Well, no one could say that 2016 was boring!  ‘Mishmash’ means ‘a confused mess, mixture, jumble’. A pretty apt description of 2016! So, in no particular order, here’s some things that got us thinking this year. Our list for 2016 ‘goes up to 11’

Adam Curtice: HyperNormalisation

A deeply troubling and mesmerising film from the BBC about how we got to where we are now and where we go from here. It doesn’t look good….See also, Bitter Lake and, frankly, anything else by Adam Curtice.

 

Frans De Waal: Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

An inspiring new book from the designer of our favourite experiment of all time. This review from The Guardian sums it up well:

 If you are at all interested in what it is to be an animal, human or otherwise, you should read this book.

David Bowie: Blackstar

His final gift, that keeps on giving….

“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of art” – Tony Visconti,

 

Paul Mason: Post Capitalism: A Guide to our Future

One for all you technology evangelists out there! Mason considers what the future holds when “information technology has reduced the need for work”. Read a review from the FT here

Baz Luhrmann: The Get Down 

Apparently this is the most expensive TV show ever. And the critics thought it was a self-indulgent ‘hot mess‘. But it’s a fantastic celebration of creativity and we can’t remember the last time we enjoyed TV so much.

 

Ken Loach: I, Daniel Blake

It may resemble something that would ‘be coughed out of a Ken Loach Random Plot Generator’. But it needed saying.  Ken Loach turned 80 in 2016. Unfortunately there don’t seem to be many filmmakers following in his footsteps.

Nesta: FutureFest

One day market research conferences may look like this……

 

The Liminal Space: Timeless 

We saw these guys at FutureFest.  They describe themselves as ‘a consultancy that educates, engages and inspires people on important strategic and social issues using art and design’. Their Timeless pop-up store certainly walked the talk and was the best ‘work thing’ we have seen in ages.

The Barbican: The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se. -Charles Eames

Mid century design is ubiquitous. Even brutalist architecture is back in fashion. But this Barbican exhibition showed that Charles and Ray Eames were about a whole lot more than nice chairs and fabric designs.

Dan Ariely: Fair Game

Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke University have developed a new app (available on iTunes and Google Play) that explores what people think a fair world should look like. The results are pretty scary. Here is one example about the imprisonment rate for black versus white men in the United States…

 

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Driving around the UK, listening to local radio, on the eve of the EU referendum

We were not surprised by the referendum result. In the days leading up to the referendum we happened to be driving from London to Scotland and then returned via Northern Ireland and Wales. Listening to the phone in shows on local radio told us everything we needed to know. We were certain of Brexit long before David Dimbleby called it on the BBC…

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