Some time ago now, I had the opportunity to go for dinner with two Baronesses. The conversation got round to the challenges of advocating for the arts, museums and libraries. “If you had to choose”, I asked, “between influence and evidence, which would you choose”. Both replied instantly and decisively, “Influence, of course. It doesn’t[…]
The vision is pretty clear – people have gone online. They have become accustomed to beautiful products like Spotify or iTunes which use a tremendous amount of skill and engineering to mask complexity and offer a simple, seamless experience which drives repeated use. If libraries are to compete in a connected culture, we need one[…]
In his recent article for Prospect, Anatole Kaletsky argues convincingly that in order to secure victory in the forthcoming Election Labour leader Ed Milliband must articulate an intellectual strategy based on a ‘new model of global capitalism that has been evolving since the 2008 crisis.’
Kaletsky states that ‘the key characteristic of [Labour’s new] economic model should be collaboration between business and Government’. In his model, public service and enterprise are not at odds, but rather coexist along a spectrum of delivery which serves 3 long-standing left-wing principles: ‘public ownership or control of production, government provision of social services and redistribution of income to limit inequality’.
A global success story […]
OK, let me get this out of the way from the beginning. I am not an Apple fanboy. I own an iPod, but I have never used a Macbook (I don’t trust anything that doesn’t have a DOS prompt). I have tried to avoid writing this post, but for some reason it just won’t go away.
Last month, Steve Jobs died leaving behind him a company whose projects have touched the hearts and changed the lives of millions of people. I never met the guy, and I know nothing about him other than what I have read in the press both before and after his death. And yet, the mythology is of a man who transformed the world of consumer electronics because of at least 4 fundamental qualities: […]