Monthly Archives: August 2009

Throughout all our events, including among others Future of Media Summit, Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum, and now Future of Influence Summit, our intention has been to have top-level participants who are themselves creating the future, and generating useful insights from interaction with their peers. This is not supposed to be about the audience coming to

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Once Future of Influence Summit finishes in San Francisco on August 31 at 6pm, we will go to the nearby 111 Minna bar for drinks and the After Party. The conversation on where influence is going will continue with a little lubrication 🙂 See here for location and full info on 111 Minna If you’re

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Five key trends in how influence is transforming society

I just got off an interview on the future of influence on 2SM radio which lasted almost 15 minutes – close to a record for my interviews on live AM radio, which tends to do 3-5 minute segments. The talk show host was clearly fascinated by the issues of how influence is shifting away from

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One of the most exciting topics of Future of Influence Summit next week is exploring the business models for influence and reputation. This is an issue which is better addressed in San Francisco/ Silicon Valley than anywhere else, and we have an extraordinary panel lined up to address the topic of Business Models for Influence

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When we started organizing Future of Influence Summit, our minds turned immediately to Brian Solis, who is himself one of the most central influencers and thought leaders in this rapidly emerging space. So it’s awesome that Brian is speaking at the Summit, providing his insights on Influence at the Center of Marketing and Advertising. Brian’s

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Hashtag for Future of Influence Summit is #foi09

Belatedly launching the hashtag for Future of Influence Summit: #foi09 FOI is Freedom of Information as well as Future of Influence, so putting the year in will help us stand out… I have been remiss in not using the hashtag in my Twittering yet, but now we have quite extraordinary cast of attendees as well

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Selected quotations for our times

In finding the quote from Marshall McLuhan on professionals and amateurs I used in my last post, I dug up a file I created a dozen years go with some quotes I was collecting. Here are just a few that are still worth bearing in mind today: “The empires of the future are the empires

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Marshall McLuhan’s view on the “social media expert”

I was just asked “what is a social media expert”? Marshall McLuhan is still the oracle. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the master. “Professionalism merges the individual into patterns of total environment. Amateurism seeks the development of the total awareness of the individual and the critical awareness of the groundrules of society.

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We weren’t the first to use the phrase ‘Future of Influence’. Most prominently Nate Elliott of Forrester wrote a report ‘The Future of Influence‘ (though you’re better off going to Future of Influence Summit than buying the report 🙂 ) and has done a number of presentations on the theme. Nate summarizes the topic: *

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You (or your favorite charity) can benefit from your influence! To find out how, read on… One of the key themes of Future of Influence Summit, on next week in San Francisco and Sydney, is ‘business models for influence and reputation’. There are many angles to this particular topic, including: * Will it be possible

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This is my current favorite album – listen to it here!

Ellipse by Imogen Heap is my current new favorite album – absolutely delightful! Very generously given away by Imogen a few days ago on her website, and also available as an embed, as below. Have a listen! I discovered Imogen Heap when listening to the Kate Havnevik channel on Last.FM – Kate’s music is lovely.

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Last night media futurist Gerd Leonhard , Richard Watson, author of Future Files: A History of the Next 50 Years, and I caught up for dinner. Gerd is in Sydney for the first time for a couple of events, including The Insight Exchange’s Creating Value With Content on Tuesday (see the event review), and Richard

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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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