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Driving retail success through visible uniqueness

My wonderful wife, the talented jewellery designer Victoria Buckley, has had her boutique in Sydney’s historical Strand Arcade for 21 years. The Strand is the best possible location for her in Sydney, with its classic Victorian architecture and rosta of leading Australian designers such as Akira, Alex Perry, Scanlan Theodore and sass & bide. The

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This morning I attended the Innovation Bay breakfast on Where to for retail now?. It was a fascinating discussion, which was definitely useful as I develop my forthcoming Future of Retail framework. (Still working on it, I don’t know when it will be ready for the public, more later.) Michael Fox, founder of the highly

Continue reading “Shoezam” app mimics Shazam to image, identify, and replicate shoes on the street

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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I recently travelled to Provence in the hills above Nice to give the keynote at the annual EuroCIO conference. I used my framework for the future of the CIO to point to the macro drivers of change in technology and society, and how these are shaping the technology function in organizations, and in turn the

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It’s been a busy day in the world of 3D printing. Below is a roundup of the latest developments, all announced in the last 24 hours or so. 3D printing is one of those trends that has been visible for a long time, is just beginning to have a real impact, and in the long

Continue reading The latest in 3D printing trends: guns, ears, body parts, and now in your local store

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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Those who are familiar with my work know that I believe in concept visualization to communicate ideas. In fact I first wrote about the potential of 3D for concept representation and communication 14 years ago, in the late 1990s. For a while we have been developing specifications and prototypes for what I have been describing

Continue reading We’re looking for 3D talent! …to help create a 3D free-form mind mapping tool

This year BBC is focusing on the future under the theme What If? and has just launched its What If? Visions of the Future competition. Image source: BBC News/ Glenn Hatton

Design to elucidate complexity: derivatives and the meta-economy

I just came across the excellent visual presentation at the bottom of this post by information designer Gong Szeto on Design as Derivative: Weapons of Mass Disruption. Source: Gong Szeto Financial derivatives are collectively one of the most complex human-created domains, which systemically can have a massive impact in the real world.

The enormous opportunity for writers and readers in an ebook world

Last Friday I was interviewed on ABC’s News Exchange program about ebooks and their impact. Click on the image to view the video of the program. The ebook segment is around 13:30 – 17:15. We covered a lot of territory in the interview, ranging across topics including why ebooks are rising so rapidly to the

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[VIDEO] The world’s first full motion-graphics presentation

In late April I gave a keynote at TheNextWeb 2012 conference in Amsterdam on The Future of Crowds. I have for many years intended to develop a full motion graphics presentation. I have long used highly visual presentations to accompany my keynotes, often including numerous videos without sound as well an array of full screen

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The fantastic initiatives that are creating City 2.0

TED (which not many people remember was originally founded by information architect Richard Saul Wurman in 1984) has expanded dramatically over the last years, from a single annual event to activities spanning a network of thousands of TEDx events, the TED-Ed educational network, the TED Prize, and now its City 2.0 initiative. Part of City

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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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