All Used Up

Josh Bernoff of Forrester’s Groundswell blog says words are important. He also suggests we stop using one word, “users.” Try, just for a day, to stop using this word. You’ll be amazed at how differently you think about the world. Web users become people looking for information. Application users become employees trying to get stuff […]

Try This: Open Your Presentation With A Physics Lesson

You have great ideas and the passion to see them through, but your clients just aren’t buying. Is it your fault? Maybe, but there is another strong possibility. American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard said, “The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.” Consultant, blogger […]

Everything is Miscellaneous

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) invited the authors of two high-profile books on the Web to an email debate. In one corner, Andrew Keen, who wrote The Cult of the Amateur, argues the Web has become overwhelmed with useless noise. David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous, argues that Web 2.0 tools let […]

Toppling The Tipping Point

Duncan Watts, a Columbia University sociology professor, is rocking boats with his challenge to the influencer model that much modern day marketing relies upon. Brandweek endeavored to speak with Mr. Watts abou this ideas. Brandweek: Why aren’t influentials as influential as everyone thinks? Watts: Common sense notions of cause and effect are deeply misleading with […]

Learn To Learn On The Fly

David Armano is VP of Experience Design with interactive services firm Critical Mass. He prepared a presentation on breaking down workplace silos to deliver internally in Toronto this week. Here’s how he describes his deck: The changes that we are all feeling in the workplace and within our industries are requiring us to think and […]

Sting’s Sting (Sounds Familiar)

Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke put together a cover story on The Police reunion last month. The piece has some interesting echoes for those who toil in advertising, or any creative field. Sting, sitting on a wooden stool as he sings and plays bass, abruptly cuts the song in midchorus. “Is there another way […]

The New American Dream

Author, speaker and creative consultant, Annette Moser-Wellman, is coming from a soulful place. In a recent post on her new blog she reminds us that there’s much more to life than material possessions, status, promotions, award-winning campaigns and the like. There’s a new American dream. Working on projects that matter and pursuing work we are […]

New Belgium Finds Its Folly And Asks You To Do The Same

“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, CO has reissued a classic motivational line–Follow Your Bliss–uttered by Joseph Campbell to self-realized persons everywhere. The brewer’s twist is Follow Your Folly. According […]