Getting Lost In Tech Again
We need to make relationships the guiding principle in our communications.
Grasping Threads of the Future
What do people mean when they call themselves a futurist? More often than not the moniker revolves around grasping threads and predicting the near-term future.
Futurism increasingly drives conversations amongst technologists and leaders. The future fascinates us as much as the past does, a response to the technological imperative of change facing every single one of us.
Al Gore and Brian Solis popularized the term with their recent books The Future and WTF (What’s the Future) of Business, respectively, but contemporaries like Greg Verdino and others are calling themselves futurists, too.
Futurism extends into our larger culture now. The popular i09 blog looks at future concepts present, in entertainment and through science fiction. Of course, science fiction is the narrative business of imagining the future.
In business, futurists look at current trends, and predict how they impact society, business and culture. They see blends of activity pointing towards a general direction, using emerging trends as a clay to formalize anticipation of what’s next.
But it’s important to understand that as sexy as trendspotting is, it can lead to all sorts of bad decisions.
All Polls and Surveys Are Not Equal
Image by renaissancechambara In Washington, polls and surveys drive policy decisions, particularly around campaign season. For a presidential election, Gallup polls are considered accurate within four points, and this has yet to be proven wrong. However, several online polls and… Read More »All Polls and Surveys Are Not Equal
The State of MLK’s Dream Online
Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. day as an official U.S. federal holiday. It is during this holiday that MLK’s famous “I Had a Dream” speech plays on TV stations, radios and is discussed on the… Read More »The State of MLK’s Dream Online
When Social Media Rewards the Mindless and the Elite
Writer’s Note (11/20): Trackbacks on this post have been turned off. Links/SEO were not my objective. Elite social media performer chart from Brian Solis’s Three Cs post. Let’s be honest. Online media is just a collective mass of live and… Read More »When Social Media Rewards the Mindless and the Elite
Now Is Really Gone
I’m happy to announce that I am currently writing the second edition of Now Is Gone (Bartleby, the Publisher), which will be released in 2011. Only a few hundred copies of the book remain in stock. Since the social media… Read More »Now Is Really Gone
The Long Tail of Media Grows
When I wrote Now Is Gone, Long Tail theory was prevalent throughout social media conversations. Applied, WIRED Executive Editor Chris Anderson’s economic theory did a great job of visualizing the ascent of new media forms in context with old traditional… Read More »The Long Tail of Media Grows