In 1975 Cambodia attempted the most radical reinvention of society and community in history.
This was ‘Year Zero’ – a beginning of a new era where people would return to a mythic past. Self sufficiency and collectivism were promoted, technology and creativity mistrusted. City dwellers, professionals and intellectuals returned to toil the land alongside peasants.
About 1.7 million people , 20% of the population, died in the ensuing madness.
Proof – if it were needed – that not all social innovations are good ones.
Here’s my pictorial guide to 13 things I found creative, quirky or were simply great experiences.
Wifi in the Sea: Our desire for connectivity knows no bounds. Hotels and bars are competing with each other to offer ever better wifi connections. This place on Otres Beach nailed it with connectivity that worked a good 100 metres into the ocean. My first experience of vining, instagramming and downloading music (the new Bowie album) from the water.
A country bouncing back from the brink with fresh thinking , drive and determination. Loved my trip and hope some of the ideas inspire you as much as they did me.
I’m a facilitator, innovator and designer.
I work with organisations to identify problems and solve them in ways that combine creativity with practical implementation.
I have a track record in project delivery and service change that crosses all disciplines and has resulted in millions of pounds in business benefits. This work has resulted in numerous acknowledgements and awards.
In 2013 I established Bromford Lab as a new way for the organisation to embrace challenge and adopt a ‘fast fail’ approach to open innovation. Nearly everything the Lab works on is openly accessible at www.bromfordlab.com.
I'm a regular contributor to forums , think-tanks , and research reports and a speaker or advisor at conferences and events.
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