Powerpoint presentations, key performance indicators and mission statements. Do they make our businesses and institutions run more efficiently, or are they irritating and faddish, not just devoid of meaning, but actually obstructive of clear communication? In his new book, "Bendable Learnings", there is no doubt what Don Watson thinks. In this laugh-out-loud talk at the ANU, he outlines his argument for why we need to avoid the ridiculous confusion of corporate language.
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One of the key developments of this new century has been the re-emergence of Germany. It had been underway ever since World War Two but just not fully comprehended. It has been evident during this European debt crisis and appears to be returning to its place as a Great Power, achieving far more peacefully than the Wehrmacht ever managed. But what’s behind Germany’s greatness?
Peter Watson, Journalist and cultural historian.
Title: The German Genius: Europe’s third renaissance, the second scientific revolution and the twentieth century
Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Wherein Michael meets Sid, the barracks supervisor and learns the upside-down language of the camp.
Just over 30 years ago, an Englishman named Christopher Alexander tried to revolutionize architecture. In A Pattern Language, Alexander told architects and planners to design homes on emotional and spiritual principles – not on traffic flow. The revolution didn’t quite come. But the book had a surprising influence on another group of experts: the computer scientists who were just beginning to shape the Internet. Produced by Lu Olkowski. (Originally aired: August 15, 2008)