Haphazard Business has been a short journey around England, in an old camper van named Brook, seeking to discover how ideas form and become reality. The goal has been to use the learning from the trip to create a new type of Innovation Hub.
- THE CODED GAZEThe Coded Gaze is the term used by technologist and poet, Joy Buolamwini to cleverly describe, in a fascinating 8-min TED talk, the bias that exists within many machine algorithms and risks this poses to society. (1min read)
- TOWNS AS MICROHUBSStart-ups are creating a large proportion of new jobs, which is why global cities are vying to attract nimble young companies. Yet, these same cities are creating barriers for those wishing to set up business and this provides opportunity for smaller towns to become MicroHubs. (5min read) Job Creation It … Read More
- DISMANTLING DISCRIMINATIONWith the EU classifying 'consumers' in general as 'vulnerable’, the need to diversify the workforce creating Ai-enabled technology is becoming ever more urgent if we are to stop the risks from unintended biases. (3mins read)
- SECONDARY AI ECOSYSTEMHow will local needs and demands be met by small-scale entrepreneurs in an Ai-enabled world where machines have few moving parts and much of the software is proprietary? (2min read)
- COLLABORATIVE HUBThe Innovation Hub will be an environment where the public and entrepreneurs come together to learn more about the latest advances in technology being developed inside companies and university labs (2min read).
- AI HUBWith Ai embedded technologies pervading life in general, whether wanted or not, an objective of the Innovation Hub will be to raise awareness of what is already available and the opportunities these innovations offer to improve people’s lives (5min read).
- MAESTROS AND IMPRESARIOSNot all hubs need a physical space; many form around a dynamic charismatic individual who creates a unique community that becomes like an orchestra, making a greater impact collectively than any individual player could achieve alone (5min read).
- MARGATEMargate needs a leader to take it to the next stage to becoming a Creative Industries Hub, until then it is down to Turner Contemporary and Dreamland to lead the way (4min read).
- THE BARN AT ASSINGTONDiscovering a small retail park with a host of excellent independent businesses in rural England, creating a perfect commercial hub, was a particularly fine surprise (2min read)
- END OF THE ROADThe Haphazard trip has prematurely ended due to an issue with Brook the camper van’s engine. (1min read).
- CLIFTONVILLECliftonville in Kent has many of the ingredients to becoming an east Kent hub for the creative industries, particularly design and small tech start ups, if only the powers embrace the area. (10mins read).
- HERNE BAYPotential for Herne Bay in Kent to reinvent itself as a forward-looking dynamic, economically vibrant town is stifled by nostalgia for a faded golden period. (3mins read)
- ELECTRIC VEHICLESElectric vehicles were already being mass produced more than a 100 years before Elon Musk released Tesla's first cars, demonstrates that being ahead of the curve is not always best, even when the business case is correct! (4min read).
- LEISTON AND SIZEWELLAre radical and determined people attracted to towns were there are already radical and determined people or do people become radical and determined by living in a radical and determined town? This was the main takeaway from a visit to Leiston in Suffolk. (2min read)
- ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSONElizabeth Garrett was the first woman to qualify in Britain as a doctor and surgeon. Using her career as a case study, this post poses the question whether a strong support network is the only way overt discrimination can be overcome? (read 5mins)
- TRIM TABSAlthough grand projects are important, it is the small, almost unnoticed ideas and actions of millions of people that build societies and drive progress. A successful hub requires lots of people doing something they want to do, no matter how minor it may seem, creating a hive of activity and … Read More
- GREAT YARMOUTHGreat Yarmouth has amazing potential with numerous historic buildings and fantastic waterfronts. It just requires a strong grand vision to drive it into the 21st century (7min read).
- FLAT BATTERYA flat battery at the beginning of a journey is a good analogy for how quickly plans can go wrong. (1min read)
- HAPHAZARD WEATHERPlanning for the weather when organising an event can be a useful metaphor for explaining how the best laid plans can quickly disintegrate if contingency is not built-in. (1min read)
- HAPHAZARD CAREERSWhat will the place of work look like over the coming decades as lifelong jobs with one employer virtually disappear? Will careers become more Haphazard? (2min read)
- BREXIT BRITAINTouring Brexit Britain seeking to discover what novel ideas will emerge from such a tumultuous period.
- OUT OF TIME RECORDSRecording of Chris Mortimer, founder of Out Of Time Records discussing the changes he has seen in Ipswich over the past 30 years.
- IPSWICHIpswich in Suffolk is undergoing a transformation and appears to be building many of the key elements to make it into a hub city that will attract business, new residents and investment. Day one of Haphazard business was full of pleasant surprises.
- MUSIC METADATAFor music rights to be shared equitably, standardisation for inputting metadata is required, yet until technology takes over, it will fall to people recording music to have a routine to ensure accurate information is enter, so they get paid all that is due.
- HAPHAZARD SELFAmerican scientists have termed ‘Haphazard Self’ to describe men who are no longer rooted to a job, religion or partner and, in attempting to give-back to the community, sometimes find themselves spiralling into counter-productive tendencies. Many of the motivations and thought processes identified in America were also present during the … Read More
- HAPHAZARD PERCEPTIONThe perception of Haphazardness often overrides the reality. In creating the Haphazard Index (Hi) it will be necessary to distinguish between what is actually happening and how it is being perceived.
- ABUNDANT CHOICEIs the abundance of choice a potential barrier to starting a business or developing an idea?
- CREATING A SUCCESSFUL HUBIn this guest blog post, Founder and Managing Director of Busworks, Gillian Harwood describes her incredible journey from being handed a letter by a bailiff, while hold two small children, taking possession of her house to creating the highly successful Busworks business hub and other creative spaces around Britain.
- HUB THREATSThis post discusses the threat to hubs and creative spaces across London and internationally as global capital require higher returns from rent and developments.
- CREATIVE WORK AND THE CITY SYMPOSIUMThe Creative Work And The City symposium discussed some of the issues facing creative hubs in London and Southeast Asia.
More on the original outline of the Haphazard trip
There was no fixed route or direction of travel. The journey was dictated by events, recommendations, invitations, weather, roadworks, and just randomly stopping. The intention was to mimic the sense of haphazardness often felt when starting a business, developing a useful product or creating an artwork.
The menu (hamburger top left corner) contains blog posts, photos, recordings and short videos of places visited, interviews and discussions on how ideas emerge, creating stimulating discussion and debate.
Feel free to comment or write a guest blog post. Welcome along…
This is a self-funded project, any donations to Haphazard Business are very welcome. Thanks John M