Recording of my Online Talk Three Provocations

In April 2021 I did an online talk for the strategy & risk group “Fat Tony’s”

I offered up three “provocations” namely

The False God of Certainty

The Dangers of an “Over Connected” World

Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

To listen to my talk and a few diagrams please go to

Two Speed World – Physics and Business

In 2010 Terry Lloyd and I wrote a book called Two Speed World in which we set out to examine the two modes of change….incremental and disruptive, in the world of business and finance

A recent article here looks at the issues from a physics standpoint.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/crisis-in-particle-physics-forces-a-rethink-of-what-is-natural-20220301/

In particular I was struck by this opening paragraph in the article (which is well worth reading)

“In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn observed that scientists spend long periods taking small steps. They pose and solve puzzles while collectively interpreting all data within a fixed worldview or theoretical framework, which Kuhn called a paradigm. Sooner or later, though, facts crop up that clash with the reigning paradigm. Crisis ensues. The scientists wring their hands, reexamine their assumptions and eventually make a revolutionary shift to a new paradigm, a radically different and truer understanding of nature. Then incremental progress resumes.”

Book Recommendations From the Podcast

At the end of each episode of the Ross & Ashley podcast we offer book recommendations

Here is a summary after our first three episodes

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silk-Roads-New-History-World/dp/1408839997/

Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths https://www.amazon.co.uk/Algorithms-Live-Computer-Science-Decisions/dp/0007547994/

Why Most Things Fail by Paul Omrerod https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Most-Things-Fail-Avoid/dp/0571220134/

Raven Rock The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself – While the Rest of Us Die by Garrett Graff https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Rock-Governments-Secret-Itself-While/dp/1476735425/

Driving the Silk Road: Halfway Across the World in a Bentley S1 by Doug McWilliams https://www.amazon.co.uk/Driving-Silk-Road-Halfway-Bentley/dp/1912892715/

Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World by Giles Milton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Checkmate-Berlin-First-Battle-Cold/dp/1529393159/

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prisoners-Geography-Everything-Global-Politics/dp/1783962437/

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: Or, the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathaniels-Nutmeg-Incredible-Adventures-Changed/dp/1250069289/

For more information about our Podcasts go to Brigadoon Radio listings at https://open.spotify.com/show/508cIDKvHZiyhmYhQcqdW1

Latest Podcast – A Bridge Too Far

In this episode of Brigadoon Radio, Gerald Ashley and Marc Ross discuss Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ + Ambassador Bridge trucker protest, Ukraine status update + Diplomacy, the 2016 Bitfinex hack + DOJ arrest of New York City married couple Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan. Plus The Sahel and Uranium. and what they are reading and watching.

Apologies for poor sound.

Production issues now sorted – Episode Three will have a higher production quality and will include our first guest.

https://thebrigadoon.com/radio/a-bridge-too-far

A New Venture – Regular Podcast – Ross & Ashley

I have teamed up with Marc Ross a Washington DC based strategist, lobbyist and political PR guru to do a fortnightly podcast on Global Politics, Global Business and a bit on Culture and our personal reviews.

This is the first/pilot episode, there are few bits n pieces to iron out and tighten up, but this will give a good idea of our future output.

Take a look here:

https://thebrigadoon.com/radio/2022/1/28/ambushed-with-a-cake