Monthly Archives: August 2012

The relatively recent rise of smartphones and tablets has changed how we use tech and how we consume news. However, while they have eroded usage of the long established interfaces of PCs, laptops, and TVs, they certainly haven’t supplanted them. This has lead us to the dawning of new phase in which a large proportion

Continue reading Designing content for the reality of multi-screen access: smartphone, tablet, PC, TV

I first came across the law of requisite variety almost 20 years ago. Ross Ashby proposed the idea in his 1956 book An Introduction to Cybernetics (see p.202-218), and expanded on it in his paper Requisite variety and its implications for the control of complex systems. The idea became one of the foundational concepts of

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Yesterday I gave the opening keynote at Global Business Travel Association Australia/NZ’s annual conference, on The Future of the Global Economy: The Opportunities. My keynote focused on the major economic, technological, and social shifts under way and how they impact business travel and how it is managed in organizations. Clearly a particularly pointed issue in

Continue reading Prediction: Video-conferencing will help drive increased business travel

We have recently launched our We’re Looking For Talent website, which represents a new phase in the growth of the companies in the AHT Group. The first role we are very actively recruiting for is a genius projects/ marketing/ web/ publishing assistant or manager. The ad says in its capabilities section:

Power Retail magazine has just published a very nice piece on 3D Printing: The Next Retail Revolution, drawn primarily from an interview with me. It is worth reading the entire article, but I have below excerpted some of the quotes from me with some additional commentary. The piece begins by discussing the news that a

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I did a couple of interviews today about the news that Apple’s market capitalization of $622 billion is the highest ever in absolute dollars (though not in inflation-adjusted terms). In the interview below I discuss some of the current landscape for Apple. I was also interviewed for a segment on the 7pm News. Here are

Continue reading Apple’s platforms for success and why it is worth 76% more than when Steve Jobs died

Pew Research Center has just released the latest results in an study that has been running since 1983 on the credibility of US news organizations under the title Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations. Some of the data is shown below. Source: Pew Research Center for the People & The Press

We have just launched our new recruitment site We’re Looking For Talent. Crowd business models are a major theme for us in our publishing and events. They are also at the heart of the AHT Group business model. As we build our businesses we want to see how far we can take the use of

Continue reading Launch of We’re Looking For Talent – the foundation of a crowd business model

A recent study from Burson-Marsteller looks in depth at what the Fortune Global 100 are currently doing on social media. Burson-Marsteller Global Social Media Check-Up 2012 from Burson-Marsteller Some of the interesting insights from the study include:

Insights into the evolution of Klout’s algorithm

The rise of the reputation economy is one of the most important trends of our time. As such, like it or hate it, Klout’s role as probably the most prominent influence engine today means it is useful to track its structure and mechanisms. Klout today unveiled a major change to its algorithm and scores. Here

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This post was first published on the Getting Results From Crowds book website. Today the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) issued a wide-ranging guidance on crowd funding. The guidance in essence recognizes crowdfunding and clarifies the current legislation that applies to the area. It notes that if crowdfunding activities “produce financial benefits” then they

Continue reading Australian regulators endanger crowdfunding by pushing assessments of project viabiliy

Yesterday I spoke at a business leaders lunch event in Darwin on the Future of Business organized by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Optus. Following my keynote John Paitaridis, Managing Director of Optus Business, shared some of the highlights of a recently released Optus Future of Business report, based on an extensive survey of

Continue reading Study: Increased customer expectations are driving corporate uptake of social media


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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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