On the experience economy

The experience economy is the name for “Pine and Gilmore’s (1999) assertion that the developed world was moving from a service- to an experience-based economy […which…] was based partly on their analysis of the growth of US leisure and tourism attractions, such as theme parks, concerts, cinema and sports events, which they found to outperform…

On platforms 2

Platforms 2 Yesterday I went to a workshop at LSE on ‘Digital Platforms’. This considered the theory behind social platforms such as Twiter and also the Apple apps store. Dr Kevin Boudreau spoke about the economics of app development and hosting on the Apple platform. His argument was that this platform provides a very low…

On platforms 1

On Platforms (part 1) A serendipitous two days: firstly the Google Cloud Next 17exhibition at Excel, and next a workshop at LSE on digital platforms. The Google event was lavish: the middle manager as rock star. (We got as high as a Senior Vice President). Free food, some comfortable chairs, sinister photographers lurking in the…

What is the digital economy?

The OECD Forum in Paris last week brought together a large number of people interested in economic and social questions, many from a digital viewpoint. But I found myself wondering what exactly the ‘digital economy’ is. Luckily, the OECD publishes a biennial OECD Digital Economy Outlook, so I looked through the current (2015) version, to…

The costs of being an artist: Axismedia and a-n

Axisweb describes itself as a “community, where artists, makers, creators and art professionals showcase their ideas, talent, opportunities, develop new audiences and build networks. As a UK registered charity we exist to support and champion artists…. We’ve designed our membership services around artists. Our offerings support artists creativity and careers with tools to improve exposure,…

How to invest in new art.

This week’s ‘Moneyweek‘ has a column headed ‘How to spot the next big thing in art’ by Sarah Ryan of NewBloodArt. She gives five tips. These are: 1. Go to art school shows, where new artists exhibit their work 2. Find a student who has the dedication to carry on and make good as an…

Camels and other animals

I have no ability to understand camels. On the one hand they sit, submissive and still, waiting for tourists to come and ride them. They get up and get down on command, they walk patiently where they are led. Yet sometimes they make such angry noises that you wonder what is going on in those…