Have you been exercising your discovery muscle lately? Successful business leader, Ronald M. Shaich, the CEO of US-based Panera Bread, makes a useful distinction between an organisation’s delivery and discovery muscles.
On her own admission, Li Edelkoort says she’s in a strange profession. As a trend and lifestyle forecaster, her clients come from a diverse range of industries — fashion, cars, cosmetics and even food. So what inspires these predictions? Is there something the rest of us are missing? “The signs are always available,” she says. “I just learned to train my intuition, learned to listen and tapped into it as early as possible.” Recently in Toronto for the launch of Samsung’s Chef Collection, we decided to pick her brain about the culinary trends she’s picked up on that we should all be paying attention to right now and those that will affect us in the near future.
What place do e-readers – and in particular ebooks – hold in the reading behaviour of Australia’s 10 million public library borrowers? There are some 181 million items loaned every year by the nation’s…
Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0 “And the web stormed the enterprise and disrupted roles, tasks and jobs: it cast speed, openness, flexibility and efficiency throughout, sparing no business processes: manufacturing, logistic, accounting, customer relation management, lead generation…” The digital mutation is also profoundly disrupting how knowledge is acquired, organized and shared. Knowledge is an intangible, yet strategic asset of any enterprise. With businesses becoming more virtual and dematerialized, its value is patently and rapidly growing. Continue reading →
I was in Africa when last week’s #frightbat Twitterstorm broke. The term itself, clogging my Twitterfeed, meant nothing to me. Plus I had a speech to give. So it was the next day before I discovered that ''frightbat'' is Daily Telegraph blogger Tim Blair’s pejorative for smart, articulate female.
Virtually all Australians engage in the arts, in some way, each year—by attending performances or exhibitions, contributing time or money to arts organisations or by their own creative work. Two-thirds of those surveyed say the arts are important for child development and the 85% agree that the arts make for a richer and more meaningful life.
Earlier this month, Facebook dropped a bombshell by not only acknowledging that Facebook pages’ organic reach was declining but also by telling us we shouldn’t expect them to recover. Facebook’s VP of Product for Facebook Ads, Brian Boland, went on to explain that this is the new world we live in now, that the same thing happened with search engines before and that we’d better get used to it. It’s true that many platforms go through a similar cycle: first, they present a great free opportunity, then more and more people grab it - decreasing the return for everyone until finally, the platform focuses on those ready to pay for play. It happened with Google Search; it happened with Apps (yes, Apple doesn’t sell ads but others do - such as coincidentally... Facebook). And now that all social media are publicly-traded company with ambitious revenue targets to reach, it will happen to social media as well. So what does the decline of organic reach on Facebook and social platforms exactly mean on a practical basis? Continue reading →
The economic and social benefits of public libraries have been well researched, but the multiple ways in which they support cultural life and production deserves more attention. Contemporary public libraries perform a complex cultural role. Language and frameworks that can help us describe this explicitly cultural role are needed. Research undertaken by Project Sisu on [...]