How To Prepare Your Business for the Future through Design

18 December.

If you only do one thing this Xmas to get yourself ready for the New Year, go and check out design thinking.

It’s free. It’s catered. It’s how to network, when you’re not really into that kind of thing. Go!

Register here.

Portable Webinar: Design for education (without screwing it up)

Did someone say webinar?

You know there’s no excuse for avoiding the future of work, if all you have to do is hit ‘join’.

Details here

Presenting the Design Maturity Index – what the evidence says.

Wednesday 29 May,

Deloitte, Melbourne.


Three hours, ten design agencies, and their clients.

Department of Innovation, Industry and Science.

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Why do you think the way you think? Why do you do, what you do? Why do I, do what I do?

I’m sharing this piece by Leon Atkinson because I like the cut of his jib.

This is what the inside of my head looks like. This is how I think through problems, risks and consult stakeholders so that I can do what I do.

“Why do you think the way you think? Why do you do, what you do

? Why do I, do what I do?”

New Year, New You. FREE professional development events this year in Melbourne

Welcome to Tech and the City.

Melbourne Australia is spoiled for choice when it comes to updating your skills and networking without the usual fees and charges.

If you’re Agile, meaningful work, interview skills, AI, UX, Lean or incubator curious or you just want to find out what all those buzz words even mean, then check out the calendar and pick four things to do this year.

Tech and the City Calendar 2019

Some events I blog about. Some events I highlight. Some events just go under the radar because there are just too many of them. Check back frequently for updates or email me with requests and I’ll keep an eye out for them.

It’s my gift to all the event hosts busting their guts to deliver these opportunities. From a former fellow sufferer…



57 percent of businesses have the capacity but not the policies that enable Remote Work… I can help with that.

As a policy nerd, these stats are a sign: future work for me!

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Does this Desk Make my Job Look Big? The Impact of “All Roles Flex”.

December 4: The Design, implementation and impact of moving to an all roles flex system. It’s the future of work.

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Choose your own career hacks, Melbourne.

Tech, data, culture, workshops.

How finance teams can argue for a technology upgrade | INTHEBLACK

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“If you have bad systems you need good people to be able to work around those systems and those good people will not last if those systems continue to be bad”

If you need help with your systems review and business case, cue Deborah Harry and call me.

Metaverse fashionista. C’est Moi?

This week I became the lucky recipient of a set of Metaverse Makeover nails.

What are Metaverse Makeover nails you ask?

Good question.

Before we get to that though, may I take a moment to dwell on the joy of hearing one’s name called out in a raffle draw?

It’s so unexpected that I would win something in a game of chance, that I am thrilled, and squealing like a child, even though there is a high probability that I will not be using my metaverse nails anytime soon, for reasons I can explain.

To put it simply, they’re fake nails. But, there’s more to them than that. Their point of difference, as explained by their creator, Thea Baumann, an Australian based in China, is a little more complicated.

They are “collectible fashion accessories powered by a 3D app: triggering hologram stickers you can wear, play, snap, and share.”

More significantly, they presage a future in which scanning people, animals, objects with a device will reveal something hidden about them, a bit like Pokemon Go, the next generation.

Imagine a world in which you can portray yourself the way you want others to see you, without limits. Except perhaps for screen size and processing power.

In the future 3D interactive holographics will augment your appearance whenever your wearables interface with the right app. All kinds of animations and effects will attach to you that you can show off and share them with others: starting with your wardrobe and make up:  clothing, face and hair, but it could be a body part, a gender or species change; a virtual designer outfit; a character or spider webs an invisible lassoo, or a combination of all of the above.

Thar be dragons, furries, plushies and pony boys and girls. Also a lot of Cosplay.

Think of it as Second Life branching out beyond the confines of its universes, islands and worlds and into your smart phone. Anything that can only be seen in the realm between the online and meat world, or whatever terms you’re personally inclined to call the two locations, when they are not united in the metaverse.

A bit like this BBC TV show is doing with Italian cities.

The interesting thing that Thea has pulled off is to make something holographic dynamically adhere to a small curved surface, that is, a finger nail. In doing the hard yards first, the rest should be a walk in the park. Although it is still a very new and very digital art driven project at the moment.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a high probability that I will not be using my metaverse nails anytime soon, but that’s not their fault at all.

True. In real life the nails are heavy and plastic looking. The ones I’ve selected are neon pink and leopard printed (as opposed to the unicorns featured in the video, which were also an option) and it’s fair to say that they’re not really consistent with the environments I tend to work in, now that I don’t work in the arts. Then there is the fact that I am nearer to fifty than forty which is frankly, disgraceful.

But the bigger reason is that I am a confirmed nail fail.

The only reason I’ve never used fake nails, (and am unlikely to use these ones, aside from enjoying them being in pristine condition), is because I’m told that they leave your real nails in terrible condition. And believe me when I tell you that the last thing my existing nails need is to be even worse off than they are.  I stopped biting them when I finished high school and despite another half a lifetime passing by, they remain steadfastly horrible, no matter how much attention and professional care is lavished on them. They are weak, prone to breaking and always uneven. They have a weird shape.

I am impressed by the tech and interested to see who turns out to be the market for pieces and I wonder what the coding and programming skills are that are necessary to design augmented fashion products.

I would love to know and try it out.