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Valedictory Speech 2014 for 13 year olds

I was asked to give a short speech at my daughter’s valedictory Leaver’s Dinner at the end of her Junior School year. Here is an edited version of what I said (I sprinkled this with some personal stories, humour and
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Digital Immersion and Social DNA: Eliminating the Immigrant / Native divide?

A recent report from TGI Clickstream presents data that is believed to dispel the perception that people under-30 [Digital Natives] have a higher online presence than Digital Immigrants. Theauthors of the report believe that it is a user’s Social DNA
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Don’t write the U.S. off just yet – How the TIDES of Change model can help assess the future of the world’s largest economy

“Many business leaders will realise, soon, that they are underinvesting in North America” says Joel Kurtzman a leading figure in the U.S. on the future of business. Joel founded the Booz & Co magazine Strategy+Business and is also a senior

Getting rid of email – here’s a company that’s done just that

Over the last few months I have begun to include a small section in some of my workshops on the clutter and “stuff” that makes work life a pain. Almost all participants identify meetings and email (and many add managers,
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Digital Natives – The back-story

The development of Digital Natives as a concept can trace its roots through the history of computers. Through the 70’s and 80’s computers went from being the size of your house to something you could have in a room in
Microsoft To Acquire Maker Of Popular Minecraft Game For 2.5 Billion

Microsoft targets Gen Z

Microsoft has acquired Mojang the maker of Minecraft for $2.5bn [see AFP article below]. Minecraft is a game with very simplistic graphic and game play but it has managed to garner a player base numbering in the millions spread across

Award winning emerging market startups with a global edge

Seedstars World is a Geneva-based company that holds competitions for startups around the world. Their list of competition winners from the last year includes 19 emerging market companies that are innovating products and services with some exceptional promise. We believe
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Digital Natives @ Play – where online and offline merge

I was recently doing some end of winter gardening. My Digital Native children aged 11 and 7 ½ were outside helping. They were soon bored and began to play instead. Soon the game was a good old-fashioned Army game of
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The sports car that runs on SALTWATER

The sports car that runs on SALTWATER: Vehicle goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds – and has just been approved for EU roads Quant e-Sportlimousine’s top speed is 217mph – equal to a McLaren P1 The car uses

A hidden secret of the Ice Bucket Challenge success – and the future of communication

The Ice Bucket challenge for ALS is probably the most successful meme created thus far for social media. Of course, social media experts are now trying to reverse engineer it to discover the secrets to successfully created a viral campaign
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Blackberry: Time of death…?

John Chen, the CEO brought in to arrest Blackberry slide into oblivion believes that Blackberry has turned the corner and can be saved. In an article by Nic Fildes in THE TIMES Business (6 August) Chen was quoted as telling

I have seen the future – and it only costs $35

A few weeks ago I was doing a workshop with a telecoms company. We were looking at some of their thoughts around global expansion, especially into developing markets and across Africa. Then they showed me something that is going to

Just for fun: Why you really, really want a drone at home

It’s Friday, and the weekend is here. So, for a bit of fun check out this wonderful use of a drone. Drones are now readily available. My brother, a video producer based in Atlanta USA (see his video channel here)

Sharing Your Secrets: What Elon Musk’s latest move at Tesla means for you

I’ll admit it: I have a huge man-crush on Elon Musk. I like everything this guy does. From his passion for space exploration and madcap vision of a one way trip to Mars, to his recent announcements about building both

Apple just entered your market (Healthcare, I’m talking to you)

For the last few years, our team has enjoyed asking our clients a hypothetical question: “What would the impact be if Apple/Google/Facebook announced today that it was entering your market?”. To be honest, I think it should be a thought

Happy birthday World Wide Web

It was on 12 March 1989 that a young British scientist, Tim Berners Lee, working at CERN in Switzerland sent a memo to his boss entitled “Information Management: A Proposal”. In it he proposed to develop a way to share

Print me a face: another mind blowing use for 3d printers

At TomorrowToday, we’re big fans of 3d printing technology. We’ve been speaking about it for more than 5 years now. I actually have a 3d printer at home, and as a team we write about the implications of 3d printing

WHERE to look to see the future

Our team at TomorrowToday often presents on future trends and the disruptive forces shaping the world. Our content comes from our ongoing research and analysis, backed up by a full-time research team spread across the world. It’s easy then for

The biggest problem in business right now? I.T.!

Over the past few weeks, in a number of workshops and interactions with clients I have become increasingly bold in my pronouncements about IT. Most companies’ information technology departments are now holding their companies back. They are protecting outdated systems

Designing a SMART Customer Experience

The digital world has disrupted our marketing worlds and changed the way business communicates with its customer. Social media has opened the door to two-way conversations, data gives us a better understanding of our market and mobile makes our message

3D printing rapidly approaching tipping point

We’ve been watching and tracking the implications of 3D printers and a disruptive force and innovation for over five years now. We’ve observed many exciting developments from the work of Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the

Gamification and your life

One of the trends TomorrowToday has been tracking for several years is that of Gamification. Simply put, this reflects that reality that just as social networking, search engines, and online media have changed the way we live, so too has

The Year of the Employee: Forbes’ predictions for 2014 talent, leadership and HR tech

Ian Turner, one of Duke CE’s top MD’s and leadership development programme experts gets credit for finding this interesting article and sending it on to me. There are some fascinating thoughts in Deloittes’ predictions for 2014, published in Forbes, as

Cyber Bullying: Are you ready for this?

Parents, do you know what 420, TDTM and GNOC mean in cyber speak? Whether you do or don’t, there’s a good chance your child does – 420 means marijuana, TDTM means Talk Dirty to Me, and GNOC means Get Naked

Idealising the past: Being unsocial

A few weeks ago the following picture was doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, under the heading: “modern technology makes us more unsocial”: There’s an excellent point to be made in this photo, and in the similar I found

Booz & Co’s Strategy+Business Best Business Blogs of 2013

The editor of Booz & Co’s Strategic+Business magazine and blog site selected his favourite business blogs of 2013. I like this list a lot – there’s some really valuable articles here. It’s an eclectic list, but well worth taking some

Apple isn’t going away just yet

The predictions of Apple’s demise have, it seems, been all too premature. At TomorrowToday, we’re big Apple fans. Personally, I am certified Apple cult member, with a completely Apple-infested house (with everything from iPads and iPods to Apple TV and

Game changing innovations: Desalinating ocean water

In our TIDES of Change presentation, we’ve been saying for a few years now that the company that finds a cheap and easy way to desalinate sea water will make more money than they will know what to do with.

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow’s Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow's Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Top 7 Trends for Social Media in 2014

Going into 2014 I have spent some time looking into the predicted trends and have highlighted a few that I believe will take place in 2014. Image based content will increase This is a no-brainer but should be said. Image

“Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy

Scanning cameras lock onto John Anderton’s face as he walks through a shopping mall. Using facial recognition technology advertisers clock his presence and begin an invasive barrage of “personalised” advertisements designed to entice, cajole and convince him to purchase the must have

Reasons Why We Don’t Need Offices

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a

Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a

Video: Summary of TIDES of Change – and implications of disruptions

Over the past few months I have been collecting video footage of the presentations I have done of our team’s “TIDES of Change” presentation. Based on the research our Strategic Insights team has done over the past few years, we

Technology innovation that is changing lives

Technology is only as valuable as value that is perceived by its user. The technology that impacts the future are technologies that people adopt and use. These are the technologies to watch. There are many of these technologies on my

30 ways technology will change education between now and 2030

While doing some reading to prepare for a workshop with a group of head teachers last week, I came across this very well researched and presented future timeline of potential educational changes we can expect technology to bring in the

Social Media and Recruitment – The connection economy shift

Finding a job has never been a simple process and finding the right person to join your company is like finding a needle in a haystack. Fortunately the rise of social media is making it easier for companies and candidates

Retail and Technology

There is a unique relationship between retail and technology. Retail chains have long been adopting technology as a means to track customers and gather valuable data. Some retailers have also leant on technology to provide more interesting window displays and

Dear CEO, You have to be in it to win it (I’m talking social media, you dinosaur)

You’ll lose 100% of the shots you don’t take. You’ll find this pithy advice in almost every motivational book. But being a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You have to be in it to win it. In the business

Mirrors, cameras, social media and cultural evolution – Seth Godin

Earlier today, Seth Godin posted an interesting piece on his blog about mirrors, cameras and cultural evolution. Read it at his blog or below. He points out that a few centuries ago nobody would have known what their “true” reflection
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Good news for animals…and vegetarians: but what about leadership?

In London scientists recently (5 August) unveiled the first purely lab-grown beef burger and tested it on a select group of tasters (sounds like a good job to have…for the most part at least!). It is seen as the end

Things People Can Still Do Better Than Computers

Over the last hundred years, we’ve learnt the hard way that modern technologies both improve our world and destroy our jobs. Today it is computers (in the form of smart devices), the internet and social media that are both revolutionising

Video: Technology replacing professionals in 10 years

If you had told a farmer a century ago that he would not need labourers, and would be able to harvest and manage his farm using machines he would have laughed at you. If you had told factory bosses the

The Factory in Your Garage: A review of 3d printing options and implications

A few weeks ago, I bought a 3d printer for use in my home. On the day I installed it, I recorded a video for our team’s Signpost’s YouTube channel (it’s available here or at the bottom of this post).

Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions

“It is clear that policymakers and those who advise them do not have a satisfactory conceptual framework for dealing with [this] disruptive impact” says Alec Ross the former senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and; Jonathan Luff a
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Will you still have a job in 2025? The alarming rate at which jobs are being disrupted

A recent MIT Technology Review reveals an alarming trend. Since the early 2000’s and increasingly since the financial crisis of 2008, the levels of employment have decreased even though productivity has increased over the same period. Erik Brynjolfsson And Andrew
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When will they Revolt?

In 1968 it seemed that the whole world was in dispute or turmoil. Many of the disputes were student led; there were student protests in Poland against the oppressive Communist Government, there were protests and riots in France that ending

Limited social media at work is a deal breaker for younger generations

The biggest issue that HR is facing today is IT policies. In most companies, IT does not see itself as a service to the HR function, and don’t recognise how much their policies affect the morale of the staff –

Digital Trends 2013

I was alerted to the Digital Trends 2013 website a few days ago. It’s a collaboration between Microsoft, IPG Mediabrands and The Future Laboratory (although the domain name indicates that MS is the dominant partner). It looks like this might

Signposts video: What’s IT doing?

In the latest of our new series of “TomorrowToday Signpost videos” on YouTube, Graeme Codrington asks what IT are doing at the moment? It’s a bit of a rant, as Graeme feels that most IT departments have stopped being service

25 Things You Need to Know About the Future

I was recently browsing through a bookshop’s recommended books, and saw “25 Things You Need to Know About the Future” by Christopher Barnatt (Constable, 2012 – buy it at Amazon or Kalahari.com). It’s a great primer, and I like the
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War: The Ultimate Disruptive Force

Unless you have been locked in a cupboard it has been very hard to not be aware that the 69th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion of German occupied France on 6th June 1944 has recently passed us. Next year will probably

Keep your hands off my genes

And now an entry from the case files of the totally bleeding obvious: Yesterday the Supreme Court of the USA finally agreed – unanimously – that genes cannot be patented. In a stunning example of corporate over reach, a variety

Book review: Makers, The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

A few years ago, then editor of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson built a small plane out of Lego parts with his kids. After realizing that even children’s toys now come packed with advanced sensors and controls, Chris decided to start

Shifting from Social Media Connections to a Connection Economy

Social media exploded a few years ago and developed a desire amoung businesses worldwide to engage with the digital world through social media. Companies started Facebook pages, Twitter Profiles and every kind of social media profile they could think of.

Mobile Marketing and Social Disruption

I am currently in the middle of a simple series exploring mobile and the impacts it has in life, work and society. When asked to look at the future of mobile I believe that you need at look at three

Technology Innovation thats changing lives

Technology is only as valuable as value that is perceived by its user. The technology that impacts the future are technologies that people adopt and use. These are the technologies to watch.There are many of these technologies on my list

So what does a Digital Business Consultant actually do?

I am often asked what I do? Partly because some people don’t understand the digital world they way I do and partly because I tend to get involved in many different aspects of the digital community. So I thought it

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:

Intel's Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:

Video: Fujitsu’s 21st Century Leadership series

Recently, I spoke at an evening function hosted by Fujitsu in London. The theme was: “Who’s in charge? Leadership in the 21st century workplace”. Liv Garfield, CEO of BT Openreach, and myself shared the platform and a panel discussion, and

I want you in my office. Now. What’s really going on at Yahoo?

The biggest tech news so far this year has been an announcement by Yahoo that they want “all hands on deck” and that all work-from-home is being cancelled as from June. Irked Yahoo employees have leaked the memo that was

A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense,
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A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense,
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No more ‘Top Gear’? But how else could the driverless car impact you?

Self-driving cars?  Seems like a million miles off, right?  Like flying cars (which already exist, by the way). When Sebastian Thrun was 18, he lost his best friend in a car accident.  Since then, he has set himself the goal

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest

Witness the death of Blackberry

I don’t know if Blackberry 10 (the Z10 phone with the BB10 operating system) is going to be any good. I hope it is, for the sake of all my friends and clients who’s IT departments force them to use

Improvising the revolution: Fail to win, like Steve Jobs

The Apple Lisa. The Newton. Macintosh TV. The Apple III. The Powermac G4 Cube. Steve Jobs had a brilliant understanding of how technology trends were developing, yet even he messed up fairly regularly and spectacularly (although he got better with

Tomorrow’s Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

Our UK Strategic Insights team has recently released a report on “Tomorrow’s Retail” – and it’s now available for you to download. It’s filled with fantastic insights – like this one… What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer

Tomorrow's Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

Our UK Strategic Insights team has recently released a report on “Tomorrow’s Retail” – and it’s now available for you to download. It’s filled with fantastic insights – like this one… What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer
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Tomorrow’s Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer needs before they even realise it themselves? US store Target, famously got into hot water when it used analytics to predict when customers were pregnant in order to benefit from their
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Tomorrow’s Retail – Available Today!

Today we launch our new Tomorrow’s Retail report and we hope you take the chance to download and read it. And please don’t think that if you don’t work in retail, it’s not for you.  One of the things we

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s
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Shale Gas – the greatest disruptive technology facing the world of work

“The shale-gas revolution in America has been as sudden and startling as a supertanker performing a handbrake turn… the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the United States will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, outstripping Saudi Arabia

Video: Five forces shaping the future of business

This is my book project for 2013: The TIDES of Change. This is a look at the five most important forces that are causing disruptive change in the world right now; and, of course, how we should respond as individuals,

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded

Trends to watch in 2013

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas
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Trends to watch in 2013

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas

TEDx: The Third Wave of the Digital Age

My TEDx talk has finally been uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel, and is now available to view. I delivered this at TEDx Square Mile in London in October this year. The topic was an introduction to an issue I

TEDx: The Third Wave of the Digital Age

My TEDx talk has finally been uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel, and is now available to view. I delivered this at TEDx Square Mile in London in October this year. The topic was an introduction to an issue I

VIDEO: A free agent nation – disruptive employment

The world is being completely reshaped by five key disruptive forces: technology, institutional change, demographics, environmental and ethic issues, and shifting social values. This video investigates how one company has created a vision of how this might change the world

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

The Kids Aren't Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and
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The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

Video: Digital natives of 1989 entering the world of work

One of the biggest causes of disruptive change in the world right now is the combination of a radical increase in computing power and the arrival of the digital natives in the workplace.   This video of Graeme Codrington was

Video: Big data, infographics and the role of IT in a new world of work

I spoke at a conference for the German company, Haniel earlier this year. The audience was largely German and engineers, so I toned down my normal style (a bit of energy, a bit of humour) to suit them, but the

The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Last Saturday, I spoke at a TEDx conference in London.  The talk I initially scripted would have taken longer than half an hour – not quite TED style!  The talk I planned to give would actually have taken about 19
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The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Last Saturday, I spoke at a TEDx conference in London.  The talk I initially scripted would have taken longer than half an hour – not quite TED style!  The talk I planned to give would actually have taken about 19

‘Mind the Gap’ and all our other books are now available in Kindle

Graeme Codrington’s award winning and best selling book, “Mind the Gap” has just been released in electronic format and is now available in Kindle and other e-pub formats. Graeme’s publisher, Penguin, has finally completed a worldwide deal with Amazon to

‘Mind the Gap’ is now available in Kindle

My award winning and best selling book, “Mind the Gap” has just been released in electronic format and is now available in Kindle and other e-pub formats. My publisher, Penguin, has finally completed a worldwide deal with Amazon to release

The Goldilocks Principle: On Learning Leadership

Some years ago I asked a friend who was responsible for some of the most successful TV adverts in South Africa – she was the advertising agency’s account manager for a fast food brand – what made the adverts so

Why Apple introduced maps (before it was ready) and why it’s brilliant for us all

So, the iPhone 5 has been launched along with iOS 6, Apple’s latest operating system for its mobile devices. As always a few users have had hiccups upgrading, and Apple has already released a further update or two to deal

Why Apple introduced maps (before it was ready) and why it’s brilliant for us all

So, the iPhone 5 has been launched along with iOS 6, Apple’s latest operating system for its mobile devices. As always a few users have had hiccups upgrading, and Apple has already released a further update or two to deal

TomorrowToday TV: Vidcasts on future trends and disruptive change

In addition to our new Internet TV channel, powered by YourBusinessChannel, the TomorrowToday team continues to develop video-based resources. We’re committed to bringing you strategic insights that stimulate thought and conversation. Here are some of our most recent contributions: Dr
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Secrets to Success in a New World of Work: High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

The world we live and work in has become increasingly complex in the past two decades.  Rapid advances in technology, together with globalization and fast growth all combined to rewrite the rules of success, failure and organizational design.  The result

The Future of the Olympics: who’s the best mutant? or human 2.0?

As the Olympics once again start their quadrennial celebrations of human achievement and athletic accomplishment, we look forward to a few weeks of extraordinary stories and celebrations. On the basis of past experience, it’s likely that some competitors will be

The end of the line…

It’s hardly earth shattering news, but a recent piece of research in New Zealand has indicated that as Generation Y are growing up and becoming home owners for the first time, they’re simply not installing home phones. No landlines at
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The future isn’t what it used to be: Neither at work nor it seems, at home!

In the July-August issue of The Futurist (www.wfs.org) there was an interesting article on the shift from ‘smart houses’ to ‘networked houses’. Authors Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth describe how tomorrow’s integrated, networked and aware home systems will forever change

Slideshare: There’s An App For That (for bankers and business people)

Last week I ran a workshop for a group of Swiss bankers, focussing on the future of banking and payments. It was based on research commissioned by our client. If you’re interested, please let me know (you can email me

Slideshare: There’s An App For That (for bankers and business people)

Last week I ran a workshop for a group of Swiss bankers, focussing on the future of banking and payments. It was based on research commissioned by our client. If you’re interested, please let me know (you can email me
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Living Up To Expectations: Understanding Generational Expectations in the Workplace

Not only are expectations subject to personal nuances, they can be further understood by looking at broad generational values that underpin behaviour. Generational Theory as originally promoted by Howe and Strauss, two Yale and Harvard trained political economists, suggests that

How Artificial Intelligence can save the markets (and our jobs)

Keith Holdt, one of our newest contributors, has posted a video on his personal blog that was developed by our friends and content partners, your Business Channel. It’s 5 minutes really worth watching: Some interesting thoughts on what Artificial Intelligence

Wisdom and insights from Seth Godin

I am a huge fan of Seth Godin, and subscribe to his daily insights blog and emails. So many of his daily nuggets are pure gold, and I find myself wanting to share them (I do this through Twitter @workforcetrends
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The Revenge of the Boomers – why Boomers need to become techno-literate!

I heard a great story in a workshop in which I was involved with a group of educators. We were talking about ‘Rethinking Education’ and in particular the way in which technology is impacting on education. As you can imagine

TomorrowToday launches our own TV channel: TomorrowToday Business TV

Our colleagues in the UK have formed a partnership with our business television friends at yourBusinessChannel, and they’re pleased to bring you TomorrowToday TV. On this channel, we feature a selection of short video clips from business experts to get

TomorrowToday launches our own TV channel: TomorrowToday Business TV

In partnership with our business television friends at yourBusinessChannel, we’re pleased to bring you TomorrowToday TV. On this channel, we feature a selection of short video clips from business experts to get you thinking further about various aspects of the
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Secrets to Success in a New World of Work: High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

The world we live and work in has become increasingly complex in the past two decades. Rapid advances in technology, together with globalization and fast growth all combined to rewrite the rules of success, failure and organizational design. The result

The Communication Revolution

My colleague, Saffron Baggally, runs our training company in South Africa. She recently had some excellent insights on the information and communication revolution we’re living through. I know you’ll enjoy her thoughts: In the 21st century I think we are

Barefoot Leadership: The neglected activity of leaders

Play is important. For any child, play is serious stuff and central to their daily activities. We have lots of expressions that would underscore the importance of play (all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy is one
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Innovation and Technology in Banking

TomorrowToday’s Strategic Insights team is working on a new study of how banks are currently using “ebanking”, digital banking and social media. We’ve already found some great examples of how the world of banking and money is innovating – from

Switching off the sun: Preparing for the next generation in the workplace

Hannah (the daughter of a colleague) was strapped in her car seat as her parents headed off for a weekend away. Hannah is a bright, engaging two-year-old and no doubt had thought plenty of thoughts from this particular vantage point,

The Social Revolution: Embrace it… or face extinction

This blog is the first from a new contributor, Keith Holdt, Head of Global Sales at Swiss Post Solutions. Keith is a world leading expert on the digital revolution, and how digital data will transform the world of work. We’re

Cloud service predictions – coming fast, coming soon

Recently, Graeme Codrington was asked to comment on how cloud computing services are changing the way we work. The journalist used their conversation to generate a number of press releases which can be seen below. Our overall message is quite

One billion Chinese mobile phones

Today, 3 March 2012, marks the moment that the one billionth Chinese mobile phone contract is taken out. India are not far behind, with just about 900 million contracts. Together, these two countries account for one quarter of all mobile

Three reasons to get into Google+

Google+ is taking the world by storm and just may become the social network with enough clout to give Facebook a run for its money. After joining Google+ a few month ago (you can see my profile here) I have

The Revolution Starts Where? A presentation for the meetings industry

A few weeks ago, Graeme Codrington ran a workshop at EMEC2012, the conference for Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in Budapest. He was asked to speak on technologies that are going to shape the meetings industry in the next few years.

The Revolution Starts Where? A presentation for the meetings industry

A few weeks ago, Graeme Codrington ran a workshop at EMEC2012, the conference for Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in Budapest. He was asked to speak on technologies that are going to shape the meetings industry in the next few years.

Graeme Codrington at IBM’s Social Business Debate

In December, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by Ogilvy and IBM in London’s Canary Wharf. The purpose of the panel discussion series is to promote the concept that IBM has termed, “Social Business”. This is not to be

Making the most of IM in your business

Our team in the UK have recently been involved in analysing the results of a new survey released earlier this week by Symantec. It focused on the issue of instant messaging, and discovered that although many people understand the benefits

Making the most of IM in your business

UK firms are missing out on the business benefits of Instant Messaging (IM) because of security concerns, according to research released yesterday by Symantec Corp. This is despite the fact that 75% of office workers who use IM for work
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A Call for Audacity!

“The world needs invention and daring now more than ever. Now is the time for audacity, not austerity.” This month’s HBR is spotlighting being happy and being audacious.  Why are we not exploiting the power of happiness and why are

Christmas card etiquette in a digital age

It used to be an art form. Sending Christmas cards, that is. You had to select just the right card to portray the right message: not too wintry if you’re southern hemisphere, not to secular if you’re religious (or vice
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Retailers innovate in an attempt to tempt

We are well into the Christmas shopping season and most foresee a tough time for retailers in the UK.  Visa reports spending for last week was down 6.2% against the equivalent week last year, and 2.3% down over the past
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How do we make technology work to our advantage?

To celebrate their 10th birthday, the Institute of Leadership and Management undertook a research project to understand how the role of the Manager has changed since 2001. Read the detailed research findings here. Enthusiastic as we are at TomorrowToday about
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The Great Sofa Surprise: The difference between net and com

I recently read a story in our local newspaper, The Mercury of a situation that I can only imagine how it must have played out and is the stuff of a Monty Python sketch. It seems that the Archdiocese of

Selling to Generation X: you must connect to their families – in their way!

One of the keys (not the only key, but a very important key) to advertising and selling to Generation X is to connect to their families. Gen X are the generation who were born and grew up in the 1970s

Education for the new world of work (vidcast)

Last week I was asked by the great team at Enviable Workplace.com to experiment by doing a video podcast for them instead of something written. So, here’s a 12 minute discussion on the role of education in the new world

Education for the new world of work (vidcast)

Last week I was asked by the great team at Enviable Workplace.com to experiment by doing a video podcast for them instead of something written. So, here’s a 12 minute discussion on the role of education in the new world

Social Reinvention at South Africa’s Web 2.0 Conference

Mike Saunders will be presenting Social Reinvention at the  Web 2.0 conference in March 2012. Date:    6 – 8 March 2012 Venue: Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg Get 10% off the conference by quoting this promotional code “tomorrowweb2.0″ The past, present

So what business benefit does Twitter offer its users?

Twit! A few years ago this word would have described someone slightly lower on the food chain who annoys us. Today it has evolved into a term of endearment for those people using Twitter to communicate. Yes, it’s true. These

The need for Social Reinvention

One of our colleagues in South Africa, Mike Saunders, is a leading expert in digital media and the emerging world of social business. To explain what he means by this, he wrote an excellent blog entry which we’re thrilled to

The need for Social Reinvention

When you drop a mentos mint into a bottle of Diet Coke the rough edges of the Mentos are filled with Diet Coke and a chemical reaction takes place producing CO2 . The CO2 causes the Diet Coke to fizz
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Reverse Mentoring: What Leaders Can Learn From The ‘Young Snots’

It did not take very long for me to realize that, in this instance, I had more learn than to teach. It was to prove an accurate assessment. As coffee was served, Mike sat opposite me having requested the meeting,
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Reverse Mentoring: What Leaders Can Learn From The 'Young Snots'

It did not take very long for me to realize that, in this instance, I had more learn than to teach. It was to prove an accurate assessment. As coffee was served, Mike sat opposite me having requested the meeting,

Crowdsourcing vs Agencies

Crowdsourcing is the method of outsourcing work to a large group of people rather than to individual employees or departments. When looking into the design of my company logo, I decided to run a test to see if crowdsourcing would be

What Social Learning will add to your Online Training Programme

I spent the day yesterday with one of South Africa’s favourite brands. We were looking into the implementation strategy of a new Social Learning platform that would add an entirely new dynamic to their training and development programme. What was

What I learnt from Steve Jobs’ life and death

The passing of Steve Jobs will no doubt bring a deserved flurry of eulogies over the next few days and weeks. He will be remembered by history as one of the architects of a new age, and I feel it
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What I learnt from Steve Jobs’ life and death

The passing of Steve Jobs will no doubt bring a deserved flurry of eulogies over the next few days and weeks. He will be remembered by history as one of the architects of a new age, and I feel it

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail

Better events – for Generation Y

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are
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Better events – for Generation Y

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are

Linkedin in South Africa has grown by 83%

Over the past few months I havebeen looking extensively at the topic of Social Reinvention. This is the process of reinventing our business to incorporate social media and social technology. I have come to believe that this is imperative for business

3D printer made out of Lego and a bike printed using a 3D printer – the future is now!

In our presentation TIDES of Change we point out that 3D printers will revolutionise the world. This prediction is sometimes met with a degree of scepticism. I mean it is wild to imagine that in the future should you want
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Generation Y and the Performance Review

Meet Kyle Lagunas – He is the HR Analyst at Software Advice, and blogs about trends and technology in the exciting world of human resources. I’m introducing you to him because he wrote this post and sent it to me to

Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image
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Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image
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Why People Over 45 Need Mentoring

In a world that has seriously changed and is continuing to change at an exponential rate, lots of ‘unthinkables’ become normal everyday. One of the biggest shifts in social behaviour over the last 30 to 50 years has been this
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Have you ever scanned a QR Code? Do you even know what a QR Code it is?

Apparently there’s a 58% chance you’ve never scanned a QR Code (see here for Wikipedia info on a QR Code). That’s if the research done by Lab42 is universal in it’s findings. For those of you who’ve never scanned one,

Definitive proof that the government (and music industry) are too far behind

Today, the UK Parliament will pass a bill that finally makes it legal for you to make copies of your own CDs and DVDs and rip them onto your own computer for personal use (read BBC report here). You might

My Top Three Social Media Lessons for Business

I have been involved in social media for the past few years and enjoy looking at new ways that social media can be adopted in business. I am a bit of a dabbler and over the past few months I
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When a bank has an app and you don’t, you gotta know you behind the curve

Last week First National Bank (FNB) launched smartphone apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry. This first bank in South Africa to do so. Kobus Elhers had this to say on BWTH: Technologically FNB really has no equal in the South African banking space. They
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When a bank has an app and you don't, you gotta know you behind the curve

Last week First National Bank (FNB) launched smartphone apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry. This first bank in South Africa to do so. Kobus Elhers had this to say on BWTH: Technologically FNB really has no equal in the South African banking space. They

Russell Brand on HP’s new TouchPad

Now here is a product that has the features to take on Apples iPad. I really like the way the marketing team at HP have conveyed the large number of very neat TouchPad features in 30 second video clips using
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Retaining Talent – a lesson for the Tech Industry [infographic]

Retaining talent has always been an interesting challenge in business. This infographic about the Technology Industry showed this very cleary, albeit not what the graphic was initialy created for. Take a careful look and see that most of the top
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Managing Millennials

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines (2002). For more about the work that Claire and her colleagues do, go to her website. I get questions every month from businesspeople looking for something about
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To Shape or be Shaped!

I am profoundly struck by the urgency for us to elevate our mindfulness. Regardless of what you do or what your interests are, we all need unimaginable clarity. If we allow technology to understand how our minds work better than

A powerful example of how technology is changing the retail industry

I love it when clever people come up with simple ideas that change the way the world works. This example we will look at today is a subway advertisement that turned a South Korean subway into a supermarket. The execucution
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My Public Apology to Chris Anderson

This is a formal and public apology to Chris Anderson. Chris has a sense of humour, and I got caught out. Chris is one of the main drivers behind TED, and he’s also a co-author of The Email Charter. A week or
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Unimaginable Clarity

It is often the case that highly sophisticated knowledge exists long before it’s significance in a broader context begins to resonate and be acted upon.  There lies enormous brilliance hidden in cross fertilizing knowledge; a conscious effort to rethink our

Kaiser Chiefs new album takes a step up in social business

UK Indie Rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, have taken a step up in the social business world with their latest album, The Future is Medieval. They’ve made twenty tracks available to their fans. You listen to the tracks and select

Kaiser Chiefs new album takes a step up in social business

UK Indie Rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, have taken a step up in the social business world with their latest album, The Future is Medieval. They’ve made twenty tracks available to their fans. You listen to the tracks and select

Seth Godin on the free-gap

In his daily blog entry today, Seth Godin provides an amazingly insightful analysis of what he calls the “free-gap”. Many of us who produce intellectual capital for a living (authors, speakers, consultants, but also musicians, artists and the like) battle

Seth Godin on the free-gap

In his daily blog entry today, Seth Godin provides an amazingly insightful analysis of what he calls the “free-gap”. Many of us who produce intellectual capital for a living (authors, speakers, consultants, but also musicians, artists and the like) battle

Social Media Bubble

There is a great deal of conversation around the social media bubble at the moment. If you have not heard already, the social media bubble is a topical debate about whether social media websites like Facebook, Groupon, Linkedin and Twitter
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Technology’s influence on our performance in the new world of work – part 1

The illiterate if the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn Alvin Toffler I think Toffler’s words are insightful and profound; and I agree with him. According to
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Technology's influence on our performance in the new world of work – part 1

The illiterate if the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn Alvin Toffler I think Toffler’s words are insightful and profound; and I agree with him. According to

Highlights from the Social Media World Forum

I am lucky enough to be at the Social Media World Forum today and I have been blogging about the conference in detail. The are the highlights of day one as we looked into brands, online reputation monitoring and crisis

Social business challenges hierarchy business model

Almost every business older than ten years runs on a hierarchical structure. This structure has equipped businesses for ages, making sure they are accountable, profitable and running smoothly. This hierarchical structure is under attack when looking at social business. To

How expensive should Kindle books be?

A simple question today: how expensive should an electronic book be? I don’t mean books written for the e-book format; I am thinking of electronic versions of books originally published in either soft or hardcover. Should the electronic books be

How expensive should Kindle books be?

A simple question today: how expensive should an electronic book be? I don’t mean books written for the e-book format; I am thinking of electronic versions of books originally published in either soft or hardcover. Should the electronic books be

Social Business Shifts in Recruitment

  As the Internet makes a bigger impact on the recruitment industry we are starting to see recruitment agencies enter into a second state of disruption in South Africa. The first state of disruption that the recruitment industry experienced due
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The Big Shift – in how companies deal with information

I was recently sent a review of the 2010 book, “The Power of Pull“, by John Hagel III (buy now at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I believe he collaborated with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. I have not yet

A revolution on its way: near field communication

One of the technology advances that is going to slowly but surely revolutionise the way our world works is near field communication (NFC, see wikipedia for more details). NFC is contactless technology that requires a reader and a device to

Parents know that the net generation is coming soon to an office near you

Earlier this year, one of my clients shared a personal story with me. It relates to both parents and employers of the future, and is a great story for this holiday weekend. Arthur Goldberg is one of the founders of

Recruitment Trend Shifts in South Africa

The recruitment industry in South Africa looks like it is on the rise for the first time in two and a half years. Human Resources South Africa reported “employment grew by 5.6% during March.” As business slowly starts to find
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How much time do you spend on Social Media? Probably not enough!

How much time spent on your social media space is enough, too much or not enough? It’s the magic million dollar question, if there even is such a number. Certainly it helps to assess whether you even can do it

Incomprehensible business decisions that alienate customers

Every now and again a company does something that is so incomprehensible, so mystifying, that it blows my mind. I have had two such experiences in the last week, and have to tell someone about it – if for no

Incomprehensible business decisions that alienate customers

Every now and again a company does something that is so incomprehensible, so mystifying, that it blows my mind. I have had two such experiences in the last week, and have to tell someone about it – if for no
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One Day Without Shoes

TomorrowToday went to work without shoes yesterday in support of the one day without shoes campaign. An incredible exerience that opened our eyes to what its like to live “out of our shoes” and experience life a different way. One

Introducing the ‘Tides of Change’ one day workshop

I was recently asked by a chairman of the Institute for Management Studies to do a 20 minute video introduction to my one day programme that I run for them. This is the ‘Tides of Change’ programme that looks at
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Popsters versus Hispters: the Millennial divide

As sub-cultures pose a potentially serious threat to the long-term survival of traditional culture (along with cultural imperialism, immigration, the loss of language and various other global phenomenons) it is important to consider the growing divide that is, well, growing

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there’s an app for that

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there's an app for that

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there’s an app for that

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a
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Fundamentally Changing the Shape of Education – Khan Academy

Ever since I heard about Sal Khan I’ve been wanting to write about him and his organisation, The Khan Academy. Until recently he was a Hedge Fund Trader, and packed that in to run a non-profit organisation using YouTube to
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What we can learn about Millennial Kids from Justin Bieber

If you are over 30 and battling to understand the mind set of your pre-teen child, or post-teen employees, then I strongly suggest you check yourself in to your local cinema for a couple of hours and watch ‘Never Say
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What on earth is Social Business?

We have heard of social media? So what on earth is Social Business? Social Media is a media platform that provides people a place to connect with each other using social technology. Social business is the same concept but just
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Online Sales Leads: Best be Quick!

In a recent HBR there was an interesting article titled ‘The Short Life of Online Sales’ by authors Oldroyd, McElheran and Elkington in which they research online sales effectiveness. Their findings? Most companies are simply not quick enough. Increasingly various
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A day in the life of this ‘human aggregator’

I’m often asked by people how I integrate all the feeds, apps and social media platforms that I do into my world? I don’t think I’m that unique, when I look at others I ‘stalk’ online, but I suppose I

The Future of Health Care Customer Experience

Watch this is a powerful illustration of the Decisive Advancement in Customer Experience Methodology via Motivational Design.  Chris Mahoney, Cynergy’s Director of Health Care, helps us visualize the future of physician and patient experience.  Motivational Design is a methodology for
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Is this a Vodacom / MTN dirty little secret?

I have a simple question to float out there, that’s been banging around in my mind for a few years now: Why has the iPhone (all versions) been so expensive in South Africa since it’s launch? The question first emerged
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What’s the right age to give a child a cell phone?

I recently heard that a kid, close to my heart, was getting a smart phone for his 11th birthday and I have to admit I was horrified. According to these international stats “Cell phones are kids’ new must-have accessory” Cell

What Bill Gates says about the New World of Work

This is an excerpt taken from Microsoft Organisation’s executive emails and covers Bill Gate’s thoughts on the new world of work ( #newworldofwork ) Over the past decade, software has evolved to build bridges between disconnected islands of information and

What’s the social media fuss all about?

People are seeking friendships. There is no denying that the explosion of social media websites like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter represent our insatiable appetite for connecting with people and even companies. The driving force behind the social media explosion is

An interview on the Internet of Things

A journalist recently interviewed me on the topic of “the Internet of Things” (IoT). I thought you might be interested in some of the questions and answers. The IoT is definitely going to be one of the biggest trends in
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FaceBook’s fastest growing continent is Africa

MemeBurn is one of my regular ‘watering holes’ for information I find interesting. They featured a post today detailing Africa’s rise on FaceBook (Africa is the fastest growing Facebook continent)   Last year I posted ‘FaceBook’s new Mobile Site’ which
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FaceBook's fastest growing continent is Africa

MemeBurn is one of my regular ‘watering holes’ for information I find interesting. They featured a post today detailing Africa’s rise on FaceBook (Africa is the fastest growing Facebook continent)   Last year I posted ‘FaceBook’s new Mobile Site’ which

How to prepare for the Connected Generation’s transformation of the consumer and business landscape

One of the questions I’m often asked is “what comes after Generation X & Y” Well thankfully it’s not Generation Z (Although there are references to a “Z” generation) it’s GENERATION C. A generation of people who have grown up
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Where is the line between media and reality?

I read an article this week, ‘At 50, Ken is Sexy Again‘, from Time. It reminded me of my fascination with Barbie since I was at university doing gender studies. As a child I wanted a Barbie and thought of
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Cross-Fertilizing Ideas in a Fact Based World View

I’m becoming obsessed with cross-fertilizing brilliant ideas.  There are so many clever ideas, concepts, solutions and people in our magnificent world but on their own they seem to yield very little impact.  In order to solve the complex, persistent problems
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It’s not information overload – it’s filture failure

The digital world is always inventing a new way for you to connect with people and for people to connect with you. To add to all this the information on the internet is becoming more and more complex to manage
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Fox or Hedgehog? How you think will shape your future.

In 1953, well before the information revolution seized the planet, philosopher Isaiah Berlin divided thinkers into two basic categories: the fox and the hedgehog.  The difference is that hedgehogs know ‘one big thing’ whilst foxes know ‘many things’. A hedgehog
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What will today’s children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under
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What will today's children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under

Ride the Tides: Five disruptive forces shaping the future of the speaking industry

I am one of the co-founders of TomorrowToday, an international strategy consulting company. We track the trends that are shaping the new world of work, and help our clients understand the strategic implications for their people: leadership, teams, talent, customers,
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A Decisive Advancement in Customer Experience Methodology

I have spent a lot of time over the past few months pondering and incubating the concepts of Motivational Design (MD).  What I love most about MD is that it is a metaphor for its own principles and patterns.   Initially
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iPhone living up to the hype?

For all my fellow Blackberry users.. I think we sometimes feel a little like the iPhone’s little sister who will just never compete… We know this isn’t true from previous posts on this blog, so my message for this week
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Has technology gone too far?

I am all for technology, please don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t live without my mobile phone or my Internet connection. I love the fact that I can watch DVD’s in bed on my laptop and my favourite is being

Great customer service will help you avoid this social media disaster

Dave Carroll wrote the infamous ‘united breaks guitars’ YouTube hit. The video received several million views and started a huge uproar against the customer service at United Airlines. This video single handedly created one of the online world’s biggest customer
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It’s difficult to make money legitimately when you’re a pirate at heart

Time posted a fabulous article over the weekend, ‘The Men Who Stole the World‘. A long-ish read (4 pages) by internet reading standards, but well worth the energy and focus required to concentrated on one thing for the amount of
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It's difficult to make money legitimately when you're a pirate at heart

Time posted a fabulous article over the weekend, ‘The Men Who Stole the World‘. A long-ish read (4 pages) by internet reading standards, but well worth the energy and focus required to concentrated on one thing for the amount of
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How social media sold me a seafood platter

Last week we looked into the importance of using clear communication when selling through social media channels. Today I wanted to share an experience that ended very well for me (the buyer) and the seller. I am busy doing some

Adaptive Market Hypothesis

The generally accepted “truth” in the capitalist business world has been that “the market will decide”. The mythical market apparently is always right, always rational, and can always be trusted. The last two years of crash have put a real

Is AI driving the future of the stock market?

The Artificial Intelligence revolution is taking a new turn. Rather than trying to get machines to emulate people, today’s AI researchers are devising a new raft of technologies that are decidedly not modelled on human intelligence. Normally when we think

Space Junk – a very real future problem

A growing problem is pollution in space. Not only is the junk itself an issue – even more concerning is that no-one seems to want to clean it up, and no-one is taking responsibility for it. This could have catastropic

Three key future trends in retail

I was asked to contribute to an article on the future of retail. My task was to think of the three key issues retailers should be thinking about for 3 to 5 years time. Here’s what I submitted. But what
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Technology Free Night

I normally write my Thursday blog post on a Wednesday evening – with the TV on in the background, and checking Facebook, my RSS feeds and Twitter intermittently. This won’t be happening tonight though – Wednesday has been declared ‘Technology
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Social Media in Sales

Social technologies like twitter, foursquare, MXit, facebook and BBM represent the communication shift from physical to digital. Although this is becoming a well known fact most people are unsure where they stand and how this communication will affect their business.

What you might have missed over the holidays

While most people were away on holidays, the TomorrowToday team was busy blogging – throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays, we continued to scan the new world of work for news, reviews and signs of change. We can’t help

Book Summary: From Strategy to Execution

I was recently sent a summary of a 2008 book, “From Strategy to Execution: Turning Accelerated Global Change into Opportunity” by Daniel Pantaleo and Nirmal Pal (Springer). It is ridiculously expensive, but you can buy it now from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com
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Mobilitate – a great ‘better South Africa’ web 2.0 initiative

@chazzie001 sent me this link to Mobilitate via Twitter over the weekend. It’s a South African initiative aiming to form communities to give feedback to various layers of government in a multitude of categories. Both positive and negative. It’s run
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Mobilitate – a great 'better South Africa' web 2.0 initiative

@chazzie001 sent me this link to Mobilitate via Twitter over the weekend. It’s a South African initiative aiming to form communities to give feedback to various layers of government in a multitude of categories. Both positive and negative. It’s run

Kindle, digital rights management and clippings limits

My business partner, Barrie Bramley recently wrote a report about how digital readers are changing his reading habits. I too started using a Kindle in 2010, and have enjoyed it. Much more than I thought I would. There are frustrations,
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Changing the way I Read

For those of you who follow the TomorrowToday blog regularly, you’ll know that one of my interests during 2010 was the shifting landscape of reading. All kinds of reading. Books, Newspapers, Magazines. What we were reading on? How we were
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My top story of the year: The reaction to the reaction to Wikileaks

This is the week for all of the “reviews of the year” features on UK TV and radio. They can be a bit tedious. But every now and then one of them captivates me, and in a few minutes reminds

My top story of the year: The reaction to the reaction to Wikileaks

Updated on 30 December 2010 This is the week for all of the “reviews of the year” features on UK TV and radio. They can be a bit tedious. But every now and then one of them captivates me, and

The M-commerce Challenge – coming to a store near you in 2011

The next few years are going to see mobile commerce becoming more and more important in the retail space. Smartphones are already changing how we shop. Savvy and tech-ed up consumers want a very different interaction with their shops. Keep
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Friends, Facebook & Filters: The Boomer Challenge.

An old school friend, with whom I had long since lost touch with, recently made contact with me via Facebook. It turns out we live in the same area and so naturally made time to meet over coffee. Hair is

TomorrowToday SA – why we M&A’d our blog?

Some readers may have noticed, that on 2 December 2010, TomorrowToday’s Blog housed at connectioneconomy.com was ‘Merged and Acquired’ by the tomorrowtoday.co.za domain? From a user perspective nothing has changed outside of look, feel and url. The content is still generated

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

In December last year, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work
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Avoiding the E-mail Avalanche: Practical strategies for dealing with the deluge of digital communication

How are you doing with managing your email load?  With the profusion of tools and technologies, it’s supposed to be getting easier for us to manage our digital communications – but that does not seem to be the experience of
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Mobile technology influence on Social Media

After the article from Barrie Bramley on the influence of the smart phone I thought it would be a good idea to show you this infographic that outlines the effect of the mobile phone on social media.  
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Missing the Point: Control, Leaders & Social Technology

“Over the last two decades, the world has changed substantially. The economic, political, social, corporate, and personal rules that now apply bear scant relation to those applicable two decades ago. Different times require a different script” writes Kenichi Ohmae in

What’s your digital lifestyle?

I am a firm believer that every person hasa certian level of digital integration in their lifestyle. The is something in almost all of us that uses the digital landscape in someway or another. This is what excites me about

The ‘Next-Future’ is the Smart-Phone

Through TomorrowToday, there are two presentations I do that speak to the future of Mobile Phones, Aftershock and Beyond the Hype. In both of them I’m fairly clear in my own mind on one trend around Mobile Phones – that

The 'Next-Future' is the Smart-Phone

Through TomorrowToday, there are two presentations I do that speak to the future of Mobile Phones, Aftershock and Beyond the Hype. In both of them I’m fairly clear in my own mind on one trend around Mobile Phones – that

Technology for a better virtual work environment

The following tools are some of what the TomorrowToday team use, which enable us to work more effectively in our virtual office environment. Skype is a well-known tool used by many individuals and businesses to communicate over the Internet. The

Two innovations that will change the cars we drive

Two technological innovations are giving me great optimism for future sustainability, reduction in our reliability on fossil fuels (and therefore hopefully less conflict in the middle east) and lower emissions of hothouse gasses. They are the exciting developments of Honda’s

Can losing control online actually benefit your business?

Social media guru’s the world over will tell you that if you want to get into social media do your best not to own your content. This is a difficult concept to understand. Control is all we know. How can

Tracking Your Brand on TV and the Radio with text

With so much TV and radio out there, I’ve always imagined tracking what is said about your brand must be an expensive task. Unless you have voice recognition software monitoring every channel, the only other way to get real time
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Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

How the next few years will shape the future of the workplace in unprecedented and astounding ways. I was recently asked to contribute to a discussion about the most important forces that will shape the next decade of work. I

The King’s Dilemma: Leadership & Control

In her book, ‘Open Leadership: how social technology can transform the way you lead’, Charlene Li defines the concept of open leadership as,’ having the confidence and humility to give up the need to be control while inspiring commitment from

FourSquare in Space – it had to happen

If there was any doubt left as to whether Social Media had the kind of reach of traditional media, then the answer arrived last week by way of Doug Wheelock who checked into the International Space Station on FourSquare, unlocking

How YouTube manages copyright

I wrote about this on my blog a few weeks ago and thought it was worth sharing withthe connection economy audience as well. Youtube is often under the microscope regarding it copyright issues. Essentially uploading copywritten material (TV and Music)

How teenagers consume media (UK report)

How Teenagers Consume Media: the report that shook the City This is the full copy of the research note written by Matthew Robson (aged 15 years and seven months), an intern at Morgan Stanley, which caused a stir after it

Twitter, FaceBook and Social Media are just like a Fax Machine

The interest in Social Media in the business world is growing. And it’s growing ‘upwards’ in the organisation. I say ‘upwards’ because increasingly I’m engaged in conversations with the Gate-Keepers around whether they should our shouldn’t jump in? The weight

Is Tesla the car company of the future?

Meet Elon Musk, care-of Wikipedia: “Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at

The biggest technology revolution of the next five years

The most significant technology that will emerge in the next five years is… ? I wonder what you think it will be. There are many contenders: advanced alternative energy creation and uses, genetics, personalised medication, nanotechnology, even space travel with

Crowdfunding

You’ve heard of crowdsourcing – using the minds of many to work for you in coming up with new ideas and implementations. Now there’s crowdsourcing – accessing the wallets of many people to raise money for almost any (and every)

Mobile phones in BRICI countries

When we talk about “bricks” in relation to cell phones, those old enough to remember the introduction of mobile phones in the the early 1990s immediately think of those big, chunky hand held phones of the early days. But the

Blockbuster Bankrupt! Not a surprise, but still a shock

The news came as a shock today: Blockbuster videos filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA today. I say it’s a shock – not because it’s a surprise, but because it is another deeply disturbing sign that the world of
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A revolution in how we read: Stephen Fry’s memoirs show the future of (some) books

Stephen Fry released his memoirs today, and he has done something remarkable with them. In addition to the book, “The Fry Chronicles” (buy it here at Amazon.co.uk), he has released a smart phone version called myFry (download the iPhone App
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A revolution in how we read: Stephen Fry's memoirs show the future of (some) books

Stephen Fry released his memoirs today, and he has done something remarkable with them. In addition to the book, “The Fry Chronicles” (buy it here at Amazon.co.uk), he has released a smart phone version called myFry (download the iPhone App

A bit of fun: Technology for the over 50s

I received an email yesterday from an older acquaintance. I wouldn’t know, but he says it pretty much accurately describes his relationship with technology, from smart phones to Twitter, and GPS to bluetooth. It’s a fun read, but the serious

Google Instant: The Future of Search?

Last week I wrote a post posing the question “Is Google becoming a former supermodel“. Here is an excerpt from that post “In the rapidly changing world of the Internet, Google has become one of its superstars…Growth though is slowing
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The printed Oxford English Dictionary is no more

The times are truly changing. In a press release earlier this week, the Oxford English Dictionary announced that it may never again be released in print. This is not as bad as it sounds – it relates only to the
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iTunes 10 goes Ping (and makes good use of social media concepts)

Apple launched the new version of iTunes yesterday – version 10. Besides a host of small improvements, including a long overdue change in the icon (dropping the CD image!), the big news is that Apple have understood that social media

Is Google becoming a former supermodel?

In the rapidly changing world of the Internet, Google has become one of its superstars. Within little more than a decade Google has risen to be a giant in the industry with almost 20,000 employees, revenue of $23.6 billion and

A bit of fun: 10 Incredible Politician Technology Gaffs

FastCompany magazine recently were a bit taken aback by a very unscientific survey that rated the “Digital IQ” of the United States Senators. It was a completely nonsense survey, but it did allow the magazine the opportunity to poke fun

Mind Games – games where thinking REALLY counts

Got sent a link from Faaiez (twitter username : ) Very short article from The Los Angeles Times profiling some new games that require you to really engage your mind in order to play them. Engage as in, in order
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How much Klout do you have on Twitter?

I mainly use two online apps to run the Twitter accounts I run. And I use these two because they do very different things. There are some things I need to do from time to time where the one trumps

Cell C may need more than (Trevor) Noah’s Ark to get them out of this one?

I’m sure it started out as a great idea at CellC Marketing HQ? The mobile phone industry has a mostly terrible name when it comes to customer service. Lines drop all the time, prices cripple you, data crawls regularly and

Flattr Update – How paying for content is shifting and changing

A while back I wrote about new models for paying for content online. One of the new developments I wrote about was Flattr. It’s a ‘closed system’ that allows you to pay people for the content they produce, as long as they’re

Do we Twitter because we’re human, and are we human because we Twitter?

Last year I read ‘Born to Run‘. If you’re a runner, or would like to be, and haven’t read it, then do yourself a favour, it’s a goodie. At the end of the book the author suggests that Homo Sapiens

Do we Twitter because we're human, and are we human because we Twitter?

Last year I read ‘Born to Run‘. If you’re a runner, or would like to be, and haven’t read it, then do yourself a favour, it’s a goodie. At the end of the book the author suggests that Homo Sapiens
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Are Most Big Corporates Really Psychopaths?

RANT ALERT. Most times I try to be a dispassionate researcher of the new world of work. But sometimes I just can’t take it anymore. Today is one of those days… Almost every day I pick up a story on
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Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African offices to find out

Ebooks outsell hardbooks on Amazon – another marker of signficant change

For the first time in history (I seem to using that phrase a lot at the moment), ebooks now outsell hardcover books on Amazon (read the report here). You can also listen to an excellent speech by Seth Godin to

Cheaper desalination – water for the world

I wrote recently about potential water wars. One reader got into conversation with me, and questioned my assertion that desalination was expensive and therefore not yet a viable solution to the world’s water scarcity problem. Well, I did a bit

I’d like to Flattr you by paying for your content

Last week I posted an article around the much needed innovation and creative thinking in the pay-for-content space. One of the new additions in this space that I profiled was Flattr. Care of Wikipedia: Flattr is a project started by

I'd like to Flattr you by paying for your content

Last week I posted an article around the much needed innovation and creative thinking in the pay-for-content space. One of the new additions in this space that I profiled was Flattr. Care of Wikipedia: Flattr is a project started by
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Three simple information technology tools that you can use to dramatically enhance your business

Technology advances have dominated the world of work for almost the entire lifetime of anyone reading this article.  Yet, until recently, communication technology has failed to deliver on the promises that were made.  Computers were meant to connect us, to

Digital spectators, fans and customers

Recently, I was chatting to an author who taught me a neat trick about getting your book to be listed as an “Amazon bestseller”. It’s not about writing a good book, it’s all about manipulating the system (you get all

Freelancers, eLancers and Cloud workers

We have long been predicting that a significant employment trend in the years ahead will be online freelancers. We have used analogies of the movie industry to prove that it can work. We’ve done book reviews of authors who lay

An online store that sells one different thing each day – Now that’s Woot!

Woot! – I came accross them by accident. Clicked on a video link, not knowing what I was in for, and ta da – Woot.com They sell one thing each day. And each day it’s a different thing. Once they

An online store that sells one different thing each day – Now that's Woot!

Woot! – I came accross them by accident. Clicked on a video link, not knowing what I was in for, and ta da – Woot.com They sell one thing each day. And each day it’s a different thing. Once they

Barack Obama rants against technology and releases Apps at the same time

Just a few weeks ago, America’s President ranted against technology. This surprised me because he is the first President to keep his mobile phone (it’s a Blackberry), made extensive use of the Internet (including social media) in his election campaign,

Reaching the Tipping Point in the shift from books to e-readers

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The  Tipping Point, explores the idea that products, ideas, values, etc can be tipped, or do tip when certain criteria are ‘activated’. Wikipedia describes a Tipping Point (sociologically) as: In sociology, a tipping point or angle of repose is the event of a

Where do you find your music? There’s a game for that!

We all know that the music industry is in huge trouble. Their fight against the music “pirates” is only going to end in tears – they need to work on new strategies. Luckily, some of the players in the industry

Where do you find your music? There's a game for that!

We all know that the music industry is in huge trouble. Their fight against the music “pirates” is only going to end in tears – they need to work on new strategies. Luckily, some of the players in the industry

Will we ever pay for content again?

Anyone following the conversation around ‘pay for content’ understands it’s murky ground. It’s the Holy Grail of anyone with content to offer in a world in which it seems that free is the trend and the world as we know

How various industries are using Twitter

Mashable, the social media guide website 10 Ways Universities Are Engaging Alumni Using Social Media Click the title above to access the full story and all the details. The author suggests the following ten uses of social media uses to
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Ten emerging technology trends

Technology Review recently suggested ten key emerging tech trends. I’d also add a few of my own below. You can see their original list here, with links to the details (as well as links to the similar list from the

Free video course: Global trends shaping the new world of work

The team at SuccessTV do a great job of providing “bite-sized” video resources on hundreds of different topics. And all for free. Check their website out, and use the resources they make available. I recently recorded a short video course

They know where you’re going, and will reward you for where you’ve been

Those of you old enough may recognise my borrowing of a Talking Heads song for the subject line of this post : ) Of course I’m talking about location-based social networking platforms. The likes of FourSquare, Gowala, Loopt, etc. It’s not the first, or

They know where you're going, and will reward you for where you've been

Those of you old enough may recognise my borrowing of a Talking Heads song for the subject line of this post : ) Of course I’m talking about location-based social networking platforms. The likes of FourSquare, Gowala, Loopt, etc. It’s not the first, or

Why supermarkets will fail, and other nonsense predictions

I am sitting in a Leadership Conference in Beijing, China (details here), and listening to Dr Jenny Darroch, a Huffington Post columnist and Professor of Marketing at the Peter F Drucker School & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. She

PODCAST – Great early interview of Mark Zuckerberg of ‘The FaceBook’

I don’t know how I got it, but I found myself listening to a 56 minute interview of Mark Zuckerberg while driving the other day. Truth be told it took me 3 days to listen to it (wasn’t in my

Gen Y are coming soon to Business Schools

In January this year, Business Week magazine did a short but insightful piece on how the next generation of today’s young people might impact higher education – especially business schools. It’s not comprehensive, but it certainly is enough to start

Best blog posts of the last month

It’s been a long time since I have done a “best of” list, and today I plan to do two. The first is the best blog entries of the last month. It’s a been a good month for this blog,

Seth Godin dreams about how technology can enhance meetings

I enjoy Seth Godin – he writes short, sharp blog entries almost every day in which he just gives you a slight shove in a new direction. It’s always refreshing. Today, he is dreaming about how we could use technology
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Social Media Platforms are taking the virtual out of reality

Often those that don’t, a few that have, and one or two that do, criticize social media platforms (Twitter, FaceBook, et al) of being a conceptual experience robbing the depth of authenticity from face-to-face relationships. In their opinion relationships on
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FaceBook’s new Mobile Site – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C #Fail

Yesterday’s news on Mashable was the launch of FaceBook’s new mobile site. The new site, 0.Facebook.com, will be available in 45 countries through 50+ mobile and wireless network operators. It is a trimmed-down version of Facebook with most of the

Free WiFi for everyone in Africa (one man’s dream becoming a reality)

A recent Fast Company article caught my eye. It was entitled: Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet. This sounds amazing and is worth following. Fast Company give further details: Paul English, the cofounder of

Personal Details – Are we opening up or locking down?

I’ve come accross a couple of interesting articles in the last week. They’ve not all focussed exclusively on ‘privacy’, but they’ve mentioned it somewhere. What has me interested is that they’re not all saying the same thing. In fact they’re

Content farms – the future of journalism

Newspapers and magazines are going through a tough time. Not because of the recession, but because they don’t seem to know what to do with the Internet and the rise of free content. Some are choosing to try and sell

Right Brain people will be a-head in the future

Ted.com is one of the best internet resources I’ve ever come across for short, powerful and interesting inputs on a broad cross-section of topics that loosely fall into the categories of Technology, Environment and Design (TED). Most inputs have a

Crowdsourcing comes to Hollywood

I was recently introduced to Peter Vesterbacka, who heads up an innovative company called Wreckamovie. The concept is simple: use social media concepts to facilitate the crowdsourcing of movie making. Or (without the web 2.0 jargon): use the Internet to

Square – accept credit card payments via your cellphone

You heard about it here first. My colleague, Dean van Leeuwen wrote about this trend at the beginning of March (read his post on the Future of Money). Something he just mentioned in that post was launched officially today (and

LinkedIn shakes it up

With 60 million profiles, LinkedIn is shaking things up. A lot. The recruitment industry is certainly feeling it, but LinkedIn is more than just about finding employment, as the article ‘How LinkedIn will fire up your career‘ from Fortune suggests: Facebook is

PodCast Update – The change driver of Technology from After Shock

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. We took an exert of Barrie Bramley, speaking at a Business Breakfast, talking about Technology, from TomorrowToday’s latest presentation called After Shock. If you’d like to listen to this audio track please

Geoengineering – part of the solution for a warming planet?

I am convinced by the science: our planet is warming up. This appears to be part of a natural cycle that has flowed through the planet’s history. But it also seems very clear to me that human activity on the

Kopernik: Connecting ideas with users and investors

From the latest Springwise newsletter (make sure you sign up – it’s brilliant): Tech store brings innovation to developing nations One of the most challenging aspects of humanitarian aid is connecting those who generate innovative solutions with those who need

The challenge of multiple communication channels

One of the challenges the internet has created is an unthinkable number of channels through which to broadcast. Of course none of us make use of every channel, but there is always someone using a channel we’re not. And so

Get off the couch and get gaming

It started with the Nintendo Wii. The handheld controllers created a revolution in video gaming, with a host of games developed to take advantage of the ability to hold a controller in your hand and wirelessly control the action on

Technology to connect us: A story before bed (dot com)

For most of our lifetime, technology has been accused of driving us apart – of separating us. And we railed against this as human beings. Computers have brought efficiency, but also sterility. They’ve allowed us to communicate, but not connect.

Facebook’s new LIKE button – for the whole web

A few days ago, Facebook starting allowing its members to use the “LIKE” function that is well known within Facebook on any website across the Internet. We’re experimenting with it on this blog. The idea is that if you’re logged

Speakerrate – tell that speaker what you thought of him

For a while now, we’ve been talking about going “beyond the hype” of social media (see an article I wrote about this, and our presentation/workshop of the same name). Our argument is that the concepts behind social media will shape

PodCast Update – Relationship without Investment

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. In February 2010, Graeme Codrington wrote an article around relationships, social networking and some change we’re seeing. This is the audio track of that article. Here’s a short exert from his introduction:
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Just a thought: Get rid of your IT department

In the first of a series of short, insightful and incisive thought bullets, Dr Graeme Codrington suggests that a significant portion of your IT department should be shut down.  Let your people purchase and manage their own technology, engage more

The future of digital-inspired fashion clothing

There is no doubt that clothing designed with new digital accessories in mind will have a definite place in the market in the future. Jeans that are designed with purpose-built pockets for mobile phones (with flaps that close tight), or
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The Global Wraps FourSquare last mile flop

When FourSquare opened it’s ‘borders’ to include South Africa, I think I might have been in the 20 first users. I worked hard to learn the culture and energy around this social media positioning platform that I was reading so

M-Pesa. Here she comes…

In November 2009 I suggested you should watch M-Pesa, Vodacom and Nedbank. I was right (according to 702). I guess it could be said it was fairly obvious? With all the cross-over in board members, owners, and the move of

Cars that talk to each other – the future of driving and road safety

Since seeing a presentation by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM on “Tweetjects” – objects that tweet. It’s not just tweeting though. The promise of “augmented reality” is that objects around us will be able to capture, store, transmit and even analyse

Generation Y young people – NOT coming soon to a bank near you

In a report released in February 2010 by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) (download the PDF here – 2.8Mb), the needs of a younger generation of banking customers was investigated. It makes for interesting reading. Some of the highlights

The coming revolution in microinsurance

There has been a lot made of microlending in the past few years – most notably in the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to Grameen Bank founder Mohammed Younis for his work in Bangladesh. Now, throughout the developing world,

New gas markets are opening up

One of the major issues we are all facing is the looming energy crisis. Dwindling oil supplies, pollution from dirty energy sources (such as oil and coal) and growing fears around global warming are all combining to create a fairly

Who might be the big winner in cloud computing and virtualization

It’s not who you think… But, then it never is, is it? Video games didn’t come from Mattel or Waddingtons. Horse and cart manufacturers never really got into motor cars. Fountain pen manufacturers didn’t come up with the ballpoint. And

How Gen Y sees the Gen gap

The 11 March 2010 edition of the TIME magazine had a great cover article on “10 ideas for the next 10 years“. In the same edition, Nancy Gibbs (who has often written on generational issues for TIME), wrote an interesting

Africa’s Gift to Silicon Valley: How to Track a Crisis

A report under this title appeared in the New York Times on 12 March 2010. It’s a great example of a few things, but especially of the power of social media, and the fact that innovation (and competition) can come

The future of money

For years banks and credit card companies have held a strangle hold over the movement of money and charged exorbitant rates for doing so. Now this is changing and fast. Michale Ivey the founder of Twitpay has devised a system,

Twitter 10 Billion – quality not quantity

In the last few hours the 10 billionth tweet was tweeted on Twitter. As one would imagine there was all kinds of hype and excitement, as Tweeps with the necesary skills attempted to predict the time it would happen, and
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When social media grows up… it will change everything

Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team – we call that “Beyond the Hype“. Contact our UK

Cars that talk to each other – the future of road safety and driving

Since seeing a presentation by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM on “Tweetjects” – objects that tweet. It’s not just tweeting though. The promise of “augmented reality” is that objects around us will be able to capture, store, transmit and even analyse

The Internet? Bah!

Many years ago, in a South Africa finding it’s way to it’s first democratic election, a friend of mine would often say, “Don’t be a victim of your own words.” He of course was referring to saying things that might come back and

20 Inspiring Women To Follow On Twitter

I’ve become a big fan of twitter. For me it is a great example of how people want to share ideas and connect, it’s a huge social triumph. Every day I find new and interesting content and connect with very

Relationship without investment – the example of online dating sites

My business partner, Barrie Bramley, has come up with a fantastic phrase to describe one of the foundational principles of social networking: “Relationship without investment“. I think he’s spot on with this. That’s why the Oxford Dictionary voted “unfriend” the

Learnings around working from home

One of the emerging requests/trends in today’s business environment centers around the mystery of ‘working from home’. Many people talk with much  gravitas about the ‘ins and outs’. However, in my experience, once you dig under the surface a little,

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

My colleague in the UK, Graeme Codrington, posted “3-d TV is here” a week or so back. It’s a short post about Sky News launching 3D TV.  When Graeme writes he’s normally very definite in his opinion, and he’s not

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

My colleague in the UK, Graeme Codrington, posted “3-d TV is here” a week or so back. It’s a short post about Sky News launching 3D TV.  When Graeme writes he’s normally very definite in his opinion, and he’s not

Knowing What You Don’t Know is Important

Yes it’s true. I’m getting coached in ‘Social Media’. “About time” some might say but it’s not just about how to engage in the various kinds of social media available – it’s about learning how to, ‘connect the dots’. It

A breakup, bowiechick, webcams and Logitech’s increased sales

I am currently at the F-Secure partners conference in Vienna, Austria, and have been listening to Richard Gatarski speak about a passion for social media. One incredible story illustrates the power that new social media forms have to influence brands,

3-d TV is here

This weekend, Sky TV in the UK will become the first to broadcast a live sports event in 3-d. This is a preview of regular channel that will be launched by Sky in April. It will be available at no

Why you shouldn’t change your Twitter Profile Pic

There are literally thousands of articles and opinions out there spelling out the ‘laws’ of how to use Twitter. If the authors of those articles were honest, they’d admit that those ‘so-called laws’ are really just opinions. Their opinions. How

A Conversation around Google and China

I began a brief e-mail conversation recently with my colleague in the UK, Graeme Codrington, around the China v Google story. Or Google v China, depending on who you side with : ) I thought I’d take it online with

Hollywood, explain this… (Avatar breaks two very different records)

In almost every country it is being shown, James Cameron’s latest movie, Avatar is breaking box office records. It has already made over $ 1 billion, and is well on its way to being the best selling movie of all

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

In December 09, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work –

IBM’s annual “Five in Five” list

Every year since 2006, IBM has released a “five in five” list. It’s their top five innovations they expect to see impacting the world in the next five years, according to a poll of their customers and staff. They are

Which movie does that come from? (Wonder know more!)

I picked up a tweet recently which talked of a great new resource called MovieClips. Simple concept – you can remember a line from a movie, but cannot for the life of you remember which movie it’s from. You could

In a Web 2.0 world, business has it’s head buried firmly in the sand

I’m curious. Curious about business’ lack of engagement with Twitter  / FaceBook / Tumblr / Google and everything else Web 2.0. I would have thought that any communication channel getting the sort of traction, focus, attention and subscription that these

In a Web 2.0 world, business has it's head buried firmly in the sand

I’m curious. Curious about business’ lack of engagement with Twitter  / FaceBook / Tumblr / Google and everything else Web 2.0. I would have thought that any communication channel getting the sort of traction, focus, attention and subscription that these

A lesson in personalisation – your very own font

One of the trends we’ve been tracking for some time at TomorrowToday is the growing desire for personalisation. This is more than mere customisation. It is about creating something completely unique and tailored specifically for a particular individual. Nike was

Book Review – Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Chris Anderson is the editor of Wired, one of my favourite magazines. He has written two great books based on HBR articles. The first was “The Long Tail” – an awesome concept (Google it). Now, he has offered us another
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S+B’s Best Business Books of 2009

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If
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S+B's Best Business Books of 2009

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If
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TIDES of Change: the five trends disrupting business in the next 5 years

Updated in May 2010 Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African

M-Pesa, Vodacom, Nedbank and Rob Shuter

Earlier this year Rob Shuter (head of Nedbank Retail) resigned from Nedbank and joined Vodacom as Financial Director. It was an exciting move from my perspective as I watch mobile phone companies (and technology in general) redefine how we do

The James Martin 21st Century School – understanding the future

I am a huge fan of James Martin. Not the celebrity chef. Nor the inventor of the aircraft ejection seat. Nor any of the other famous James Martins. I am a huge fan of James Martin the futurist and author

The Twitter interview

I was recently interviewed by a journalist on the issue of Twitter and social media, and how it might impact traditional media. It was a fairly focused interview – not broad ranging – but you might be interested in some

Office Technology, Boomers and Generation X & Y

For most Boomers (born 1950s and 60s), the office had the best technology – much better than they had at home. I started work at KPMG Johannesburg in the early 1990s, when they had just imported over 100 Apple System

Office Technology, Boomers and Generation X & Y

For most Boomers (born 1950s and 60s), the office had the best technology – much better than they had at home. I started work at KPMG Johannesburg in the early 1990s, when they had just imported over 100 Apple System

Space Tourism is 18 months away

Last Thursday, Sir Richard Branson updated shareholders in Virgin Group on “Virgin Galactic”, the company that has taken $200,000 deposits from over 200 people for seats on the first commercial near-orbit flight. However, his announcement indicated that the first flight

How, when and why I Tweet and Blog

I’m often asked how I use social media, so I thought it might be helpful to do a quick blog about it. Not because you really care about me, but because it might help spark some thoughts about how you

Entrepreneurial Edge – CNBC Africa

If you’re watching CNBC Africa this evening (15 October) at around 20:30, you can catch Entrepreneurial Edge (hosted by Chris Bishop), with at least one of it’s guests being me : ) The focus of the programme is future trends

Power of Mobile Money

In the early 1990’s I started work for one of South Africa’s largest banks. The most innovative project I worked on was the use of smart card/chip technology to enable people to purchase items using the smart chip inside their

Stop Tweeting about these…

Had to smile as this post from The Oatmeal this morning. It it Monday morning, and if anything it’s bound to give you a little smile. 10 Things you need to stop Tweeting about. It’s a large and often question
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WTF, Google?

FastCompany has a great post, with the same title as this post, on some of Google’s glitches. Of course, as they point out, when you’re processing the volume of stuff they are, they’re bound to make a few glitches. They mostly

Building your own healthcare community

Many years ago when I was in community development, some of the cutting edge thinkers were promoting the idea of less professionals and more community involvement in ensuring the growth, development, safety, etc of family. It was a simple but

Newspapers and Blogs. A great conversation

It’s not often I get sent a read like this one. And I follow a truck load of ‘reads’ everyday. Twitter, RSS, e-mail links, etc, etc. There is a lot of stuff that flows through my browser (is anyone else

Social Networks and how we communicate

On Friday 2 October 2009, I was interviewed by Rueben Goldberg on Classic FM on his show, The Internet Economy. I’d not met him before we recorded the show. He’s a good guy, fairly active on Twitter, and interesting and

A happiness bank – connecting helpers with those who need help

I am doing some work in Estonia in a few days time, and so have been watching the wires for news reports from that country. One of these really jumped out at me. “Estonians to lauch world’s first e-Bank of

VWV Red Plug on Generation 2.0

VWV is an interesting company, that I still don’t know enough about. Take a visit to their web site to see some of the ‘interesting’ I encounter when I meet with their people (wherever they may be). Tomorrow I’m spending

Two innovations that will change the world

Two technological innovations are giving me great optimism for future sustainability, reduction in our reliability on fossil fuels (and therefore hopefully less conflict in the middle east) and lower emissions of hothouse gasses. They are the exciting developments of Honda’s

Now it gets interesting – music industry, file sharing, Lily Allen and Dan Bull

For a while now, we’ve been using the music industry as an example of an industry that has not understood the radical shifts taking place in the new world of work. Our new presentation, After Shock, focuses on the five

The emergence of Neuromarketing

Traditional market research has it’s limitations when one considers the influence of the ‘observer’ on the ‘observed’ when attempting to understand people’s true thoughts and feelings on the product/brand/service being researched. If we could just get into their heads to

Mom’s are big

Every now and then I discover thoughts from marketing experts exploring the value of women between 35-55 and in this example mom’s. Their research and observations remind the marketplace of the value of the people who match the criteria of

Mom's are big

Every now and then I discover thoughts from marketing experts exploring the value of women between 35-55 and in this example mom’s. Their research and observations remind the marketplace of the value of the people who match the criteria of

Conferences of the future – more online / more connecting

New and ever improving telecommunication technologies have improved how we communicate. From the first telegrams to virtual reality holographic conference rooms, we’ve come a long way. The key now is not so much the technology (we have the technical ability

Online video training on saving energy and saving money

For some years now, we’ve been tracking the issues related to climate change, global warming and the business case for sustainability. We are convinced that these issues are critical for businesses everywhere – not as a nice to have, but

What Microsoft’s “racism” teaches us about ourselves

The ether is alive with enraged twits, tweeting and blogging on about Microsoft’s racist blunder. If you’ve not heard the buzz, it has to do with MS photoshopping an advert as it transported it from the US (where it features

How teenagers consume media (UK report)

How Teenagers Consume Media: the report that shook the City This is the full copy of the research note written by Matthew Robson (aged 15 years and seven months), an intern at Morgan Stanley, which caused a stir after it
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Guy Kawasaki on how he Tweets

Anyone who follows @guykawasaki on Twitter assumes the man never sleeps. We’re all certain that Tweeting isn’t his main job, but he never seems to stop tweeting. So how does he do it? Click over to ‘How to Change the

What’s new in MobileMe

It’s not the normal practice on this blog to be show-casing new technology, for the simple reason that it’s kewl. We rather try and focus on the people impact changes have in the areas of technology, values, demographics and institutions.

What's new in MobileMe

It’s not the normal practice on this blog to be show-casing new technology, for the simple reason that it’s kewl. We rather try and focus on the people impact changes have in the areas of technology, values, demographics and institutions.
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Will Twitter change the way we live?

There’s a lot of hype around Twitter. I hear it all the time. And there seem to be two distinct camps. Those rabidly for and those against. The against camp speak of just another fad. I say that they’re possibly

What on earth is going on

As you know, TomorrowToday tracks societal trends. We help our clients to understand the implications of shifts and changes in technology, demography, institutions and societal values. Every now and again, we come across people who are doing an excellent job

Gary Hamel on Generation Y

Gary Hamel, the best selling author and global guru on innovation, has turned his attentions to the impact that the next generation of young people is having on the workplace. Hamel’s latest book is on the Future of Management, and
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Generations online… who’s on and who’s not?

It’s great to follow the online trends for each generation. Pew Internet recently completed a report called Generations online in 2009. You can get the full report here but I’ve copied the key highlights for you below: Generation Y, aka

What is shaping the next leaders of Britain

At TomorrowToday, we study the past to track the trends that help us predict the future. In last week’s Spectator magazine, there was an excellent article on the influences currently shaping the Conservative party, and particularly David Cameron and his

Online news in 1981

This video clip is a news report from 1981.  It covers the once “far fetched” concept of reading news on your home computer.  It is amazing to see how far we have come!  My favourite part of the clip is
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Is Google making us Stupid?

For those of you with the time (and it needs some time) take a read of this article from The Atlantic. It’s a great read, written by Nicholas Carr, taking us on a short-ish journey of the impact of technology.
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Cancer free baby is born

The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. For some time now, we have been predicting that it will become the norm to attempt to use our growing understanding

The Net Generation: The kids are alright, OK?

In the latest edition of The Economist, there is a news of a massive research project recently completed on how the Net impacts kids.  It’s well worth reading, and supports the conclusions my co-author, Nikki Bush and I put in

Marketing with a WOW factor

Radiohead have used some fantastic new technology to record their latest single. Creativity-online.com says this about the new video “Radiohead’s latest video, for the track “House of Cards” from the In Rainbows album, uses real time 3D recording instead of
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The Future of Mobile

We all know how ubiquitous mobile phones have become. In poorer countries, where communication technologies have been slow to arrive, the take up of mobile telephony is nothing less than breathtaking. But, the future brilliance of mobile phones lies not

Wired Politicians

A week or so ago, Dean noted that the Tories in the UK were trying to target (or needed to try and target) a younger generation of voters. In the same week, I read an article in The Economist about
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The Multitasking Generation

Every now and again, TIME magazine has a seriously excellent, long and in depth, feature article that grabs my attention. I am not a subscriber, but always check TIME editions out on the newstand. These features are well researched and

A great carpark innovation at Joburg airport

I spend a lot of time in carparks, specifically at airports. Normally, I am rushing to park and get checked in. And, at most airports around the world, there are not enough parking spaces, and it can take a lot

Five Ways Generation Y May Reinvent IT

I was sent a link to Baselinemag recently, that took an interesting look at the Millennial Generation from an IT industry perspective. Read the original article here, or see a summary below. They’ve been called everything from narcissists to “Generation
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Conferences with no power

Here I sit, at another conference without power. Don’t get me wrong – I am not talking about the content. I am at Gary Hamel’s latest thing: “The Future of Management”, a full day session with the innovation guru himself.
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Getting a generation out of debt

The Fast Company magazine of Dec 2007 ran a story that combines some of my favourite topics: young generations, technology and personal finance. It was called “Easy Money”. Read the full story here. Here is a summary: Americans under 35
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Click here to get someone else to do this work

Pfizer has recently launched a wonderful new initiative for their most talented staff: the outsourcing of the drudge work associated with most jobs. It’s quite a simple concept, really – top end, talented staff spend a fair proportion of their

Office 2.0 Database

I’m a great fan of so-called Web 2.0, and what it’s going to mean to our way of interacting and doing business. Today I came across a wonderful database of Office 2.0 apps nicely arranged into useful categories. For those

“There’s a problem with Facebook”

At least, that’s what my favourite Talk Radio station (Radio 702) said during their half hourly news reports throughout today. As a regular facebook user (see my profile here, and challenge me to Rock, Paper, Scissors here, if you have

"There's a problem with Facebook"

At least, that’s what my favourite Talk Radio station (Radio 702) said during their half hourly news reports throughout today. As a regular facebook user (see my profile here, and challenge me to Rock, Paper, Scissors here, if you have

British kids showing what the new new things will be

I think the following report was originally from The Economist, 23 August 2007 edition: AT FIRST glance, the annual survey of the communications market by Ofcom, Britain’s telecoms regulator, makes comforting reading for traditional-media executives looking for their future customers.
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Reflections on life without reliable Internet access

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed the stand still in postings over the last month. This is largely (but not entirely) due to my not having Internet access at my home office. This is entirely due to South
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MP3 stethoscopes

Earlier this month, researchers at a medical conference on respiratory diseases in Stockholm, reported that MP3 players with built in microphones are better than traditional stethoscopes. In addition to picking up many respiratory noises better than the stethoscope, they have

Its the Internet, stoopid…

My sister is a primary school teacher, teaching computer skills in northern suburbs Johannesburg. She told me about an interaction between two kids in her class this last week: Boy: “Ma’am, what is an encyclopedia?” Teacher: “Its a book where
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A camera for the blogger generation

Face_it, Beam_it, Blog_it! This is the phrase used to launch Fuji’s latest camera, the Z10fd, which will be focussed on the 13- to 26-year-old demographic – a generation they call “Generation Z”. They have realised that this group uses cameras

Democracy, cellphones and China

The Economist recently reflected on the growing use of cellphones in China, and how this is impacting a generation of young people to think about – and get a taste for – democracy. Here is an extract of the article.

URTrmn8d – Sacking employees by text message

Here’s an old story that I just picked up. Mainly from the humour list, Top5. See below for the funny side of this. Over 2,500 people learned they’d lost their jobs when the British Amulet Group fired them by sending
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In flight education – consumer value shifts

A nice innovation is being experimented with by Air France, JAL, Singapore and Virgin airlines. They will now be offering in-flight language tutorials on selected routes, helping passengers to learn a few key words and phrases of the language of

In the dark

You need to know that I am grumpy. At 1:29am this morning, my electricity was turned back on – after 3 days of being off. I mean completely off – nada, nothing – since Monday night at 3am. Then, as

Phenomenonal, You

I write a regular column for the Intelligence magazine in South Africa. Its the Back Page column, and is meant to be fun, irreverent, interesting. (I have secret ambitions to emulate the back page of the Fortune magazine). I thought

Second Life? Get a First Life first…

If you don’t know what Second Life is, check it out here first. Its an online, virtual reality game that has created a completely online world. You select a character, buy into the game, and start “living” a life in
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What’s changed in advertising – Shelly Lazarus speaks

As the most powerful woman in advertising, and one of the most powerful business women in the world, Shelly Lazarus, CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, is someone to listen to. Recently, in a variety of different interviews, she reflected on

They drive me crazy!

Boomers (in their 40s and 50s) and Xers (in their 20s and 30s) have very different communication styles and needs. In the workplace, they can drive each other crazy. Barrie Bramley provides some excellent insights into why this communication gap
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Internet cricket just got better

I’ll admit it. I am a cynical, hard to please Generation Xer who is to tough to impress. In one of our presentations (Organising the Future), we compare my type of people to cats – impulsive, follow their own rules,

Joost – a new way to watch TV

First there was KaZaa, a revolutionary file sharing program. Then came Skype – the software that changed telecoms forever. Now, there’s Joost. These three things have one thing in common – they were conceived in the minds of two men:

Apple iPhone

So can Apple really do it? Break into the mobile phone market. They’ve tried once already with Motorolla and failed dismally. Could this be it? Check it out – click here
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YouTube – YouBuscuit

YouTube for many is very old news (almost 12 months now). But I keep getting pleasantly surprised, hence this post. I first clicked on over while in the US reading about a debate as to whether some teenage girl posting
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Be a Reporter for CNN (or not!)

Blogs were the front runners of a new phenomenon that has swept the world over the last 3 years or so. It now has a name: Web 2.0. Other words used to describe this new approach to online activity include:
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Batteries not included

As my three daughters eagerly opened their Christmas presents, my heart sank further and further to the floor. There are two things that stirke fear into the soul of any self-respecting Dad (at least, those with the limited handyman skills

The biggest killers in the world

I am sitting at the Liquified Petroleum Gas South African annual convention. The global marketing head, Michael Kelly, from the World body just presented a fascinating study of indoor pollution in Africa. I thought I wouldn’t be interested, but then

Virtual Earth

Virtual Earth is Microsoft’s answer to Google Earth. Google’s product is free, and download takes just a few minutes. I cannot find out how much Microsoft’s product costs, or where to get it (can’t be downloaded from their site). Well,
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We keep asking, ‘how big is blogging?’

This question has been around about as long as blogging has. Is blogging just another fad, another fringe happening, and does it have the momentum to make it into the realm of main stream? Of course anecdotes abound to illustrate
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We keep asking, 'how big is blogging?'

This question has been around about as long as blogging has. Is blogging just another fad, another fringe happening, and does it have the momentum to make it into the realm of main stream? Of course anecdotes abound to illustrate

Google Alerts just got better

As of this morning, my normal Google Alerts now include not just websites, but also blog sites as well. This is a HUGE improvement in the service. Well done, Google! If you’re not using Google Alerts yet, you’re mad. Basically,

Can one size fit all – on the internet?

Jackie Ronson, Managing Director of TomorrowToday in the UK & Europe, uses a recent client case study to illustrate the improvement in online sales that can be achieved from ensuring each customer group (or generation) is catered for on your

Webcam

Does anyone have a recommendation for a webcam which will sit nicely on top of a laptop screen? Karin asked me if I have any recommendations and instead of listening to what she was saying I started thinking about the
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HP spy scandal

News broke this past week that HP board chairperson, Patricia Dunn, had ordered a probe into how information was being leaked to the press. This investigation led to the obtaining of personal phone records of some directors, and at least

The Coming Car Crisis

There are more and more cars on the road, and the complexity of these cars is ever increasing. Who is going to service them? Who is going to fix them when they break? Already, you have to book a few
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O battery life, where art thou?

Amazing how our burdens change over time. A few years back, some of the questions you’d ask when moving around were: will there be a road, will petrol be avialable, will there be a telephone, with there be a fax
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IBM Puts Dollars Behind the Crowd

IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano has announced what he calls an Innovation Jam – an attempt to come up with new business and product ideas by leveraging the collective intelligence of IBM’s 100,000-strong ‘crowd‘. According to Yahoo! Business, IBM has “used
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A Delicious Fetish

Joshua Schachter once sent me an email. At the time, I had no idea who he was – his response had come from a request I’d sent to the del.icio.us ‘support team’. Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site, I needed

Microsoft Uses Firefox

At least some of their developers do…. An absolute classic. I was trying to download Microsoft Media Player 10 (to reinstall it, because ONCE AGAIN, MS Windows and MS Media Management and MS PowerPoint are not all talking to each
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Technology Needs for Aging Boomers

An excellent article with a range of Technology opportunities that will open up as Boomers age. Policymakers must now go beyond discussions of health and economic security to anticipate the aging boom and the role of technology in responding to

Odour Duplicator

From the New Scientist: Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images. Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of

Cellphones in Iraq

There was report today on the radio about a warning given to British soldiers serving in Iraq: do not phone home on your cellphone! The Iraqi insurgents are tapping into cellphone calls made by soldiers back to their families. Its

Virgin Mobile launches

Virgin Mobile South Africa intends to have 300 000 subscribers within 18 months from its joint venture with Cell C according to a business report article. So Richard strikes again, this time in the soft underbelly of the cell phone

GooglePedia

One of the many reasons I like Firefox – the free, open source web browser – is that the community supporting Firefox continually comes up with little applications, called extensions, that through a simple installation process add great functionality to
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MySQL – The Model 21st Century Company?

I picked up on a great Fortune article on the CNNMoney.com site about MySQL, the open-source software designers, over the weekend. It unpacks the dynamics of this completely decentralised organisation, and just what makes it tick as well as it
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Money for Nothing…

…and your clicks for free. Alex Tew is 21 years old, a student from Wiltshire, England. On August 25th of 2005 he launched the Million Dollar Homepage, an ambitious attempt to raise money (according to Alex) for his varsity education.

Phones for Boomers

A few months ago, we commented that phone companies wanting to connect with Boomers should stop innovating, and start listening to their customers. Read that post here. Thanks to Pete Schumacher, my mate at Net#work BBDO, here is a company

Mike Stopforth – blog guru – earning fame

Our very own Mike Stopforth, Web 2.0 expert and tech guru, is earning a great reputation around South Africa as a consultant who really understands the impact of technology on how people will act, react and interact with each in
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When Books Died

I spend a great deal of time in my car. In the past, if I was to maximize the value of that time, I had a number of choices. I could listen to the radio. Sadly, I have never found

Google’s Product Plethora

Ever clicked on the ‘more’ link just above and to the right of Google’s search box? It’s got to be the Web’s best kept secret. Behind the discreet little hyperlink lies Google’s veritable goldmine of products, services and offerings. Some

Learning from Bill Gates

>There was a great article in the latest Fortune magazine where Bill Gates gives us an overview of how he manages his work life in this world of overload. I think there are some great lessons for those of us
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6 Jobs that wont exist in 10 years time

One of the scarier predictions for someone in a life-long career could easily be Tom Peters suggesting that 90% of white collar jobs wont exist in 2010. Here are Six jobs that Wont exist in 2016: 1) Gatekeepers 2) Bloggers
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“Can You Trust the Internet?”

A thought-provoking piece was presented by analyst Tony Rattey on Monday 13 March 2006 on SAFM, on the topic of “Can you truct the Internet?” I have some extension that I would like to offer. Regarding search engine manipulation, I
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Cryonics founders cremated

This article was posted on www.iol.co.za sourced from Ananova.com These people were frozen while they waited for medical science to discover two things: 1) How to cure the disease that killed them. 2) How to resuscitate people who have been
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This week in the Connected World…

…good news for Apple as the Pope endorses the iPod. And speaking of iPods, even DA leader Tony Leon is getting in on the podcasting act. Other South Africans making a mark on the Web are AJ Venter, who’s just

The bottom line on blogging

I’ve stumbled across an excellent article at KansasCity.com entitled The Bottom Line on Blogging which takes a look at some of the emerging stories from blogging and bloggers in the corporate world. Our very own, extremely successful Stormhoek Winery blog
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Project Origami

Microsoft has been tight lipped for some time about its latest offering in the PC realm. They finally took the wraps off this week and presented the latest PC offering at CeBIT. The computer is called the ultra mobile PC,
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Let’s have a drink together….from opposite sides of the world

The latest edition of New Scientist magazine has an article [read it online here] on glasses that have been invented by MIT that allow lovers to drink together from remote locations. The glasses are fitted our with LED’s, liquid sensors,
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Let's have a drink together….from opposite sides of the world

The latest edition of New Scientist magazine has an article [read it online here] on glasses that have been invented by MIT that allow lovers to drink together from remote locations. The glasses are fitted our with LED’s, liquid sensors,
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Thoughts on corporate blogging

A few interesting articles around the increasingly accepted practice of corporate blogging (whether as marketing devices or internal communications tools) are finding their way into conversations on the Web at the moment. The first, one CNN Money‘s site (but originally

Google Calendar – Put it in your diary

When I read of all the ‘office alternatives’ there’s one thing in my mind that no-one’s been able to beat Microsoft at, it’s Outlook. The integration of e-mail, calendar, to do list, memo, etc is way ahead of the pack

Podcasting for beginners

The guys at Performancing have posted an informative entry explaining how to get going with podcasting. It’s a comprehensive read and should help you engage in this exciting new medium – check it out here.

The youth of today

I read TechCrunch. It’s a blog, wirtten by Mike Arrington, that documents and reviews newly released second-generation (Web 2.0) Internet companies. If you have any interest in the evolving relational Web, I’d advise checking it out. Recently Mike did a

The South African Image, the WWW and Google

The other day I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine (he’s from Sweden and is living here in London) – being an open plan office everyone soon joined in. We were having a casual chat about holiday

For the people, by the people?

Johnnic Communications have launched a new ‘citizen media’ site called reporter.co.za. The website is inviting people to become active participants in broadening the scope of news by reporting on issues that affect their lives. reporter.co.za will be completely free-flowing and

Google Video should go back in the box

Google just launched the beta version of Google Video. It is in beta, and so we can expect something less than the real deal, but having looked at this beta site, one hopes it’s light years away from the real
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The Brussel Sprout and Christmas – an eBay parable

“All the world’s a stage” eBay, the world’s online auction place, continues to provide amazing 21st century “village square” stories. There are a number of people selling left over, or completely uneaten, Christmas meals. One item caught my attention: a
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Technology & Talent: How consumer power drives business technology

The Wise Marketer on 27 Dec 2005, carries this story – read it here. A summary: “The growing integration of technology into every aspect of life, whether in the home, office, family, car or recreational arenas, will profoundly impact business
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Technology & Talent: How consumer power drives business technology

The Wise Marketer on 27 Dec 2005, carries this story – read it here. A summary: “The growing integration of technology into every aspect of life, whether in the home, office, family, car or recreational arenas, will profoundly impact business

Interesting Google

I don’t know how long it’ll stay up for, but the new Google banner is one of the most interesting ones I’ve seen. .

Office Optional

The Dec 2005 Inc magazine has a great article on Point B, a consulting company with over 200 employees, and no office premises at all. In addition to their virtual nature, they also have a specific approach to their staff

Has Google sold its soul?

So has Google’s purchase of AOL for $1Billion brought it it into the fully capitalist fold, thereby undermining its “Do No Evil” motto? Matt Asay would have us believe so in this post at InfoWorld’s blog. December 17, 2005 Google

Outside of effective media strategies where else do monopolies hurt

South Africa is home to only one fixed-line-operator. It’s name is Telkom and it’s enjoyed this status for long enough to have generated a fair amount of frustrated customers. Screw the public! Do we care? NO! Why? Look how much
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Any bets on me getting a new DVD?

I bought my daughter the DVD of ‘Finding Nemo‘ a few months ago (not sure when?). As all well watched DVD’s are destined to do, this one cracked, and is no longer playable. So here’s my theory on DVD’s you
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Toilet humour

Hat tip to Brad Feld for this gem. Actually, for both – the iLoo (or toiletMAC, or PowerPOO) on the left and now the RSStroom Reader (shown on the right). This nifty idea from Engadget (which is obviously a bit
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iPod war heating up

The patent dispute between Creative and Apple over the music navigation system on portable players is old news. Creative boss Sim Wong Hoo has told the BBC he plans to “pursue aggressively” a US patent it owns on a system
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“Podcast” declared ‘word of the year’

This could be seen as another post giving you amunition for why you need an iPod for Christmas, or it could be an illustration of just how important social software has become. The New Oxford American Dictionary has declared ‘podcast’
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"Podcast" declared 'word of the year'

This could be seen as another post giving you amunition for why you need an iPod for Christmas, or it could be an illustration of just how important social software has become. The New Oxford American Dictionary has declared ‘podcast’

James Blunt releases latest video on mobile phones first

England’s latest singing sensation may just be rescuing the single, by bringing it right up to speed with the latest technologies. James Blunt’s latest video, “Goodbye My Lover” was released for mobile phones exclusively on 21 November. This was done

Is Telkom taking on Google and Skype?

So Telkom has a VoIP solution called TelkomInternet Communicator. But here’s what I don’t understand…. * It’s essentially the same product as Skype or Google Chat. Why are they doing this? Did they pay someone to develop a product that

The dawn of the iPub

I’m always on the look out for new ways people are viewing and using the world (paradigm shifts). In a world of discontinuous change they’re happening all around us. It’s in these spaces that we see new innovations as people’s

Get outta the way, here comes Google

Like me, you’re probably bored of another Google ‘the destroyer’ story. But I found a great few paragraphs on Wired tonight outlining some of Google’s expansion and a brief summary of what they’re up to and who’s in trouble if
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The World is Flat in Open Source

Social software (see http://www.tomorrowconnecting.biz for a full introduction) is the set of technologies allowing people to collaborate online. Wikis are online tools that allow any registered users to update, add or delete content in a document. All changes are tracked,
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If I ran a business like this, I’d be out of business

I know that posts on this Blog have hammered Telkom (South Africa’s only fixed line telephone operator) recently. And I know that much of South Africa’s online community is doing the same thing. And we all know that they deserve

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Do Microsoft Really Believe It?

Microsoft South Africa are currently running a series of radio and print ads. The theme is how “risky” it is to have unlicensed software. The pic attached here is of a shop left unattended and the door open. The radio

X-Box 360 launches… fizzle, pop, ftthhhhhpphhhh

So X-Box 360 has launched. I’m not sure what kind of hype came with it in the Northern Hemisphere, although clearly there are some that weren’t impressed, but down here in the south there’s been nothing, nada, zip, zero? Why?

Google Book Search – Librarian Revolutionaries

I have just been playing around with Google’s online book search & it is awesome. They have indexed the actual content of millions of pages of books. When you run a search it actually returns the book to you. You

An interview with Jackie Huba

I recently got in touch with Jackie Huba of the Church of the Customer blog following a comment I made on the blog about her already infamous Apple Vlog. Jackie is an influential business speaker, trainer and writer. She recently

The best ‘i-something’ so far

Since the birth of the iMac, we’ve seen about as many ‘i’ things as you can imagine, although there are still a few innovative designs coming through, and with the overwhelming success of the iPod I sense we’ll continue to

The best 'i-something' so far

Since the birth of the iMac, we’ve seen about as many ‘i’ things as you can imagine, although there are still a few innovative designs coming through, and with the overwhelming success of the iPod I sense we’ll continue to

Sony and the ‘mother measure’

Excuse me for one last Sony post, but this is a beeooot. A friend mailed me today (sorry if I got in first, couldn’t resist) to say that his mom had forwarded him a ‘Boycott Sony’ e-mail. His comment was

How to generate goodwill after bad service

A suggestion to Telkom - give people free usage of phones and internet based on how much they've been messed around by our Proudly South African company (well, they ARE the BEST fixed-line operator in South Africa...).

How to really mess with your customers – The Sony Way

Following up a post on ?ic about Sony over the weekend, here are some of today’s posts on various sites. * Wired News – Boycott Sony After weeks of criticism, Sony has finally agreed to temporarily stand down on an

SALT – here at last

This past weekend, the SALT was finally launched. SALT is the South African Large Telescope, based at Sutherland. It is the southern hemisphere’s largest optical telescope, and has some of the best further technical abilities of any telescope on the

Sony and how NOT to do the customer experience thing!

How does a company who so often has been on the cutting edge of innovation and known for delighting their customers with some of the most amazing gizmos and gadgets get it so wrong? Personally I think they’ve moved a
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WAY Future

So you think you are a futurist huh? Keep up on these readings and you will stay ahead of the game. http://www.gizmag.com is a blog about emerging technologies, gadgets and gizmos.
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How tags drive traffic to your blog

Tagging is the practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords (Wikipedia). Tags are descriptors that individuals assign to Web “objects”. Think of a tag as a simple category name. People can categorize their posts, photos, and links with any

Keeping connected with interactions

Maybe you like reading comments. In which case, why not subscribe to our comments feed? I've just updated it so that each entry not only contains the comment, but also the title of the post the comment was

How not to treat your customers: a lesson from Sony

Scenario: you're a Windows user who buys a new cd distributed by Sony. To play the cd you *have* to install Sony's software (the cd works fine on Mac or Linux) - and an extra programme called a rootkit

Additions to Skype

It seems the recent acquisition of Skype by eBay is doing wonders for the free VoIP service. You may not have heard of Skype yet. It’s a program, easily downloadable off the Net, that allows you to speak to anyone

Share and play tag on the new web playground

Cool new software - tools that combine search tagging and social networks.
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Computer Games at School – Your help needed

I do quite a bit of work with my girls’ school, and have convinced them to start a computer games club at the school – as an extra mural option for the girls at the school. But, now, they’ve asked

Using the internet to get sassy with the Y generation

A report in Biz Community (1 Oct 2005), looks at targeting the Millennial Generation with websites. The report starts, “Internet AdSales reveals that the internet could seriously affect your bottom line when marketing to the youth of today. They’re mobile,

Speedbumps for The Business Experiment

A little while back I posted about a new online, open source collaborative business startup called The Business Experiment (TBE). To be totally honest, I am guilty of not really participating actively in the growth of the project so far
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Is this keeping Bill Gates awake at night?

If you’ve been following the posts on this blog of late, or the tech world news in general, then you’re aware of Google’s charge toward world domination. Recently Google and Sun Microsystems signed some cooperation agreements that made the headlines
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Not even Apple can keep up with Apple

If you’ve followed the iPod story then you’ll know that from the begining the iPod was going to be about music, pure music. Then we got ‘picture pods’ on which we could load our images and view them, but Apple
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Microsoft and Yahoo join (IM) forces

In a move that’s sure to unsettle America Online and Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have joined forces in the arena of Instant Messaging. The announcement was made today. Essentially this is what it means: “The deal, the first major alliance
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Getting old @ 25!

Picked this up from DK’s (his website & blog) changethis manifesto on the Youth of Today: In their world technology is ubiquitous and not a differentiator (unless you don’t have a phone or access to a computer). However, technology is
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Can open-source go mainstream

TomorrowToday.biz uses SugarCRM software. After exploring many options that cost real money to but, we came accross this free open source version. We’re reading about Open Source all the time, and the big challenge is, ‘can opensource establish a sustainable
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Knysna to go Wi-Fi

Knysna is poised to become the first South African town to become fully WiFi connected, with the signing of five-year deal with wireless ISP UniNet.

Ungoogleable??

Wired News – The internet has become more and more pervasive, maybe to the point of us not even noticing it. This means that more and more people are leaving “breadcrumbs” on their internet trail for the likes of Google
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The $100 laptop from MIT..

Rediff – MIT has given an update on their progress on the $100 laptop that they are producing for emerging economy children. It seems that this is starting to gather momentum and it is a great idea. I mentioned this
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Night 3 without water or DSL

Look I don’t know what’s happening in this town? I just moved 600km to the heart of the South African economy, and into a suburb with a group running it who have an interesting sense of humour. I kid you

Smart glasses

It may sound like science fiction, but donning these glasses enables a person to see a Hebrew street sign in English or correct the vision of a color-blind person to "see" the right traffic light colors.

Night 2 without power

So we’re into night two without any power. Having learned a few things from last night, I wasn’t going to allow myself to run out of power on my laptop or my mobile phone, and so I arrived home with

Mail in the dark

Tonight while out with my family for dinner a wind and electrical storm did it’s thing outside. We only discovered this on the way home as we drove over bits of tree spread all over the road. We got home
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Here’s your chance to decide what’s on TV

London – A television drama set in Britain’s urban music scene aims to explore new territory in broadcasting by letting viewers choose how the plot develops. The six-part Dubplate Drama, to be shown on Britain’s Channel 4 in November, will
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Here's your chance to decide what's on TV

London – A television drama set in Britain’s urban music scene aims to explore new territory in broadcasting by letting viewers choose how the plot develops. The six-part Dubplate Drama, to be shown on Britain’s Channel 4 in November, will

The Rolling Whats!?

Back at Vodaworld’s website this morning in the hope of discovering that upgrading my wife’s mobile phone may lead to the free acquisition of a PSP or iPod nano or something, I was horrified to discover that Vodacom’s newest strategic

To meet, or Not to meet…..?

Every now & then an internal conversation happens in TomorrowToday that reflects some of the difficulty of moving away from the traditional business structure into a virtual & connection economy one. A recent conversation that did the rounds concerned whether
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Extrapreneurship

An article in the Futurist magazine addresses an new way of developing / running enterprises that uses the best of the outsourcing trend, the connection economy, and connection technologies. The article ‘blurb’ says: “Information Technologies are toppling traditional hierarchical business-management

Microsoft, Mini-Microsoft and the Talent Exodus

The mileage our monolithic proprietary friend has gained out of its new human persona, attributable to the 2,000 or so registered Microsoft employee blogs, not to mention the now-famous Robert Scoble (of Scobleizer), is suddenly being tainted by a self-proclaimed

Where do you get your news from?

I find it fascinating that more and more people are getting their news from “spoof” news shows. The Late Night Shows (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, etc), have always provided light relief, with a few well placed jokes about current affairs

www.TomorrowConnecting.biz

As part of TomorrowToday.biz’s ongoing commitment to helping our clients find the most effective tools for understanding, processing and exploiting the Connection Economy, we would like to announce the launch of our “blog about blogging”, ?ic@TomorrowConnecting.biz. ?ic@TomorrowConnecting.biz will focus exclusively
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Die-hard brand loyalty

Over at my China travel blog I've written about how much I love my Apple iBook laptop. It doesn't give me any problems, runs really well, has excellent battery life and is very portable (when I bought a camera

iPod: The Quintessential CGM Example

Ok, so this is not the first time we’ve mentioned iPod’s on this blog. It also won’t be the last. I want to refer back to two previous posts, Graeme’s Could 16 million iPod users be wrong? and my CGM:
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New from the Googleplex

Say hello to Google DS2 (Desktop v.2), and Google Talk, both in beta format for now. This newer version of Google Desktop includes a unique integrated sidebar, which acts as a portal to all your personalised information. It includes an
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“RSS has become mainstream” – Forbes.com

What is RSS and why should you care? Consensus is that RSS is an acronym for Real Simple Syndication. Syndication is the key word here. Wikipedia defines RSS as “a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by
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Behold… the PS3

Gizmodo has just notified us that the PS3 is available on pre-order from Amazon.com. My mom never let me get a PS1 – said it would interfere with my schoolwork. My wife won’t let me get a PS2 – something
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Cellphone Marketing to Children Attacked

Adage.com ran a story under this title on 27 July 2005 (read it here – requires free login). The basic argument is that some action groups are demanding that Congress regulate mobile phones marketed to children. The industry is clearly
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The WaybackMachine

Here’s a post that you’ll all thank me for. You know how sometimes (well actually most of the time) you wish you could see what a web page looked like last year, or the year before that, or even way
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Podcasting goes mainstream

Podcasting, according to Wikipedia, is a method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s). It became popular in late 2004, largely due to automatic downloading audio onto portable

Dealing with hackers and security issues

Security breaches, stolen and lost data, hackers, fraud – all of these are here to stay. Even the most powerful firewalls and anti-virus software, and the most stringent controls, can not keep out the really good (or is that bad)
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A decade later

I’m not sure it really means anything, but today (9 August) is the 10th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. Within 2 months, Microsoft had sold nearly seven million copies of their ground breaking operating system. That was just
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The end of an era

Yesterday, Dixons, one of the UK’s top retailers of electronic goods, announced that they would stop selling 35mm film and cameras in their shops. If we didn’t know it before, they know it now – its the end of an

The Oracle of Kevin Bacon

You’ve probably heard of the concept that we’re all separated by only six-degrees-of-separation? Scary I know. Especially when you consider who you’re separated from by only six degrees (everybody actually) You can thank Stanley Milgram for the discovery. He ran

Yay for Ecommerce!

I got an email from my bank saying “sorry” for any inconveniences caused yesterday as a result of their Internet Banking service being unavailable. It got me thinking about how much I rely on the internet these days … I

Policing ourselves

This week I received two emails – I get many in a day, but these two stand out because they reflect the phenomenal power of the internet and the connective economy; one in a positive way, and the other in
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I, Robot

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4714135.stm

A New Way to Collaborate

Blog + Wiki = a new way to collaborate. 21 year old Lucas Carlson has integrated these two existing technologies in an exciting new way… For years, programmers have used versioning tools to collaborate on writing software. In that way,

So just how use-able is Linux?

I’m a Windows user. But not necessarily by choice. More like ‘is there really another option? Windows user’. Sure, Apple is one alternative, and one I’ve considered many times, and come very close to moving to. But what of Linux?
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Microsoft clamps down

It was only a matter of time, and they are fully within their rights. Microsoft are now steping up their efforts to make sure that your copy of Windows is legit. (click here for article) It’s been slow in coming,
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Death, taxes, lost luggage and credit card fraud

“Death and taxes”, the old saying goes, are the only things that are absolutely certain in life. Well, I’d like to suggest that living in the 21st century, there are one or two things that could be added to that
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Finding Information on the Web

Original concept by Stephen Wildstrom from BusinessWeek, 25 July/1 August 2005 – (click here – premium content) “Popular wisdom holds that you can find anything on the Web. And if you’re looking for information on products, transportation schedules, or tourist
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Enhof is enhof

I don’t know where they come from? I don’t know who they are? But somewhere out there, somewhere in the dark spaces of our world, live the Hof people. I get mail from them, and I’ve sent enough of it

Send us your images

As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Cape Town, watching the unfolding scene in London, where 4 more unexploded bombs have been found. Its two weeks after the devastating bombs that hit London and killed
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Trying to catch a train

I have been meaning to write this blog since Friday, in fact it has bothered me constantly that I have not yet written it, esp when I see the volume of pieces that Graeme churns out, so I am making

RFID tags on steroids

Its official. South Korea is now the world’s most wired – and wireless – nation. The have, for example, over 76,000 subscribers to mobile phone TV streaming already. They’re spending billions of dollars on R&D, and have a stated aim
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Google Earth

Here seriously is a product that proves the value of democratising information and decentralising control. A year or so ago, Google bought Keyhole, a company that had been collecting pictures of earth (mainly the USA, but increasingly from elsewhere, too),

When technology really empowers

Whilst feeding my lightie early this morning in front of the TV, I was fortunate enough to catch the tail end of a story that showed how technology can be truly empowering. Unfortunately I was unable to find the article
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Cellphones on steroids

The New Scientist of 9 April 2005 has two small “60 second” items of interest. Sony is to are for its top of 500 movies as paid for downloads, with versions available for mobile phones and portable games consoles. The

Could sixteen million iPod users be wrong?

The Financial Times (click here – premium content) asked this scandalous question on 28 June 2005. Their point was that Apple’s iPod has created a massive new market for downloadable music carried on a handheld digital device. Mobile phone designers

File swapping now illegal (at least in the USA)

The Economist are reporting today that America’s Supreme Court has ruled that makers of peer-to-peer file-swapping technology can be held responsible for the copyright infringement that their products allow. They say that “This may stop much of the free downloading

A Virtual Coach

A change of schools is usually a bit disruptive for most ten year olds. When it’s from a football playing English medium to and rugby playing Afrikaans one – the change can be traumatic. Playstation can change all that …
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Sony Playstation / TBWA takes it to a new level

Have you seen the new Playstation adverts? You can see them on AdCritic or AdForum. Or you can watch them right off of the TBWA web site (click here) They were aparently developed in South Africa for a North American
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When is a ringtone a milestone?

When it sells more copies in the UK than the biggest selling music single in one week. Last week ‘Crazy Frog Axel F’, sold more copies than the new single from Cold Play. (click here to see Google Search and

Imagine everything worked like this….luverleee

Last week I got an e-mail from one of the tech sites stating that FireFox (the browser you should be using by now) had a security flaw. No kidding on my next download, there was another mail from the same
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The Digital Hospital

In BusinessWeek on 28 March, 2005, they profiled the Digital Hospital. This is a real, working existing hospital that has just made excellent use of existing technologies. You can see a slide show, which gives you a brief overview of

Riding on the Information Super Highway

To Google or not to Google

Welcome to the era of electronic abundance

“Survival dictates that human beings develop an ethics and aesthetics that favour exploiting fully those recourses that exist in abundance and economizing on those items that are in short supply.” - Taichi Sakaiya (Gilder, 2001). Corporate strategy is always focused

A lesson in spam

We hear that the world is changing all the time, and yet often we don’t see any significant shifts taking place. Well let me tell you about one that rocked my world for a day or two. It happened to