On the 18th September I spoke at an Institute of Chartered Accountants event on the Future of Charities. This is a mildly edited version of my script, tweaked to make it more comprehensible without the slides and my hand-waving.
10 years ago few people used smartphones or social networks. Today they are mainstream. The same will happen with wearable technologies that augment our capabilities. But that’s not to say there won’t be challenges.
Imagine this: an indoor appliance the size of a washing machine that feeds, monitors and returns regular crops of salad leaves, tomatoes, herbs, brassicas and potatoes, and does so with a minimal use of water and electricity. All you do is plumb it in and feed it with seeds and nutrients every now and again
I am keen to improve my productivity. But I’m not a great fan of rules to structure your working day. Rather, I want a technological solution to make the most of those golden moments when I’m firing on all cylinders.
Charles Leadbeater’s idea of ‘frugal innovation’ seems particularly timely having spent the weekend at Manchester Maker Faire.