MESSY FRINGE

The messy fringe is our blogging platform. It is a mixture of vignettes, essays and analysis which we feel is of value.

Wolf Hall: Balancing Advocacy with Evidence.

Wolf Hall: Balancing Advocacy with Evidence.

‘Wolf Hall’ started on the BBC back in January. For those of you that don’t know about it (especially those not from the UK), it’s a book written by Hillary Mantel about a man called Thomas Cromwell. Often seen as a shadowy character in history, Mantell’s book brings life to a complex man during [...]

Finding Gems in the Dust

Finding Gems in the Dust

BBC Radio 6 Music has recently a series of broadcasts that celebrate libraries. This is a really interesting thing for a radio station to do and a number creative projects have been undertaken – including a song produced with DJ Yoda, produced in three hours using samples from the archive and its really good too, [...]

How the ‘scan of scans’ can help predict the future.

How the ‘scan of scans’ can help predict the future.

When I worked on the Global Strategic Trends programme one of the things that got the analysts most excited (aside from the prospect of free sandwiches in a meeting) was the ‘Scan of scans’. In many ways, this is the holy grail for Futures analysis, as such a thing enables an analyst or decision maker [...]

Avoiding Full and frank discussions. Can the civil service ship it?

Do we still value taking the time to write our findings succinctly and accurately? Current trends suggest you shouldn’t worry about this too much. You should just get an idea out there.

And there’s a lot to be said about this – posting an idea can be rewarding and it can a notion or a [...]

The case for open data. 4 reasons why ‘closed systems’ should open up.

The case for open data. 4 reasons why ‘closed systems’ should open up.

‘Open data’ and how we use it, could be one of the most important debates of our time. How much should a government or a company be ‘open’? Is transparency a good thing? What data does an organisation have and what should it share? What is the value of my old data and should I [...]

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