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The Futures Cone and The Engagement Pyramid

The third part of our magical diagram of a machine for calling forth futures. Part I: Theory of Change and the Futures Cone Part II: Theory of Change and the Golden Circle Part IIa: Back to the Futures Cone The Engagement Pyramid If you’ve ever done...

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Back To The Futures Cone

An interstitial post between the mashings of diagrams to look at some comments I’ve had about the Futures Cone before I go back to abusing it again. There is a lot less swearing in this post than the last one, I promise. If you have no...

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Theory of Change and The Golden Circle.

The second part in our series of diagram mashups, following on from Part 1, Theory of Change and The Futures Cone. This one has another cone in it because I know you all love the cone. The Golden Circle Here we have Simon Sinek’s Golden...

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Theory of Change and the Futures Cone.

The first in maybe a series of posts mashing together and overcomplicating some simple diagrams. Today’s victims; Theory of Change and The Futures Cone. I will briefly introduce The Futures Cone, make a critical note on its depiction, and propose a new ‘P’. Then a brief introduction...

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Cosmic Amens

New instalment in my ongoing TIME LIFE series. Produced for the ‘Where’s The Music?’ exhibition at TeToKa gallery in Kanda, Tokyo. Some background, some pictures detailing the construction of this piece & some lessons learned for the next one… Earlier this year while in Tokyo I was...

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The Decrystallization of the Hidden Netherlands

The Dutch government’s censorship of sensitive locations has become an iconic feature of our online Maps landscape. These interventions are slowly disappearing, but looking back though the lens of Google Earth’s Historical Imagery feature, what can we see beneath? In the beginning there was only...

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Camouflage: The New Plaid

I recently gave a talk at Tokyo PechaKucha Night Vol 124. Basically an updated & much snappier version of the camo talk I did for Hackers & Designers last year. As described by the people of PechaKucha: He deconstructs the ironies associated with fashion being at odds...

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Camotalk – Amsterdam Hackers & Designers Meetup

Sources for the talk I’ll give today for the Amsterdam Hackers & Designers Meetup. Camouflage: Histories & Identities, Systems & Magic In rough order of the talk most things I’ll reference & that are shown on the slides. There aren’t sources for every single...

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Escaping the Cities of Drowned Ghosts

I’ve had this bit on the shelf for over a year now, just a thought that occurred to me while watching VICE on HBO’s Chinese Ghost Cities episode… You’ve heard about the so-called Chinese Ghost Cities. Puffy-faced finance consultants on CNN call them ‘a...

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Constructing Lunacopia

Yeah I should have been doing a bunch of other stuff, but due to a long run of boring work combined with more interesting projects getting postponed for months on end, I had to make something visual that actually got finished for sanity retainment...

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A Rough Design Fiction Maturity Continuum?

If you’re reading this you probably already know about Design Fiction. You may also have seen Bruce Sterling‘s recent talk at NEXT Berlin on Fantasy Prototypes and Real Disruption. At around the 12:30 mark Bruce calls out the need for a system of categorisation for...

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What a beautiful world this will be

What a glorious time to be free. An essay on why Donald Fagen’s I.G.Y is the single best science fiction song. Ever. Full disclosure/disclaimer. The Nightfly album has been played to me since before I was able to make memories. It was grafted into my...

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This was supposed to be the future

If you’ve been around on the Internet much in the last decade you’ve probably come across this t-shirt. The sentiment it expresses isn’t new, in fact it started to manifest itself in music and literature about 30 years ago. An entire generation has grown...

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