Monthly Archives: February 2011

The very dynamic Adam Franklin and Toby Jenkins of Bluewire Media recently did a video interview of me, asking me about the trends driving how the web will shape business. Here is the video, with a summary of my headline points below. (Also see Bluewire Media’soriginal post of the video , which has my comments

Continue reading Six trends for 2011 and beyond on how businesses can tap the power of the web

Earlier today ‘satirical’ website DawnWires published a story titled Saudi King to buy Facebook for $150 billion to end the revolt: Goldman Sachs to advise. The article was published in the LoLNews category, and the bottom of it says “Sunday Humor… (Sunday Humor article at are meant to humor our readers. They may or

Continue reading We will need better filters as spurious news explodes: the curious case of the king of Saudi Arabia buying Facebook

When we launched our Newspaper Extinction Timeline I noted that tablets similar to the iPad of today will cost less than $10 and given away for free by the end of the decade, a prediction that interviewers have frequently questioned me on since.  I have since realized that tablets are likely to be given away

Continue reading When will tablets be given away for free? Perhaps before the end of this year

The Future of Customer Relationships: notes on where they are going

I’ve just finished a teleconference on The Future of Customer Relationships (follow the link for an overview), hosted by and Brian Vellmure. The panellists were: Ross Dawson Dr. Graham Hill Dr. Michael Wu Denis Pombriant Our discussion will be available shortly as an mp3. For now, here are a few quick notes I took

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The cover story on the current issue of MyBusiness magazine is on The Future of Business: Businesses to seek – or flee – in the next decade. It features ideas from three futurists: myself, Bernard Salt of KPMG, and Christine Christian of Dun & Bradstreet. Here are a few of the quotes from me they

Continue reading The future of business: choosing the industries that will prosper in the decade ahead

Drawing on a new Pew Internet report on Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults, The New York Times headline is: Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter. It’s a misleading headline, so let’s unpack it. First, blogs are not waning. All the major blogging platforms are growing.

Continue reading Blogging is fragmenting into multi-platform content creation – long live blogging!

Insights into effective social media policies

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself. Here are some of the key points made during our discussion. * Example of Commonwealth Bank which introduced social media policies that

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The lovely pace of change in the media world isn’t slowing down any… One day after Apple launched its long-expected subscription service, Google announced its One Pass content payment system. Here is a quick comparison. – What they are They are both payment and delivery platforms for content sales and subscriptions. – Delivery platforms Apple’s

Continue reading Apple subscriptions vs Google One Pass subscriptions – comparison and analysis for publishers

John Winsor, founder of Victors & Spoils, the world’s first crowdsourced agency, gave the opening keynote at our Future of Crowdsourcing Summit in September last November. It was fascinating to hear about how he had brought together an extraordinarily talented distributed team, and convinced major brands such as Harley-Davidson, GAP, Levi’s, and Virgin America to

Continue reading Crowdsourcing attracts the best advertising clients, and it all began with a tweet…

It wasn’t long ago that one of the most solid and unquestioned assumptions of enterprise software was that users sat at a desk in front of a desktop (or sometimes laptop) computer. As such, maintaining a fleet of almost exclusively Windows-based computers was sometimes a larger task than selecting, developing, and running the enterprise software

Continue reading Will tablets take over enterprise work? More than half of large companies say yes

Download Chapter 10 of Living Networks on Liberating Individuals Every chapter of Living Networks is being released on this blog as a free download, together with commentary and updated perspectives since its original publication in 2002. For the full Table of Contents and free chapter downloads see the Living Networks website or the Book Launch/

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ExaTrend of the 2010s: Haves and Have Nots

Excerpt from the list of ExaTrends of the 2010s: HAVES AND HAVE NOTS Across communities, nations, and the world, there is a keen risk of increasing separation between those who have access to technology, tools, and basic needs, and those who do not. This is not inevitable. However it will require concerted action around the

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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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