ReformCard was really the brain child of Joseph Curtin, my colleague at the IIEA. I co-founded it with him. The idea was to measure the truly structural rather than partisan/point scoring reform commitments that each political party made in its manifesto for the 2011 election. With the calamity of the economic collapse fresh in the mid, and public ire about the “cosy consensus” between public and private decision makers that allowed it to happen, there was a sense on the ground that this election would prompt a sweeping reform agenda. We wanted to monitor that, and make sure that parties would be judged on their commitment to structural reform, measured in political science terms, rather than superficial measures. We set out the idea in The Irish Times’ election podcast: click to listen.
Here is some of the blurb that once was live at ReformCard.com (I post it here because the site is no longer live).
I’m getting worried that Apple could sell me… to myself. Here’s how
What is it?
Well, it starts when you start wearing elegant white or charcoal clothing. Then you have a general feeling of aloofness and only partial compatibility with your fellow human beings.
You’ll quickly get used to admiring glances as you glide down the street. At the same time, you should be very good at performing design and entertainment related tasks. You’re not necessarily good at games, but that’s ok.
Because you’re an Apple. And you’re better.
Think different. Make the choice to live a life less ordinary.
The iMe. “A whole new you” Shipping today.
This really could sell. Want proof? Go to http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=762035792437485705# and watch Steve Jobs pitch the 1984 Macintosh. Watch the entire video and ask yourself when you’ve finished whether you really could do without this wonder machine.
It’s time to take stock. Here’s an idea of what we’ve been up to since 2008 at the Digital Future Group of the IIEA. In reverse chronological order… Continue reading
Celebrating the arrival of page proofs of the book, this snippet comes from a section that describes the future of ‘extruded media’…
A digital media boom is underway in which assertive audiences are beginning to use and extrude media rather than watch it. To understand the nature of the coming global media boom, reflect on the birth of break beat hip-hop music. In the early 1970s a high-rise apartment building on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in New York’s Bronx became the birthplace of a new culture, and a new style of editing and adapting music. Clive Campbell, aka ‘Kool dj Herc’, a Jamaican-born resident, began playing records at events in and around the building. Continue reading
WE WANT YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM
Job spec: RESEARCH intern on The Digital Future
Payment: unpaid – opportunity to compete for paid position may arise Continue reading
Credit to the original genius who drew this (not me)
I’m a little excited and a bit alarmed by my entry “Johnny Ryan (academic)” on Wikipedia. Knowing its subject (me), I can draw three caveats about Wikipedia content. Continue reading
I have just accepted a role with CB3 Communications, a Cambridge-based consultancy run by a friend of mine, Jem Thomas. (I will be keeping my other position at the IIEA.) Continue reading
The report is now available for comment – at http://nextleap.wordpress.com
Photos and video of the launch will be posted soon…
or download PDF version [cover front / back]
Adam Curtis, the BBC documentary maker with a keen eye for archival footage and historical trends said this, during an interview with the Register:
“We should be saying to people ‘I’m going to take you out of yourself and show you something you haven’t thought of, which is either awesome, or incredible, or will inspire you’”.
This is the first – and perhaps only – post on this blog that simply presents a quote, but the sentiment is so marvelous that it is worth repeating. More from Curtis here.
We have arrived at the end of hierarchical communications and are at a new credibility crunch. Continue reading
I interviewed Ilkka Laitinen, Director of Frontex, the EU border security agency, for the European Biometrics Forum yesterday.
My review of Rogers’ Towards sustainable security is online on Nthposition. [link]
“Americans should be deeply concerned that we are so unpopular in the region inasmuch as it makes it harder, rather than easier, for us to achieve our major national security objectives in the Middle East”.
In The Economist’s first edition of 2005, the coalition for a realistic foreign policy (‘the coalition’ hereafter) published a statement criticizing the Bush administration’s Middle East policy. According to the signatories, the continued Israeli-Palestinian stalemate jeopardizes America’s two key regional objectives: defeating Al Qaeda and preserving access to oil. They criticize President George Bush Jr’s unreserved support for Israeli expansion and occupation. The support Continue reading
UNIPOLAR MOMENT OR UNIPOLAR ERA: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA’S ASSERTIVE GRAND STRATEGY
In the run up to the 2000 election, Condoleezza Rice laid out the central tenet of candidate Bush’s foreign policy manifesto: ‘Foreign policy in a Republican administration will … proceed from the firm ground of the national interest, not from the interests of an illusory international community’. Five years later, one European newspaper marked President Bush’s second inauguration by announcing ‘world fears new Bush era’ on its front page. In the interim, an Continue reading
The History Review 2004. Copyright Johnny Ryan 2004.
The choice lies starkly between a compromise settlement, which by definition will not satisfy anyone but which will gain for the Africans substantial new opportunities for advancement, and a rapid and complete polarisation of the races and the prospect of conflict.
In May 1972 the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary told the British Parliament that the peoples of Rhodesia stood at the crossroads between two destinies: they could accept a compromise settlement or suffer total racial polarisation and civil war. By then, the choice was already made. Despite attempts to initiate dialogue between the European and African parties in Rhodesia, British diplomacy failed to avert slaughter. Continue reading