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The Economics of Generosity

One of the most powerful talks this last week at TED centers on adapting to a new era, the Social Era. Amanda Palmer has been a disruption in the music industry for some time. (By sheer coincidence, I was sitting at the conference next to some senior executives in the music industry and got to  More

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Our Obsession with Scale is Failing Us

Bank of America just announced they will cut 16,000 jobs by year-end, an acceleration of a previously announced “efficiency effort.” After this, they’ll no longer be the largest banking employer. Now, it’s easy to think that Bank of America is failing, that it’s yet another bad situation related to a down economy. But there’s something  More

Traditional Strategy Is Dead. Welcome to the #SocialEra

When I say, “Social is and can be more than media,” people resist. It’s as if the two words (social and media) are now permanently fused together. But they shouldn’t be. The fact that they are joined at the hip in so many people’s minds means that marketing agencies are thriving — but that the  More

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Must-Read Weekend Reading

It’s Only A Crisis If You’re A King. A lot of people keeping using the word “crisis” to describe our macro economic, social, political changes. This essayist, Anand Giridharadas, whom I’ve written of before, has written a piece around this that captures an interpretation I believe in. ” [What we’re experiencing is a] shift in  More

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Lesson of Cezanne & The Upcoming Disruption

There was a time when great art was about depicting things as close to what the human eye could capture in real life. And then photography came along. Imagine being the artist that had perfected your craft up to that point.  You would be thinking something like, “flubbertyjickets”, as you found yourself more a master  More

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