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About the collider

The Collider is a knowledge-sharing event powered by multidisciplinary leaders who want to foster collaborative learning that yields innovations to emerge in the interplay between disciplines.

The Collider is a leadership network that create a serendipitous learning space in which these individuals can safely explore ways to support each other in gaining new insights and in accelerating personal and corporate transformations to create resilient organisations that sustainably innovate and create jobs.

Christophe is a maestro in creating a conference environment where spontaneous conversation is catalysed. His conferences have that quality of "community"; the warmth and openness that comes from inviting participants who have something to offer each other.

Christophe has a sense of the zeitgeist that comes from his extremely wide network. He is also a terrific team leader. The people he brings on are always focused, involved, and connected with each other. His teams produce!
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Synchrotron

The Elephant and the blind Men

The Elephant and the blind Men

Once an elephant came to a small town. People had read and heard of elephants but no one in the town had ever seen one. Thus, a huge crowd gathered around the elephant, and it was an occasion for great fun, especially for the children. Five blind men also lived in that town, and consequently, … Continued

Future Shock

Future Shock

Published in 1970, Future Shock made its author Alvin Toffler — a former student radical, welder, newspaper report and Fortune editor — a household name. Written with his wife (and uncredited co-author), Heidi Toffler, the book was The World Is…

Present Shock

Present Shock

Douglas Rushkoff has been an authority on the intersection of technology and culture since before the word “google” was anything more than baby talk. He predicted the coming centrality of the Internet (CYBERIA, 1992 – a book initially canceled by…

Using Our Practical Wisdom

Using Our Practical Wisdom

In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question “How do we do the right thing?” With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.

Vocabulary as a Revolutionary Change

Vocabulary as a Revolutionary Change

I’m advocating for a revolution that begins with changing the words we use on a daily basis. Vocabulary might seem like a nit in the scheme of things, but in fact it is profound because it lays the foundation for…

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance?

India’s invisible innovation

India’s invisible innovation

Can India become a global hub for innovation? Nirmalya Kumar thinks it already has. He details four types of "invisible innovation" currently coming out of India

The Next Revolution Will Be Psychological…

The Next Revolution Will Be Psychological…

One of marketing’s most original thinkers and influential speakers, Rory is a leading light in the advertising industry and as outspoken as he is creative.

Economic Growth through Open Data

Economic Growth through Open Data

Professor Nigel Shadbolt discusses the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for research and public policy-making during his opening keynote of the conference Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges? organised by the OII-edited journal Policy and Internet…

The Mind is Flat

The Mind is Flat

When we choose a car, vote, or make a moral choice, we imagine ourselves driven by deep motivations and desires. But one of the insights of modern behavioural science is that this feeling is almost entirely an illusion. Rather than…

Who Owns The Future?

Who Owns The Future?

Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer…

Race Against The Machine

Race Against The Machine

“We ain’t seen nothing yet when it comes to technology’s impact on the labor force.” Automation redefined blue collar employment and reshaped a global economy. Now, technology is replacing higher skilled jobs by augmenting human brainpower the way steam engines augmented human labor. Andrew McAfee braces us for a fundamental transformation in the future of … Continued

Value & Worth

Value & Worth

Value & Worth: Creating New Markets in the Digital Economy. Today’s world is dominated by rapid technological developments, constantly changing the way we live, learn, communicate and interact, and impacting the way we use objects and services to help us achieve our outcomes. By acquiring objects and technologies, we have become better at solving problems, … Continued

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup movement is taking hold in companies both new and established to help entrepreneurs and managers do one important thing: make better, faster business decisions. Vastly better, faster business decisions. Bringing principles from lean manufacturing and agile development…

MIT’s Vision for the Digital Economy

MIT’s Vision for the Digital Economy

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, a Professor of Information Technology, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Brynjolfsson explores how advances in information technology contribute…

The 21st century the last century of Youth

The 21st century the last century of Youth

Oxford University gerontologist Professor Sarah Harper spoke about the implications of a falling birth rate coupled with rising longevity – a phenomenon affecting most countries across the globe. She asks what implications this will have for societies, their economies and…

The Power of Outrospection

The Power of Outrospection

I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living.…

The End of Growth

The End of Growth

Richard Heinberg examines the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. Heinberg argues we can thrive during the transition if … Continued

Perfect Storm

Perfect Storm

As many readers will know, I’ve spent a long time researching a major report on the fundamentals of the economic outlook. This report is now available for download here. The central theme is that we are at the confluence of no less than four critical economic trends. Whilst each is disturbing enough in itself, the combination of … Continued

Are Brands Fracking The Social Web?

Are Brands Fracking The Social Web?

Are Brands Fracking The Social Web? – v2.0 from John V Willshire

Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision

Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision

UNESCO commissioned research on knowledge societies topics focusing on the following themes: open technologies, literacy, persons with disabilities, media, indigenous peoples, citizen science and info-ethics. The summaries highlight recent development, trends and recommendations for the post 2015 world. – See…

  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    —Albert Einstein
  • It never ceases to surprise me at the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the introduction of useful knowledge.
    —Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury
  • Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
    —Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
    —Bono
  • Ask the right questions if you're going to find the right answers.
    —Vanessa Redgrave
  • It's not that they can't see the solution. They can't see the problem.
    —G.K. Chesterton
  • Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
    —Voltaire
  • The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.
    —Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • In school, we're rewarded for having the answer, not for asking a good question.
    —Richard Saul Wurman
  • Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
    —Pablo Picasso
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