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The Dark Valley – Newspapers
September 18, 2014 – 3:38 am | No Comment

The trends that disrupted the news industry – more digitisation, more connectivity, more mobility, more sociality – completely rewire not only the business model of news but also customer behaviour and expectations.

The Dark Valley and The Reinvention of the World
September 15, 2014 – 12:56 am | 2 Comments
The Dark Valley and The Reinvention of the World

We are all headed towards our own Dark Valley. Getting through it has little to do with future-gazing. It has everything to do with the will to change, the structural agility to adapt and a form of leadership willing to hear and speak hard truths.

Digital, Post-Digital and the Unlikely Arrival of the CDO
August 11, 2014 – 8:00 am | One Comment

While I respect the idea of a CDO, I am not convinced that it can work… yet. Why? Because each of the above domains is vast and deep. Most organisations have a hard enough time giving a digital marketing officer proper room and respect to succeed. The concept of a CDO expands what is an already (often) dysfunctional relationship. Further, the very notion that what is “digital” should be compressed into a single figurehead is something is a dubious presumption.

Digital isn’t a Channel
February 3, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment
Digital isn’t a Channel

Channel-thinking is not only false – it is harmful to corporate reputation. It tells you that you can treat digital like old media. It reinforces the idea that there is still an old media (there isn’t) . So why use the word?

Our Digital Future Is A City We Have Known In The Past
October 27, 2012 – 3:04 am | No Comment
Our Digital Future Is A City We Have Known In The Past

I gave a talk a few weeks ago at Blogging the City, a conference focused on urban design and city planning.  The talk was titled, Architecture is Destiny
; how we structure the flow of information, whether …

Journalism Needs Subsidy
February 13, 2012 – 4:15 am | 3 Comments

A fascinating NY Times article about how the Washington Post is struggling to redefine itself in the digital age.   One thing that caught my eye was this quote:
“The Post has expanded its Web presence …

Google Plus, The Great Game and why Social is the One Ring to Bind the Internet OS
July 3, 2011 – 4:23 am | 6 Comments
Google Plus, The Great Game and why Social is the One Ring to Bind the Internet OS

The great game on the Internet is to own as many of the disparate pieces that make up The Internet Operating System.   The pieces of this puzzle are many (and well covered in Tim O’Reilly’s …

As the Name Suggests: Google Plus will be an “And” not an “Or”
July 2, 2011 – 12:07 pm | 3 Comments
As the Name Suggests: Google Plus will be an “And” not an “Or”

The media is framing Google Plus as a direct competitor to Facebook – either Google Plus or Facebook.   After a few hours with it – I think this is the wrong framing.
Despite the fact that …

The Blurring Line Between Text and Speech (O’Reilly Radar)
June 16, 2011 – 10:51 pm | 4 Comments
The Blurring Line Between Text and Speech (O’Reilly Radar)

We are hurtling towards a world of total information capture where email, texting, instant message and mobile video are documenting our everyday speech and action – in effect rendering all speech as text. There will be few places to “talk” without that talk being given the weight and permanence of text.

Intelligent Devices / Collective Intelligence
June 8, 2011 – 7:09 am | 2 Comments
Intelligent Devices / Collective Intelligence

Recently I had to jot down a few talking points  on some ways that the network economy is impacting business strategy.   I dealt with about three trends.  Below is the first set:

1.
Everything that can be …