Posts Tagged 'thinking digital'

From Calcutta confusion to shared info today

I’m not the first person to spot that JP Rangaswami has an interesting perspective on all things digital and sociological. I heard him at the recent Thinking Digital conference along with a host of other fascinating zeitgeist readers.

He’s on this blog:http://www.confusedofcalcutta.com/ 

Pretty interesting perspectives for those trying to identify what the parameters are for the Next Big Thing. Interesting that it’s not blogging. Interesting that, since the start of this blog, it’s all gone off RSS and onto Twitter. I’m excited about Twitter and learning the ropes on @opencast. It really is a breakthrough platform.

But, it makes me yet more fascinated by real life. The Thinking Digital conference was amazing for the way the wifi and Twitter feed tracked live against the speakers… adding a totally new dimension to the event.

This, with the death of newspapers (oh, yeh, but…), makes it wide open to entrepreneurship and disruption for the future of information exchange. Next up… my thesis on brokerage, the value of networks and the cost of transactions.

In the converged world of knowledge businesses, is there any difference between a corporate finance broker, an analyst, a journalist, a trainer, a lecturer… not much, save the price they recover per interaction.

Hmmm… bring me back to the Roman Forum, Mr Lloyd’s coffee shop, First Tuesday… or see you at 1 Alfred Place…

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TED.com – a conference business expands

TED is a pin-up business for the digital generation – it’s the ‘Davos Summit’ for the digerati. 

It’s holding TED Europe in June in Oxford. It has a massive following for its talks videos online.

But, how does one expand the business model? …by franchising.

TED is now allowing a number of conferences to licence its brand as TEDx – clever stuff. Is it part of expanded philanthropy or is it viral expansion?

There’s one in Newcastle coming up later in Sept 2009. This one is being run, I believe by Codeworks, who put together the fantastic Thinking Digital event last week.

Inspiring stuff…

Geordieland – no digital backwater

They used to say that the high tide of economic prosperity reached Newcastle (aka Geordieland) last and went out first. However, has the Blair-Brown spending given the NorthEast a post-industrial future – or is the economy still very precarious?

Outliers… Malcolm Gladwell’s book… would have a field day if you looked at Newcastle 1830 to 1870… the invention of electricity from coal-fired power stations… the invention of the railways… the invention of the light bulb…

But, Newcastle is reinventing itself as a world city – an Ideopolis – with embedded university, airport to anywhere… still the joie de vivre of a port town with sunny weather (remember the Romans didn’t settle Manchester because it rained too much!)

Check out the biggest thing happening in Newcastle this year: Thinking Digital– a British-born TED conference, hosted by an inspired Korean-American, Herb Kim,  tasked with bringing cohesion and fighting spirit to the NorthEast’s digital business through his organisation Codeworks


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