Why flexible working is the future

The nine to five, five day, working week is a modern construct. It was introduced…

The old curiosity pop-up shop

As my mum would no doubt love to tell you, I organized my first free party aged 14:…

The Digital Champion’s Manifesto

Back in October 2008, Gina Poole told me about the network of BlueIQ Ambassadors…

Hold fire on the BBC – our condemnation will only deepen the management crisis

Poor old Beeb. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t. I can’t help agreeing…

The Social Revolution

Words like “collaboration”, “community” and “engagement” are used frequently in…

Jimmy Savile: an extraordinary popular delusion

The past is another country. Let's not be nostalgic for it. The Jimmy Savile story…

Live blog of sold-out event “Fashion and Pinterest”

10:12 We are at the very cool Beyond Retro café in Dalston (top pic of Karinna…

Live blog of “Heroes of Social Innovation”

13:30: This pic is of host/ chair Mark Pedro Hindle and Futuregov's Dominic…

Live blog of “The Elephant In The Room: Social Media in the Enterprise”

11:10am It’s a great panel line-up here at Hub Westminster with Will McInnes (Nixon…

Monkeys with suitcases: glamping it up

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog over the past month but I’ve been holed…

How I got my stolen laptop back through Twitter

We had a break-in a few weeks ago, and I mentioned it on Twitter. I didn’t really…

My Sofalympics: why I hardly left home during London 2012

Like all obedient Londoners I watched the Olympics pretty much from my sofa,…

Silent disco – last Wednesday of every month at the Science Museum

Saw these people gyrating to silent disco when I was at the Science Museum for…

Listening Post: an amazing audio-visual installation at London’s Science Museum, tracking the text-based web

Listening Post (2003) is “a dynamic portrait of online communication, displaying…

Collaborative behaviour in organisations: the top 4 barriers and enablers

A networked Europe - c'est possible? I read today that Axel Schultze is in charge…

Research shows women as the new early adopters – are we surprised?

Thanks to Jim Zalles of Retail Bench for pointing me to some really interesting…

L’Uomo Vogue, the broadcast paradigm and why we all live in our very own hall of mirrors

Thanks to Anke Holst for tweeting about Vogue Italia’s May/June issue of L’Uomo…

Who else remembers The Blue Note, Hoxton?

I was born and raised in West London so the East was an alien land. Once I traipsed…

Digital Shoreditch: the greatest show on earth!

I missed last year’s inaugural Digital Shoreditch, so tried to make up for this…

RSA Fellowship Council Meeting 11 – follow the live blog here #RSAde

I’m live blogging the 11th meeting of the RSA Fellowship Council here from 1.30pm…

Computer says yes! I love IT managers but…

As Nick Carr predicted in The Big Switch, some of our most familiar career paths…

How to get married in the 21st Century…who needs embossed card when you’ve got Facebook?

Last weekend my friend Jill got married to her lovely fiance Saf. The wedding was…

A picture paints a thousand words – the phenomenal rise of Pinterest

The great thing about Pinterest is that it’s not only useful on a personal level,…

Cherry-picking the best stuff for “Monkeys with Typewriters”

Spring has sprung...and it's time to get blogging! If you're an occasional reader…

RSA Fellowship Council Meeting 10

I’m live-blogging the Fellowship Council meeting happening now at The RSA in…

RSA Fellowship Council 9 – live blog

Thanks Ell Brown for photo. I’m live blogging the ninth meeting of the RSA…

A day of sunshine, seagulls and serendipity: Like Minds highlights

The first time I heard about the Like Minds conference was two or three years ago…

A tribute to my Ada Lovelace Day heroes

Today is Ada Lovelace Day and all over the world, people are honoring and…

RSA Fellowship Council 8: development of RSA House

I'll be blogging the eighth meeting of the RSA Fellowship Council here from 1.30pm…

Why every CEO needs a social media presence (Twitter, tea and sympathy)

Yesterday I gave a talk at an entrepreneurs lunch hosted by Smith & Williamson in…

Up on the roof near Silicon Roundabout

Taken at White Bear Yard, London EC1, the tech incubator where my partner Noam…

Our team gets ready to build the EZPZ browser. Suddenly it all feels very #BBCApprentice

The RSA Digital Engagement working group (#RSAde) teamed up with Lancaster…

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: great new BBC2 series

If you missed the first part of documentary-maker Adam Curtis’ new BBC2 series last…

Why tweeting makes us feel good

Making connections makes us happy. Kathy Sierra wrote a great post a few years ago…

Setting a digital engagement strategy for RSA Fellowship

The main aim of our RSA digital engagement (#RSAde for short) strategy meeting last…

Meeting in a library built at the time of Gaskell to discuss the future #RSAde

Early arrivals to the RSA Digital Engagement Group strategy meeting: taken at the…

Don’t hold back the tide on social business

David Terrar recently argued that social media consultants should drop the "social…

All About Brands animation: sneak preview

Here is a frame from the animation we've been working on for AAB's new social media…

RSA Fellowship Council 7: how do we measure impact?

1330: The seventh meeting of the RSA Fellowship Council has just kicked off and…

His Master’s Voice? The people bite back!

It's music to my ears - a world where geek is chic and homespun is big business: It…

Rory Sutherland and social cues

Nice little interview with Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy in which he dismisses…

It’s high time for smart working

There seems to have been a whole wealth of business books lately telling us how to…

The new transparency means nobody can be whiter than white

This week I started work at All About Brands plc, a London-based marcomms firm,…

4 key Millennial trends from Archrival’s Charlie Hull

1. Life-tracking: Millennials like tools that help them understand themselves…

JP Rangaswami: brave new dawn

It’s a bright sunny day outside (this is the view) and JP Rangaswami…

Twitterview with Katerina Cizek

“To be human in this century is to be urban” says Czech-Canadian filmmaker,…

Listening to fishermen

I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that fish and chips, our well-loved…

Abi Signorelli: creating a social culture at Virgin Media

Abi used to work for Virgin Media (head of internal comms). For last two years has…

How British American Tobacco uses social tools for employee engagement

Next up, David Richard Hare from BAT. 15.54: BAT had 'ten years of failure' with…

Matt O’Neill on using social tools for event production

This is someone from Media140 introducing Matt (sorry I will get her name). 15.05:…

How social tech maximises the workforce at IBM

I’m live blogging the Media 140 event on how social technologies can maximize your…

What do we mean by “social business”?

For a couple of years now there's been a social business debate, led by the likes…

RSA Fellowship Council 6: progress so far

1330: I’m live blogging the RSA Fellowship Council (FC) meeting at RSA House,…

Innovative projects announced at Birds Eye View launch

I'm dead chuffed to have been involved with the Birds Eye View Film Festival which…

@edent and @anniemole at the BCS Women talk. Thanks for the plug guys!

Big thanks to Sue Black for organising this event for BSC Women which had an…

Back to school

My 4 year old daughter started school last week and there have been tears most…

Life’s a beach – with wifi

So, I don’t have a great deal to show for three months of living in Israel…

Should I use my personal Twitter account when starting a business?

A friend of mine has set up a new business. It’s a modest operation at present and…

Monkeys with coffee pots

You may well have seen the new UK ad from Costa Coffee; it took a while to filter…

#UKsnow “was not our finest hour” says easyJet UK General Manager

I must admit, I was dreading this day. But possibly not as much as easyJet must…

Tuttle Club is all aglow

Debbie Davies has designed these fab skirts which she was showing off at Tuttle…

London gets more social

A sneak preview of TFL's new cycle fleet! We walked past this flashy new docking…

Ooh look: an all male panel at a tech conference!

The final session of day 2 of the Cloud Computing World Forum and these five have…

All hail the pancake! A flatter, more collaborative corporate structure

The other presentation that inspired me at The Web and Beyond was by Josephine…

Stephen P Anderson presents his Mental Notes

What psychological tricks can we use to modify behaviour? Design consultant Stephen…

Speaking to UN workers in Geneva

I’m at a social media round table at the offices of LABEL in Geneva.…

Debating with Andrew Keen in Berlin

When I chose Monkeys with Typewriters as the name for my book on social media, I…

If men were “having it all” they’d be depressed, too!

There are two things I’m a bit sick of in the press this week, first is the idea…

Marketing: It’s not about the elves!

I read Doug Rushkoff’s Cyberia back in 1992 and loved it. Rushkoff is great at…

Coming up roses? Let’s compare organisational IT to gardening

I like the analogy from Mark Raskino at Gartner who says that we should compare…

Today is Ada Lovelace Day and I’m grateful for family planning

And of all the women in science and technology to whom I might be grateful, Marie…

The future of business ecosystems

Yesterday I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion on the future of business…

A social approach to corporate communications

Earlier this week at the Social Media World Forum, David Terrar was asking if any…

In looking to the future, we mustn’t forget our past

I’m mulling over stories to tell at Social Business Edge in New York next month.…

Anxiety dream: institutions, airports and ice cream

Noam and I are living in some weird warren-like commune/ community/ educational…

Here’s to us: the digital pioneers!

We’re constantly hearing about the ‘Net generation, digital natives and web-savvy…

Give attention, not bribes

I’m often guilty of giving my three year old a treat when I need her do something…

Bullying allegations against Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is clearly so unhappy. I can't wait for the general election to put…

Popping into Cass Business School

Popped into Cass Business School this afternoon to have tea with the always…

The impact of social media on people, society and culture

1. How relevant is Metcalfe’s Law to social networks? 2. If we apply modern…

Tweetup lowdown

It was great to see a fab bunch of people turn out for the Monkeys Tweetup last…

The anthropology of social media – and other events

It's tough getting decent work done on a Friday, so what better way to spend the…

Going underground in Adam Street

London’s Social Media Week got off to a roaring start on Monday night with a drinks…

The search for leadership 2.0

Thanks to social reporter David Wilcox for recording this interview after the…

The unbearable lightness of being

Loved this feature on the post-bureaucratic age which Alberto Nardelli pointed out…

Visit iKnowHow for the latest RSA Fellowship Council liveblog

Now available over on the iKnowHow blog.The second meeting of the RSA Fellowship…

Book launch: wide-eyed monkeys and many-eyed bugs

I really REALLY enjoyed last night's book launch at Cass Business School. Thanks…

Biz Stone: lessons in lightness

I was gutted not to be able to interview Biz Stone for my book. We had an email…

Great minds think alike: flocking as a superpower

This bird ballet is a great metaphor our own "real life emergent behaviour" - what…

Monkeys with Typewriters video interview

Lovely social reporter David Wilcox, did a video interview with me last week at…

Cover story

Like an old-fashioned dad pacing up and down outside the delivery room while my…