Long-time Idealog columnist, author of No.8 wire and No.8 recharged and NZTE general manager of services has been fighting an uphill battle against cancer for the past year, but now he needs a little financial help to try a new, futuristic form of treatment and nip it in the bud. A campaign on Givealittle is helping pool together those funds.
As part of Idealog's Technology Month, we've picked the brains of some of the movers and shakers in the industry to find out their favourite tech-related things, their biggest fears for the future and what other companies and individuals inspire their work. Here's No.8 Recharged author David Downs.
Idealog's agony aunt, David Downs, answers your burning questions about whether design thinking is just a load of hot air, as well as whether New Zealand should be doing more to market itself overseas than selling cheap milk and meat.
Upon being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour, David Downs decided to research into the science behind chemotherapy, the course of cancer treatment that invokes fear in many. He’s since found it isn’t random, body-wide poisoning like some believe. Instead, its accuracy and innovation is more akin to that of military missiles.
Innovation guru David Downs is working on a sequel to his field guide to cool Kiwi companies doing cool things, No. 8 Re-Wired. And for this edition, he’s teaming up with Dr. Michelle Dickinson, AKA Nanogirl.
In the latest edition of our series asking some of Aotearoa's best-known businesspeople and visionaries to take a step back and offer their insights on how the past year has gone and how the future might unfold, we chat with co-author of innovation book No. 8 Re-Wired, general manager, services, at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Idealog's resident business agony uncle David Downs.
In an ironic twist of fate, Idealog columnist and NZTE executive David Downs flew in and out of the Chilean capital Santiago just hours before the 8.3 magnitude quake hit the country on Thursday. The column he wrote while he was there, little knowing the disaster that was about to unfold, gives cultural, political and business insights into a country about to suddenly and unwillingly find itself in the international news spotlight.