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SmartSantander – Why is it that the best “stuff” comes from where it shouldn’t?

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on SmartSantander – Why is it that the best “stuff” comes from where it shouldn’t?

SmartSantander – Why is it that the best “stuff” comes from where it shouldn’t?

The French developed an entire cuisine based on ingredients that others discarded, the Italians have worked out how to make flour and water taste good, Monaco worked out how to turn a small cliff face into a playground for the rich and famous; all too often it’s not about the resources themselves, its more about the need to build something out of nothing. Santander, a relatively small City in the North of Spain, is a modern day example of how visionary thinking and necessity can combine and deliver outstanding value and opportunity to its residents. It is no accident that Global heavyweights...

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CSIRO is not Ford

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on CSIRO is not Ford

CSIRO is not Ford

Have you ever considered which industries will sustain this country when the once in a life time mining boom passes? What are we good at what, what will win? Thriving Industries provide growth and jobs; innovation and technology drives industries, smart creative minds drive technology. Recently there has been a lot of speculation about the CSIRO being targeted for major cuts to its operating budget; are we just putting up the white flag and saying it’s all too hard? Research Institutions should be seen as the starting point or foundation of new industries. Imagine if our research...

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As Strong As The Weak Bit

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on As Strong As The Weak Bit

As Strong As The Weak Bit

Technological development continually exceeds our wildest imagination. There is probably no better example of that than modern commercial aircraft; If your surgeon said to you, “with this procedure, the success rate is 99%”, you would be saying, “where do I sign?” Apply a 99% success rate, to the 28,000 daily commercial flights in the US, and you would get something like, 280 failures per day! With so many moving parts, variable and wild weather, an industry with some of the strongest competitive pressures – the reliability is completely staggering. How is it then, that the most...

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Where’s the plan?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Where’s the plan?

Where’s the plan?

Wouldn’t it be great if Australia had a business plan? An actual plan with (well-thought-out) strategies and objectives; publicly available; updated and reported against for all to see.  Perhaps such a plan could explain the erratic vote grabbing decisions made by our politicians. “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation……….whoops, actually not, but will be……..maybe next year?” New Industries and technologies will require investments in education (all levels, not taking from one to give to another), training, research and developments etc. – wouldn’t it be great to compare...

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Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Some things just don’t make sense; it doesn’t matter which way you look at them; how many times you do – they don’t make sense! For me, open refrigerated and freezer display cabinets in supermarkets have always fitted into this category.  It’s like “we have done this for 100 years, it’s how we do it” is the possible defence to such absurdity. Just think about this.  It’s mid-winter and cold, and these open cabinets are actually cooling the supermarket while the store is being heated to counteract the additional cooling load being generated because the refrigerated cabinets don’t have...

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