The Industries of the Future: a book review

As a former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State – a role that was specifically designed for him – innovation in all its forms and across the globe used to be Alec Ross’ bread and butter for several years. No wonder he’s turned this knowledge into his first book!

When he told me that The Industries of the Future was finally out I could sense relief blended with excitement in his message. So I got myself the book, curious to know which industries and which regions he would be focusing on. Continue reading “The Industries of the Future: a book review”

7 (surprising) lessons learnt from reigniting my blog in 2015

Just as I had almost announced the end of (my) blogs  in Spring 2013 after my first attendance at South by South West (SxSW), I took to blogging quite passionately again after my second trip to Austin this Spring.

I couldn’t really explain why but the urge to share stories, tips and insights on what matters to me (and hopefully a few others too) was just too strong. As I started blogging again, I used the opportunity to test a number of blogging and digital communication strategies, nothing fancy, just a couple of best practices picked up here and there to see what would happen. Continue reading “7 (surprising) lessons learnt from reigniting my blog in 2015”

The impact of work conditions on human development in 2015

With the end of year festive season you may have missed the fact that United Nations Development Program (UNDP) published its Human Development Report on 14 December 2015.

This report is most famous for its Human Development Index (HDI), which lists countries on the basis of 3 development criteria – a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living – and has been published since 1990. Continue reading “The impact of work conditions on human development in 2015”

10 social media trends government communicators should pay attention to in 2016

More and more, those who look ahead will have an advantage in digital communications, in particular on social media. Anticipating future trends is not just fun, and incredibly difficult too, it’s also vital if you want to be able to allocate your resources properly and develop an integrated communications approach across online and offline channels. Continue reading “10 social media trends government communicators should pay attention to in 2016”

Join global conversations around development policy, practice and research

Development policy aid and research hashtags and twitter handles

With the sustainable development goals (aka global goals) just adopted by the UN General Assembly, it might be interesting to follow online conversations around international development policy, development work on the ground and development research as these goals are being implemented. Continue reading “Join global conversations around development policy, practice and research”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: My take-aways from SxSW 2015

First times are always special. Going back to South by after my first time two years ago was then a good way to test whether the magic of South by was due to my taking part for the first time or if it truly is part of the DNA of the event. For certain I wasn’t disappointed! Actually, going back to South by makes it easier to focus on what you are really interested in while soaking in the very special atmosphere of the festival. Continue reading “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: My take-aways from SxSW 2015”