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Jason Kemp

Manufacturing Dissent - Media Activism

Manufacturing Dissent - Media Activism

Until very recently the trade-off between richness and reach with media and communications tools on the internet has seen mixed results but we are very close to some exciting breakthroughs. This means news is old when it gets through the media process as savvy consumers have already engaged to some extent in a myriad of ways (mostly online) and this alters the secondary ripples and impacts as well.

One of the developing trends I have been noticing is the big rise in uber-connected people leveraging their social and business networks for a common cause. I support this but wonder if some of the media ripples from the all of this activity are being somewhat discounted?

Very few of the ideas at the Entrepreneurial Summit seemed that interesting at all to me. Perhaps its the different tech focused world that I live in but I did think asking the "usual suspects" for surprises was a tough thing to do. Open Table is a start-up that raised US$70m earlier this week by fulfilling the simple task of making restaurant bookings easy to do. I couldn't help thinking that NZ could do plenty of projects like this.

This week TED announced the inaugural TED Fellows programme and Sean Gourley, described as ‘physicist/military theorist, Rhodes Scholar, New Zealand’ is one of 40 world-changers picked.

At the recent New Yorker conference, called “2012: Stories from the near Future” was a piece by Malcolm Gladwell on two ideas of Genius. What is fascinating to me about the speech, is how Gladwell tells the story with his historian’s ear for detail and uses it as a learning observation on problem solving styles. Gladwell has a wonderful story telling style, as you will know if you’ve checked his books (Tipping Point, Blink) or his video presentation on Spaghetti Sauce at TED

A key challenge for policy makers is how to tell a compelling story with numbers. It is not easy to visualise the impact of change in a meaningful way—but help is now at hand. Ironically it doesn’t come from the business intelligence (oxymoron alert) community—it is more the result of being able to add graphical tools and creative vision to the core data. The person driving this vision is Dr Hans Rosling a global health professor. Google like the approach so much that they have now invested in the gapminder software developed by Rosling

If anyone mentions/raves about a 20-minute video featuring spaghetti sauce by Malcolm Gladwell (remember Tipping Point & Blink) don’t be surprised. The video is found on Ted Talks, which is a bit like a YouTube channel for adults. TED (Technology Entertainment Design) has been around since 1984 and was started by Richard Saul Wurman but seems to have really taken off under the direction of Chris Anderson. TED talkers have 18 minutes to engage, persuade, cajole, elucidate and communicate their passion to 1,000 guests who have typically paid $US4,000 each to be there. Now that 100 of the videos from those talks have been released to the public we can all share in this amazing content

I noticed that Matt has completed the 8 tribes survey. Various people have been emailing me and each other to check it out and have a laugh. I completed it a few weeks ago and wondered if it would be useful in a business context. One of the keys to better communication is to understand the way that groups of people around you and especially our/your customers view the world. The 8 Tribes survey may give us some clues

Or alternative title - "How to amplify relationships & build trust in banking" using the power of of social peer networks. About 5 years ago I wrote about the potential of the web to change the finance sector in new and exciting ways. The example at the time was Grameen who pioneered microfinance loans in Bangladesh which was set-up by Muhammad Yunus. Since then Yunus has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Part of the thinking was to be able to use technology to amplify relationships and be able to deliver a level of trust outside the conventional wisdom of the day. This allows donors or funders to take part in micro-credit and makes it much easier to do so