anapoly perspectives

a research diary

Where are the new jobs going to come from?

Thomas Friedman, talking at Intelligence squared about his latest book Thriving in the Age of Acceleration discussed the question of where the new jobs are going to come from. His answer: for many generations we worked with our hands; in the modern era we began to work with our heads; but in the age of acceleration we are going to work more with our hearts.


Business Model Framework

The Business Model Framework was developed for HackFWD by Tom Hulme – Founder and Board Director of IDEO. The Framework was designed to analyze start-ups and to help provoke creative thought. The tool has been published and used, aiming to focus on other aspects, beyond the value proposition and the customer.
The canvas is divided into nine building blocks. Each building block contains some explanations and prompts with focus on B2C tech businesses.
The tool draws inspiration from different tools, such as the Business Model Canvas, the approach by Gary Hamel and Porter’s 5 Forces. In addition to the Business Model Canvas from Osterwalder & Pigneur, this tool focuses on growth and competitive strategy.”

Long Range Planning: International Journal of Strategic Management

Long Range Planning “is a leading international journal for the field of strategic management. The journal has forged a strong reputation for publishing original research since 1968. We encourage submission of articles that involve empirical research and theoretical articles, including studies that review and assess the current state of knowledge in important areas of strategy”.

Are most adaptations of the Business Model Canvas broken?

After several years “on the market” there are now multiple Business Model Canvas adaptations floating around. People sometimes ask me about them. This blogpost provides an answer by explaining the Canvas through the analogy of a Theater (watch the video). It shows why we got it right and why most adaptations are broken.”  Alexander Osterwalder, January 2013

Schools national funding formula


The Department for Education has published a suite of documents about stage 2 of the national funding formula.

  • An executive summary outlines the proposals and the effect on schools, and the consultation document explains these in detail.
  • The effect on each school and area is shown in full in the impact tables.
  • There are technical notes to accompany these tables, including an Area Cost Adjustment annex which shows the ACA weightings.
  • Also there are illustrative allocations for new and growing schools.
  • The equalities impact assessment considers how the proposals relate to the 8 protected characteristics identified by the Equality Act 2010.

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How is the national curriculum designed to enable tracking in primary schools?

Every school needs an effective assessment system in order to evidence their assessment of pupils’ progress, to keep parents informed, to enable governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness, and to inform Ofsted inspections. The Department for Education suggests a set of core principles to underpin effective assessment systems within schools. The first of these calls for “meaningful tracking of pupils towards end of key stage expectations in the [national] curriculum ….”. How is the national curriculum designed to enable tracking in this way?

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