Ross Dawson

Value polarization and transcending job commoditization: Expertise, Relationships, Innovation

Ross Dawson

I think that a detailed explanation of the outline framework would be a very useful complement to the visual landscape, and I aim to provide that over coming months in a series of blog posts, videos, and other content. Yesterday I released a first version of my Future of Work framework.

The Internet of things will dwarf the Internet of people

Ross Dawson

Image source : Cisco blog. In 2008 the number of devices connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people connected, and in 2020 there will be 50 billion things connected, 7 times the world’s population, according to Dave Evans of Cisco.

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Why do you curate? The 3 intents of curation and how they create value

Ross Dawson

I have been blogging for almost 10 years now, and it has been immensely valuable to me in many ways. Whenever I write a blog post I have to structure my thoughts, do research, and check my facts in order to create something I am happy to share.

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Four lessons learned from 12 years of blogging

Ross Dawson

It is 12 years since I started this Trends in the Living Networks blog to accompany the launch of my book Living Networks. The original blog was on the book website, but a couple of years later I moved it to this domain, rossdawsonblog.com. At the time I put quite a lot of consideration into whether that was a good name, given that ‘blog’ was a neologism that might fade or be replaced. So what are some of the things I have learned from 12 years of blogging?

Blogging is fragmenting into multi-platform content creation – long live blogging!

Ross Dawson

Drawing on a new Pew Internet report on Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults , The New York Times headline is: Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter. First , blogs are not waning. All the major blogging platforms are growing.

Detailed stats: Social networks dominate Internet usage, Australia still #1

Ross Dawson

Research company Nielsen has just released detailed statistics on online activity , focusing on social networks and blogging, which at 22.5% Facebook completely dominates the social networking and blogging space, with over 70 times the next most prominent social networking site.

Corporate blogging: value versus risks

Ross Dawson

Knowledge@Australian School of Business recently published an interesting article on corporate blogging , which drew on an interview with me. One of the greatest dangers is not getting involved in blogging at all, claims Ross Dawson – futurist, blogger and chairman of Advanced Human Technologies, a company that consults on “the network economy&#. It’s certainly not that every company needs to be blogging, far from it.

Serendipity is at the heart of today’s emerging society

Ross Dawson

The more than dozen posts discussing serendipity on my blog include how we created “enhanced serendipity&# at an event I ran in 2003 in New York , more details on the story of the word serendipity and how to enhance it , the importance of the “serendipity dial&# and far more.

Six thoughts on the Klout scoring changes

Ross Dawson

I’ve written extensively on this blog about influence and influence networks over the last six years, and in fact our Future of Influence Summit 2009 had Klout CEO Joe Fernandez and other luminaries of the emerging influence space speak on the business models for influence and reputation panel. Today influence ratings service Klout significantly changed its rankings.

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7 critical aspects of Tibbr’s big step forward for enterprise social software

Ross Dawson

Back in 2005 I wrote about how Morgan Stanley was finding internal blogs a better way to identify expertise than the several dedicated expertise location platforms it had trialled. Earlier this week I gave the opening keynote at the Sydney launch of Tibbr , the new social enterprise offering from TIBCO. I hope to have the video of my presentation up before long. Before the event I summarized some of the very positive commentary on Tibbr since the San Francisco launch two weeks ago.

Using social media to track and drive organizational success metrics

Ross Dawson

Deloitte’s success with enterprise micro-blog Yammer led to Yammer asking Deloitte if they could create a case study. This week I was MC for the AHRI HR Technology conference , and ran one of the workshops on the following day, on Creating Results Using Social Media.

List of the 242 most influential publications in the world

Ross Dawson

His interest is honed by the fact that his blog is now hosted on the New York Times, which is currently implementing a paywall. Nate Silver , the political statistician extraordinaire, has turned his attention to publishing.

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The potential massive social impact of gamification for weight loss and savings

Ross Dawson

There are a number of ventures applying gaming principles to personal finance, including how Mint.com applies gamification and an interesting start-up Bobber , as described on The Gamification Blog. Last night I was fortunate to be at a dinner with innovation strategist Charles Leadbeater , hosted by Martin Stewart-Weeks of Cisco. One of the conversations we had together with Hugh Morrow was about the potential of gamification of weight loss and personal savings.

10 most popular blog posts on the living networks of 2012

Ross Dawson

I have just had a look at the most popular posts this year on my blog, and very interestingly almost all of the top dozen were written before this year, with perennials like the launches of our Web 2.0 Below are the most popular posts written this year on my blog.

On my 3rd Twitter birthday: 7 reasons Twitter is central to my life

Ross Dawson

The primary reason I held off getting started on Twitter was that I felt that my blog was my primary space for content sharing, and I didn’t want to divide my limited spare attention across platforms. I now know that blogs and Twitter are highly complementary. Twitter enhances and redefines blogging. A large proportion of the traffic to my blog comes directly or indirectly from Twitter. Earlier today I noticed it’s three years since my life on Twitter began.

The REAL transformative package: iPad plus wireless keyboard

Ross Dawson

Two years ago tomorrow I wrote a blog post saying It is totally INSANE that you cannot use an external keyboard on an iPhone. I have frequently used this setup to live blog when I am speaking on a panel. The iPad has changed my life.

9 great ways to make the iPad a useful work tool: structures, setup, apps

Ross Dawson

I am sitting in an economy seat on an airplane right now, able to pull out my iPad and immediately write a blog post, respond to email, make notes in my to do list, or work on a client report. Evernote is the home for my to do list and general note taking, such as meeting notes, blog posts, and a few other documents such as ideas for my keynotes. When I posted a little while back about using an external keyboard with the iPad , I promised to share how I use the iPad for work.

The state of influence today: increasing marketing budgets and greater influencer professionalism

Ross Dawson

Back in the day, Technorati’s annual State of the Blogosphere reports were the reference guide to what was happening in blogging, before Twitter existed or Facebook was open to the general public.

It is the structure of social networks that shapes influence… and the structure is changing

Ross Dawson

Findings include that professional blogs are the most influential news media in sports and the second most influential media in politics and national news, while personal blogs are the most influential in entertainment and the second most influential in technology.

When will tablets be given away for free? Perhaps before the end of this year

Ross Dawson

The following chart comes from John Walkenbach’s blog via Kevin Kelly, suggesting that Kindles will be given away for free by November 2011.

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A story about Connected: The Film and why you must see it

Ross Dawson

I remembered all this last year and dug up the introduction to put up as a blog post titled Autopoiesis and how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life. I saw Connected: The Film by Tiffany Shlain last night at its Australian premiere, organized by Annalie Killian.

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The rise of participative TV (hint: that’s better than social TV)

Ross Dawson

Everything we do involves digitally connected tools — from how we discover and source stories to how we curate them on the blog and on-air.”. The opportunity for television is to become a truly participative media.

Launch of Future of the CIO framework

Ross Dawson

I will shortly share the Prezi on my blog. Over the next few weeks I will be giving the keynote at the Tomorrow-Ready CIO Series organized by CIO magazine and sponsored by IBM.

7 compelling reasons to become self-employed

Ross Dawson

I recently noticed that a blog post I did back in 2008 on the joys of self-employment has been getting some solid traffic lately. In the post I ran through the history of how I came to work for myself, and gave 7 reasons that matter to me for why I infinitely prefer to work for myself rather than someone else. Part of working for myself is building companies that go far beyond me, but the motivations of doing MY thing rather than being employed by someone else are the same.

The rise of micro mavens: Building business empires around personal brands

Ross Dawson

ACTION : Develop a digital platform (blog/online hub) and produce for it a regular stream of high quality and relevant content that informs and/or entertains and/or inspires your audience.

Using social network analysis to uncover authority and centrality

Ross Dawson

As reflected by the title of this blog, networks have long been at the heart of how I see the world. I have applied the tools and approaches of network analysis to a wide variety of domains, including organizational analysis , industry analysis , client relationship analysis , influence networks , sales and innovation networks , high-performance personal networks , and far more.

DARPA offers $42 million for ‘revolutionary’ research on social media analysis

Ross Dawson

The DARPA announcement states: The conditions under which our Armed Forces conduct operations are rapidly changing with the spread of blogs, social networking sites, and media?]sharing The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (slogan: Creating and Preventing Strategic Surprise) is offering $42 million in funding for “revolutionary&# research into social media in strategic communication.

Launching my new book today! Getting Results From Crowds

Ross Dawson

A blog of the latest insights on crowdsourcing which will comment on developments and share insights from the book. Today we are launching my new book Getting Results From Crowds: The definitive guide to using crowdsourcing to grow your business ! This has been, in all, many years in the planning and making, and I’m extremely happy with how it has come out.

How Scott Berkun crowdfunded and self-published his latest book

Ross Dawson

You will get 5 copies of the print or digital edition of the book + I will write an essay or blog post on the topic of your choice, linking to you and your blog. Author and speaker Scott Berkun has some great books out, including the very well-known The Myths of Innovation. For his latest book, Mindfire , is a collection of his essays and articles.

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The rise of mini-blogging in 2011: Tumblr will continue to soar

Ross Dawson

I was quoted in the article talking about social shopping and mini-blogging. Here are a few further thoughts on mini-blogs. Setting up a mini-blog has remained on my to-do list for too long – I’ll try to get to it before Christmas!

Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization

Ross Dawson

I have been frustrated recently in having been too busy to blog about all but a handful of the insights generated in my many client engagements over the last months. Fortunately things are close to easing up into the end of the year so I’ll try to cover a bit of the backlog. This afternoon was the last of 3 Round Table discussions I moderated as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Graduate School of Business of the University of New England.

From news-on-paper to news-on-many-channels

Ross Dawson

I’m officially on holidays, but back at home between a family Christmas and beach sojourn and doing quite a few interviews as I go, so I’ll slip in a quick blog post or two. Yesterday I was interviewed by Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 about the future (or lack thereof) of newspapers, coming off the news that New York Times has sold its regional newspapers.

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Workshop content: Creating results using social media – the HR perspective

Ross Dawson

I also hope to be able to fit in a bit of blogging tomorrow as I MC the event. Tomorrow is the Australian Human Resources Institute HR Technology conference. I will be MC for the conference day, and will also run a half-day workshop on Creating Results Using Social Media on the following day.

Keynote slides on The Transformation of Government

Ross Dawson

I blogged about the 11 recommendations in the report , which are well worth a read if you don’t have the opportunity to read the entire paper. I will endeavor to write more about the content of what I will cover tomorrow, though it is hard at the moment to find time to blog. Tomorrow morning I am giving the opening keynote at the annual conference of Institute of Public Affairs New South Wales , on the topic of The Transformation of Government.

Insights into the next phase of crowdfunding: tearing down legal constraints and building reputation systems

Ross Dawson

One of the best things about doing blog posts is that you uncover interesting perspectives, especially through comments and reactions to the post , and thoughts provoked by those.

The next generation of computer interfaces will drive better remote collaboration

Ross Dawson

Among the numerous blog posts I have written about the evolution of interfaces , in 2008 I wrote about how the user interface featured in the film ‘Minority Report’ had been created by John Underkoffler, who had designed the concept for the film.

Keynote: The Business Opportunities of the Future

Ross Dawson

I discussed how blurring boundaries mean we cannot think in terms of industries , and pointed to an array of promising and problematic sectors, which I will blog about soon. This morning I am giving the keynote at the MyBusiness Expo 2011 on The Business Opportunities of the Future.

Australia takes the wrong path on Twitter advertising disclosure

Ross Dawson

The US Federal Trade Commission has provided detailed endorsement guides , specifically revised to include social media, “because truth in advertising is important in all media – including blogs and social networking sites” The UK Office of Fair Trading has intervened on undisclosed paid celebrity tweeting, and commented on the practice by Olympic athletes.

Support for crowdfunding in Obama’s Jobs Bill is taking it mainstream

Ross Dawson

A post on the White House’s Office and Science Technology blog titled The President’s American Jobs Act: Fueling Innovation and Entrepreneurship co-authored by U.S. Earlier this year I wrote how the US SEC was opening the gates to crowdfunding and a new structure of capitalism with mooted regulatory changes. Now the US President’s proposed Jobs Bill is explicitly focusing on crowdfunding as a mechanism to support entrepreneurs and startups.

Reflections on the early days of social networking as LinkedIn reaches 100 million users

Ross Dawson

It is very interesting to look back at my blog post from the event which reviewed the major players in the social networking space at the time. Last week LinkedIn reached a significant milestone: 100 million users. On the occasion LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman sent out an email to the first 100,000 users thanking them for being early adopters. The email included the recipient’s member number, which are given in order of signing up.