Experimenting with new ideas inside one of the world’s most recognisable brands is never going to be easy. Enter Sharon Cooper; Chief Digital Office at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Sharon has incredible foresight and a brilliant track record of experimenting and leading change with a clear focus on modernising forecasting tools and Ai capabilities to create digital products to enable organisations to grow. Interested to find out more Fluxx Managing Consultant Tom Whitwell, grabbed Sharon for a coffee and a chat for our latest Fluxx Book; Now what do we do?
I kind of fell into my career. I…
In December 2018, Bryan Boyer published “Creating a Very Slow Movie Player.” It’s a wonderful essay about light and Brasília and architecture. Boyer describes building an e-paper display that shows films at 24 frames per hour, rather than 24 frames per second. So it would take about a year to play the 142 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
[NPR’s Planet Money covered this year’s list in Episode 959: Things We Learned in 2019]
Tom Whitwell (Fluxx) When we first met about a year ago, how developed was the idea that became Vogue Business?
Ciara We’d been looking at business-to-business as an idea for Condé Nast International. So many different teams around the world had looked at different B2B ideas: products, services, editorial. So we wanted to make sure that we were setting aside our own internal biases and assumptions and being really rigorous. I wanted to create a repeatable, systematic process for assessing opportunities.
Tom How do media organisations normally do it?
Ciara There is a tendency in all sectors to try to…
The Oxford Nanopore MinION is a £1,000 DNA Sequencer the size of a Mars Bar. In 2015 a scientist flew to West Africa with three MinIONs in his luggage, and was able to sequence the Ebola virus in 48 hours; a task that would previously have required a lab full of equipment. In 2016 it was tested in zero gravity on board the International Space Station.
Technological advances like the MinION can give a sense of vertigo. The floor and roof drop away, and possibilities suddenly can seem endless.
Change was a product and data forum organised by Fluxx and News UK in London this week. We saw speakers from Netflix, Lego, Monzo, the BBC, The Times and a bunch of hot startups. This is what they told us…
Consultant at Fluxx, reformed journalist, hardware designer.