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Creative Consumers are Everywhere

Consumers now have the opportunity to be more creative and participatory in the marketing, media and entertainment worlds.

The guys over at Influx have a good piece on open innovation and getting the customer involved. It is a two-part series packed with great ideas.

"The rise of  the creative consumer (part one)  and (part two)  -  Consumers now have the opportunity to be more creative and participatory in the marketing, media and entertainment worlds, Influx thought it would make sense to catalog some of the stories, a short history, that highlights this trend and identifies a few examples of the opportunities that exist for consumers to participate.

Half Naked

Asians have a more difficult time thinking of an object as completely separate from its background

WOW! Kathy from headrush is on a roll. She has a post on "Context matters". ..."Context plays a more fundamental role for Asians than for westerners. Asians have a more difficult time thinking of an object as completely separate from its background." To demonstrate her point, Kathy shows us a picture of a cow with no background and then a second one of a cow with the landscape in it.

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Learn, Change or Die

What's killing us: smoking, drinking, diet, stress and lack of exercise has not changed for decades.

What's killing us: smoking, drinking, diet, stress and lack of exercise has not changed for decades. From Fast Company, the May cover story is "Change or Die." As you can tell by the title, it is about changing behavior, whether it is for health reasons or business. John Kotter, a Harvard Business School Professor says that even in business " The central issue is never strategy, structure, culture, or systems. The core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people."

MYTH: CRISIS IS A POWERFUL IMPETUS FOR CHANGE

REALITY: Ninety percent of patients who've had coronary bypasses don't maintain changes to the unhealthy lifestyles that worsen their severe heart disease and greatly threaten their lives.

MYTH: CHANGE IS MOTIVATED BY FEAR

REALITY: It's too easy for people to go into denial of the bad things that might happen to them. Compelling, positive visions of the future are a much stronger inspiration for change.

MYTH: THE FACTS WILL SET US FREE

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Science Wants to Be Free

Science Wants to Be Free from Technology Review (MIT) "Publicly funded research belongs in the public domain, says Michael Eisen, a computational biologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Along with Stanford biochemist Patrick Brown and Nobel Prize–winning oncologist Harold Varmus, Eisen founded the Public Library of Science, which is launching three new “open access” scientific journals this year. The publishers of paid-subscription journals such as Science, Nature, and Cell aren’t laughing."

Quite a bit of research is funded by our tax dollars. "Big commercial publishers are given content for free and then paid tremendous amounts of money to process and distribute it".

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Gave Ya 'Rithmatic, now here's Readin' and Writin'

More on the fundamentals of being a better manager/person in business.

Create an intention calendar from Creating Passionate Users."There is an expression, "You are what you eat." And it's true. It's also the case that "You are what you think." Every single thought in our heads is created by nerve impulses that travel between neurons."

Enterprise Blogs

Enterprise Blogs - Enterprise Blogs are a collection of blogs that are tied together using a shared content repository. Enterpise Blogs provide greater security, functionality, and taxonomies (structured vocabularies) as well as folksonomies (unstructured).

Who's Doing The Math?

Long before a couple of bloggers were feeding us bs; journalists, advertisers, experts and politicians were doing a mighty fine job of feeding us innumerative bs. According to a recent survey (just kidding) conducted by Jay Leno with the "Jaywalkers" from this year's "Top Jaywalking Thinkers", they found that 51% of people make shit up, 105% are afraid to look dumb, 67% try too hard to impress others, and 39% believe that 41% of journalists have hemorrhoids from sitting on their asses.

Ideascaping Business Processes

Never before has it been so fast and easy for anyone to find, discover, and share ideas, concepts, questions, answers, solutions. We can work together now using enterprise blogs, group chat, forums, and slick bookmarking systems like del.icio.us and Furl along with tagging systems like technorati. that were hardly imaginable a little over a year ago.

What's in store?

WOW - I came across this post today doing my usual del.icio.us run. What energy, read it and you'll get really exicited about all the changes happening on the net.

"It's a Whole New Internet -Something is happening right now, and the developer community has an electric gleam in its eye. Curious, inventive people are making cool stuff again. There's been a notable shift, and it's incredibly exciting.What will happen when amateurization and folksonomies make their way into enterprise web applications? What happens when IT managers can tag Oracle's product documentation with their own words? Where will our bookmarks go when the idea of the "webpage" becomes obsolete?

Invention inspires invention. Ideas are collapsing into each other, recombining, and having powerful effects. The Internet has always been a medium for democratization, and by reconnecting with our idealism we're once again uncovering its poetry, nobility, and transformative power."

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