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Nikolas Badminton

World-renowned Futurist that writes and speaks about the technology and humanity.

Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving.
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Design Is all Around Us, so Why Don't We See It?

The truth of the matter is that good, bad, and indifferent design can be polarizing for consumers. You like some apps you use, love a restaurant's ambiance, appreciate a great pair of custom shoes, or just know when you are having a great end-user, consumer or human experience.
09/04/2014 11:39 EDT
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2014 Tech Predictions: The Future is More Social, with Less Networks

In 2014, the tech world will be less about reaching for mobile devices to check social streams and more about one-to-one or one-to-few connections using apps such as SnapChat and WhatsApp. Real business impact will come from these connective apps and will continue to erode revenues for conventional telcos. The next year will be less about social networks, and more about social connections. Hopefully.
12/04/2013 12:44 EST

What Do Organizations Learn When You Give Them Your Data?

Just hashtag your picture and you'll be in the running for a prize. Check-in and we'll give you a discount. Give us your opinion and feel like you've been heard. It's a world full of customer wins but what the hell can we do with that data? Can we know you better? Can we predict a behaviour that applies across our customer base? Maybe a little, but it is fuzzy logic at best and the gut feel reflex is alive and well but with a little more colour.
10/23/2013 12:21 EDT

The Modern Marketer Must Be So Much More

The so-called modern marketer actually needs to be a combination of people in an organization rather than just one type of person. For companies to survive, three types of people in your organization need to change to help 'market' what you do effectively today.
10/18/2013 06:04 EDT

How We Designed and 3D Printed Our Product in Under 4 Weeks

I work for an ad agency, and focus on digital engagement. I want to share the story of how we made a practical 3D printing application happen. We were in the product design business. Back in the day it would've taken months, if not years, to build a practice to do this work. We had achieved it in less than four weeks.
08/15/2013 05:28 EDT

5 Apps That Will Make Your Life More Fun

I'm usually not one for jumping on the bandwagon of championing smartphone apps but recently I have been using fewer and gaining more awareness and ability as I navigate around Vancouver and have fun with friends. I am not associated with the apps I am talking about here. They just work really well and make living here a little more fun. Let's start...
07/31/2013 08:31 EDT

Why Vancouver's Digital Strategy Falls Short

The City of Vancouver has ignored how quickly digital moves in terms of technology, trends, opportunities for citizen empowerment and needs for infrastructure. For the digitally advanced, Vancouver will continue to be behind the times. For the average citizen, very little change will be seen or felt.
04/08/2013 06:26 EDT

Great Web Design for Mobile Devices

Over the past 12 months or so I have been involved in many discussions on designing great web experiences for client that work across desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Every time I find myself in a...
03/11/2013 09:42 EDT

My Technological Predictions for 2013

It's at this time of the year that pundits, tastemakers and futurists start making fantastical predictions about what we will expect in 2013. I started to think about how we, as humans, behave in the new socially connected landscape and how we are happy to accept less in our lives. My predictions are threefold for 2013.
12/20/2012 08:13 EST
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Now You Can Visit the Louvre and the MoMA in One Day

The digital world is being used to bring amazing art to anyone that has a computer or mobile device. Google Art Project is a platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks. The platform now features more than 32,000 artworks from 46 museums. This is amazing when you consider that people can now access the world's most important visual cultural heritage from anywhere.
11/20/2012 08:01 EST

Online Learning Brings Democracy In Education

The advancements in online learning have meant that more and more high-quality education is available to all Canadians and students around the world. In this article I want to highlight some visionary companies that are pursuing education that takes society towards a more democratic approach to education.
10/30/2012 05:35 EDT

Welcome To Vancouver: 'More Fun City'

I'm bored in hearing the 'No Fun City' moniker. In fact I think that Vancouver is 'More Fun City' and so do many people here. I guess it's a question of working out what is fun for each of us and address this opinion. My friends and I find this city to be a lot of fun so let's look at the evidence.
10/13/2012 02:54 EDT

How Vancouver Is Championing Real Stories, Community Connections

The modern world, and the rise of mobile and digital technology, has significantly harmed the oral storytelling tradition where SMS, Twitter and status updates through social networks are less about stories and are more about moments in time that do not add up into anything particularly significant. Here in Vancouver we do have some champions of both technology and live events in keeping culture and conversations alive.
10/02/2012 02:12 EDT

Sometimes Slacking Off Can Change the World

The Occupy Movement was wholly underwhelming, and the Kony campaign seemed like a good idea, but an unclear mix of actions didn't lead to much. These sorts of campaigns made me angry, but in Iceland and in the United States, there are examples of how "slacktivism" can actually lead to change
08/04/2012 09:51 EDT

Want to Boost Sales? Go Mobile -- Your Consumers Already Have

Retail has been turned on its head. Consumers are actively using mobile devices in larger stores to access hundreds of e-commerce, forums and social sites that hold product information, reviews and competitive pricing. What to do to counter this? Well, we need to arm salespeople with mobile devices that give them that extra advantage and ignore the hard sell and just be really personable and informative using external and internal resources.
07/19/2012 05:29 EDT