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Concept video: The Future of Work

A while ago at Future Exploration Network we created the Future of Work Framework to provide a high-level overview of how the world of work is shifting. Over the past year I have used the framework extensively as a starting point for executive briefings and strategy workshops on the strategic implications of the rapidly changing

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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

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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

Continue reading Our reputation, personal opportunities, and identity will be shaped by social media

Today’s BOSS magazine in the Australian Financial Review includes a feature on my work. The article focuses on my thoughts on the value of predictions. I’ve written before about why predictions usually have negative value, as an important way of framing how we think about the future. I am quoted in the article:

Yesterday ABC News featured a story on crowdfunding, providing a quick overview of the space for a broad audience. An edited version of the segment on the 7pm News also appeared on The Business program. Click on the image to see a video of the news segment. Having spent quite a few years working in

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This morning I gave the opening keynote at the Virtual Universities: Impact on Accounting Education Thought Leadership forum in Adelaide, organized by the Centre of Accounting, Governance and Sustainability at University of South Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. The audience was an invitation-only group of the most senior accounting academics and industry

Continue reading The future of academic certification: universities, MOOCs, aggregators, and peer reputation

Pew Research Center has just released the latest results in an study that has been running since 1983 on the credibility of US news organizations under the title Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations. Some of the data is shown below. Source: Pew Research Center for the People & The Press

Insights into the evolution of Klout’s algorithm

The rise of the reputation economy is one of the most important trends of our time. As such, like it or hate it, Klout’s role as probably the most prominent influence engine today means it is useful to track its structure and mechanisms. Klout today unveiled a major change to its algorithm and scores. Here

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This post was first published on the Getting Results From Crowds book website. Today the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) issued a wide-ranging guidance on crowd funding. The guidance in essence recognizes crowdfunding and clarifies the current legislation that applies to the area. It notes that if crowdfunding activities “produce financial benefits” then they

Continue reading Australian regulators endanger crowdfunding by pushing assessments of project viabiliy

Two years ago I wrote a post Will there be capital markets for equity in people? That appears to be coming true with the launch of Upstart, a startup from a group of ex-Google employees. Venture Beat writes:

Trevor Young, aka PR Warrior, is launching a new site Micro Domination which covers the “Global Microbrand Revolution”. The site already includes an excellent free e-book The Micro Maven Revolution. You can download it from here or by clicking on the cover below. Trevor opens the book by practising what he preaches, highlighting his capabilities

Continue reading The rise of micro mavens: Building business empires around personal brands

Video of TheNextWeb keynote on The Future of Crowds

TheNextWeb produced a good quality video of my keynote at TheNextWeb Conference 2012, shown below. It doesn’t show all of my full motion graphics presentation, though it frequently cuts to show segments of the visuals through my keynote. I will create and share a full video of my motion graphics presentation along with the audio

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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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