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  • Why Dylan’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” Deserves To Exist
    Numerous times during this pandemic, I’ve seen some people put forth the idea that it would be best to let the virus run its course, infect us all, and bugger the consequences. Sure, some older and more vulnerable people might die, but at least the economy will be OK, and we’ll all still be in work. It is, of course, a stupid idea. Not only does it ignore the economic consequences of allowing so many people to die (which many economists have calculated would be worse than the lock-down itself) but it ignores the cultural implications of letting the virusContinue reading “Why Dylan’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” Deserves To Exist”
  • How Sustainable Am I?
    One of the unexpected benefits of being in lockdown is using this period as a sustainability baseline. We’re not driving as much as we usually do. We’re not travelling by air. But we’re also using more electricity at home and ordering more goods online. So, how am I doing? As I’ve written before, my lockdown life isn’t that different from my pre-pandemic life. And I imagine my post-pandemic life won’t be significantly different either. But by reviewing my ecological and carbon sustainability while in lockdown, it will give me a baseline to work from when our post-pandemic lifestyles become moreContinue reading “How Sustainable Am I?”
  • Avoiding A Second Wave Downunder
    We’ve been very fortunate in Australia so far to avoid the worst of the pandemic. So much so, all state governments are beginning to loosen their lockdown restrictions. But this risks exposing ourselves to a second wave of the virus.  So how do we avoid the second wave? Is it up to governments, or health authorities, or businesses? No, it’s up to us as individuals. How we behave over the next few weeks and months will determine if we avoid a second wave or not. Knowledge Is Power I can’t emphasise this enough. The more you learn about COVID-19 —Continue reading “Avoiding A Second Wave Downunder”
  • Introverts & Extroverts In The Age Of Social Distancing
    We live in a world where societal norms relating to social interaction have been turned on their head. We used to live in a world where daily social interaction was the norm, but now social isolation has become the new normal. How this affects us has a lot to do with where we sit in the spectrum between introvert and extrovert. I think you can guess where this article is heading. But first, a recap For those of you unsure about the differences between introverts and extroverts, it’s not about shy people or confident people. Many introverts can be loudContinue reading “Introverts & Extroverts In The Age Of Social Distancing”
  • What Sustainability Means To Me
    I’ve realised that I haven’t talked much about sustainability yet in my posts. I think because I don’t like talking about myself that much, plus I don’t like preaching to people; I actually think sustainability is something we all need to work out for ourselves. But there’s not much point to this website if I don’t write about sustainability. So here goes; this is what sustainability means to me… Sustainability Means Different Things To Different People I don’t believe there’s a “one size fits all” solution for living sustainable lives. We’re all different people with different circumstances.  I don’t haveContinue reading “What Sustainability Means To Me”
  • Five Ways To Tell Your Pandemic Story
    Under normal circumstances, most of us will live our lives hidden from the scrutiny of history. But right now, we’re all part of history. Now’s the time to think about how we want future generations to learn about our individual stories. Here are five ways to tell your own pandemic story. 1. Write Your Story Well, this is the obvious one, isn’t it? Keep a journal or write some short fiction or poetry. Encourage your children to write down their own experiences. These pieces could be autobiographical, or observational, or fictional even. When you have enough material, get it editedContinue reading “Five Ways To Tell Your Pandemic Story”
  • The Power Of Workshopping (A case study)
    Workshopping is a powerful tool that can be used to bring team members together to work collaboratively in a safe and friendly environment. Here’s a recent example of how I used workshopping to help a team achieve self-improvement. In July last year, IBM spun-off its cloud-based marketing solutions into a new company called Acoustic. Unfortunately, the software development lab I worked for at IBM was no longer required for the new company, and it closed in October. But I was asked to stay on for a further five months in support of Acoustic as a consulting editor to help the new company updateContinue reading “The Power Of Workshopping (A case study)”
  • Five questions I’ll be asking before downloading the COVID-19 Tracking App
    Sometime in the next couple of weeks, Australians all will be deciding whether they want to download the COVID-19 tracking app or not.  So, some background.  From what I understand, all the app will do is use Bluetooth to record the phone number of anyone you get close to who is also using the app. And by “close to” they mean closer than 1.5 metres for more than 15 minutes. If someone is infected with coronavirus, authorities then use the phone numbers collected by the app to undertake contact tracing. The numbers are encrypted until you give health authorities permission to read theContinue reading “Five questions I’ll be asking before downloading the COVID-19 Tracking App”
  • What will your pandemic story look like?
    So many parts of our lives are out of our control at the moment. Where we go. Who we can see. Whether we have a job or not. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some choices about how we live our lives. And although we all share the same inciting incident, the stories we will tell each other when all this is over will be different. So, let me ask you this; what will your pandemic story look like? Will you be the person who hoarded toilet paper, or the person who thought carefully about what they actually neededContinue reading “What will your pandemic story look like?”
  • Short Fiction: Desert Tsunami
    Last year I was invited to submit a piece of short fiction to IBM’s in-house design magazine, Variable. I was asked to write a story that imagined what virtual twinning for farms might look like fifty years from now. When I began working on this piece, I had no idea that this would be my last piece of writing for IBM. Because many of you never had a chance to read this (because it was published in-house), I thought I’d share it here on my website. Not only that, but I had to cut 150 words from the original submission atContinue reading “Short Fiction: Desert Tsunami”