Research Fellow: Bibliography 2011

I’m currently pondering future focused R&D opportunities. If you’d like to discuss how I could help your strategic research, creative development and innovation towards twenty-first-century economics (and an inter-dependent ecology), please do say hello. Below is what I’m reading:
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Jenny Uglow – The Lunar Men

Andrew Mawson – The Social Entrepreneur

Ken Robinson – The Element

IDEO – Human Centered Design Toolkit

Ori Brafman & Rod Beckstrom – The Starfish and the Spider

Ori Brafman – Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Gilles Deleuze – Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Erasmus Darwin – Philosophy of Agriculture

Brian Solis – Engage (hybrid theory manifesto)

Richard L. Daft – Organization Theory and Design (Media/Information Richness/Naturalness theory)

Umair Hague – The New Capitalist Manifesto

Rick Levine – The ClueTrain Manifesto

Lionel Trilling – Sincerity and Authenticity (consciousness vs influence)

Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (media abundance and tacit knowledge)

Seth Godin – Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Jeremy Benthem – Selected Writings on Utilitarianism (Wordsworth Classics)

Benjamin Franklin – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (13 Virtues)

Charles Sanders Peirce – Reasoning and the Logic of Things (abductive Logic)

George Orwell – Essays ‘Penguin Modern Classics’ (Animalism – cultural change)

Winston Churchill – Liberalism and the social problem

Eric Fromm – To Have or to Be?

Matthew Arnold – Culture and Anarchy (Oxford World’s Classics)

Douglas Rushkoff – Life Inc.

Oliver James – Affluenza (emotional wellbeing over wealth – democracy, meritocracy, equality)

Oliver James – Selfish Capitalist

Jean Paul Sartre – Being and nothingness

Michel Foucault – Madness and Civilization (Routledge Classics)

Jean-Paul Sartre – Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology (Routledge Classics)

Richard Laylard – Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

Charles Stafford – Questions of Anthropology (social anthropology)

Erasmus Darwin – Phytologia; or, The philosophy of agriculture and gardening

Alan Moore – Communities Dominate Brands

Oscar Wilde – Intentions

Robert E. Schofield – The Enlightened Joseph Priestley

Anthony Mayfield – Me and My Web Shadow

David McCandless – Information is Beautiful

Alexander Osterwalder – Business Model Generation

Laurence Sterne – Tristram Shandy (Multi-Dimensional Narrative – also see: B. S. Johnson)

Graham Hancock – Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization

Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore – The Experience Economy

Jon Hagel III – The Power Of Pull

Who is @FellowCreative?

I’m an agent of change, rather than a guardian of tradition.

“If you want to come up with a few good ideas, or even one great one, then you have to generate lots of ideas” ~ Linus Pauling (one of only four individuals to have won multiple Nobel Prizes).

I’m Carl @FellowCreative; I’m also cofounder of the coworking community and participatory space @coFWD.

I’ve delivered ideas and helped solve problems directly for international names: Electronic Arts (EA), Intel, Nokia, NixonMcInnes, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), as well as talented pioneers like Remy Sharp (@Rem) and Jonathan Markwell (@Jot), to name a few.

Reputed for identifying trends and future focused strategy. I’m a facilitator of insights, architect of citizen-brands and engineer of social-capital in the ever-growing engagement economy. An advisor to NACUE (National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs), anomalous speaker at conferences, recognised blogger of cognition and research fellow.

A perceptive creative professional with cross-functional, cross-disciplinary experience spanning design process and brand strategy, emergent technologies and cultural trends, decentralised social systems and sustainable enterprise. A resourceful co-ordinator with a rounded diagnostic approach to problem solving, capable of quickly learning, dissecting, reading between the lines and understanding foreign concepts to reveal alternative angles and transversal vectors, with an intellectual curiosity for uncharted shifting terrain (on or off the digital landscape).

I’m a catalyst, my role is usually mission orientated. I have a contagious enthusiasm for challenging norms and a high tolerance for ambiguity. With solid testimonials and an established client list I work ‘beyond What Is to deliver What Can Be™’ – R&D lab, think-tank, social enterprise, technology venture, creative agency, rhizomatic community or skunkworks project – I’m a valuable and inspirational element for any do-tank with an emphasis on discovery, not theory.

A creative midwife and joiner of dots, capable of weaving authenticity, co-design, human-centred-engagement and sustainability into the very fabric of an idea or strategy.

I believe creative insights often come in non-linear ways, through seeing connections and similarities between things we haven’t noticed or even tried before. I do well in situations that require divergent, lateral thinking in terms of metaphor, analogy, simile, abductive logic and provocative operation (PO). I challenge with integrity and directness. I make observations, and sometimes predictions. I’m experimental and experiential and always contextual. Learning through actually doing, to provide a more valuable pathway from ideas-lab to real-time and real-space.

I’m currently pondering future focused R&D opportunities. If you’d like to discuss how I could help your strategic research, creative development and innovation towards twenty-first-century economics (and an inter-dependent ecology), please do get in touch.

I’m not an evangelist. I’m a proponent of open-leadership, transparent communications and civic-data, and the practical application of theory and research focused on problems not disciplines, into business and social situations in the real world. I have a strong network of trustees and acquaintances, and a genuine interest in others. I thrive on meeting new people everyday and I can turn casual interactions into meaningful relations. I realise the importance of understanding what people really want and need. I recognize what drives behaviour, curates excitement and facilitates passion, and I suggest ways to channel that energy into projects between people, principles and technologies that otherwise wouldn’t meet – guiding collaboration through creativity, inspiration, support, trust, emotional and psychological intelligence and social sensitivity. Value can always be found through encouraging and enabling others. I have a relentless belief in people and a desire to help – its not just a nicety, it’s a natural and essential part of connection and engagement. Communication is not about talking; it’s about listening and understanding relevance – to inspire dialogue and multi-dimensional narratives, not monologue.

A peer not a boss. I can provide a drumbeat for decentralised organisation, helping top-down business structures develop a little hierarchical-ambiguity and open-chaos to get people into passionate conversation and action. I can map and unite advocates, form new circles, develop open-platforms and cultivate participation – inspiring change without being coercive. Aligning the needs and goals of industry and civics to ensure rich-insights, brand-equity and the early adoption of people-focused-ideas, cultural trends and emergent technologies. Creating meaningful sustainable value, igniting future thinking philosophy and engaging innovation – online or off, on-demand or live, through geographic location (such as GPS coordinate) or a point of interest (POI), and perhaps even through the orientation of a sensory object or mobile device.

Want to know more? Please do say hello.

Research & Development: Things I am pondering

Remapping the principles of industry and government: ‘twenty-first-century economics, social ecology, value cycles and information legacy’

(Monetization, hierarchy, distribution, curation, policy, responsibility, ethics (Ethonomics), measurement, value… privacy vs net neutrality? value chain vs value cycle? competitive advantage vs constructive advantage ‘socio-efficiency’?)

Renaissance of social participation: ‘Agri-culture of insight’

(Participation, human enterprise and social currency – to belong and make meaning. Authenticity and human/emotional linguistics: ‘yours truly’)

Intrinsic social value over extrinsic materialism: ‘Brand value, sustainability and CSR’

(Do people value getting credit for their contributions over getting paid for them? – ROI/SROI – the reputation economy and trust mapping systems)

Cultivation of nature and culture: ‘bohemia’s and acculturation’

(Diminishing social norms, Rhizomatic dynamics and human behaviours – social proof – human-factored/user-centered)

Social objects/places and augmented reality: ‘Object-narratives and Social/Virtual Currency’

(GPS, marker-based, marker-less and gesture-based – plus, hyper-local (en)rich(ed)-media and on-event credit/incentives/network-economics – sensory/contactless, augmented, near-field)

Geospatial science and the digital landscape: ‘Metaweb layers of information’

(Social layer, game layer, open-data and entities – singular, person, place or thing)

Astronaut’s side-real-time: ‘Appearances of the same star on the observer’s meridian’

(As a measurement lens for information, people and networks in the context of real-time and real-space)
(Brownian motion: you can be certain of the location, or speed, of a particle, but not both)

Social Integration: ‘Live and on-demand’

(Content Aggregation, Experience Streaming, 3G-4G Networks – the end of silo’d UI/UX, and birth of UE *engagement*)
(Multi-dimensional narrative/interaction – including ZScape Holographic/3DTV and WiFi/SmartMeter Appliances)

Cross-discipline research and design methodologies: ‘Facilitation of participation, creativity and innovation’

(Innovation requires: ART not SCIENCE, QUALITATIVE insights not QUANTITATIVE statistics, HUNCHES not FACTS, RISKS not CERTAINTIES)
(Meritocratic value – laymen & lunar-man, amateur & pro-amateur, like-minds & like-hearts)

Self-organising systems: ‘Agriculture as a metaphor. Technology is no longer mechanistic’

(Decentralised and open-source – the self regulating economy of the natural world. Biomimicry Inspiration)

Complexity economics: ‘Mathematical theory of dispersed cross-sensitivity in a self-organising system’

(Anthropology and ethnography of ideas, influence and engagement)

Academic, Corporate & Government protocol and policy: ‘Prosperity in an age of austerity’

(Should systems be focused on creating good citizens rather than economic performance? Net neutrality: The free and open ethos of civics and the internet is as stake if prioritising data/connection/freedomofspeech/human-senses for profit becomes a reality? #Civic-Data rather than #Open-Data?)

UnSelfish Capitalism: ‘Emotional wellbeing over wealth’

(Happiness: Authentic [not sincere], Vivacious [not hyperactive], Playful [not game playing])
(Meet your needs, not your wants. Be, don’t have. Cooperate as well as compete)

If you’d like to discuss how I could help your strategic research, creative development and innovation towards twenty-first-century economics (and an inter-dependent ecology), please do get in touch. Here’s what I’ll be reading in 2011 and if you’d like to know more here’s my Professional Bio.