Monthly Archives: February 2012

A vision writ large: The future, personality, and hubris

I have just seen the video of Peter Weyland’s speech at TED 2023, shown below. It is a superb piece, bringing together ideas, performance, and production to create a powerful impression in a few minutes. I had to do some research to find what the speech is actually promoting. At the end of the movie

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New ideas: Building the organizations of tomorrow

I recently spoke at an event organised by Building the Organisation of Tomorrow, a group created by alumni of University of Technology Sydney’s Master of Business in IT Management program. The format was very stimulating, with three 15 minute presentations, each followed by 15 minutes Q&A and then a ‘disruptive event’, including some awesome satirical

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[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website] One of the most important issues in using service marketplaces is choosing between fixed fees and hourly rates. Click on the image for full-size pdf

Announcement of Crowdsourcing Week: Singapore April 2013

Crowdsourcing is moving to the center not just of discussion, but of business and society. That is becoming increasingly evident through the events being run as well as in what companies are doing. Moving beyond the increasing proliferation of conferences and workshops on crowdsourcing (for which I am partly responsible), we are now seeing a

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The 14 ExaTrends of the Decade

We released our Map of the ExaTrends of the Decade a while ago now. However the decade is still young, and all of these ExaTrends (which is a MegaTrend cubed) have a long way yet to play out. We have created a set of slides to make the 14 ExaTrends easier to read and understand.

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Debate: The Ethics of Crowdsourcing

For many who come across the idea of crowdsourcing in its many forms, their first thoughts are about the ethical issues. As such, in writing Getting Results From Crowds, it was important to address the ethical domain rather than ignoring or glossing it. We address the ethical issues of crowdsourcing in Chapter 5 on Relationship

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VIDEO – ExaTrends of the Decade: Reputation Economy

A while back we released our Map of the ExaTrends of the Decade. We are now releasing a series of short videos delving into the ExaTrends, starting with Reputation Economy. Some of the issues covered in the video include: * The amount of data we have now is enabling the measurement of reputation * Influence

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7 compelling reasons to become self-employed

I recently noticed that a blog post I did back in 2008 on the joys of self-employment has been getting some solid traffic lately. In the post I ran through the history of how I came to work for myself, and gave 7 reasons that matter to me for why I infinitely prefer to work

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Case study: Using project management for effective crowdsourcing

[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website] One of the most important implications of organizations shifting to crowdsourcing and crowd work is the need for effective project management structures. We cover Project Management in Chapter 14 of Getting Results From Crowds. The chapter opens with an excellent case study of

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Remote Sex: the perfect Valentine’s Day present

Our online magazine FutureofSex.net explores this fascinating aspect of the intersection of technology and society. The rise of our connected world has implications that reach into almost every aspect of our lives. I did many Valentine’s Day interviews back in 2003 and 2004, talking about proximity dating, one way in which technology is changing how

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Launch of new keynote speaker website

The site rossdawson.com has long been where I point potential clients for my keynote speaking and other personal work. As usual it has taken longer than planned, but we now have just launched an entirely redesigned website.

Which countries have the most Twitter users per capita?

Recently web monitoring firm Semiocast published a list of the top 20 countries in number of Twitter accounts. Not surprisingly US was top with 107 million users, with Brazil coming in second at 33 million and Japan next at just under 30 million. I am always interested in comparing the degree of social media engagement

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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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