Why Spaces, Places, Matter – and Questions #SOBCon #risk #strategy

I’ve just emerged from SOBCon in its hometown, Chicago, with gratitude to @LizStrauss for the invitation and her colleague Terry @Starbucker St Marie. Some quick thoughts after a remarkable weekend as the long tail of posts, tweets, texts, continues to flow. More thoughts may follow. SOBCon is a conference like no other – in which … Continue reading

#Bubble Talk – and the problem of #disruption – and Life in the #Kink

Henry Blodget has just posted a slide deck detailing start-up financing and arguing against the Bubble hypothesis. Here it is: http://www.businessinsider.com/state-of-startups-2012-5?op=1 Fair enough. But as I have argued before, there is a core problem attaching to the mega-brands and, of course, on all our minds, at the moment, Facebook. Which is that disruption is the … Continue reading

#Digital Imperatives? #CMO

What astonishes me is that “digital” is seen as some sort of novelty. It’s been the core of our communications and the driver of business for nearly a generation. Bizarrely, it still looks like tomorrow. It’s today. Um, yesterday. So: What we need is integration to the degree that digital/social is seen as the baseline … Continue reading

Placing a price on research; #HBR blog on #innovation and the long term . . . .

Anne Marie Knott from Wash U biz school raises briefly a profound question: how to maintain a major R and D budget when returns are graded quarterly and markets fluctuate by the second. Which always makes me realize how much better, in fact, is our corporate decision-making than it really should be. Out there is … Continue reading

Rupert #Murdoch ‘s Unfolding Disaster #CSR

How to Hit an Iceberg: Rupert Murdoch’s Unfolding Disaster Reposted from 7/28 2011 As events have unfolded in the News of the World scandal I have kept being reminded of a phrase that explains much of the appeal of that (now defunct) newspaper: the fascination of the horrible. Really grim things can grip. That’s 50% … Continue reading

Unilever’s #CSR #Sustainability Marketing Push

Unilever plans corporate sustainability ads | News | Marketing Week. It’s an old principle that if you don’t actually keep your good deeds entirely to yourself, at least don’t flaunt them all over the place. (Jesus said quite a lot about that.) In general, companies have been cautious about claiming too much for their efforts … Continue reading

Saving the net, one way and another and another

“Prove It or Lose It” I spent much of Sunday afternoon with Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth) in Santa Monica, and am delighted to read and recommend his rumination that picks up our conversation and takes it a lot further. Yesterday was spent crossing the continent, and lunchtime today I was in DC at the Aspen Institute … Continue reading

Our Brands, Ourselves

Brands Under Pressure – The Brand Lives in the Employees’ Voice | Networking Exchange Blog. Cheryl Burgess’ (@ckburgess) timely discussion of humanizing brands in the voices and persons of employees looks to the Apple “genius bar” as a prime example. I’d assumed it was a reverse riff on Best Buy’s longstanding Geek Squad (not sure … Continue reading

#gov20la – notes on my presentation today

These are notes – for now. . . .

The context for technology is culture and human decision-making. The context for Government 2.0 technologies lies in the contemporary crisis in liberal democracy, of which the United States may have the worst case though parallel problems are evident in democracies worldwide.

3-fold crisis:

1. In process

Confidence in Congress reported as having risen to 17%. Rise of “exopolitics” – Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Moveon.org, No Labels, the grassroots revolt on SOPA, all examples of the decanting of political focus from the center to activity only indirectly relating to traditional political channels and process. Parallel examples: German Pirate Party overtakes the Greens; Uk Daily Mail endorses Marine Le Pen for the French election.

2. In policy

Major party policy packages were formulated in an earlier generation and are increasingly out of kilter with the focus and weighting of issues of the public at large. A fundamental process of transformation is needed to reconnect with core concerns of 21st century citizens.

3. In leadership.

The faster change takes place, the more leadership is needed. It is lacking across the political spectrum. Leaders frame questions, they enable adaptation to change by shaping people’s thinking not simply following it. 

In each category, engagement in Gov2.0 is key to enabling transformation.


UPDATED: The #exopolitics move continues . . . Politics outside politics. #gov20la

I first posted the discussion below in January. Couple striking recent developments to add. The Germany Pirate Party is now polling better than the Greens. And the UK’s Daily Mail – very much a mainstream conservative paper – has published a clarion call to support Marine Le Pen for the French presidency. Go figure. I’m … Continue reading