Monthly Archives: February 2010

The future IS gaming

I recently finished reading the techno-thriller Daemon by Daniel Suarez. It is certainly not literature, but it is a fast-paced thriller that I found hard to put down. It posits a world in which a genius who creates online games builds a systems that makes the entire world into what is effectively a game, with

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IBM’s annual Lotusphere conference is held each January, bringing together customers of IBM’s enterprise collaboration suite. While many associate Lotus with its long-established product Notes, since the launch of Lotus Connections in 2007 Lotus is centered on Web 2.0 tools such as social networks, mash-ups and micro-blogging. After Lotussphere local events are run in countries

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Crowdsourcing in the broadest sense will be one of the fundamental platforms of the emerging network economy. As such it’s pleasing to see that Australia is becoming a hub for a number of the most significant crowdsourcing platforms globally. I caught up with Alec Lynch of DesignCrowd yesterday for an interesting conversation about the crowdsourcing

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The promise of distributed power: the Bloom Box and more

At Future Exploration Network, one of our roles is to help clients understand the technologies that have the potential to dramatically disrupt existing industries and structures. Distributed technologies which bring power and manufacturing to the local level, or even the home, definitely fall into that category. Modern economies are largely based on centralized power generation

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8 Guiding Principles for Pilot Programs: A Key for Enterprise 2.0

In my Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report I put Iterate and Refine at the center of the Enterprise 2.0 Implementation Framework. One of the most critical elements of this principle is the ability to establish and run effective pilot programs. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 17 of Implementing Enterprise 2.0 on Pilots, which describes 8

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Media2010: Notes from Frédéric Filloux and Russ Fradin

Continuing my notes from the Media 2010 conference on the presentations by Jack Matthews, Richard Titus and Marc Frons, here are the notes I took from the presentations by Frederic Filloux and Russ Fradin. I will be digesting what I’ve heard today and pulling into some upcoming content on the future of media. FRÉDÉRIC FILLOUX,

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The polarization of film budgets

When I walked out from seeing Avatar 3D in December, I tweeted: “$300 million very well spent!” Movie theaters can create extraordinary experiences, but the cost of production is ever greater. On the other hand, movies can be made for extremely low cost, using HD cameras, digital editing, and volunteer labor. At Media 2010 Suzanne

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Media2010: Notes from Jack Matthews, Richard Titus, Mark Frons

I am at the Media 2010 conference in Sydney, where there is an extraordinary line-up of speakers through the day. I am here to get my head back into gear on future of media strategy, which will be a major theme for me through this year. Below are my notes taken on-the-fly from the first

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Interactive scenarios for 2030: provocation for long-term strategy

Last year I kicked off a strategy session of a major infrastructure company with a presentation to the executive team on the world in 2030. This used a set of four scenarios to provoke new thinking about the world moving forward. I wrote about these in The World in 2030: Four scenarios for long-term planning

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I was just interviewed on Sky Business this morning about the news coming out from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In the plethora of announcements, what stands out for me is the increasing clarity of the emerging platforms battle, which is happening on two levels: mobile operating system and applications. Mobile operating system The launch

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Research: how journalists use social media (and PR professionals)

George Washington University and media relations software firm Cision have released a very interesting study of how journalists use social media and online tools. The headline news is that 56% of journalists consider social media to be important to some degree. This figure pushed up to 69% of journalists writing for online outlets, while just

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Gartner has released five interesting predictions for social software. Here are the predictions along with a few of my thoughts. By 2014, social networking services will replace e-mail as the primary vehicle for interpersonal communications for 20 percent of business users. This is a transition that we’ve seen for a very long time, and looks

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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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