Monthly Archives: December 2008

What business books I’m buying and reading

I just received my latest book shipment from – it’s a tasty pile and I thought I’d share the list in case people are interested. Friendfeed is a nice way to share my various activities, but doesn’t include book purchases, which I’d probably prefer to share on an ad-hoc basis anyway. Below are the

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Following our extremely popular Trend Blend 2007 and Trend Blend 2008 trend maps comes…. Trend Blend 2009! Created by Future Exploration Network’s Chief Futurist Richard Watson, also of, the 2009 trend map moves on from the subway map theme of the last years to show the multi-tentacled hydra that is the year ahead. Click

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Keynote at Direct Selling Association conference in March

I’m giving the keynote, titled Embracing the Future, at the Defining our Future conference in the Gold Coast 22-24 March, run by the Direct Selling Association. Below is an introductory video on the event, briefly reviewing the event and main speakers. DSAA 2009 from Tom Walter on Vimeo. I’ve never spoken to the direct selling

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Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum is shaping up to once again be the premier event in Australia on how Web 2.0, mobile, and emerging technologies are being applied to create value in organizations. An early registration special of $110 off applies until 24 December, so don’t forget to include it in your pre-Christmas shopping! And remember,

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Interviews: Six important forces that will shape 2009

I’ve done two radio interviews this morning, asking me for forecasts for the year ahead. The broader issue I am emphasizing in my current interviews and speaking is that 2009 will bring more change than any other year this decade. Perversely, a slowing economy will accelerate the pace of change. Many companies will take advantage

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[UPDATE:] The conference was rescheduled to 25 May – my keynote presentation is here. In early February I am delivering a keynote at the MegaTrends conference in Abu Dhabi, one of three international keynote speakers together with John Naisbitt, who sold over 9 million copies of MegaTrends and created an industry, and Dr Lynda Grattan,

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As I wrote last week, I decided to use the design exchange 99designs for our new logo for Advanced Human Technologies. We received over 140 logo submissions, including many very high quality designs, going through a highly iterative process to get an excellent outcome. Click here to see the submissions and winner (however quite a

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Anyone who uses Twitter will be deeply familiar with the issue of who you follow and who you follow back. As Twitter continues to gather traction, popular Twitterers are gathering followers at an increasing pace. If you’re on Twitter, by default you get an email whenever someone follows you, giving you the option of looking

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The relevance of Enterprise 2.0 in an economic downturn

Moving towards our Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum 2009, a key issue has to be how these themes are relevant to the most prominent concerns of senior executives. In short, how will applying Web 2.0 and mobile technologies in organizations save money, increase efficiency and productivity, increase market share, and build profitability? A number of recent

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(Good) blog aggregators are the best source of news

As one of many deeply absorbed in the US Presidential elections, I spent a lot of time scouring the news to gain insights into the latest as the extraordinary story unfolded. I consistently found that blog aggregator Memeorandum provided the best view on what the most relevant and interesting news was. Often stories became prominent

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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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