Monthly Archives: June 2012

This week’s TEDGlobal2012 event is themed Radical Innovation. The opening presentation, very fittingly, was by Don Tapscott, who spoke about Four principles for the open world. Do take the 18 minutes to see his exceptional presentation. The four principles for openness that Don offers are:

I was just interviewed by Martin Metzmacher as part of his Netrepreneurs series. The 30 minute video interview is below. While the broad topic of the conversation was about how to use crowds effectively, Martin focused through the interview on my motivations for what I do. At the end of the interview he asked me

Continue reading What will we do with the extraordinary potential of crowd business models?

Zynga’s new game The Ville takes virtual sex to the masses

This article was originally posted in Future of Sex magazine. Social gaming giant Zynga, purveyor of Facebook games such as CityVille and FarmVille, is making things a little racier with its latest product The Ville, launched today. As the video shows, users can build the “home of your dreams” and invite their Facebook friends over

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Sorry, Grant Thornton, I think your instinct is very likely wrong. I saw this advertisement (also in French and Flemish) in Brussels-Midi station when I was recently passing through. Grant Thornton claims to have an ‘instinct for growth’. For some reason it seems to have an instinct (it appears without any evidence) that expanding into

Continue reading Sorry Grant Thornton, amorphous fears about IP loss should not trump value creation

Sunrise: The technologies that will change our lives

Yesterday morning I appeared on the Sunrise national breakfast program together with science broadcaster Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, being interviewed about the big ideas and new technologies that will change our lives. The video clip is below. The four ideas that I pointed to were:

Gerd Leonhard is a greatly valued friend and colleague in our shared calling as media futurists, and work together in The Futures Agency. As part of our intent of working more together in both public forums and with leading media organizations we are announcing a free webinar: The Future of Media: Mobile, Social, Cloud… and

Continue reading Free webinar July 19 on the Future of Media – Mobile, Social, Cloud… and Paid? with Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard

Last night I was fortunate to be at a dinner with innovation strategist Charles Leadbeater, hosted by Martin Stewart-Weeks of Cisco. One of the conversations we had together with Hugh Morrow was about the potential of gamification of weight loss and personal savings. Diet and savings habits aggregated across a society have a massive impact

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I was recently in Rome for 24 hours to run a workshop for the senior technology executives of a global Fortune 50 company. While I was in town I was keen to try to catch up with collaboration and new media expert Robin Good, who I have known online for many years but never met,

Continue reading Why do you curate? The 3 intents of curation and how they create value

Today’s ‘Fairfax of the Future’ announcement from Australia’s second largest newspaper publisher Fairfax is massive news in Australia, and very significant in a global media context. It has been a busy media day for me, so far doing interviews for SBS World News and ABC24 News as well as a number of radio stations, due

Continue reading Big moves at Fairfax: The global extinction of newspapers moves closer

Travelling for work: 7 principles for productivity and value

Over the last 9 weeks I’ve been on a plane every week, have been on 26 flights or inter-city trains, and delivered 28 keynotes or workshops across 8 countries. This week I will be at home all week :-). I have long had the concept of “the right amount of travel”, that is enough but

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I will be presenting a free webinar on June 14 at 11am US EDT, organized by Ketchum’s Global Media Network. Webinar details are here or you can register directly here. In the wake of the launch of my book Getting Results From Crowds, one of the fields I am spending the most time on is

Continue reading Tapping the Power of Crowdsourcing for marketing: Free webinar on June 14

I have just participated via Skype in a BBC Creative Collisions debate in Northern Ireland, centered around how the media landscape is changing, and the implications of the rise of open innovation. Some of the comments from the locals involved in the debate were that while there is ample talent and innovation in Northern Ireland,

Continue reading Open innovation is now a fundamental capability for nations and regions


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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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