He has written and talked extensively about publishing, the future of media, the creative industries and the economics of technology for newspapers, magazines and blogs and at conferences, universities and other symposia around the world (over seventy talks in the past four years including a TEDx talk). He has been featured in and written for The Guardian, The FT, Venturebeat, Wired and The Daily Telegraph and on BBC 2, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, NPR and Bloomberg TV amongst others and has been a book reviewer for The Daily Telegraph.
He has worked as a digital publisher, an economics researcher, a book reviewer and founded several web initiatives. He has produced a number of digital firsts including the first ebooks on the iPhone, the first choose your own adventure app. He has worked with many writers and with organisations including The Economist, the New Scientist, the National Trust and the Wellcome Trust.
Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford where he won the University Gibbs Prize. He has been a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur, a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow and is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Oxford Brookes International Centre for Publishing. His research is focused around the way digital technology is transforming the business and cultural context for publishing and other industries.
He has written a prize-winning monograph, The Content Machine (Anthem Press 2013), a groundbreaking academic exploration of the past, present and future of publishing.
Curation was written initially out of frustration. At numerous conferences I'd hear the word used and it seemed odd and unnecessary.
But the more I thought about it, the more I thought there was something important. It seemed to me that although curation was often used carelessly and sometimes absurdly, it was still one of the most powerful ideas around.
Why? Because the context in which we produce and consume everything from information to material goods has changed. In many areas we have, thanks to decades of rising productivity, supercharged by the digital revolution, moved from scarcity to abundance.
This changes value. It means we need new skills and new kinds of businesses. Simply producing more is no longer enough. It's part of the problem. It's when we look at the world from this angle that curation becomes something more than an affectation borrowed from the art world.