Issue 61

More great stuff from the latest issue of Idealog.

Issue 61

Robotics

The Southland town of Gore was not named after some nasty medical emergency, but after an early Governor of New Zealand, Sir Thomas Gore Browne. Perhaps appropriately given its name, however, the rural hub has developed an unexpected reputation as an early adopter of health IT and technology.

The Briefing

The Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ are also the best companies to invest in, far outperforming the S&P 500 Index. Why? Because a happy, engaged workforce has become an advantage for companies utilising new models of people management geared towards improved employee engagement. But, according to Dr Jane Cherrington, companies can’t just create employee engagement, they have to create the right conditions for engagement to occur.

Health

Our government spends billions on health every year. The cloud gives us access to our data from almost anywhere. Mobile devices and wearables have given rise to the ‘quantified self’. So why is it that health IT is taking the scenic route to its destination? Catherine Murray books in for a check-up.

Education

Idealog featured Kendall Flutey, the co-founder of financial capability tool, Banqer, in the emerging talent section of the last issue. Since then, Kiwibank has given more backing to the tool and, through its sponsorship, is paying to put it into 1000 classrooms. Here's how she got to this point.

Drinking

Banking $21 million from a big US investor after just six years would usually be the end of a successful startup story. But, as Henry Oliver discovers, Stolen's story is just beginning.

Rankings

There’s nothing New Zealand likes more than punching above its weight (although, the question remains, exactly how much does New Zealand weigh? Those mountains and glaciers would surely add some heft). And to punch above said weight and to confirm our suspicions of brilliance, we require independent, foreign validation. Thankfully, a number of recent studies have placed us in the upper echelons. So let your sense of humble superiority swell, fellow Kiwis.

Branded Content

Intellectual property

Fed up with clunky proofing and approvals processes, two Kiwi software experts worked out a way to do it better.

Work from home

Most modern jobs require you to turn up. And that leads to a whole range of issues, from traffic at peaktimes to decreased productivity in distraction-filled open-plan offices. But some are harnessing technology to fight against what they think is an inefficient, antiquated approach. Henry Oliver talks to an executive, a consultant, a solicitor, a manager and a research professor about the pros (and a few cons) of working from anywhere

Collage

Max-o-matic, is a Barcelona-based “illustrator of collage and organised chaos”. He combines vintage magazine clippings, paper waves of colour, digital ltering and erratic, often angry illustration, and his collages alternate between delicate beauty and brash social critique. We asked Max-o-matic about his process, collaborating with commercial partners and the collage renaissance on the internet.