In focus: The story of accelerated culture

All across the world entrepreneurs are being encouraged to find their feet by failing fast. If your first business doesn’t work then embrace the mistakes, put it down as a learning curve and move onto the next project.

This month we’ll be assessing how our increasingly connected world is giving us more freedoms than ever before; the sharing of ideas, creation of businesses and even the emergence of new industries can now take place overnight.

But is this accelerated culture having a detrimental effect on businesses and the wellbeing of those people working inside them? Are entrepreneurs too quick to 'look for the exit' when companies are still in their infancy? Do trends such as crowdfunding put added pressures for start-ups to scale at speed in order to appease increasing numbers of stakeholders? And are the popularity of movements such as mindfulness and conscious consumerism inspired by the rejection of this new form of rapid fire culture?

The mindfulness expert interview: Chris
Barez-Brown

Chris Barez-Brown is an author, speaker and business beatnik. His company Upping Your Elvis, deliver creative leadership and change management projects to some of the leading companies in the world. His techniques are unique and insightful and where emotions and brain loops matter more than legislation and regulation. He is a force for change and he is very happy…

The risks of growing a brand at speed

Digital communication has had a game-changing effect on the play for brand recognition. Every 60 seconds there are over five million videos watched on YouTube, 571 new websites launched, 67,000 Instagram photos uploaded and 433,000 Tweets sent.

Is the accelerated culture turning us into impatient human beings?

With the rise of mobile phones, social media sites, and now new technology such as the Apple Watch, we have a constant influx of information being hurled at us each day...

What happens to your brain when you're always online?

What happens to your brain when you are constantly connected? What is the impact of that? We spoke to research psychologist Max Blumberg from Goldsmiths University of London to find out…

Living ‘off grid’ - the antidote to a wired society?

Many people reading this article will be doing so on their phone, waiting for the train or bus, heading off towards another dreaded day at work. But there is a solution to that problem...

How to protect your brain from the digital overload

Todoist. Clear. Wunderlist. Evernote. HabitRPG. These are a tiny fraction of the tools, both free and pay-for-use, available to corral your digital life into an appealingly clean "system". But maybe your to-do list isn’t weighing you down - perhaps email overload is your source of digital stress?

How accelerated culture connected the world's entrepreneurs

Technology has contributed hugely to life in the developed world. People now expect wireless connectivity on transit systems, in cafes and in our public buildings as standard. The constant buzz of social networks and connection has pushed society forward, but perhaps it has made an even greater impact on those in the developing world.

Richard Branson: Why your business should focus on real innovation not buzzword trends

There’s a new buzzword being bandied around the business world. But what does ‘accelerated culture’ mean for the state of business, and for life as an entrepreneur? 

Meet the businesses rejecting Google-style working

When every start-up out there seems to be investing in foosball tables and flexible working policies, is there anything to be said for businesses who stick to traditional working models? In today’s “the customer is always right” world, what can be gained from working a 9-5 and prohibiting working from home or during weekends?

Is the 'fail fast' culture creating irresponsible entrepreneurs?

Throughout this series we have been exploring the idea of start-ups being encouraged to 'fail fast', but is this new trend resulting in the wrong type of entrepreneurs?

Five reasons to practice mindfulness in an accelerated world

More than 1,000 mindfulness and meditation courses are available to us in the UK today. Some of the key reasons people turn to this ancient Buddhist discipline are to tackle problems of stress, anxiety and insomnia – all issues which some people claim are symptoms of our constantly ‘switched on’ society.

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Social networking offline and education by astonishment

Research has revealed that the average British family now spends just 34 minutes together each day, and that much of this time is spent in silence thanks to smartphones and other devices. One family from Devon took drastic action to make sure they didn’t become part of that statistic, David Hurst tells his story…

What happens when you introduce technology to new places?

In countries where people access the internet via their smartphone, and watching the television is a daily habit, it’s hard to imagine what effect these technologies can have. But a look at the ways in which they affect developing countries and it’s clear that the introduction of technology has a major impact on an area...

How entrepreneurs can stay sane in an increasingly connected world

Advances in technology enable us to live in an ‘eat all you can’ age of information. But are we at our best with our senses working overtime? Can we think clearly and make wise decisions in business and life if we are connected to everything all the time?

Has our increasingly connected world ruined travel?

Travel, like so many other industries, has been turned on its head thanks to the internet and our increasingly connected world, but is this a good thing?

What's the real impact of accelerators on start-ups?

Are accelerators really helping new businesses to effectively queue jump to faster development? We assess whether accelerated culture can be applied to even traditional business models...

Technology means we can fail faster than ever - we should welcome that

Technology is moving faster than ever. A lot of people like to focus on the shiny side of this. It took merely a few years for Google, Facebook and Uber to become billion dollar companies. It’s easier than ever to grow a massive, international brand.

How will the Internet of Things impact lives?

For the last five years, commentators have been buzzing about the Internet of Things. But what does that really mean and how could it affect life in the near future?

The problem with the rise of unicorn
start-ups

They’re sparkly and elusive and, say some, dangerous to the start-up landscape. But what are unicorn start-ups and how have they been able to flourish?

Three ways an accelerator can help your start-up

Accelerators and incubators have grown to play an important role in the start-up landscape. With venture capitalists starting to invest at a later-stage accelerators offer a a young business the support to grow. Here are three reasons why an accelerator is for you...

How mobile technology is constantly changing how we interact with the world

There are about seven billion people living on this planet. According to a UN report, six billion of us have access to a mobile phone. So how has this development changed the way we interact with the world around us?

Four ways mobile phones have transformed life in Africa

The influx of accelerated culture has transformed the lives of many in Africa since the turn of the century, with mobile technology heralding new ways of working, banking and communicating. But what has the real impact of this change meant for the people of this vast continent?

Your career is under threat - which qualities will save you?

The new world of accelerated culture has changed the boundaries of success and turned the idea of work on its head. Therefore in order to succeed must we reassess the qualities and skills that have traditionally been considered the most desirable?

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