Firetail Briefing, 9 Jan 2015
CIVIL SOCIETY: Nesta predictions for 2015
Nesta has released its popular list of annual predictions. This year, predictions include a new online political party emerging in the UK, new ways to interact with national museums and galleries, and a surge in young people expressing their creativity through new digital tools: READ MORE.
TECHNOLOGY: Social change in the digital age
Through the internet we can make contact with almost anyone, but most people connect to friends from their local area. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, considers alternatives to the current model of internet connectivity and what role individual users can play in mobilising society: READ MORE
LEADERSHIP: Four kinds of leadership behaviour
It is commonly accepted that leadership drives performance in organisations, but views remain divided on what sort of leadership behaviour to encourage. A new report from McKinsey has identified the four types of leadership behaviour most commonly found in the strongest organisations: READ MORE.
DEVELOPMENT: Priorities for Africa this year
A number of events and policies are already set to impact Africa this year, from elections to the post-2015 development agenda. The Brookings Africa Growth Initiative outlines the critical issues that it believes will impact the continent in 2015: READ MORE.
TECHNOLOGY: Improving public services in the Global South
Many countries face difficulties in delivering basic services to their citizens, but technology developments can provide innovative solutions. A World Bank blog gives five examples of how technology innovations are driving change in the delivery of core public services: READ MORE.