Nikolas Badminton
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Nikolas Badminton is a British transplant that lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He is a recovering management consultant, ad man and speaks internationally on human behavior in relation to mobile, digital and social influences.

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Crowdfunding and Online Resourcing Working Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:05 PM

On Tuesday March 3rd, 2015, we saw a gathering of over 700 people from all sorts of organizations looking for insights and discussions at the first 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit in Toronto, Ontario.

Canada is a leader in donation-based crowd funding. We are seeing companies built in Canada bolstered by...

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The Useless Home Gadgets That Tell Us Not to Think For Ourselves

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:46 PM

X-ray specs, Sea Monkeys, Crypto-rings, Whoopee Cushions, Black Eye Telescopes. I loved the comic ads that were used to entice children to part with their pocket money back in the day. They were fun, they were gimmicks, and most importantly, they were cheap and throw away. These days we have...

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The Future of Work and How Millennials are Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:18 PM believes that every time a project is posted and subsequently delivered that lives are changed. In some cases, it's as simple as making a project budget go a little further, getting a concept proven or some amazing design work delivered. In other cases, the projects posted and the work...

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Wearable Technology, Psychadelics and Other 2015 Predictions

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:49 AM

For the past few years, I have actively spent time to think about what technology trends will have the biggest impact in the coming one to three years. The following trends are those I have noticed, been attracted to, thought about, and discussed with friends over the past few months....

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Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:44 PM

When I started my new job with, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique....

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Flexsourcing: The New Resourcing Model

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Companies are at a crossroads. Hiring freezes, increased workloads and reduced headcount makes for tough times and long hours. And that is just for established company, think about the really hard days in a startup as well and working starts to feel a little less than ideal for a sane...

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What Happens When Social Media Landscape Leaders Fight For Dominance

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Connecting with eCommerce and a focus on original visual content has become critical for Social Platforms as we deep-dive into Pinterest's meteoric rise in the social market; this demand for original content delivers a surge in creative and content jobs; Apple breaks what appeared to be Android's unshakeable dominance with...

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Creativity, Collaborative Economy and Building the Future: The End of Days?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Every day I have really interesting conversations with creatives and technical folk about my decision to work with and how we connect people to design, build, write and create businesses and successes. I then realize (after debating value, distributed economies, the creative processes and other subjects) that we are...

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Richard Branson's Unlimited Vacation Proposal Is An Expert Move

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 1:49 PM

On Tuesday 23rd September, Richard Branson announced a bold new step forward for Virgin in a blog post on their site.

Flexible working has revolutionised how, where and when we all do our jobs. So, if working nine to five no longer applies, then why should strict annual...
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Design Is all Around Us, so Why Don't We See It?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Design is all around us: in the streets, on the bus, at work and in our homes.

Designers see it, learn from it, critique it, and improve upon it on a daily basis. For most of us normal folk, it is a lot less obvious. People do say that...

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Vancouverite Predictions On What the Future Will Look Like

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Recently, I've noticed a great many articles and infographics that talk about where we are headed in the world with all of this technology. With wearables, Nike recently walked away from the FUEL band, Google is still hawking Google Glass, and Facebook even joined the game with the purchase of...

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2014 Tech Predictions: An Exciting Year for Connected Society and Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Back in December 2012, I published my technology predictions for 2013 in this very blog:

  • Convenience will send our lives into a creative low point

  • We will be tired of, yet even more addicted to, social media

  • We will start to celebrate locally connected...

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What Do Organizations Learn When You Give Them Your Data?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Over the past couple of years Big Data has been a topic that's been gaining momentum in organizations, consultancies and ad agencies and they've all been struggling to work out a strategy of how to deal with it.

I've spent the last 15-plus years wrestling Big Data, driving analysis...

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The Modern Marketer Must Be So Much More

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:05 PM

What is a marketer in 2013? It's a question that has started to perplex me more and more as we roll further into the hyper-connected world. The standard definition has us believe that it's someone that who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money. That promotion comes from ads...

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How We Designed and 3D Printed Our Product in Under 4 Weeks

(8) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 5:28 PM

I work for an ad agency, and focus on digital engagement. I do not think of the digital world as just apps, social media and web sites. I believe that objects and interfaces play a huge role in the modern digital experience. This is why I'm really excited about 3D...

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5 Apps That Will Make Your Life More Fun

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 8:31 AM

I'm usually not one for jumping on the bandwagon of championing smartphone apps but recently I have been using fewer and gaining more awareness and ability as I navigate around Vancouver and have fun with friends.

I am not associated with the apps I am talking about here. They just...

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Why Vancouver's Digital Strategy Falls Short

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 6:22 PM

In the past week the City of Vancouver laid out their new Digital Strategy. It outlines the "current state, the results of the consultation process, the goals and objectives, the strategy's digital initiatives, and a road map for action plans." Their vision is to "Enhance multidirectional digital connections...

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Great Web Design for Mobile Devices

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 12:05 AM

Over the past 12 months or so I have been involved in many discussions on designing great web experiences for client that work across desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Every time I find myself in a situation where the solution suggested by others is about delivering responsive web design and...

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Coming To Vancouver

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 4:32 PM

The PuSh Festival that runs from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, 2013 bolsters the performing arts scene in Vancouver every year. It's an amazing festival filled with theatre, dance, multimedia and music that is held at venues in and around the city and offers work from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,...

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My Technological Predictions for 2013

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 6:04 AM

It's at this time of the year that pundits, tastemakers and futurists start making fantastical predictions about what we will expect in 2013. Some of these predictions are obvious and will become true and some will hit the mark. I like making predictions and am sometimes wrong in knowing when...

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