via social media (for some random examples, see
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