A New Social Contract for the Digital Age

This article was originally published in The Guardian here. Amazing photograph by James Jasper.  “Raise your hands if you trust Facebook, if you trust Google, if you trust government.” It was spring 2017, and I was leading a debate with young people in Canberra. “Has anybody heard of Cambridge Analytica?” Heads shook. I explained behavioural communication. How …

Skills, strategy and investing in the vineyard.

As published on The Fifth Estate here and City Metric here Photograph by the amazing James Jasper.  On the 19 February 1879, construction began on Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. On 28 July 1923, it was the turn of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. These dates are recalled, because people mark such beginnings. We make them visible. Ribbon-cutting, sod-turning, plaque-mounting …

Canberra, we need to talk about politics

As published in City Metric here and The Fifth Estate here. Image by the amazing James Jasper. For one day we are government.  For one day it is our decision that determines the future of our city. It is up to us to consider all that we see around us, and all we cannot yet see: …

The Original Smart

As published in the Canberra Times / Sydney Morning Herald / The Age here and City Metric here. On April 30 1911, the Commonwealth Minister for Home Affairs, King O’Malley, launched a competition for a new city. It would be a city for whom trade would not require river or sea port, but face-to-face conversation and exchange of ideas. A …

Cities, innovation & the economic case for density

You can read as published on City Metric here. Photographs by James Jasper.  It was a time of extraordinary change. Cook had not long named New South Wales, the American Revolution was well underway, and in towns and cities of England, the Industrial Revolution was about to begin. Rivers were taking industry out of cottages. Machines made …

The Tactical Genius of Jose Mourinho

IMAGINE if standing still was moving backwards, where more of the same equaled less, where achievements of yesterday were seen as possible impediments to a better tomorrow.

This is an innovator’s mindset, and a winner’s mindset. It is the mindset of Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix, more commonly known as Jose Mourinho…

The Origin of Success

You can see my article as published by news.com.au here or read below. American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie believed ‘there is little success where there is little laughter.’ Spend an hour with the highest point scorer in the history of State of Origin, for a book called ‘Winners: And How they Succeed’ and you realise that saying is …

Australia ‘full of winners’: Alastair Campbell.

What do Shane Warne and Anna Wintour have in common? What do Leigh Matthews and Angela Merkel share? How could Johnathan Thurston and Richard Branson be in the same team? A book comparing the world’s best in sport, business and politics, by former 10 Downing Street Director of Communications and best-selling author Alastair Campbell, will …