Over the past few weeks (or years), you’ve probably heard a lot about Net neutrality. If you want to know what it's all about, we’ve constructed a timeline to show the relevant events that led us to this point.
n compiling my ebook, Seeking perpetual beta: a guidebook for the network era, I tried to cover all the posts that resonated with readers, clients, and colleagues over a decade. Here are some highlights, representing one thought per year.
If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as a launch pad to explore new territory.
De opleiding communicatie (FEM, IB&C) heeft onlangs haar vierde studiejaar (semester 1- G-cluster) volledig vernieuwd. Dit heeft geresulteerd in een innovatief concept waarin studenten, docenten en het werkveld met elkaar samenwerken. Zij vormen een leergemeenschap die zowel online als offline vorm krijgt. Nieuwe manieren van communiceren en verbinden komen uitdrukkelijk terug in het onderwijsconcept. Kortom: practice what you preach! Op 3 juli gaven Saskia Houben en Pim Kraaikamp, docenten bij de opleiding, in hun eigen lokaal aan de Laan van Scheut in Nijmegen een kijkje in hun toeCOMst
It's been a big couple of weeks for Prof Clayton Christensen, one of the world's most influential thinkers on innovation. Not only has his theory of Disruptive Innovation been attacked in the New Yorker, in his most recent article for the Harvard Business Review he acknowledged that his
On average someone works about 200 days a year. As more and more of our workload becomes automated, made redundant by new technology, the number of work days will fall, basic necessities like food and health care provided as a human right. What will we do with all this free time?
When Peter Deng emerged from Stanford’s d.school — armed with Post-It Notes and the desire to do something meaningful — he knew he didn’t want a typical job. He wanted something as fluid and flexible as the academic environment he was leaving, where ideas were championed and given space to thrive. With this in mind, he took a chance and joined as the fourth product manager at a growing company called Facebook. “It was small. People cared about building things that made an impact — and they wanted to do it all fast. I immediately felt at home,” says Deng, now Director of Product at Instagram. But, as often happens when you get a bunch of ambitious people together, the urge to establish hard-and-fast process wasn’t too far behind. “It’s not that process isn’t necessary, you just have to be extremely mindful about it,” Deng says. This principle has guided his work over the last six years at Facebook, and today as he shapes product at Instagram. “I’m always striving to give my teams an environment where they can focus on building and nothing else.” At First Round’s CEO Summit, Deng shared the steps he’s taken to thoughtfully remove structure at Instagram in order to maximize and sustain creativity.
It has long been recognized that most standard of living increases are associated with advances in technology, not the accumulation of capital. Yet it has also become clear that what truly separates developed from less developed countries is not just a gap in resources or output but a gap in knowledge. In fact, the pace at which developing countries grow is largely determined by the pace at which they close that gap.
Therefore, how countries learn and become more productive is key to understanding how they grow and develop, especially over the long term. In Creating a Learning Society, Joseph E. Stiglitz and Bruce C. Greenwald spell out the implications of this insight for both economic theory and policy. Taking as a starting point Kenneth J. Arrow’s 1962 paper “Learning by Doing,” they explain why the production of knowledge differs from that of other goods and why market economies alone are typically not efficient in the production and transmission of knowledge. Closing knowledge gaps, or helping laggards learn, is central to growth and development.
Due to the technological development with the Internet and social media, markets are no longer created and controlled with broadcast marketing. People can now find and connect with people like themselves all over the world – and no longer limited to the people in their close proximity and to existing ties such as family members, friends, colleagues or neighbors. They can connect with anyone, and they all influence each other, immediately and with multiplier effects. The power is shifting from companies to consumers. It is a radical shift, but it was predicted already in the mid 90’ies by marketing guru Philip Kotler as a consequence of the Internet. So we shouldn’t be too surprised. Yet a lot of companies are. And they haven’t prepared at all for this. Companies and organizations are waking up to a new reality, and the wake-up call can sometimes be harsh. A number of things are changing, and I will mention four of these here.
(toehk) In the United States, defending free-speech rights is a longstanding tradition. It comes naturally to people. That's not always the case in other countries, where government restrictions on the Internet are often accepted as a fact of life.