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The top 12 tech trends of the next five years

The top 12 tech trends of the next five years | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Patrick Stafford for Smartcompany. I selected it because it has great news for entrepreneurs, who will be further enabled by upcoming technological advances which free them from many of their current time constraints.


Intro:


"Technology has completely changed the way entrepreneurs live and work over the course of SmartCompany’s five years – and the revolution won’t stop soon.


**So where is technology going next? SmartCompany has assembled a team of experts to gaze into the crystal ball and find out what technology will look like in 2017.


****Happily, according to Google Australia engineering director Alan Noble, the technology future is a bright one for entrepreneurs".


This is what caught my attention:


****“There has never been a better time to start a company because you can outsource everything that’s non-core: your ad marketing, your design, your eCommerce,” Noble says.


**What you’re left to do is focus on that core value proposition.


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The State of Influencers Theory #Infographic

The State of Influencers Theory #Infographic | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

By Leslie Bradshaw

 

From Moses’ clay tablets, to the Old Spice Guy, to Fred Wilson’s blog, influencers have been influencin’ since the dawn of time.

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Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just wake up one day and decide to create an Internet meme. Something doesn’t go viral until it has been thoroughly embraced and shared by the masses. And how does it get to that point? People who have unique insight and respect from their peers influence other people. And, therefore, play an important role in helping the content, meme, or idea along. The word that we use to describe these kinds of people is “influencer” (I also have friends and strategists who prefer “tastemaker” — but only the hip ones. Influencer is pretty industry standard).

 

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in The Tipping Point that, “A very small number of people are connected to everyone else in a few steps — the rest of us are linked to the world through those special few.” One of my favorite thinkers in the space and another DC powerhouse Geoff Livingston discusses Gladwell’s theory and several others in his book Welcome to the Fifth Estate — including an entire section on the “History of Influencer Theory” on the social web.

 

As with the Big Bang and the extinction of dinosaurs, there’s not just one theory about influencers, there are several. Livingston breaks it down like this:

 

To visualize how these theories all come together in the social web, Livingston partnered with JESS3 to create The State of Influencer Theory Infographic.

Here’s the result of our first brainstorming session:


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Why the Future of Your Brand Will Be Crowdsourced

Why the Future of Your Brand Will Be Crowdsourced | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This piece is written by Simon Mainwaring on his blog, I selected it because I loved reading his book We First and he is truly an inspiration to me and many others. Today is his birthday and the world is definitely a better place because he's in it! Happy Birthday Simon!!


Intro:


In this article, Simon talks about the power of crowdsourcing through social media. and uses the example of how it has been demonstrated through the power of citizen activism during the economic collapse and bankruptcy in Iceland when 950 people were randomly selected to spend a day discussing a new constitution.


Their meetings were open to the public streamed live on its Facebook page. They also had a Twitter and Youtube account where they interacted with the public and created a constitution written by the people for the people.


Here's what caught my attention:


**What’s important to keep in mind when we think about the future is that social media enables all parties to have a platform. 


**We can use it as a tool to unify our voices as thoughtful, compassionate beings seeking to build a better world for all humankind.


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