Monthly Archives: December 2009

Coping with variations in language and literacy

Christmas Eve 2009, Singapore This cleaning station next to the petrol pump caught my eye last night. With the increasing numbers of migrant labour available affordably in Singapore these days, one can't predict their educational background or language skills – … Continue reading

Posted in Bottom of the pyramid/Poverty, Culture & research, Design, Marketing

Food for thought: Marshall McLuhan interview, Playboy March 1969

From “The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan”, Playboy Magazine, March 1969. © Playboy PLAYBOY: To borrow Henry Gibson’s oft-repeated one-line poem on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In — “Marshall McLuhan, what are you doin’?” McLUHAN: Sometimes I wonder. I’m making explorations. I … Continue reading

Posted in Culture & research

“It seems that destiny has taken a hand” ~ casablanca

My little netbook, the 10" eeePC that has been my workhorse in Helsinki for most of this year, was dead on arrival here in Singapore a couple of days ago. Driven by a deadline to submit final documentation to the … Continue reading

Posted in Personal

India’s telco price wars; a street view

This issue of Businessworld caught my eye on the flight from India, with its accompanying cover story full of informative graphs and numbers. Anecdotal evidence from the rental car driver tells me that some gaps exist between marketing and the … Continue reading

Posted in Bottom of the pyramid/Poverty, Business, Culture & research, Marketing, Mobile platform, pay as you go economy, Strategy

Human foresight

Priya Cinema Complex in front of Fact & Fiction bookstore, New Delhi, December 15th 2009

Posted in Culture & research

Can big business save the world? It depends…

Jared Diamond's op ed in the NYT struck me with the question he posed, which is whether big business can save the world. Diamond went on to use Walmart, Chevron and Coca Cola as examples. I leave  it to you … Continue reading

Posted in Bottom of the pyramid/Poverty, Business, Culture & research, Design, Ecodesign, Environment, Ethics, Marketing, Minimal footprint, Mobile platform, pay as you go economy, Strategy

*This* is a design revolution

Reading Helen Walter's review of Emily Pilloton's book Design Revolution in Businessweek titled "This is a design revolution?" made me wonder what would happen if we approached doing business with the BoP without the filter of "social impact" or "doing … Continue reading

Posted in Bottom of the pyramid/Poverty, Business, Culture & research, Design, Ecodesign, Environment, Ethics, Marketing, Minimal footprint, pay as you go economy, Strategy