The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rather than picking winners, foster innovation using "prizes"

Great article on the power of "prizes" as an innovation-inducing policy tool in The Economist newspaper this week. Kaggle is a fine example of a local prize platform that private sector participants should be using more. Perhaps the Department of Defence would be better served by establishing non-classified prizes on Kaggle as opposed to tendering out work to just one company.