Hullo. I'm Dan. I work at Contagious, where my interests lie in Service Design, Business Transformation and Creative Culture. This, however, is mostly pictures of public transport upholstery. There's also bad attempts at reminding myself that I once studied economics. Additionally featured will be Wolverhampton (its football team), Bristol, music and other stuff along the way too. For something more coherent, find me here:
“Remember that the person the smart city is designed to support is most likely not a citizen at all, but an expatriate knowledge worker… someone being rotated through, with no more commitment to the local polity or culture than any other digital nomad. An elite economic migrant, no more. And someone, at that, whose comforts are supported by a subaltern class without any rights to speak of.”
This is the second Contagious Radio podcast from Cannes. We’re doing this daily: it’s a brief review of what’s been going on. In this episode, we review the awards from Tuesday including Outdoor and PR, and reveal out top 8 Kanye quotes from his first foray into the festival!
Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park Racecourse is pretty overwhelming, an equal measure of treasure and tat by my reckoning - which is a pretty good ratio as these things go. My advice is to get there early and think about what you might be in the market for in advance. Your little legs will be tired once you’ve scanned all the stalls, but it will have been a lot of fun (even if the weather’s like what we experienced, above).
One for the scapbook. On Friday I went live on BBC Worldwide to ramble a little about selfies in light of this. I think it went OK, if slightly thrown by first and last question. God knows if anyone was actually watching. My eyebrows took on a life of their own trying to steal the show, as usual.
See you again soon Singapore. That was fun. As was AdFEST in Thailand and WPP Stream Asia in Malaysia. I didn’t get any writing in on here in the end, although I did do a little bit for Contagious.
Singapore seemed to divide opinion among those I met. The comfy-ness and convenience that appeal to some is a major drawback to others who want to ‘feel’, I guess, the energy and more gritty aspects of a city state of 5 million people.
As a first time visitor, it was hard to see beyond the endless, bustling malls, or the numerous but eerily empty luxury stores. But the people I met who are either from here or who have moved here talk about it with affection. It affords them exciting careers, a safe home for their (often young) families and exotic trips abroad for friends.