Talks about the need for Design to extend massively and gives the example of NFL players with a 4 year life and how they need to be helped in transitioning to new careers. Strikes me that this is what we are doing with Ethos Transition. Lots of connections here.

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Comment by Peter Feltham on January 21, 2013 at 20:34

I said he should meet with yourself and our Andy.. MwuHaHa!! ;)

Comment by Robert Pye on January 21, 2013 at 20:26


Comment by Peter Feltham on January 21, 2013 at 20:23

The book by an old friend that I was reviewing the first draft of over the weekend also has much to say on this whole issue. Alas, am no at liberty to talk about it, obviously. However.. the Author would like to join up with us on one of the First Wednesday sessions and does interesting work in fields of interest to us. So hopefully he can share some thoughts with us relatively soon.. <evil pigly gin>

Comment by Robert Pye on January 21, 2013 at 20:10

Yep, and of course good design and architecture extend to absolutely everything that there is.  Not just in the physical.  In the virtual and informational, as well.

Comment by Lucy Wills on January 21, 2013 at 19:39

Thank you for this, it makes a great update / precis to this longer talk . There is a definite, growing movement towards deep design, where a close working relationship leads to collaborations, ideas and innovations that break the sadly too prevalent idea of design as just being about making things pretty. If it has an output, a product or a process, it can be designed. A real call to action.

Comment by Annabelle Lambert on January 17, 2013 at 12:50

This goes on a lot for elite athletes. GB Athletics run a scheme, started in Australia I believe, to manage this transition.

Comment by Peter Feltham on January 7, 2013 at 10:40

His passion is self-evident. Good catch Rob. And yes I saw you posting on G+: good man! The network of networks effect is so relevant.

Comment by Robert Pye on January 7, 2013 at 8:38



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Ethos and Sponds - A Personal View

Posted by Hugh Glaser on August 21, 2014 at 11:21 0 Comments

So how does benefit trickle around in Ethos, and what does it mean for my wife and I?


Well, firstly I need to define a term - I’m going to call it Sponds. I might have used the term value, but Sponds is a bit more specific - it is something that I can actually use to trade, and might be convertible into money now or in the future. So Sponds might be money as salary/PAYE, dividends, shares, or money in a Partner Account held by Ethos with my name on it (a sort of personal pot of money Ethos keeps for me - see later). Clearly there is likely to be a lot more value I want and get out of Ethos than just Sponds, so I needed a new collective term.


Let’s say that Ethos gets a contract from the TSB (Technology Strategy Board - a government funding agency) for £10M for Project Pangloss.

Why is that so great?

Clearly one answer is a "happy little Hugh", because he will be doing fun things, which is important to all!

But my wife tends to worry about the family Sponds more than the wider benefits to society.


Well, starting at the beginning, was I involved in the bid?

And did I get any Sponds for my involvement at the time?

If not, Ethos has some way of working out what that might mean in terms of Sponds (or soon will have!).


Am I going to contribute directly to Project Pangloss?

If so, I will get Sponds for my involvement, and the Sponds I get will be directly related to the time and effort I put into Pangloss.



NESTA launching Innovation magazine

Posted by Peter Feltham on August 20, 2014 at 11:12 0 Comments

I was invited to attend the launch event for NESTA's new magazine on Innovation which I've registered for. It will be a useful opportunity to catch up with some of the NESTA team too of course. If this is of interest, check out their invitation page which is at

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