vrijdag 21 december 2012

TED: Israel and Iran: A love story? - Ronny Edry (2012)

When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/PU2FTOK2Z4o/israel_and_iran_a_love_story.html

donderdag 20 december 2012

TED: Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff - Adam Davidson (2012)

It's the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year's "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/unyapaddN-Y/adam_davidson_what_we_learned_from_teetering_on_the_fiscal_cliff.html

dinsdag 18 december 2012

TED: Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk - Molly Crockett (2012)

Brains are ubiquitous in modern marketing: Headlines proclaim cheese sandwiches help with decision-making, while a “neuro” drink claims to reduce stress. There’s just one problem, says neuroscientist Molly Crockett: The benefits of these "neuro-enhancements" are not proven scientifically. In this to-the-point talk, Crockett explains the limits of interpreting neuroscientific data, and why we should all be aware of them.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/r_d0jbYJWrE/molly_crockett_beware_neuro_bunk.html

maandag 17 december 2012

TED: Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car? - Robin Chase (2012)

A decade ago, Robin Chase founded Zipcar in the US, now the largest car-sharing company in the world. Now she's exploring the next level of car-sharing: Buzzcar, a French startup that lets people rent their own cars to others. The details are fascinating (how does insurance work, exactly?), and the larger vision (she calls it Peers, Inc.) points to a new definition of ownership and entrepreneurship.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/nQlDHrSjad4/robin_chase_excuse_me_may_i_rent_your_car.html

vrijdag 14 december 2012

TED: Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house? - Ben Saunders (2012)

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/e0FrcB5J8EQ/ben_saunders_why_bother_leaving_the_house.html

donderdag 13 december 2012

TED: Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle - Marcus Byrne (2012)

A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source -- animal excrement -- home. How? It all comes down to a dance. (Filmed at TEDxWitsUniversity.)

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/dHm-RizA_9Q/marcus_byrne_the_dance_of_the_dung_beetle.html

woensdag 12 december 2012

A new start with WordPress 3.5


Today WordPress 3.5 shipped. I quickly updated.

This year I’ve been bored with my blog. I spent a ton of time this year on Facebook. Today Facebook told me that I added 2,272 friends and liked 4,007 pages this year.

Yet I let WordPress languish. Why? Because posting inside the social networks, whether on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter, was easier. Less friction. And the people showed up in droves. A year ago I had about 15,000 followers on Facebook. Today I have 442,000.

So, today, I opened up WordPress. Wiped out the theme I had been using, and moved to a simple theme and just started writing.

The photo? It’s using a new photo upload feature in WordPress 3.5. That’s one thing that the social networks had made easier. So nice to see WordPress is getting easier to use again.

It’s of the Senzari team at LeWeb. I was interviewing them for our new book. The video should be up soon. They are building a new contextual music service.

Speaking of videos, have you checked into YouTube lately? YouTube has a nice new design and my channel is looking good.

This morning I interviewed Freshbook’s CEO using my iPhone on Soundcloud. We talked about tips for entrepreneurs and more. You really should listen to some of my audio interviews, they are quite good and intimate since I can have conversations that are just on my cell phone.

Anyway, the last month has seen a bunch of travel. Did you see the video I did with Michael Lazerow, CMO at Salesforce while on stage at LeWeb?

Finally, over on Google+ they opened a new feature, called Communities, last week. I quickly added one, for people who are building companies, and already 4,000+ people have joined.

Anyway, thanks to WordPress for updating and getting me back to blogging. Sorry for using the boring theme.

More to come on our book, The Age of Context. Lots of great interviews are in the bag for that, more to come.

from Scobleizer http://scobleizer.com/2012/12/12/a-new-start-with-wordpress-3-5/

Why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives

I recently wrote Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization, reflecting on an executive roundtable discussion I lead as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Graduate School of Business of the University of New England.

The roundtable was also written up in the Australian Financial Review, which provides a good summary of the discussion in a piece titled Conversation killers: managers who can’t talk the talk.

Interestingly, what the journalist drew out from my contributions was about the rise of microblogging:

Dawson said micro-blogging had soared with employers including Deloitte, the NSW Department of Education and NSW Department of Premier and cabinet using microblogs for internal communication with staff. “Of all the social media platforms microblogging is the most akin to conversation,” he said. “Email is not going to die, but it is reducing,” he said.

The rise of microblogging
I have been reflecting on the quite extraordinary rise of microblogging over the last few years. When I wrote Implementing Enterprise 2.0 in January 2009, I included in the “Tools” section Wikis, Blogs, Social Networks, RSS and Syndication, Social Bookmarking, and Microblogging.

Those were fairly early days and obviously today we would have quite a different frame, not least since the social software platforms originally available in each space have converged to each offer broad, integrated social suites.

However if we consider the individual social tools, there is no question that microblogging has risen the fastest, and is the aspect of social software most on the lips of CEOs who wonder whether they should emulate their peers who have found value in using microblogs.

The major microblogging players
The most prominent players are Yammer, now part of Microsoft, and Salesforce.com’s Chatter, and each have built out from that core to wider functionality. However there are many other participants. Tibco’s Tibbr kicked off the strong shift to “activity streams”, which includes corporate and project activities as well as people’s notes; I wrote about this at Tibbr’s launch.

IBM’s broad-based social platform Connections and platforms that began with specific tools such as wikis and blogs and have now shifted to broader social suites, such as SocialText, Jive, Telligent all include microblogging, while Cisco has introduced Jabber.

Intriguingly, I am hearing that some companies are using Twitter as a free enterprise microblogging platform, using protected accounts.

Why microblogging has flourished
If I had to pick out a single reason as to why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives, it would be reflected in the quote the AFR used: microblogging is the closest we have to human conversation, which is at the center of organizational value in the knowledge economy.

In a related way, it provides the greatest value for the lowest effort. Most employees initially view social software as additional effort on top of heavy workloads, so have no interest in activities such as blogging that they think will be time-consuming. Contributing to a microblog takes minimal time so is an easy starting point, yet people can quickly see the benefits.

One of my most consistent messages is that high-performance organizations are increasingly driven by the quality of their networks. Microblogs, through their ease of participation and the breadth of their visibility, are excellent facilitators of organizational networks. Staff can easily get a better sense of activities, capabilities, and personalities across the firm. After 15 years of ‘expertise location’ being on the agenda, microblogs are proving to be one of the simplest and best ways to find the relevant expertise in the organization to address a problem or opportunity.

Success and failure
It is instructive how different the success of microblogging initiatives is across companies. In some cases they immediately flourish, providing value that is evident at all levels of the organization. In other situations microblogs fail to take off, fizzle, or simply flatline. Sometimes microblogs get traction in a part of the organization but fail to take root in others.

There are now a fairly well-developed set of organizational capabilities, that I will write about more in another post, on making microblogging work effectively. While some of it is about cultural initiatives, more is about design, in finding the right starting points for microblogging to grow.

Building a fire
Implementing microblogs is like building a fire; you begin with the kindling that moves to twigs and branches and eventually spreads to the central logs of the structure.

Microblogging has been clearly demonstrated to be a central element to building valuable conversations and networks in organizations. It needs to be a central element to building successful social business.

The post Why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

from Trends in the Living Networks http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TrendsInTheLivingNetworks/~3/eC-WtJb-pus/why-microblogging-has-moved-to-the-heart-of-enterprise-social.html

TED: Maz Jobrani: A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar … - Maz Jobrani (2012)

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/ljkRbQLQlXE/maz_jobrani_a_saudi_an_indian_and_an_iranian_walk_into_a_qatari_bar.html

dinsdag 11 december 2012

TED: Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online - Markham Nolan (2012)

By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/23GOWf4aSdA/markham_nolan_how_to_separate_fact_and_fiction_online.html

vrijdag 7 december 2012

TED: Lemon Andersen performs "Please don't take my Air Jordans" - Lemon Andersen (2011)

Would you kill for a pair of Air Jordans? Lemon Andersen spins a tale of someone who did, reciting a poem by Reg E. Gaines. These verses taught Lemon that poetry could be about more than self-expression, and could sound like music when given rhythm and infused with the grit of the New York streets around him.

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/66zdLVJJuAM/lemon_andersen_performs_please_don_t_take_my_air_jordans.html

donderdag 6 december 2012

TED: Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine? - Nina Tandon (2012)

Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/Y9BKEanjNMA/nina_tandon_could_tissue_engineering_mean_personalized_medicine.html

woensdag 5 december 2012

TED: Jeff Smith: Lessons in business … from prison - Jeff Smith (2012)

Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected -- he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.)

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/Ga-BSf7K-p0/jeff_smith_lessons_in_business_from_prison.html

maandag 3 december 2012

TED: Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing - Bobby Ghosh (2012)

Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority (most recently Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests that, now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word. (Filmed at TEDxGeorgetown.)

from TEDTalks (video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/BGE_t2UGHnc/bobby_ghosh_why_global_jihad_is_losing.html