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Time , War and the Mechanics of Control and Influence

"We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. " - John F Kennedy speech asking the public to endorse the Apollo program. This post I have ...
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November 2, 2017

The 5th Industrial Revolution and People Strategy

Recently I attend I attended the Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria. I only attended the one day because in the choas of having my computer crash and being without a smartphone in a while, I lost track of my events. Something I have been struggling to do since I have been focussing on tasks that don't require a calendar. But we will discuss this another day. What I really enjoyed about the forum was how accessible it was. It was almost like science itself was trying to tell the world, hello, here I am. Come and see me! What caught my attention though after ...
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December 12, 2016

Design Problem Solving

Having recently found a really great paper on problem solving, I thought I would expand my own thinking around this topic in this blog. Designers are under estimated in this world, even though forward thinkers are the ones than can change it. Designing and planning are always two words I have noticed which have strong congruency. Planning larger works with in the expected confines of what is possible. Its thinking is largely, because of this and that and this, we should do that. Designing however takes far more cognitive load and tries to imagine a solution outside of ...
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December 1, 2016

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Free riders and how they add value

Recently I was looking for a good icon online to represent free riding as economic concept. Unfortunately most of the pictures the internet provided me were of either skiing, riding a bike or motor bike. But I did come across one picture that represented it quite well as represented here. I was curious and came across a blog called a Little Tour in Yellow by Shane Schmidt. He wrote a very intriguing post on the free riding concept from free thoughts I presume he got on the road while being a salesman. In his article he proposes a free riding experiment. Having ...
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November 29, 2016

Harley Davidson and the Value Curve

Having always had a passion for freedom on the road, and being an admirer of Harley and Davidson, I thought there are few topics that could so elaborately explain the innovative cycle within the framework of the value curve as well as the Harley Davidson story. Having recently arrived home in South Africa and been away for nearly 2 years away, I have really missed some of my conveniences, one of these being my own personal motorbike. Lets just say, its not a Harley Davidson but it does have features I rather do enjoy: - decent power - low'ish fuel consumption - ...
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September 23, 2016