Author Archives: David Bent

Preparing for a full spectrum approach to climate change

The lively debate in the US on a Green New Deal shows that rich countries are not yet ready for a ‘war economy’ footing on climate change. But the extreme threat of the climate emergency mean that the time has come for innovation policies that prepare us for that shift in the near future.

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‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’ – Talk for Community Links

In February 2019 I had the honour of giving a lecture for Community Links on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. I’ve now had a chance to write up my speaking notes into something other people might understand. I’d love people’s comments and thoughts (and yes, I know the referencing could be improved!).

Contents
1.         INTRODUCTION
2.         OUR PAST IS ENDING
3.         THE FUTURE IS SCARY
4.         TODAY, WE NEED TO IMAGINE BETTER
5.         A DAY IN THE LIFE
6.         THERE IS A BETTER FUTURE TO AIM FOR
7.         TO SUM UP
8.         THE TASK OF OUR GENERATION

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Crafting global prosperity together is the task for the SDGeneration

In mid-February I chaired an all-day conference on the “SDGeneration – A Citizen Science Movement”. My main reflection is how taking part in knowledge creation is a vital part of having agency in an overwhelming world, and a route to mobilising young people.

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But…what about users? Quick take on challenge for digital platform cooperatives.

Earlier this week Nesta and Co-operatives UK launched a report on  ‘Platform co-operatives – solving the capital conundrum’. There’s lots to like about digital platforms owned by members (rather than by for-profit behemoths). But I fear there isn’t enough attention on the how the customer benefits, and so why they should switch.

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Key points from ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’

Earlier this week I had the honour of giving a lecture for Community Links on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. Here are the key points; I’ll be putting up the talk when I’ve turned the notes into something that other people can read. Thank you to Venu and everyone for the chance to share my thoughts.

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Themes in ‘The Rise of Sententocracy’

The Young Foundation have recently released an anthology, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Michael Young’s classic ‘The Rise of Meritocracy’.  I had a go at answering their question – what lies beyond meritocracy? – and my piece was published. This post expands a bit more on some of the themes and thinking.

Beyond Meritocracy: The Anthology
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EVENT INVITE: ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. Thu 7 Feb

Quick announcement: Community Links have kindly asked me to speak on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’ on evening of Thu 7 Feb.

My aim is to be unflinching of the risks we face, while inspiring and thought-provoking on how we can act. More details below, including how to sign up. As of Thu 24 Jan, they had 70 of the 100 tickets taken, so act soon. Excited, honored and a little daunted. Now to write it…

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