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Looks Like I Might Have Influenced Public Health England

In early September some of the main findings of the report were outlined in an opinion piece in the BMJ as outlined here. The title was “Best practice in contact tracing: How should an effective system be organized?” Today I spotted that the BMJ piece was listed in this Public Health England report on behavioral and social science articles relevant to Covid19. Not just that but its the first one in the list. I am not entirely sure who will have read the report or the articles it recommends, but it’s just possible that I might influence national policy.

Tackling Climate Change, How Smart City Thinking Can Help

Sometimes climate activists suggest that we need to significantly reduce economic growth. I do not see this as constructive. In a talk about climate change a few years back, I recall Anthony Giddens powerfully arguing that we need a positive vision of the future if we are going to avoid environmental Fortunately the interconnected concepts of collective intelligence, industry 4.0, cyber physical systems and the circular economy offer a positive vision of radically different economic growth

Improving Service Design with Systems Thinking and Theatre

I’ve been thinking about service design quite a bit recently. Mostly this emerged from one of my current research / consulting projects. I have put research and consulting together as in my work sometimes these two merge together. I have been working with a digital consulting company, working with them to help refine and communicate their methodologies and marketing. Touchpoint, the Service Design journal argues that services and the performing arts have many things in common. They are both made up of processes, and depend on people to fulfil tasks to make up a bigger picture and both are planned with tools such as storyboards, scenario’s and customer journeys. These are all very much my comfort zone

UK EU Withdrawal Agreement Spat linked to Fourth Industrial Revolution Investment

in May I wrote this blog post and gave this podcast interview arguing that the key to getting the UK economy to recover from the Covid induced recession was to invest in the fourth industrial revolution…..the UK government is now planning on investing in fourth industrial revolution focussed companies to stimulate the UK economy, very much in line with my earlier blogs.

What Industry 4.0 Could Mean For Sheffield, Podcast

A few Weeks back, I was asked to talk about Industry 4.0 and how I think it could benefit the economy of Sheffield in the post Covid19 world. The podcast can be found at this link along with some related information at this one . The interview relates to an earler blogpost of mine, about […]

Contact Tracing. To App or Not To App Is That The Question?

In the UK and in many other parts of the world there has been a lot of discussion recently about contact tracing and how it could be used to safely end Covid19 lockdown. Much of the debate has been about what kind of app would be most effective. There has however been some discussion based on the pros and cons of app based approaches vs more manual approaches

Why I Started The Digital Tim Blog

My reasons for starting this blog are twofold. The first and main reason is as a vehicle to communicate my Ideas. I believe that my research, professional and life experiences have given me perspectives that are relevant to helping to address major economic and social challenges faced across the world. In particular exploring digital business […]


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