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John Winsor, CEO of crowdsourcing-based advertising agency Victors & Spoils and Chief Innovation Officer at global marketing conglomerate Havas, has long been an innovator and provocateur in agency world. He gave the keynote at the Future of Crowdsourcing Summit I ran in San Francisco and Sydney in 2010, and his agency was featured as a

Continue reading Agencies must adapt to a marketing world based on open systems

Yesterday I attended the Sydney launch event of the Respect Network, an initiative designed to allow individuals to own and take control of their data. They played this video, narrated by John Hurt, who starred in the film 1984. Apparently American audiences have thought this clip to be highly controversial, however it seems to provide

Continue reading Will the Respect Network enable us to take back control of our data and our lives?

A week ago I gave a keynote to a relatively small but rapidly growing professional services firm on the occasion of their 10th birthday celebration, to help them think about their next decade of business. My presentation began with macro trends, then drilled into shifts in the professional services landscape, and finally onto the leadership

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This morning was the launch of the Safeguarding the Future of Digital Australia 2025 that I wrote and compiled for McAfee, part of Intel Security. There has been a very strong response to the report, with so far good articles in The Australian, Dynamic Business, WA Today, and many others, and the Federal Minister for

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Trend: offshore service centers driving innovation and revenue

Last week I gave a keynote on Mega Change: Tomorrow is Here at the NASSCOM Global In-House Center Conclave at Pune in India. Global In-House Centers (GIC) describes offshore service and processing centers that are run and owned by the parent company. While business process and IT services have long been outsourced to offshore service

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I was recently interviewed for an extended article Networked Business: The wealth in your connections written by Nick Saalfeld for the Microsoft Talking Business series. Here are some excerpts from the article, which provide a neat summary of some of my thinking on the space. It’s a fallacy to think of networking as a sales

Continue reading Why your networks and collaboration are at the heart of the value you create

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.

The immense social media opportunity for real estate

The Weekend Australian last Saturday had an interesting article titled Facebook shakes up house hunt (subscription may be required). It described how a couple had bought their dream home after finding it on the Facebook page of a real estate agent. They arranged to inspect it immediately after it appeared on the page and bought

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One of my recent series of interviews on the future on the Morning Show was on the future of retail and shopping. Click on the image to see a video of the segment: One of the examples I gave is of Trunk Club, which regularly sends a trunk of clothes to its male customers. They

Continue reading Personalization and the future of retail: Knowing your taste better than you know yourself

For over a decade I have been working with various facets of the idea of Global Innovation Networks: connections around the world that facilitate new endeavors. Innovation always stems from diverse connections between ideas and people. Bringing in different viewpoints from around the world necessarily provides more opportunities for the new. Moreover, in the many

Continue reading The immense role of national and ethnic diaspora in driving global innovation

[UPDATE] LinkedIn has now restored this functionality. They have variously said that it is a test they were running and a technical issue. Whatever the reality, hopefully the weight of users’ voices is helping LinkedIn to focus on supporting valued connections. In 2011 I wrote about The continuing devaluation of LinkedIn connections. When I first

Continue reading LinkedIn removes reply before accepting invitations, accelerating the devaluation of connections [UPDATED]

Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

The New York Times has an interesting article titled Engineering Serendipity which looks at the some of the ways companies are trying to create felicitous and unexpected connections between their staff. After introducing what Yahoo! and Google are doing in the space, the article continues: As Yahoo and Google see it, serendipity is largely a

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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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