Cam Pegg Pocket Articles

June 13, 2019

The Future Of Work Will Be Told In Pictures

The older I get, and the more I learn, the greater my reliance on pictures to help my clients understand and act upon complex challenges. To illustrate this point, I found this image from a presentation developed by the Nordstrom Innovation Lab.

Forbes • 517 words • 2 minute read

June 10, 2019

Knowledge is crude

I’m against knowledge. Don’t get me wrong: I’m as keen on the facts as the next person. I’m no friend of fake news. I want truth rather than falsity. It is specifically knowledge I’m against, not true belief. Knowledge asks more of us than true belief, and it isn’t worth it.

Aeon • 3,406 words • 15 minute read

May 23, 2019

Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech

I misspent just about every night for 7 years at an old school pool hall in Milwaukee. This was an “action” room, where a regular lineup of shady characters was perched, ready to relieve you of any excess cash that might be burdening you.

The Glowforge Blog • 1,359 words • 6 minute read

May 22, 2019

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet

In his sci-fi trilogy The Three Body Problem, author Liu Cixin presents the dark forest theory of the universe. When we look out into space, the theory goes, we’re struck by its silence. It seems like we’re the only ones here. After all, if other forms of life existed, wouldn’t they show themselves? Since they haven’t, we assume there’s no one else out there. Liu invites us to think about this a different way.

OneZero • Word count / reading time unavailable

March 22, 2019

A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online

Update: Since first publishing this post, many people have pointed out that changing your DNS isn't a huge privacy add since your ISP can still see a lot of your traffic. The real solution here is a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which I felt went beyond the "simple" scope of these steps.

The Tools We Need • 1,622 words • 7 minute read

March 6, 2019

The Firm of the Future

We're beginning to see what the next generation of successful companies will look like. Today, the shareholder primacy era is under pressure from multiple sources. Technologies, markets and customer expectations are all changing rapidly. To cite just a few examples:

Bain & Company • 5,810 words • 26 minute read

January 23, 2019

The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation

In-depth research with executives at a wide range of companies shows how managers can use technology to redefine their businesses. Digital transformation — the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises — is a hot topic for companies across the globe.

MIT Sloan Management Review • 402 words • 2 minute read

January 7, 2019

101 of the best consumer-focused innovations from 2018

Every business leader, entrepreneur, innovator and marketer wants to know where customers are headed next. Us too! And at TrendWatching we’re obsessed with one big, counter-intuitive idea:

Medium • 5,119 words • 23 minute read

January 7, 2019

Mark Ritson: Don’t be seduced by the pornography of change

As we head into the holidays marketers around the world are about to take a well-earned break. There is just time for one more festive tradition. Somewhere between Christmas and the New Year we all get a deluge of predictions, prophetic articles and PowerPoint trend decks.

MarketingWeek • 1,777 words • 8 minute read

October 10, 2018

The Power of Curiosity

Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes.

Harvard Business Review • 4,495 words • 20 minute read

September 24, 2018

25 Years of WIRED Predictions: Why the Future Never Arrives

But in WIRED, exuberance was almost always given the final word. In September 1999, the magazine published an essay by Kevin Kelly that squarely acknowledged widespread public fears of an impending stock market crash—and smiled in the face of incipient panic.

WIRED • 598 words • 3 minute read

September 20, 2018

How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?

Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors. If humans ever go to Mars, the worst of our impulses will accompany us there.

The Atlantic • 4,133 words • 19 minute read

September 6, 2018

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose. Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems.

Harvard Business Review • 2,901 words • 13 minute read

August 25, 2018

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The economist J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.”

James Clear • 1,993 words • 9 minute read

August 8, 2018

The Problem With the Facebook Cafeteria and Free Food

This spring, Facebook announced plans to expand beyond its Menlo Park headquarters into neighboring Mountain View, which is also home to Google headquarters. In the fall, Facebook will take over two eight-story buildings in the California suburb.

The Ringer • 1,960 words • 9 minute read