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Future Is Not More Gadgets

Future gadgets will do things such as enhanced cognitive assistance and collaborative filtering. And that gadget is probably your phone. Japan is always the best place for new inspirations. My rental phone also acts as a translator and all I need is to point the built-in camera to any Japanese characters. It exchanges personal information that works like business cards. ...

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World Business Forum – Special Offer

The World Business Forum is coming up soon. It will take place October 6-7, 2009 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, with an optional Gary Hamel workshop on October 8, 2009. September 25, 2009 is the last day to get the $610 early bird discount. As a special service to my loyal readers I have negotiated ...

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Personal Innovation – Profiting from Uncertainty

How can you ensure that in turbulent times you not only survive the organizational restructuring but actually benefit by it? Most businesses are having to change not once but over and over in order to meet the challenges of recession, competition and technology convergence. Some changes are all about cutting costs, although they may be called something else. Others are ...

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Abuse Customers at Your Own Risk

Long time readers of this blog will know that my love for most airlines in the US has never taken off. In fact, I’m constantly amazed by the continued indifference many of them have towards the consumer, not to mention the consumer’s resigned acceptance of the service they’re offered. Not everybody is content to lie down and be trampled on ...

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10 Rules for Small Business Success

I attended the fantastic first Small & Special conference one afternoon in July, with more than 100 other small business owners (some just weeks into their new venture) and several excellent speakers. The energy was palpable, and the agenda was inspiring. It was clear throughout the afternoon that starting and succeeding with a small business involves a lot of hard ...

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FREE – A Followup

FREE is an idea I’ve played with before. Now Chris Anderson, the brilliant editor of Wired and Long Tail advocate, has turned his attention to the four letter word that is shocking business people everywhere. I remember back in the day when sixties radical Abbie Hoffman titled his most famous publication “Steal This Book.” What a title! It was a ...

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My View on Crowdsourcing Published on BusinessWeek.com

Helen Walters, Business Week’s Editor for Innovation and Design, recently gathered opinions on crowdsourcing, via Twitter. I replied with a quote via email and Business Week published it recently with a dozen others. Here’s mine: You can find the whole slide show here. “The future of crowdsourcing will be as an integrated and required part of the front end of ...

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incentive2innovate Conference Wrapup

I just returned from a great experience at the incentive2innovate conference at the United Nations in New York City. Hosting the conference at the United Nations seemed appropriate given that it was a gathering of people who are trying to change the world. The percentage of people representing non-profits and social capitalist organizations was much higher than I expected, and ...

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incentive2innovate – Global Development & Partnerships

The final panel on the second day at the incentive2innovate conference at the United Nations was on global development and partnerships. The panel was moderated by Michael Green (Co-Author “Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World”): Andreas Widmer, Co-Founder, S.E.VEN (Social Equity Venture) FundAmir Dossal, Executive Director, United Nations Office for PartnershipsCharlie Brown, Executive Director, Ashoka ChangemakersCarol Armistead Grigsby, ...

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incentive2innovate – Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn

Day two at the incentive2innovate conference at the United Nations featured a keynote by Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn. Reid Hoffman took the stage and began by speaking about how individiduals are now small businesses, before moving on to discuss how the venture capital industry started in Boston but has been eclipsed by Silicon Valley. Proliferation of open networks in ...

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