Tagged: business

Does open source equal open society? - Stick

Peter Kerr Aug 08, 2016

Every party needs a grumpy uncle…so let me be that curmudgeonly guy for the upcoming Open Source//Open Society conference. (Early spoiler alert – I’m going to some of OS//OS. There’s too many thought provoking speakers, too much opportunity to touch base with clever people not to) The second such OS//OS event is talking (was originally a typo, but it … Read More

Five stages of workplaces - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Aug 17, 2013

Another business book review. This time, it’s Tribal Leadership, by Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright. The book is, helpfully, available as a free audio book from the website. Overall rating: good. useful. pretty smart. Yes, there are the annoying traits of pop-culture business books. There are beautiful anecdotes about teams that overcome adversity to realise the […] … Read More

Better environmental campaigns from Big Data - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jun 19, 2013

The power to understand ourselves and our communities has taken a quantum leap with ‘Big Data’, computing power, and advances in statistics and software. The first to recognise this power were politicians in the world’s most affluent democracy. Obama’s Big Data Win President Barack Obama’s success during the 2010 re-election campaign – the most expensive in history – is … Read More

Open access good for businesses too - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 21, 2013

Open-access publishing is discussed throughout science and science-writing circles. These initiatives aim to encourage wide-spread open access (free) for the scientific literature, so that anyone who might fit it of use can get a hold of the material. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on the European Commission moving towards open-access, citing a reason that … Read More

One reason for low private sector investment in research and development - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 17, 2012

… is a lack of scientists running companies - ? This thought was offered by Peter Hodgson, a former Minister of Science and Technology to New Zealand in a speech to graduates at the University of Otago: In Germany, Japan and Scandinavia, scientists ran companies and their science influenced management decisions. ''In New Zealand, those … Read More

Reprise: "Drone meets nerd, drinks beer and talks" - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 28, 2011

About 18 months ago I was approached to write an article for the Waikato-focussed Scope magazine.  Something about science, maybe, and business.  I figured it might be good fun to talk about jargon. So below, with kind permission from Scope, is my article as it first appeared in Scope Winter 2010 (the latest edition, Summer 11, is here). Read More

The Risky Business of Hunger - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 16, 2010

We like to think of ourselves as rational actors when it comes to making decisions, we take in information, process it and choose the path that we think will lead to a desirable outcome (if we aren’t deep-seated masochists I suppose). Regular readers of this blog and others that espouse a sceptical viewpoint will know [...] … Read More

Does Your Environment Determine Your Behaviour? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 11, 2010

Last week I posted about the effects of alcohol availability on the amount of violence in an area and mentioned that disorder in the area might also contribute to this. I thought this needed expanding upon, are we really so shallow as a species that we allow the environment that we may be in only [...] … Read More

Sea Biscuits: Not Just For Carrying Tobey Maguire Around - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 23, 2010

So,I didn’t have the fortitude to write a proper post this week but earlier this paper came to my attention: “Embryonic, Larval, and Juvenile  Development of the Sea Biscuit Clypeaster subdepressus (Echinodermata: Clypeasteroida)“ Normally this isn’t in my field of interest but this one has videos! Check out these completely entrancing records of science. Unfortunately [...] … Read More