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“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did..” — Steve Jobs 2005 ...

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” — Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

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The Internet, the Writer, and the Video Artist

The Internet, the Writer, and the Video Artist | African media futures | Scoop.it
The Internet has provided ways to help the independent writer and the video artist gain success. Learn more about how it has changed the playing field.

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Strategy Analytics: There are now 1 billion smartphone users in the world!

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Tweeting For a Better World

Tweeting For a Better World | African media futures | Scoop.it
Tweeting for a Better World: Essentials of #SocialMedia Strategy for Smaller #Nonprofits - http://t.co/ByDeuHsF RT @SandjasCruz...
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Home: The Original Change Management Toolbook (The Walt Disney Circle)

Home: The Original Change Management Toolbook (The Walt Disney Circle) | African media futures | Scoop.it

Walt Disney used very creative processes moulded into a model that can be applied to any personal and organizational planning operation or strategy.

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Impact Isn’t Always About Numbers « Phil Cooke

Impact Isn’t Always About Numbers « Phil Cooke | African media futures | Scoop.it

For organisations, return on investment is not the only criteria. Phil Cooke says "perception" is just as important.

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Getting unstuck: content strategy for the future

Responsive. Adaptive. Mobile first. Cross-channel. We all want a web that’s more flexible, future-friendly, and ready for unknowns.

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Arianna Huffington: Embracing Three New Megatrends in the Brave New World of Digital Media

When we consider the ways technology is rapidly transforming the media landscape -- and our lives -- three trends stand out. The first is the seismic shift from presentation to participation. The second is the paradoxical shift from using technology to connect to also using technology to disconnect. And the third is the game-changing shift from using social media as a way to make our lives more fun to using social media to make the world better.

 

The shift from presentation to participation means that the days of the Media Gods, sitting up on Mt. Olympus and telling us how things are, have long since ended. People are tired of being talked to; they want to be talked with. Ours is a global conversation, with millions of new people pulling up a seat at the table -- indeed, nearly 3 billion people will join the Internet’s community by 2020, according to Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. That conversation has fueled revolutions and allowed media to engage with readers -- and brands to engage with consumers -- in totally new ways. The success of brands in the future will depend upon their understanding and embracing of this new relationship.

 

So, if the first trend is a Garden of Eden blooming with engagement and self-expression, the second trend is the snake in the garden. For all the powerful tools at our disposal to bear witness and bring about change, there is also the temptation to fetishize the social and viral for their own sake. On a daily basis, I'm invited to media conferences filled with panels devoted to how we can use social tools to amplify our messages. But very few of those panels seem to care what is the message. As Thoreau said in 1854, "We are in great haste, to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."...


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The future is not what is used to be

TEDxRio+20 - Jose Luis Cordeiro

 

The Venezuelen scientist, futurist, economist, engineer and columnist, José Luiz Cordeiro, from the Singularity University, known as the University of the Future on the NASA campus (USA) is also a marathon runner. In 18 minutes, he crossed that finish line after a true run of slides -- complete with technological obstacles! -- in which he covered themes from production of live and free energy (being from artificial bacteria or satellites orbiting the Earth) to the colonization of Mars, passing to the cure of ageing and artificial brains.


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The Reign of Robots May Be Closer Than You Think

The Reign of Robots May Be Closer Than You Think | African media futures | Scoop.it

The futurist Ray Kurzweil has famously predicted that humanity is approaching a “singularity,” a fateful moment when our technology becomes smarter than us and able to learn faster than we can, when it becomes the principal creator of new technologies and machines race far ahead of us. Humans may effectively fall out of the loop -- a species demoted, if not eliminated.
For now, this world remains science fiction, at least at the level of humanity. But finance is flirting with a similar transition, as ever-faster computing and communications technology takes high-frequency trading into a regime of speed where human beings can no longer keep up. In fact, we may have already arrived.


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FERN: Wiki for the Foresight Education and Research Network

FERN: Wiki for the Foresight Education and Research Network | African media futures | Scoop.it

FERN is a global community of foresight students, alumni, faculty, employers, and advocates of graduate foresight education, employment, and research."

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Mobile TV gains popularity with South Africa's smartphone users - broadcast vs 3g

Mobile TV gains popularity with South Africa's smartphone users - broadcast vs 3g | African media futures | Scoop.it

A new report from Google reveals 50% of South Africa's smartphone users watch at least one video on their smartphones each month, 49% watch TV on their smartphone, and 35% would prefer to give up TV than their smartphone.


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9 Reasons Why Your Company Needs A Mobile Strategist

9 Reasons Why Your Company Needs A Mobile Strategist | African media futures | Scoop.it

The world of mobile technology has never been as complex as it is today. Most organizations are investing heavily in the mobile channel, but it’s confusing and complex. There are multiple projects in play, multiple vendors to consider, an alphabet soup of acronyms to sort through (i.e., BYOD, MAM and MDM), and myriad new innovations to vet, like mobile payments, augmented reality, and context and location-aware content.

 

According to a recent survey of over 1,000 CIOs conducted by Vanson Bourne, U.S. companies plan to spend an average of nearly $1 million on mobile initiatives over the next year. Additionally, the number of mobile projects companies are managing is increasing – at the beginning of 2012 companies were managing an average of four to five mobile initiatives across various departments, and planning to add three to four new mobile undertakings in the second half of the year. This adds up to nine separate mobile projects – with at least three separate mobile solutions providers to manage.

 

Business Moves at Mobile Speed

- BYOD is the New Reality

- Multiple Mobile Initiatives Cause Major Fragmentation

- A Mobile Strategist is an Objective Voice of Reason for the Increasingly Mobile Business

- Mobile is No Longer a “One and Done”

- Time is of the Essence

- Poor Design is the Silent Killer

- Mobile Adoption is a Major Concern

- App Discoverability is the New Challenge


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SA’s real mobile penetration revealed « Mobile « Business Technology News

SA’s real mobile penetration revealed « Mobile « Business Technology News | African media futures | Scoop.it

In South Africa the total number of mobile phone connections show that the country has a 138% mobile penetration. When you look at the unique individual subscribers, only 66% of the population subscribe to mobile phones, yet in 5 years individual subscription will increase to 79%.
How could you use the fast growth in mobile communication in SA as part of your media strategy?

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The future of education in Africa is mobile | BBC Future Tech

The future of education in Africa is mobile | BBC Future Tech | African media futures | Scoop.it

MXit is Africa’s largest homegrown mobile social network. With over 50 million users, the South Africa-founded service not only allows its mostly young users to stay in touch by text chatting, it also facilitates live tutoring on maths homework. Dr Maths on MXit has helped 30,000 school-aged children work through maths problems by connecting them with maths tutors for live chat sessions. The service is effective for two reasons: it is cheap – the actual service is free but users pay a minimal data charge to their mobile providers – and it operates in the evenings, when learners need help with homework. For many children in South Africa, this is the most qualified tutor that they will have access to.

 

Of course, it is not possible to have a one size fits all approach. The mobile landscape in Africa is spread unevenly across 56 countries: in some places there is good infrastructure and access to mobile data, in others access is spotty and limited to basic services. To make a real impact mobile learning, initiatives must – and do in Africa – cater to the full range of technology contexts.

 

An example is Nokia Life, an information service with over 70 million subscribers in India, China, Indonesia and Nigeria. Popular information channels in Nigeria deliver preparation tips for middle and high school exams, health education aimed at families and English language learning. The service uses SMS, meaning it does not need mobile data coverage that is not as widely implemented in many places.

 

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What's A Company Like You Doing In A [Social] Place Like This? - Forbes

What's A Company Like You Doing In A [Social] Place Like This? - Forbes | African media futures | Scoop.it
By Margot Heiligman, SAP CRM Solution Management and Hansen Lieu, SAP CRM Solution Marketing Do you have a team listening to what is being said about your company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and discussion forums?
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The Science of Why the Past is Different from the Future, Animated

The Science of Why the Past is Different from the Future, Animated | African media futures | Scoop.it
Measuring the universe's disorder in order to understand the arrow of time.
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Thinking Futures – Understanding Foresight | Maree Conway

Thinking Futures – Understanding Foresight | Maree Conway | African media futures | Scoop.it

"Foresight is a thinking capacity. It starts by thinking about what is happening today, looking for trends, drivers of change, wildcards and seeking patterns of change that are relevant to your organisation. You are attempting to answer the questions – what is changing and why does it matter?

And…you don’t stop watching for change."

 


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Newsweek’s Web-Only Future: Inevitable, and a Whole Lot Smaller

Newsweek’s Web-Only Future: Inevitable, and a Whole Lot Smaller | African media futures | Scoop.it
The print magazine is going. The tablet magazine looks unlikely. Which leaves a modest-size Web site, and a bunch of layoffs.
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Recycling roughly 1 billion old cell phones that have come to the end of their first life: CWG

Recycling roughly 1 billion old cell phones that have come to the end of their first life: CWG | African media futures | Scoop.it
CMB Wireless Group specializes in reverse logistics for the wireless industry with a state-of-the-art reconditioning process and data removal.
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Seven future trends your business needs to be aware of

Seven future trends your business needs to be aware of | African media futures | Scoop.it

Thomas Frey is a futurist. It’s his job to predict the future by identifying emerging global trends.
What Frey does might sound a little like fortune-telling but spotting new trends is an important way of ensuring your business is well positioned for the future.
Frey spoke to SmartCompany from the United States ahead of his upcoming visit to Australia for the Ci2012 conference.
Here are his seven predictions for the future.


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» The Internet – Visually explained BACIRC

» The Internet – Visually explained BACIRC | African media futures | Scoop.it

How does the internet work? Here a simple infographic


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The 3D Printing Revolution

3D printing will soon allow digital object storage and transportation, as well as personal manufacturing and very high levels of product customization. This video by Christopher Barnatt of ExplainingTheFuture.com illustrates 3D printing today and in the future.


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What is Open Foresight?

What is Open Foresight? | African media futures | Scoop.it
We recently introduced the concept of ‘Open Foresight’ as a process we’re developing to analyze complex issues in an open and collaborative way, and to raise the bar on public discourse and f...
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Why Text Messaging Still Thrives Despite Smartphones, Twitter and WhatsApp - ZDNet (blog)

Why Text Messaging Still Thrives Despite Smartphones, Twitter and WhatsApp - ZDNet (blog) | African media futures | Scoop.it

ZDNet (blog)Why Text Messaging Still Thrives Despite Smartphones, Twitter and WhatsAppZDNet (blog)The research firm mobiThinking estimated earlier this year that based on the 6 billion mobile subscriptions and the roughly 1 billion smartphones sold...

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