Prophets of Mass Innovation: The Gospel According to BAT

Media Industries Journal,  Volume 5, Issue 1, 2018 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.105   Permissions Abstract: This article examines the role that the CEOs of China’s tech giants (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent [BAT]) play as advocates of China’s vision of mass innovation. It seeks, first, to understand what mass innovation is and the conditions for its success and then…

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Chasing dignity and work

A recent piece [reposted here courtesy of Eureka Street] In a couple of weeks’ time my modest family of three will be spread across 4000-plus kilometres and two continents, all in the cause of finding work. While my adult daughter has been living and working in a country town an eight-hour drive away from home…

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Teaching again

For a period of about three years I had very little to do with teaching, compared to earlier years. While I did continue supervision higher degree by research project, give a number of few guest lectures and talks, etc, it was not the same as having to run a class or a unit. Beginning 2018,…

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Should the unemployed also be reimagining work?

After the article, The Work of Disobedience, was published a reader commented on the futility of the exercise for people who are unemployed. The basic notion is, if you have no work, you can hardly ‘disobey’. On first reading the comment made some sense but it kept niggling me and I realised, having had the…

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Work and Meaning

On Master Chef Australia tonight (24 May 2017) a lawyer, an engineer and a doctor had to create a winning dessert to try and avoid elimination from the cooking contest/reality show. All three must have undergone years of training, schooling and working experience to become members of these stock migrant professions. It’s a cliché but being…

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Western Australia’s welcome engagement in Asia has been a long time coming

republished from The Conversation, 22 March 2017 The newly elected Western Australia premier, Mark McGowan, has appointed the state’s first minister for Asian engagement, Bill Johnston. The appointment shows that McGowan’s administration understands how deeply embedded the state’s interests are in the Asian neighbourhood. Some of WA’s strongest economic and cultural advantages come from its…

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Can You Hear the People Speak?

It’s been a long time between posts I know. What can I say except life gets busy? Still, I couldn’t let November slip by without writing something about the Bersih 5 Rally, especially the one in Melbourne I attended and the one in Perth I had a tiny part in organising. On 19 November, I…

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Reviving a Dream of India

The paper that follows this is one I wrote a few years back and tried for months and months to have published by academic journals. As must be obvious, it didn’t happen and I’ll be the first to say it can be improved. In the end though, I decided to not pursue that part of…

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Latter-Day Danger Asians

I have never written and published in fiction so this piece in Peril Magazine is a first for me. I am grateful to Peril for accepting it. Titled, Latter-Day Danger Asians, it speaks to issues that have troubled me for a while but because of the genre of fiction (or should it be that neologism,…

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Learning to Play with Others

I’ve always liked playing with other people, perhaps it comes from growing up in a ragtag family of five siblings and neighbourhood play gangs in Singapore during the 1970s-80s. Yet until recently, collaborations have been an uphill struggle that bore little fruit for me. 2016, however, seems to be the year when they are finally…

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