Monthly Archives: May 2010

Today I gave the closing presentation at the National Medicine Symposium, rounding out deep discussion over several days on how to get better use of medicines. I developed six radical ideas that could be part of the future of health. The intention was to be provocative rather than rigorous, generating new ways of thinking about

Continue reading Six Radical Visions for the Future of Health (including Self-Serve Pharma)

Crowdfunding is one of the more interesting (and important) neologisms of the last few years. It takes the idea of crowdsourcing (getting services delivered by crowds) and applies it to raising money. In a later post I will write about the implications of the rise of crowdfunding for venture capital and other early stage funding

Continue reading How to raise money from crowds: 11 crowdfunding platforms and examples

Will self-sustaining military robots feed on corpses?

There’s always a story behind the story. The Economist magazine this week points to an online story with the headline: Vegetarian robots: Munching machines – Robots that forage for fuel and run on steam power. I was most interested in the description given of robots that sustained themselves by searching for fuel, but I also

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The Economist this week addresses the wonderful world of online freelancing and crowdsourcing, under the rubrik Work in the digital age. The full article is well worth a read. The article points to the potential for online freelancing and piecework to account for a substantial part of global labor. While The Economist has touched on

Continue reading The Economist on online freelancing and the future of work: crowdsourcing goes mainstream

I was recently introduced to Yvonne Adele of IdeasCulture through a Twitter introduction from Tim Longhurst – a great connection to make! Not long ago I wrote how Australia is becoming a global hub for crowdsourcing platforms:, 99designs, DesignCrowd. Yvonne’s service Ideas While You Sleep adds to the burgeoning collection of crowdsourcing services based

Continue reading One more reason why Australia is a global hub for crowdsourcing: Ideas While You Sleep

Yahoo! has just purchased Associated Content, with price variously reported at $90 million (by All Things D) and slightly over $100 million (by AdAge). Associated Content is the second largest player in crowdsourced content after Demand Media, which is looking at an IPO which is likely to be valued over $1 billion. AOL, which was

Continue reading What Yahoo!’s purchase of Associated Content means for the crowdsourced (crap?) content industry

We have been busy working on a number of major initiatives this year. One of the most important directions for Advanced Human Technologies is creating communities in which we provide useful content and a place for sharing and discussion. Our first community is SME Technology Forum, which brings together community insights on leveraging tech for

Continue reading Launch of online community – join the discussion!

When I started writing my book Living Networks in early 2002 I thought that it was important to demonstrate that the concept of ‘living networks’ was not just a metaphor, but a reality: we, together with the networks that connect us, are literally a new life form. To show this I drew on the literature

Continue reading Autopoiesis and how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life

After the success of its SME Technology Summit last December, The Insight Exchange is launching an ongoing series of events in the space, the SME Technology Forum Series. The series kicks off with a very exciting evening event in Sydney on 31 May on Getting Results from Crowdsourcing. Full details are on the event page.

Continue reading SME Tech Forum Series: Getting Results from Crowdsourcing on 31 May

It’s great to see Sydney’s continued rise as a creative hub, with the wealth of talent on hand compounded by the immense energy going into great events and festivals such as Creative Sydney. This Wednesday 6-8pm Sedition Gallery is launching the 50 day Left Coast Festival, including visual works, installations, video, hybrid music / dance

Continue reading Launch of Left Coast Festival and Rose Vickers’ Flohawk show

Here is a nice video of the highly-respected Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineLand speaking at Web 2.0 Expo SF about how Google plays fair and less fair, giving a balanced view of the accusations of vampirism from media tycoons such as Mark Cuban and Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton. The video is well worth watching.

Continue reading Is Google a vampire sucking the blood out of media and the web?

What Enterprise 2.0 means for the CIO and IT department

Our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report is intended as a practical guide to how to create business value with web technologies inside the organization. One of the key issues is the implications of these approaches for the organization and its key functional areas. Not surprisingly, there are a particular set of pressing issues for the IT

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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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