Who’s a nerd now: ever wonder how definitions evolve?

Is being a nerd a good thing? Once upon a time you wouldn't want that label, but I think that has changed. It's interesting to watch how definitions evolve. A nerd used to be the kid at school who was socially awkward, shy, overly studious. There was even a period when it was spelled knurd - … [Read more...]

Bidding to have Le Tour in town; complicated yet worthwhile

Local bakers would start baguette production at 1 am. The bar owner opened nine hours earlier than usual and thought she'd make almost half her monthly revenue in one day. The people and business-owners of the French town of Nuits-Saint-Georges had successfully lobbied to have the Tour de France … [Read more...]

Digital always is guiding principle at new innovation lab

A start-up at CBC’s French service, Radio-Canada, is demonstrating diverse ways of innovating from within. RC Lab was created when Xavier Kronström Richard, then working in television news, got inspired by a visit to interactive conference South By Southwest. On his return he went straight to his … [Read more...]

Dr Seuss – collected works to form study guide

The Dr Seuss Study Guide - what a great idea. The Bank of England is using Dr Seuss books such as Cat in the Hat as models when training bank staff to write. Seems they found their complicated reports - I'm thinking for example the one that tackled the Quantitative Easing Asset Purchase … [Read more...]

Identify what business you are really in. It may not be what you think

Do you know what business you are really in? It's a great question posed in the opening chapter of Terry O'Reilly's new book This I Know - Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence. Ohh, you thought you knew, but I like the way Terry prods us to prod ourselves and define what we truly offer our … [Read more...]