Category Archives: Geeky Musings

Thinking aloud about all manner of voodoo and geekery from resident Club Troppo geeks.

The sharing economy: Panel discussion at Grattan

Above is a panel discussion on the sharing economy with Jim Minifie, Ian Harper and me. There was a lot of good feedback on it after the event, so I was pleased to see it up on the Grattan website.

Posted in Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, Innovation | 2 Comments

Open Data and the G20

From a recent column for the AFR. The report can be downloaded here. Earlier this year our Treasurer, Joe Hockey, led the G20 Finance Ministers to pledge lifting GDP by 2 percent over ‘business as usual’ over the next five … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, Innovation, IT and Internet | 7 Comments

Predictions versus outcomes in 2013?

In the last 5 years, I have made a point of giving clear predictions on complex socio-economic issues. I give predictions partially to improve my own understanding of humanity: nothing sharpens the thoughts as much as having to actually predict … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Competitions, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, History, Life, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Politics - international, Politics - national, regulation, Science, Society | 5 Comments

The Xmas quiz answers and discussion

Last Monday I posted 4 questions to see who thought like a classic utilitarian and who adhered to a wider notion of ethics, suspecting that in the end we all subscribe to ‘more’ than classical utilitarianism. There are hence no … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Ethics, Geeky Musings, Media, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Politics - national, Society, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Rich countries and happiness: the story of a bet.

Do countries that are already rich become even happier when they become yet richer? This was the essential question on which I entered a gentleman’s bet in 2004 with Andrew Leigh and which just recently got settled. The reason for … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Ethics, Geeky Musings, History, Humour, Life, Literature, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Politics - international, Social, Society, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Change management: Which genre of literature?

I’m doing some research for a talk I’m giving in New Zealand to heads of private schools – the invitation for which came from a similar talk I gave to the Australian Heads of Independent Schools Association. I’m sruiking the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Geeky Musings, Innovation, IT and Internet, Web and Government 2.0 | 8 Comments

A fable of Eunuchs, Praetorians, and University funding cuts.

Imagine yourself to be in the mythical Land of Beyond where you need minions to do a dirty job that men with honour would refuse to do. A classic trick in this situation is to pick people despised by the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Economics and public policy, Education, Geeky Musings, History, Humour, Libertarian Musings, Life, Philosophy, Political theory, Society, Uncategorized | 3 Comments