Monthly Archives: October 2013

Keys to innovation: Tapping communities of lead users

Today I was interviewed on ABC Radio National’s ByDesign program on how our expectations of beauty are increasing. You can listen to the interview here. At one point the conversation shifted to how companies could generate the innovation that will meet the soaring expectations of users. Notably through the work of MIT’s Eric von Hippel,

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The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

I have just finished running a two-day program in Phuket for the Malaysian Directors Academy on The Innovation Zone: Unleashing the Mindset. The Academy also asked me to contribute an article to their magazine Board View. The piece is below, providing a high-level view on the role of company directors in driving innovation. I find

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GitHub launches service for open government

Future of government seems to be the topic of the moment. After my post yesterday on Citizen sourcing and the future of cities and last week on Four fundamental principles for crowdsourcing in government, I have to report about GitHub launching government.github.com. As it happens, in my recent keynote on A Future of Crowds: Implications

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When I was in Switzerland recently, esteemed colleague Gerd Leonhard and I recorded a number of video conversations, produced by Jonathan Marks. Following ones on Big Data, the future of privacy, and the future of Switzerland, here is our conversation on Key future trends. For more conversations about the future see Meeting of the Minds.

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Citizen sourcing and the future of cities

As I noted last week in my post on Four fundamental principles for crowdsourcing in government, one of the most powerful applications of crowdsourcing is in government. PSFK has just launched a nice report and summary presentation on the future of cities, embedded below. The Future Of Cities from PSFK The third section of the

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The role of the futurist as leader

When I was in Amsterdam recently for client engagements I also gave a keynote to the Dutch Future Society about the role of the futurist. It was a fascinating evening. Given the audience of futurists and those well engaged with the future, my presentation went further out than usual, and the ensuing conversation went beyond

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How technology is enabling the humanity of organizations

After my recent opening keynote at the SAP Australia User Group Summit on Leadership in Enterprise Technology, I did a video interview for Inside SAP magazine, shown below. The full transcript of the interview is available on our new publication CIO of the Future.

Four fundamental principles for crowdsourcing in government

A few weeks ago I gave the keynote at the annual conference of the Business Improvement and Innovation in Government (BIIG) network of the Queensland Government, speaking on A Future of Crowds: Implications for Government and Society. I have been increasingly pulled towards the government sector over the last years. I’m delighted, as changing the

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There has been a lot of press the last few days about a paper The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?, published by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Almost all the coverage has been on the headline figure that 47% of US employment is at risk. However

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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.

Ross is author most recently of Getting Results From Crowds, the prescient Living Networks, which anticipated the social network revolution, the Amazon.com bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is based in Sydney and San Francisco with his wife jewellery designer Victoria Buckley and two beautiful young daughters.

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