Category Archives: change

In which I answer Andrius’s 12 (excellent) Questions

We talk a bunch about openness and transparency, but I don’t know anyone who walks that talk more than my friend Andrius Kulikauskas. Andrius lives in Vilnius, Lithuania, and runs the Minciu Sodas (Orchard of Thoughts) Lab from there. He … Continue reading

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Thriving in the Relationship Economy

This morning I gave a new talk with a tool that I hadn’t used before: Prezi. I’ll ruminate on my experience with the tool some other time. My talk has the same title as this blog post. Here’s the Prezi … Continue reading

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What should Obama do to help Africa?

At the IDLO Microfinance Project workshop in Dar es Salaam, I asked the 25 collected participants to blog, email or otherwise tell us what are the most powerful things Obama might do to help Africa. From Stella Odife of the … Continue reading

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A Microsoft ad I love (who knew? it’s not Seinfeld)

Via Chris Carfi and Twitter, just saw a lovely skit that Microsoft’s ad network people created: “Advertiser vs. Consumer.” The point that advertisers have no clue about actually conversing is sweetly made. Whether Microsoft’s ad people can actually do better … Continue reading

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No more buffing the corporate veneer: time to pierce it

Old-school branding and public relations are all about creating magical, memorable brands, unifying the enterprise’s many operations under that brand banner, then making sure nothing besmirches that image. Think of that old-fashioned brand image as a beautiful burled veneer covering … Continue reading

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Public Relationships (an open letter to PR agencies – repost)

I originally posted this to my Blogger site — the site that vanished mysteriously some time back. It’s not showing up on Google, so I thought I’d repost: Thursday, August 12, 2004 Public Relationships (an open letter to PR agencies) … Continue reading

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O my love is like a no-doc loan (the subprime song)

No idea what made me start uttering the first lines of Robbie Burns’ old poem while pondering the subprime crisis, but the result is this: My love is like a no-doc loan That’s newly sprung in June: My love is … Continue reading

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Looking forward to hearing John Taylor Gatto

Ages ago, Doc introduced me to John Taylor Gatto‘s essay The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher (since upgraded to eight lessons, I think). I’ve been a fan ever since, and met him a couple of times. At one point, he recommended what is … Continue reading

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Work is play; play is work

Thanks to a tweet from Hugh MacLeod (who tweets a lot), I read JP’s recent post on play, in which he riffs on an insight Michael Schrage had in Serious Play. This complex chain of stimuli reminded me of a … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky will be our guest on next Monday’s Yi-Tan call

Even though the topics of crowdsourcing, collective intelligence, social media and self-organization have been in the air a bunch lately, I have found few people who can break through the surface layers of what’s happening and also explain their insights … Continue reading

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Blogging from PUSH in Minneapolis

Cecily Sommers puts an extraordinary amount of care and thought and energy into PUSH every year. I’m enjoying the fruits of that labor of love again now, as the conference gets rolling. Yesterday Cecily started us off with several performers, … Continue reading

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Yi-Tan: posting the calls here

Every Monday for two years plus, I’ve been hosting a half-hour call on tech-related subjects. My co-founder Pip Coburn and I named the sessions Yi-Tan Tech Community Calls, “yi-tan” being Mandarin for “conversations about change.” (“Yi” is change, as in … Continue reading

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