What is language needed for reimagining the status quo, to curate an alternative. It certainly cannot be the same static vocabulary of the problem to search for a solution. How do we start thinking about job creation in post IT India in the age of AI or Post Oil GCC with the same constraints of … More Language/Innovation
Just saw a pic of Tiny Roaster, a chic cafe in Sunset Way where we lived next door at East Lodge for many years. We passed the place for our 1.5 SGD Teh Halia at the 108A Food Park Kopitiam next to it, where I spent many a weekend. The Clementi Boy within me never … More Visual/Nostalgia
In the Future of Work paradigm the important cognitive map shift is one for being a salaried employee to being a co creator of financial assets for the firm, as your job is ready to be automated or shipped overseas in this cloud and remote work space if the value added to maintain the position … More The work relevance audit question for the AI era
It’s great to see the eyes get lit up of the elderly gentleman from Trissur who runs Kerala Dum Biryani Place in Muscat, in the neighbourhood where I grew up in when I said that for the last two decades, his place has been a family favourite for Biryani after jumma prayers. He has been … More Friday Biryani Tales
I was reading again recently through two seminal works in Science and Technology Studies, which I religiously read in graduate school; Risk Society by Prof Beck and Normal Accidents by Charles Perrow. These works lay the basis of risk and complexity. I wonder these thirty year old works deserve an upgrade in the form of … More Rethink Risk in the AI era
18k hits on changethinker.com I started this platform about 8 years or 72 months back precisely as i started to document my writings and generally capture fleeting thoughts, as a digital repository of ideas. A lot of positive developments have happened including TV panel discussion spots at BBC and Al Jazeera, multiple interviews/quotes in Forbes, … More 18k
It was a windy evening in Muscat in a climate which can be depicted as significant; weather wise and symbolically . This weather is a sign of the times in Oman. The country is in the midst of a shift towards a post oil future. Reading is often considered the edifice of a innovation economy. … More Building a Reading Community in Oman: steps towards a knowledge economy
Secret Superstar is a master stroke (favourite term in contemporary discourse) of genius. Zaira Wasim is authentic and the actor playing her mother is the star of the movie as the uneducated subtle, sacrificing mother who has fought domestic violence daily to raise her girl who plays the guitar since the age of six. This … More Secret Superstar: A Movie Review
With all the talk about disruption, are we disrupting anything meaningful? No one is talking about disrupting poverty and hunger, only e commerce business models. Is the disrupting required, or is the transformation talk all rhetoric?
Niall Ferguson’s new book ‘Square and Tower’ is on the history of networks, and according to Amazon, is writing the history from below. A conservative historian writing about History with a small h, is rather surprising! Anyway networks are the flavour of the season.