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Why Thought Leaders Need Provocateurs

Why Thought Leaders Need Provocateurs | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
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This piece was written by Andy Capaloff for Curatti
Collaboration across multiple skillsets is essential in any advancement, whether in the social sphere or in business.  Just as a good curator adds context related to their readership and an observation on the running of a small business can help take it to the next level, so input from people outside of the current thought leadership sphere can catapult conversations to new heights.
There are different types of smarts, and just because you may not feel that your writing matches up those involved in innovations that you are drawn to, does not mean that your input, providing a new angle, will not provide an ingredient that nobody even realized was missing.
Here are some highlights:
Technology and Social Media are branching out into many new forms at a rate few if any can keep up with.  Inevitably, natural selection comes into play, ensuring that even some of the best ideas barely see the light of day.
There is huge value in “multiple skillsets being employed in any process, with questions being asked by the non-experts or those with complementary skills”
There comes a point when a different viewpoint borne of different experiences and knowledge become essential to lift any great idea towards a new, far greater plateau
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How Do We Harness the Innovation Potential of our Networks?

How Do We Harness the Innovation Potential of our Networks? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Venessa Miemis is a pioneer and change agent, and every one of her posts is part of a mindset that is essential for anyone who wants to thrive in this new world.  I selected this piece because it is something that I am struggling with now, perhaps you are too.  There are great insights, and suggestions on how to create relationships that are empowering and productive.

Here's an excerpt:

**we embrace the gifts, skills and capacities of the individuals in the community

**We pursue common goals and not the goals of just one or two people who come forward but find a way to let everyone be heard

Only in the past few months have I heard this term “asset mapping” as a needed tool to surface hidden but available value, bootstrap communities, and get things done.

I could go on and on but want you to read the article.

My commentary:

I personally belong to private groups on Facebook, have various affiliations on other networks and I am continually struggling with the following:

**the ability to manage time constraints,  (how can I possibly be on 10 networks, be on tweetchats at night)

** do my work which is very time consuming

**find time to eat and sleep and still have time for my wonderful life offline

**come together with these people and create something meaningful. I'm living in the question, what comes next........

I feel a responsibilty to other members to do my part and contribute in ways that I feel can help move things forward.

**As a content curator, I can bring articles like this to the attention of others

**It is my hope this will stimulate discussions

**introduce new ways of looking at things 

**create tools and resources for us to function in a more cohesive manner

**make a difference in whatever way we see fit and create dynamic, meaningful relationships both within and outside of these communities

**Work together to help others grow and change

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Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media?

Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Yesterday I selected a post by Elad Gil who talked about Pinterest changing the way we share and consume information on the web.  Today I have selected another article by Don Reisinger  for Cnet News - digital home, who says, "let's not jump to conclusions here and has more to say about this.

I do admit I'm participating on many betas because I feel the need to stay informed. I'm not usually drawn to every new thing that comes along but somehow, Pinterest has caught my eye.

Let's take a look at why Pinterest is becoming one of the most popular social networks, what's really happening here?

Here's what caught my attention:

**Pinterest so far has been the only company to distinguish itself. Late last month, Experian Hitwise, a company that monitors consumer behavior on the Web, reported that Pinterest had 11 million visits during the week ended December 17, jumping 4,000 percent compared with six months earlier.

**The massive bump catapulted Pinterest to the 10th spot in Experian's listing of the most popular social networks, just behind Yelp. Experian also discovered that Pinterest has found a loyal following in women.

**In the past three months, women have accounted for 58 percent of its userbase, and nearly 60 percent of those women are between the ages of 25 and 44.

**Opinions are mixed over why Pinterest has been able to attract such a large audience.

**Is it the service's solid design? Is it the attention it has received from media outlets shocked by its growth?

**Is it, perhaps, the fact that it recently raised $26 million from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, giving it bundles of cash to play with? It could be all that.

**But Gil thinks it might also have something to do with its ease-of-use.

**"Pinterest was one of the first sites to take push button content generation (via bookmarklets and 're-pinning') and structure it into sets of curated content called 'boards

**This allowed users to collect content from across the Web, as well as from other users on the site.

Reisinger ends his article with a word of caution:

**"Pinterest has yet to offer its service publicly. And once it finally moves beyond its invite-only phase, the company will be truly tested."

Followed by the question: 

**"will the mainstream Web user who typically joins the social game after early adopters pick up their invites, find value in it?"

** Chances are, we'll get the answers to those questions later this year.

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Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models

Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This great piece was written by Tim Kastelle - it is one of the best articles on curation, the observations and insights take this to a whole new level. So much to digest, lots to ponder about the possibilities that await us in 2012 and beyond.

Here are some of the highlights:

**"We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting." 


**"Filtering is what helps us deal with the vast amount of information available to us."


"...the real question is, how do we design filters that let us find our way through this particular abundance of information?


****And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everything is everybody." (Clay Shirky)


**We try to filter information so that we end up with something that is relevant to us – it helps us learn something, it helps us solve a problem, it helps us develop a new hypothesis about the world around us.


**These are all connections – and this is what really drives value creation.


**However, we can’t connect without some filtering going on. So filtering is important, and it’s a term that includes several different sub-types. I can think of at least five forms of filtering.


...we can use these ideas about filtering to help with business model innovation by changing where it takes place in the value network.


**One of Shirky’s points is that since Gutenberg, the economic logic of publishing required publishers (of books, music, movies) to act as filters in order to maximise their investment.


**As publishing and filtering has shifted out to human networks, publishers no longer need to fill this role.


**Someone (or some network) needs to, and since that creates value, it’s something that can perhaps be monetised.


This piece was curated by Robin Good brief commentary by Jan Gordon


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 12:12 PM
An interesting post, thank you for the share!
Beth Kanter's comment, December 30, 2011 1:47 PM
Thanks for picking this up out of Robin's stream. I personally love Harold Jarche model of Seek, Sense, Share - and have adapted as a framework to help those are just starting with curation ....
Karen du Toit's comment, December 31, 2011 4:42 AM
Thanks for this!
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Robin Good's Keen Observations on Curation, Timely and Relevant

I originally posted Howard Rhinegold's wonderful interview with Robin Good several months ago. However, as we approach 2012, I must share it again, as it seems more timely now than ever.

If you have just listened to this for the second (or in my case probably 4th) time, you will find so many things you may not have digested several months ago.

Here is just one gem that caught my attention this time:

**A group of curators create an alternative to Google "A Google for the people by the people". Instead of relying on secret algorithms, they create their own ecosystem of curated rankings where THEY decide what is relevant for them.

**Curators collaborating together - Trusted People who are gateways to relevant information for each other as they tap into each others discovery, perspectives, opinions, expertise, different points of view so they can find meaning and make sense of it and pass it on to their audiences.

**My input - this can lead to a collective intelligence that we've never experienced before.

Lots to ponder, so much to look forward to........

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.


By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.


It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.


And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.


The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 



Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:


1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed


2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions


3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based


4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings


5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning


6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication


7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines


8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes


9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques


10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team



Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10


Curated by Robin Good


Executive Summary of the Report: 


Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020:  

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Crowdsourcing - Everyone is a Potential News Source (Video)

Guardian Journalist talks about two case studies of modern investigative journalism.

This is an interesting video of a talk by the Guardian's award winning journalist Paul Lewis . When every mobile phone can record video and take pictures, everyone is a potential news source. Lewis talks about two stories that give us a glimpse into the future of investigative journalism .

Paul Bradshaw has written a great piece on Lewis's work in the excellent Online Journalism Blog.

You can follow Paul Lewis and Paul Bradshaw on Twitter @PaulLewis

@paulbradshaw as well as the Lingospot Team @Lingospot

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How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me

How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This blog post was written by Robert Dempsey at Dempsey Marketing Blog


Firstly, I want to thank you Robert for your kind words and mention in this article. Coming from you, it means a lot.


There are really good tips and resources about content curation


Here is my commentary:


****Whether you curate or create content remember, this is what it's all about:-)


** it starts conversations

**builds relationships

**creates community

**Can lead business & referrals



**expands your knowledge


Along the same line, here's what particularly caught my attention:

Never forget the social part of social media

**Always reply back to people that initiate contact


**Be proactive don’t only follow people but initiate contact, and not using an auto-DM message either


**Thank people for sharing your content and mentioning you


Here's a real life example, I met Robert a week ago after curating his relevant and timely piece "Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media" He thanked me, we've been communicating ever since.


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The Future Points To Curation In Broadcast Media

The Future Points To Curation In Broadcast Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This post was curated by Robin Good and JanLGordon. The original content was itself curated from a conversation between media strategist, trend spotter, anthropologist and consultant Jonathan Marks with journalist and fellow anthropologist Gemma van der Kamp, sharing views on the future of broadcasting.

It's interesting how Robin and I were both drawn to different aspects of this article.

What follows are examples of what the author refers to as "re-treatment" of content and of conversation.  This is both a "re-treatment of curation" and the engagement of a conversation between Curators.

I would further point to our different approaches as defining the importance of collaboration and to how re-treatments of the same material may result in the original material having broader context and being seen by more people, as our approaches stand to be seen by slightly divergent audiences.

**This is not unlike the different audiences that may be reached by journalists and news organizations curating the same material to their respective readership. 


When Jonathan Marks advises broadcasters on how to integrate emerging technologies in the work flow, he is driven by one major principle:

**making sure that the conversation with the public is happening.

In an era when the voice of the online citizen is more present than ever before, the idea may seem obvious but according to Marks, there is still much work to do.

In Marks’ view, broadcasters need to work cross-media,

**by adapting their content to mobile phones, websites and tablet devices.

**The idea of curating the news by cherry-picking good stories through web research and by using the audience’s input seems promising.

**The technology to curate stories, however, is still inadequate.

**Although various online tools to organise and share content have been developed, such as the Pearltrees application allowing users to collect, share and re-treat online content,

**“the problem is that once the link is re-treat, you have lost the original content”, Marks argues.

**“What we need are tools to build libraries and create intelligent tags. So many excellent stories are never kept.”

Several small companies already offer news briefing services and successfully manage active online communities.

They understand the trick of building niche channels and developing relations of trust with the audience.

This is where the future for broadcast media lies,” Marks predicts.

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Content Curation - Opportunities for Brands - What You Need to Know

This piece was written by Lauren Picarello for Dachis Group.

"Content curation is how we make sense of the web today"


There are tremendous opportunities for brands, if we pay attention to the way consumers are connecting through shared interests (aka – interest graphs).

Here's what you need to know:

To explore these opportunities, let’s look at content curation in three categories:

**Consumers as curators

Everything is curated now. We view the world through filters- trusted sources like friends or online communities to which we belong.

**Brands as content

This one is simple. Consumers use your brands to express themselves.

**Brands as curators

Proper positioning allows brands to aply their expertise, act as smart filters and become the go-to destination on certain topics. This is what we're all striving for.

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Great Tips From A Pro - How You Can Use A Blog To Spread Your Ideas

Great Tips From A Pro - How You Can Use A Blog To Spread Your Ideas | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This piece is from Conversation Agent and I selected it because I thought it was worthy of your attention.

Starting a blog shows commitment to a topic, industry, group, project, brand, etc. It establishes you as someone who can stick with a regular appointment, and has something to say, teach, and learn. There are many more benefits.

Here's what caught my attention:

**participate in worthy initiatives -- in the last couple of years, we helped promote awareness of worthy causes through Bloggers Unite and Blog Action Day each year. 

**build a tribe -- is there a like-minded group with a problem you can solve? There's your opportunity to fill a content/community vacuum and get help in amplifying discussions

curate the content of others -- say you're passionate about a topic and there is already quite a bit of great information online. You could become a relevant filter and curator of that information, the de facto destination on that topic

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Announcing A Twitter-like Network For Sharing Long Reads

Announcing A Twitter-like Network For Sharing Long Reads | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Steve Johnson, author of  Where Good Ideas Come From  announces - A social network that may actually make you smarter!

I just signed up and it's great for curating, blogging and meeting some very interesting people.

****This is a social network that literally lets you actively read over other bookworms' shoulders and watch their thought processes coalesce in real time.


A geeky literati, allowing you to share clippings from longer pieces with your social network without all the noise of Twitter.

It's like Twitter, but populated solely with unabridged snippets of interesting books, articles, and essays.

Here's what you need to know:

**users can post full-length quotations from whatever literary source they like (provided it's electronic).

There's a bookmarklet you install in your browser, so that anytime you see a bit of text you want to clip you can share with your social-network-turned-library.

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How Content Curators Are Connecting Online "Communities of Interest" | The Guardian

How Content Curators Are Connecting Online "Communities of Interest" | The Guardian | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

From the article intro: The success of social networks and the move to socialise many others aspects of the web – from content and search to deals and commerce – has captured the imagination of analysts, content creators and brands. Those best positioned to monetise these changes, however, are developing strategies that extend beyond social networks built on who-knows-who to those built on shared interests: so-called "communities of interest".


"It's no longer just social media that's social any more – all media is becoming social thanks to the maturation of creative tools and digital distribution," says Troy Young, president of SAY Media.


Technology has democratised publishing. This, in turn, has resulted in a new breed of media businesses that see themselves more as curators of content rather than owners.


New technology is creating new opportunities to socially interact and is also enabling end users to become their own content curator...

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7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information, The Web & its Impact on Our Lives

7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information, The Web & its Impact on Our Lives | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

I selected this post from Maria Popova, who never fails to produce the best content and information on her blog brainpickings It's always thought provoking and challenging and today is no exception.

My commentary:

**The future is upon us and excelerating at a rapid pace, knowledge is power......

**These books suggested are timely and relevant and can be helpful to all of us who curate, create, consume and share content and information on the web.

**These books examine the networked society, the sharing of information and interpretation and its impact on our thinking, our minds and our future.

**How will the sharing economy impact collaboration and innovation

**How will you participate in all of this?

"From retrofuturist media prophecies to the cognitive consequences of mobile-everything".

Here's an intro which will tell you what you can expect from this article.

We’re deeply fascinated by the evolution of media and the sociocognitive adaptations that go along with it,

**but perhaps even more so by the intellectual debates surrounding this ever-swelling topic of increasing urgency and controversy.

The past year has been particularly prolific in varied takes on our shared digital future, contextualizing

**our current concerns in fascinating media history and exploring the potential consequences of our modern media diets.

Collected here are 7 of our favorite books investigating the subject from dramatically different yet equally important angles.

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janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2012 2:54 PM
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It does seem so indeed. That would be so nice to meet you in Maryland and have soft shell crabs, perhaps some day soon:-)
Tom George's comment, February 27, 2012 3:24 PM
That would be a good experience and we would certainly have a lot to talk about. I would like that.
janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2012 3:46 PM
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Perhaps sometime in the Spring, just got back from London, on my way to Los Angeles in a few weeks, squeezing launch prep in between. Yes, it would be nice we would indeed have lots to talk about:-)
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What Curators Need: Social Tools That Will Reduce Info Overload & Transform Collaboration

What Curators Need: Social Tools That Will Reduce Info Overload & Transform Collaboration | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

In issue 3 of PwC’s Tech Forecast there is a great video illustrating what is going to change in the near future when it comes to finding the right information.


"The Navigational phase of online information is just now emerging.


Within three to five years, finding more of the information we need--not to mention opportunities for more effective collaboration--will become possible. Social tools will help."


The animated video explains how making network and interest-based connections more visible will allow easier and more effective filtering and navigation of information spaces in the near future. 


Insightful. 8/10

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Beth Kanter's comment, January 8, 2012 2:55 PM
Fantastic find! Thank you as always
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How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results

How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This piece was written by Shel Holtz he has some good suggestions for companies to move curation beyond entry level and show them  how to create more innovative ways to use this powerful tool and that produces more targeted results.



There’s plenty of evidence that business is adopting content curation, but the practice hasn’t been around long enough for organizations to understand how to us it in a way that will strengthen their content marketing strategy.

Here are some of the ways companies can apply curation that will give them more visability and beyond.


** To start applying content curation, communicators need to pay attention to how others are using the crop of curation tools that have found acceptance online.


**Curating news that the media isn’t covering can lead to media coverage. And, by extension, it can improve and expand on stories the media are covering.


The process would look something like this:


**Identify opportunity:

Any company news is a potential curated collection.

Think about a product launch, or financial events.


Select curators:

**criteria for selecting curators should begin with their familiarity with the topic. The key to a solid curation effort is the selection of the best, most relevant and representative posts.


**Monitor conversation:

**With the curator in place, it’s time to develop key words and set up a monitoring plan.

**This can be as simple as establishing a few Google Alerts or as sophisticated as tapping into a monitoring service the organization is already using, like Radian 6.


Select and comment on the best content:

**Curators need to cull through the many items people have posted in order to find the right posts to create an accurate overview of the news.

**Moreover, adding context is one more curation chore.

When appropriate, adding commentary improves the value of the collection.


Here's the takeaway:

Companies are increasingly focused on content marketing. Curating company news fits nicely into the content marketing bucket, where it can both fill a gap in mainstream media reporting and serve as an impetus to getting that coverage.

**It’s only a matter of time before some organizations move beyond entry-level curation efforts and start curating their news.

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Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager

Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

I selected this piece from ID and other Reflections on blogspot because the future is on our doorstep and this article has some very good information.


Faced with the tsunami of information, we are all floundering to find our way to content that actually matters. From setting up filters--both of the automated and human variety--to trying to make sense of what we find, we are in a fix, so to speak.

****Hence, we see the rise of content curators as a breed who will help us to make sense of this world of worldwideweb that has suddenly gone amuck.

Enterprises who want to survive in 2012 and beyond must be on the cutting edge of their field, they need to be adaptive and make the right decisions quickly. They will need to:

**Be able to connect the dots to make sense of the underlying pattern.

What role can an enterprise community manager play?

**Surface useful and interesting content

**This entails listening to the community, being aware of the needs and drivers, and keeping a keen watch on the different contributions and conversations taking place on the platform.

**One needs to develop a nose for useful content just like an experienced editor develops a sense for what could be breaking news.

**This skill cannot be automated and requires constant engagement with the community to develop.

**By surfacing hidden gems, community managers enable users to make those serendipitous discoveries that could lead to breakthrough innovations, more engaged

participation and a sense of commitment to the community.

**The greater the benefit users derive from their membership to the community, the higher will be their involvement and engagement.

The community manager's role would be akin to that of a museum curator. Curators at museums lay out the best pieces in a manner that:

**Catch the viewers attention

**Tells a narrative that makes sense to the viewer  

**Gives a sense of the bigger scheme of things

**Makes it easy for viewers to "jump" to the sections that interest them

**Have enough metadata for viewers to understand the context

Here are a few takeaways that definitely caught my attention:

A good curator will seek, sense, synthesise and then share in a manner that adds value to a specific user group.

**Curation is not just a collection of links and resources--it is a synthesis that reveals the pattern behind the links and list of resources

**By revealing the patterns, a curator can help an organisation make breakthrough finds.

****The key here is to remember that each content piece is a social object around which conversations will evolve, further content will be generated and ideas surface.

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Curation is the New Creation

Curation is the New Creation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This excellent article was written in September, 2010 by Paul Gillin for BtoB Magazine. It is more timely and relevant today than ever before because more businesses are recognizing the need for good curators to help them sort through and make meaning out of important information they need to stay on top of things.

Here are a few of the things that particularly caught my attention:

**As information providers B2B companies are uniquely positioned to take advantage of curation.

**In most cases, their customers have highly specific information needs-such as business analytics, chemistry or manufacturing.

**Engineers don't want to spend time combing through search results, so they appreciate those suppliers that provide that value for them.

The author also anticipates and answers a question that has been posed by some people in recent weeks:

****You might think that trading on other people's content would raise intellectual property problems, but quite the opposite has occurred, Mike Graney (Senior VP of Business Development at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts) said.

****“We're a great content driver for the publications,” some of which now actively court the council for visibility because of the traffic boost they receive.

****Done right, the process is a win-win for both creator and curator.

One point I would like to make here regarding the definition of content curation being stated here and elsewhere as: "the discipline of filtering and organizing knowledge."  Museum curators put little plaques under paintings or sculptures that they have 'filtered and organized'.  This provides context, which is an aspect of curation that is no less important for the modern, content curator.

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:32 PM
This points to another value of curation - that it gives your content a longer shelf life!
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:50 PM
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It also is a great new career path for people who are looking to reinvent themselves and help companies filter, organize and contextualize content for their audiences.
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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This great piece was written by Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute 

There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 

He says:

"So many organizations are getting caught up in content curation, but the real power of content marketing lies in original content creation."

Curation is more than a tactic, it is coming to forefront because

**people are overwhelmed with too much information.

If you're going to create content, I say mixing that with curated content might be a better way to go, again this depends on many factors,  but that's only my opinion.

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

Y0ur 2012 Checklist -

He says, yes, you can and should use content curation techniques, but this should be secondary.

I say, Curation is more than a technique and will go beyond a buzz word in 2012 as people learn new techniques.

He says:

"Focus on the true pain points of your customers and start planning content series around answering those pain points".

**I definitely agree but this can be accomplished by curation as well. It's not an either or, a curator can add more vital information, another perspective. provide resources or any number of things beyond the original article.

He says:

"Find the content curators in your industry and form relationships with them. They’ll help you spread the word about your great content".

I say:

I believe content creators will want to seek out good content curators  to curate their work.  I watched a six minute video yesterday, the title was "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? Now that's a shift in thinking and a very interesting question to ponder, I say, stay tuned........

I think both are necessary in different proportions for different types of businesses.

What do you think?

Commentary by Jan Gordon "Covering Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.
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Entrepreneurship is Our Revolution

This inspirational post was written by Steve Blank,  who teaches entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. author of the incredible book "Four Steps to the Epiphany" and so much more.

I wanted to share an article before Thanksgiving that really spoke to me and the hearts of many. I have been looking for days and felt when the right one came along, I would know it. This is that piece. No disrespect to the author, I moved things around and broke up paragraphs into smaller bites. They were so inspiring they almost jumped off the page.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. So grateful to have this platform and a wonderful community of fellow travelers on this path to share the journey.


"This Thanksgiving season, it might seem there’s less to be thankful for. One out of eleven of Americans is out of work. Many pundits say the American dream is dead and see further decline of the West, particularly the US."

"When it's darkest men see the stars.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My prediction:

"this decade may well be our country’s finest hour

the beginning of an economic revolution as important as the scientific revolution in the 16th century and the industrial revolution in the 18th century.

**This entrepreneurial revolution will permanently reshape business as we know it

**More importantly, change the quality of life for all who come after us."

**It’s possible we’ll look back to this decade as the beginning of our own revolution.

**It may even be the dawn of a new era for a new American economy built on entrepreneurship and innovation.

****Our children will look back on and marvel that when it was the darkest, we saw the stars.

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Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom

Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

"Civicboom is an online platform designed to facilitate content-driven organizations and individuals to work together in generating rich media content.

Content-seekers can place a request for specific content. Then, by using the Civicboom mobile app (Android), or by uploading to the plug & go site, a content-creator can respond with rich-media directly to that request.

All incoming rich-media content is then managed by the content-seeker, and directed to a customizable plugin to be embedded on a website."

Read more about it here:

Sign-up here:

Via Robin Good
janlgordon's comment, November 15, 2011 4:28 PM
This is great Robin!
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Content Curation (Real Time) vs. Automation - The Value Differential

Content Curation (Real Time) vs. Automation - The Value Differential | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Robin Good found this wonderful piece

A short article by Jay Pinkert, but pointing to an increasingly critical issue for anyone interested in curation. The value differential.

From the article: "The essence of curation, then, is the curator’s informed and discriminating point of view and active participation.


As with most endeavors that require extra personal attention and effort, there’s strong temptation to look for shortcuts – that means you, and Summify.


It’s worth noting that Twitter ranking/management clients like TwitCleaner classify tools that auto-aggregate and auto-tweet your content feed as “app spam.”


Over-reliance on those tools can negatively impact your social media profile and rankings, and those items are less likely to be stichared than ones you’ve clearly considered and bundled on your own."

However, there are other applications that help make the work of genuine curation more manageable.

Four of the most promising content curation tools are:


*  (Jan)   I love Scoopit! Easy to use, online community, looks good



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Guillaume Decugis's comment, November 2, 2011 2:39 PM
Thanks for pointing this out Robin: we totally editorial control is key as that's what brings the essential human touch needed when curating.
janlgordon's comment, November 2, 2011 3:17 PM
Thanks for posting this Robin, it's something that I think we all need to pay attention to - part of curating is having conversations, stimulating new thought, collaboration and opinions - it's hard to do that if you're automating your content. Having said that, many of us are on different time zones, kind of hard to converse in real time. Curation is a work in progress....
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Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media

Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
We asked Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, Gina Bianchini, and more than a dozen others. Here's what they said.

This article by Dan Frommer and Jen Ortiz for Business Insider links to a slideshow with quotes from major Social Media company CEOs and co-founders, intellectuals and a Curated Twitter persona, among others about their takes on the future of Social Media. 

Here's just one of them, from Dae Mellencamp, CEO of Vimeo:

**** "The future of social media is the loss of the distinction between media and social interaction online. Mass media and social media will be seamlessly integrated across devices and platforms to offer relevant, dynamic, personalized experiences for people anywhere.

**Discoverability and the import of editorial curation will not be lost, but rather inherently incorporated into the environments for richer and more customized experiences."

The full article has many more gems and is well worth a few minutes of your time!

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Curation Meets Storytelling -Telling Stories of Human History Through Objects

Curation Meets Storytelling -Telling Stories of Human History Through Objects | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Katherine Schulten & Shannon Doyne wrote this  piece for The New York Times.

Curation meets storytelling, so many great gems in this article. This definitely gets my creative juices flowing, what about you?

In "Stuff That Defines Us" Carol Vogel writes:

"It was a project so audacious that it took 100 curators four years to complete it.

****The goal: to tell the history of the world through 100 objects culled from the British Museum’s sprawling collections."

Ideas for using the British Museum's "The History of the World in 100 Objects," along with a related Times article and slide show, in the classroom.

Here's what caught my attention:

People’s Choices

To coincide with the “History of the World in 100 Objects” project, the public was invited to tell their stories about objects that hold significance to them.

Activity Ideas

Create Your Own Slide Show or Podcast About Important Objects

All segments of the BBC’s “A History of the World in 100 Objects” are available online.

Listen to a segment about an object that interests you,

**taking notes on how narrator Neil MacGregor describes and contextualizes it by telling a story that, as the Times article puts it, “everybody could relate to.”

Next, choose an object from history — whether an artifact of a fascinating era, an invention that changed history, a work of art that intrigues you, or anything else —

research it. When it was made? Who made it? How does it reflect its time and place? What does it say about human culture?

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The Web's Most Ambitious Personal Data Project - Singly

The Web's Most Ambitious Personal Data Project - Singly | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This article was written by Marshall Kirkpatrick for ReadWriteWeb

You make data. A lot of it. From Web browsing to link sharing to photos published online, from phone bills to medical records to online banking - almost all of us produce an incredible amount of electronic data that slips right through our fingers...

Here's What Went Live 10/19 In case you didn't see it: Very exciting!

Singly 1.0 began rolling out to developers Oct. 19, 2011

****Those first users will be able to build apps that search, sort and visualize contacts, links and photos that have been published by their own accounts on various social networks but also by all the accounts they are subscribed to there.

****Want to search the contents of every link shared by every person you're subscribed to on Twitter (at least as far back as Singly can access)?

****Want to make a slideshow of all the Instagram photos your contacts have posted that have a certain hashtag in them? Or were on a weekend? Or whatever other criteria you can think of? Those kinds of things are possible now.

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