A catch-up blog, after a Red Queen month. Highlights of recent weeks include:
- a visit by former Santa Fe Institute president Geoffrey West to Volans on Monday 8th February, who now features in our first Exponentials interview;
- my chairing on the 9th of a Tesco hosted stakeholder session at London Zoo on the thorny subject of ‘sustainable tuna’ (blog to come), followed by a private view of the Science Museum’s new Leonardo exhibition on the same evening;
- my latest Imperial College lecture on the 17th; a wonderful evening with David Wheeler on the 19th, after which he sent me copies of John le Carré’s Absolute Friends (almost finished and hugely engaging) and the new biography of le Carré;
- took part in a panel session on the theme of ‘Will Tech Unicorns Save the Planet?’ at London’s Google Campus;
- talked to a seemingly endless stream of fascinating people coming through the office, including biomimicry’s Michael Pawlyn on the 22nd, Jeanne-Marie Gescher and Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase on 2nd March, David Grayson on 3rd March, and Thomas Ermacora on the 3rd;
- calls with people like Andrew Winston, Jessi Baker of Provenance, and Alex Steffen;
- and ‘Exponential’ working sessions with Lorraine Smith in NYC, David Bent of Forum for the Future and Simon Hampel of Leaders’ Quest.
Meanwhile the magnolia tree stays in bloom in Bloomsbury, the crocuses are up on the Common, the Egyptian geese on the Pond have produced a large clutch of goslings, the decluttering of 1 Cambridge Road proceeds apace, the EU debate gets into its idiotic stride, and the US elections continue to career towards a possible Trump:Clinton shoot-out.
Took the bike into Cloud 9 Cycles in Bloomsbury a couple of days ago. They warned me that the frame may be unsafe, though I responded that the dent in the cross-bar dates back 15 years to when a car hit me, while the slightly distorted front forks, I think, to the Russian collision 18 months ago, since when I haven’t cycled. Not sure which way this is all going to pan out.