Author Nico Macdonald

Manufacturing Workgroup: Can Britain (design and) make it?, 18/07/2013 (London)

Thursday 18 July, 2013 6:30 for a 7:00 pm start De Santis 11-13 Old Street (near junction with Goswell Road) London EC1V 9HL Introduction We are convening these discussions as, having reached the limits of austerity, the debate about the economy is moving towards innovation and growth. The importance of manufacturing and the creation of real value […]

Help ‘Making It in London’ event, 18 September (V&A)

We would like input on a planned day of discussion and debate provisionally entitled ‘Making It in London’

Letter: Mankind needs to rediscover its hunger for innovation, Financial Times

In the Financial Times Garry Kasparov and Peter Thiel published one of the most important articles in the spirit of the BIG POTATOES perspectives since we published. The article – Our dangerous illusion of tech progress, Garry Kasparov and Peter Thiel, Financial Times, November 8, 2012 – picks up on the themes in our Principle 02: […]

Event: Making it in the 21st-century

Big Potatoes co-author Martyn Perks is convening a series of debates at the Battle of Ideas 2012 in the Making it in the 21st-century strand which is exploring the future of manufacturing. And we are sponsoring the Engineering design or design engineering? session, in which our Manufacturing Workgroup convenor, Paul Reeves, is also speaking. The Battle of Ideas […]

Event: Symposium on the Big Potatoes Manifesto for Design

Saturday 16 June, 2–5 pm, Made in Brunel, OXO Tower Wharf, London SE1 9GY Following the 2010 publication of BIG POTATOES we have focused our analysis and thinking on particular areas, creating workgroups, including on design, with the aim of drafting manifestos in each area. This symposium is the first time the Design Manifesto will have […]

Talk: Nico Macdonald at Intelligent London, 15 May (London)

Nico Macdonald will be speaking at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Conference Intelligent London on 15 May, at the Bloomberg Auditorium in central London, presenting a Bright Ideas talk promoting the role of creative technologists. Intelligent London aims to present snapshot views of London, ‘looking in a non-Olympic, non-Jubilee way at this magnificent city’, with sessions on […]

Our ‘consumer culture’ is not ‘a choice’

In Doing it the German way (Guardian, 31 December) Jonathan Glancey argues that the British economy is built on flimsy and unreliable foundations and Britain should be making more things: At its best, the making of things is an all-absorbing activity. It seems odd to have so many people in Britain making things purely as […]

Whither Cameron’s east London ‘tech city’?

The Prime Minister’s recent proposal for an “east London tech city” (River Lea shapes up as Silicon Valley, Financial Times, November 4) connecting the Olympic Park and Shoreditch is really an information-technology-and-a-bit-of-greentech city. But ‘technology’ is much broader that this. Unfortunately most of it lacks the media cachet and public buy-in of Twitter, Facebook and […]

Potatoes speaking at Future City debates, 7 and 8 October (London)

Two of the BIG POTATOES authors, Norman Lewis and James Woudhuysen, are taking part in the forthcoming Future City keynote debates, which are the core of the Mayor’s Story of London Festival and take place at the British Library Conference Centre 4–8 October. The Story of London Festival takes place 1–10 October and is on the theme […]

Event: Beyond the iPad

On Thursday 8 July BIG POTATOES, in partnership with spiked and in association with Epoch, is taking part in the debate Beyond the iPad: What IT and telecoms could do for innovation, productivity and the economy in central London. The debate starts from the observation that  IT and telecoms are two of society’s greatest tools for advancement, and not […]