Monthly Archives: July 2010

In my keynote speeches over the last couple of years I have often talked about how there is an increasing divergence in business performance. This theme was particularly pertinent at the height of the global financial crisis, when it was important to make people understand that there were still some companies and sectors that were

Continue reading The increasing divergence in business performance – if you’re not ahead you’re dead

Last week I interviewed my old friend Tom Stewart, formerly editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review, and currently Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer of Booz and Co, for a piece in CPA Australia’s magazine InTheBlack. I’ll share the article, on the role of financial executives in business strategy, on this blog later in the year. Tom

Continue reading Getting perspective: Hand-held business computers are over 20 years old

Through the month of August I will be doing the keynote address at a five-city Australian roadshow run by Telstra Business. I will open the breakfast events by providing a big picture view of how driving forces in technology, business and society are moving the world towards cloud computing, cloud working, cloud thinking, and cloud

Continue reading Tapping the forces of change: Why cloud computing is the future

A few days ago I was interviewed by ABC’s Newsline program for a segment they did on Apple’s response to the iPhone4 ‘Antennagate’ problem. Here is the second part of the segment including my thoughts. To see the full piece go to the Newsline archives and click on ‘Bad Press’ dated 21/7. Despite the way

Continue reading Lessons from iPhone4 Applegate: social media augmentation of consumer voices and the need to listen

Some lovely research from Northeastern University uses sentiment analysis to show the changing moods of the United States through 24 hours. In the video below showing changes over the course of a day, colors indicate people’s moods from red (unhappy) to green (happy), while the size of the state shows how much Twitter activity there

Continue reading Twitter uncovers the real-time mood of the nation through the day

What the future of newspapers looked like in 1981

This delightful TV news clip from 1981 shows how people could access newspapers such as San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times on their computer using a dial-up line. It took 2 hours to download the text of a newspaper, with a $5 cost per hour. One user marvelled at how you could not

Continue reading What the future of newspapers looked like in 1981

I just caught up with my neighbor and fellow futurist Mark Pesce, who over a coffee at our local briefed me on his new project Plexus, which he publicly announced at his recent keynote at Pycon Australia, for Python developers. His excellent speech, titled How Not to be Seen, is below, and the transcript on

Continue reading Will the future of social networking be open and distributed? Here comes Plexus

I have just been requested permission by London School of Economics to use my Web 2.0 Framework in their Management and Innovation of eBusiness program for the next four years. The first part of the framework is below, and the industry landscape further down the page. Click on the image for the original description and

Continue reading Revisiting the Web 2.0 Framework for insights on the web landscape today

Of the many initiatives we have on, one of the most exciting is rolling out a series of websites/ forums – we have a few up now and many more coming. As we do so, we are looking for outside writers to complement our own content. One of our most popular new sites is,

Continue reading Looking for a great blog writer for Crowdsourcing Results site

We all know that processing power has for many years increased exponentially and continues to do so. This essentially means that any processing-intensive task you can imagine will eventually be possible. Facial recognition happens to be a task that humans are hard-wired to be exceptionally good at. While computers struggled at this for a long

Continue reading No more checking in: why public facial recognition may take off

Four awesome animations on YouTube

My one-year old daughter Phoebe has woken up from her afternoon nap so I’m introducing her to YouTube. I spent a lot of time with her older sister Leda on my knee watching YouTube videos a couple of years ago – it’s time for Phoebe to explore the world of online video. I have a

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Back when I wrote Living Networks in 2002 the idea that we were all part of a global brain was hardly mainstream, though a community of people were actively engaged with the idea. Today the idea of the global brain seems to be very much alive. I received a tremendous response when I recently resurrected

Continue reading Is our propensity for social media part of our design – so humans are stepping stones to the creation of a global brain?


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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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