Monthly Archives: November 2011

Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp, is in Australia for the launch of Yelp Australia. I was invited to interview him on Monday (embargoed until today) as part of a major media campaign to kick off the site. Australia is the 13th country where Yelp has launched, with up until now all the action outside North

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How technology is transforming events

One of my speaking bureau just asked me to provide them with a few quick ideas on how technology is changing events, as one of their key clients is having an internal meeting to discuss their future use of technology in events. I only had 10 minutes free to write something, so it’s far from

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The future of high-value relationships

Last week I spoke at the annual meeting of a division of a major bank. It was a one-hour event, with a live audience of several hundred, and a few thousand who worked in other locations watching via a live webcast. Given the pace of change in their business and their overt focus on innovation,

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Early this year I caught up for a coffee with Stephen Browning, Director of Corporate Affairs at News Digital Media and The Australian. During our conversation he told me about a weekly digest of what’s happening globally in digital news and paid content that he compiled for executives at News Limited, to keep them informed

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The future of retail: the rise of omnichannel marketing and sales

This year I have been drawn significantly into the retail industry, being the lead technology advisor for a major study on the long-term future of shopping centers, and giving keynotes at a number of public and in-house retail industry events on topics including the future of retail shopping districts and social media in retail. We

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How Scott Berkun crowdfunded and self-published his latest book

Author and speaker Scott Berkun has some great books out, including the very well-known The Myths of Innovation. For his latest book, Mindfire, is a collection of his essays and articles. Before its release, Scott wrote Why I’m self-publishing my next book, giving some really good reasons:

Next year your entire desk will be a computer control device

I have long said that table tops will embed video and that we will use every possible means to interact usefully with computers. Software and device vendor ExoPC has announced EXOdesk, a computer interface that will be laid on your desk, offering digital keyboards, a variety of colorful keypads, sortable RSS feeds, and even a

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Our shrinking degrees of separation: heading down from 6 to 3

In Chapter 1 of my 2002 book Living Networks I wrote: When did you last say or hear someone say “what a small world”? People have an unquenchable fascination with how richly we are connected, never ceasing to be amazed by the seeming coincidences of how one friend knows another through a completely different route.

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Tear the walls down: Jericho and the future of enterprise tech

Yesterday I gave the keynote on The Future of Information Technology at the Local Government IT2011 conference in Coffs Harbour, which this year had the theme of mobility. Given the ambitious scope of my keynote title, I covered a lot of territory including fundamental technology shifts and the evolving shape of organizational technology. In looking

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[VIDEO] The flow of Twitter around the world

Twitter has created a nice video showing how much and when the unique moment of 11:11 on 11.11.11 was mentioned around the world last Friday, as below. They describe it: This clip is a visualization of all the Tweets mentioning 11:11 on 11.11.11. Each “1” is a location that moves with the conversation on Twitter.

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Latest data: Retailers shift to social media and online

I am at a media briefiing by cloud-based ERP provider NetSuite at the very nice Quay restaurant in Sydney. In addition to the interesting presentation by CEO Zach Nelson on the state of NetSuite, we have been given no less than 7 press releases, so a big news day for the company. One of these

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The liberation of music for consumers and musicians

At the Canon CIO event I spoke at last week, jazz trumpeter extraordinaire James Morrison and his band played music through the event. James also gave a brief presentation on the event’s theme of the future. He said that not so long ago music was not chosen by consumers, but pushed on us by record

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Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of AHT Group, which consists of 3 companies: consulting, publishing, and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, future and strategy firm Future Exploration Network, and events company The Insight Exchange.

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