Monthly Archives: December 2007

Away on holidays – Happy New Year!

Tomorrow we leave on a little over two weeks holidays – it’s a good time of year to get away, so we always take the opportunity. The last three years Victoria and I have taken our New Year’s holiday in various Asian countries – Vietnam and Laos, Thailand, and Japan. The last was with our

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As we move into Christmas season, many people will find themselves in social situations they may not want to be in. They may find themselves sitting next to distant relatives or acquaintances who are tedious, obnoxious, annoying, pedantic, weird, bombastic, stupid, or all of the above. For these situations, I would like to provide a

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I have written and being interviewed many times in the last few months on the use of Facebook in organizations. There are a range of reasons why Facebook is often being blocked inside organizations. In many cases it’s because it’s viewed as a time-waster. However in other cases the concern is more about information loss

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The latest Teens and Social Media report from Pew/Internet gives some great insights into how teens aged 12-17 are using the Internet. There are a host of great insights in the report, including: * 64% of online teens aged 12-17 have created content on the Internet, up from 57% at the end of 2004 (this

Continue reading We are discovering our “latent humanity” by how we share and communicate on the Internet

Early bird registration for Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum in Sydney, Australia ends 24 December! So if you want to go, you might as well save some money and register now :-). Speakers include: (click on this link for speaker bios) David Backley, Chief Technology Officer, Westpac Banking Corporation Ross Dawson, Chairman, Future Exploration Network Peter

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We’re very pleased to announce that IBM is Platinum Sponsor of the Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum. Given the breadth and maturity of IBM’s Web 2.0 offerings for large organizations, as well as its own experiences in using these tools internally, this makes a lot of sense and will bring a lot of value to the

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What most people don’t understand about the long tail

The “long tail” is the buzz-phrase par excellence of the new media revolution. No presentation about how media is changing is complete without it. An image of the long tail, taken from our Future of Media Report 2007, illustrating the scaling of business models along the long tail, is below. From a media industry perspective,

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The first hard-copy flyer for our Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum has just been mailed out. Click here or on the image below to download the flyer as pdf. Below is the text for the cover letter which went out with the flyer. More detailed updates on the event coming soon.

There has been some very interesting discussion over the last week about enterprise software, which began with the question of whether it is sexy or not. It has since covered a wide range of related topics, including the usability of enterprise software, industry structure, how it is bought, its role in attracting talented staff, and

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Adapting consumer Web 2.0 for use in the enterprise

When I spoke at KMWorld07 in Silicon Valley last month, I sat in on the presentation made by Charles Armstrong of Trampoline Systems. One of the interesting points he made is that Web 2.0 is the first set of technologies that have been developed in the consumer space before being taken into enterprise use. All

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Predictions for the marketing and media industries in 2008

The December/ January issue of Marketing magazine includes predictions for 2008 from an array of industry commentators, including myself. One of the quotes they took from me was: Social media shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, with more advertisers looking likely to jump on the Web 2.0 bandwagon in 2008. According to

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Strategy in a networked world for professional service firms

The UK magazine Legal Week has just published an article co-authored by myself and Josh Bottomley, the Managing Director of LexisNexis UK, titled Managing a Law Firm: A networked world. The genesis of the article is that I will be delivering the keynote to a group of Managing Partners of major law firms in London

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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 bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is primarily based in Sydney with a secondary base in San Francisco.

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