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DataPortability.org - Share and remix data using open standards. Future Exploration Network. 2008 Is The Year of Data Portability. Marshall Kirkpatrick has posted that Microsoft will be joining the Data Portability work group.

2008 Is The Year of Data Portability

Marshall and the Read/Write/Web team appear to be huge advocates of this work group. I am a huge advocate myself even though there are more questions then answers. Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate. “We are evolving and we are going to be able to access so much knowledge and different perspectives that we will come up with new ideas and new solutions to our world’s problems,” she responded.

Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate

“The key will be valuing when to be present and when to unplug. The core of what makes us human is to connect deeply, so this always will be valued. Just as we lost oral tradition with the written word, we will lose something big, but we will gain a new way of thinking. As Sophocles once said, ‘Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.’”

The inexorable rise of work markets. Explorer le futur en France et en français. Ceci est le premier billet de blog que j’écris en français.

Explorer le futur en France et en français

Le futur de Facebook et le rôle de la France. Value based pricing is at the heart of the future of professional services. In my first book Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships: The Future of Professional Services the final chapter was titled Value-Based Pricing: Implementing New Revenue Models.

Value based pricing is at the heart of the future of professional services

Pricing by value rather than time is clearly a central aspect to building true knowledge-based relationships, since knowledge should be measured by the value of its application rather than time spent by professionals. Yammer and why activity streams are a key foundation for integrated applications and organizations. I caught up with some of the Yammer team this morning, including Chief Customer Officer David Obrand, while they are in town for the Yammer on Tour series.

Yammer and why activity streams are a key foundation for integrated applications and organizations

Themes of the day: Consumerization of IT, Crowdsourcing for small business, Crowdsourcing in PR. These are frantically busy days, which is squeezing my ability to blog and capture some of the fascinating stuff flying by.

Themes of the day: Consumerization of IT, Crowdsourcing for small business, Crowdsourcing in PR

In coming months I think I’ll try to do more ‘mini-blogging’, just capturing quick thoughts and impressions rather than writing up every interesting speaking engagement or media appearance I do. Yesterday I gave three presentations, and I’d love to write (at least) a full blog post about what we covered for each one. However that’s not possible, so I’ll just share quick thoughts about each topic and what I will try to write more about later.

Open business: Sharing our group priorities for 2012 – Why not? A year ago I shared a visualization of our AHT Group Business Model.

Open business: Sharing our group priorities for 2012 – Why not?

Following that, I am now sharing our group 2012 Priorities. This comes from the principle of Open Business you can see in the 7 Enablers for our strategy. Finally I have an answer when people ask what I do! Visualization of our group’s business model. [UPDATE May 2013] The original business model below has now been updated and separated into two visuals: New AHT Group Business Model and AHT Group Strategic Overview For the last 15 years of my life post-employment I have struggled when people ask me what I do.

Finally I have an answer when people ask what I do! Visualization of our group’s business model

More recently I have managed to crystallize a simple description of myself: Futurist and Entrepreneur. However that doesn’t explain the diversity of my companies’ activities, and how they fit together. In particular people are often confused by the relationship between our primary companies: Advanced Human Technologies, Future Exploration Network, and The Insight Exchange. A few months ago I started designing a business model diagram to help me conceptualize the relationship between our brands and activities, our scalable and less scalable business models, and our current priorities. AHT Group Business model (click on the image for full-size pdf) Revolution from the Edge. What fills you with wonder?

Revolution from the Edge

What do you wonder about? These different, but related questions were posed often during the TED event last week. The annual TED event that I attended was organized around the broad theme of the rediscovery of wonder. As always, TED catalyzed deep thinking and deep emotion as I navigated through awesome sessions and stimulating conversations lasting late into the night.

Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design. We live in a world defined by increasing time pressure and more and more things competing for our attention.

Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

In such a frenetic world, it is understandable that we place more value on the quality of our experience. We want to make the most of the time we have. Experience design has emerged in part as a response to this growing need we all have. Resolving the Trust Paradox. I love paradox, as anyone can tell from the name of the research center that I run with John Seely Brown in Silicon Valley – the Center for the Edge. Paradox is basically a puzzle, often juxtaposing two elements that at first seem like contradictions or at least defy explanation. Isn’t a center for the edge a contradiction in terms? The evolution of design to amplify flow. If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane is a must-read. It will literally change how you view the world – everything from snowflakes to volcanos. As with most great books, this one is impossible to summarize in a brief blog, but I will try to offer enough of a glimpse to tease you into buying and reading the book.

Pull Platforms for Performance. We live in a world of mounting performance pressure. Our Shift Index reveals that return on assets for all public companies in the US has eroded by 75% since 1965. Companies clearly are failing to respond effectively to these mounting pressures. If we hope to turn this around, we need to step back and take a systematic look at the performance levers that drive these results and question the approaches of the past. What drives company performance? Return on Attention and Infomediaries. Attention is getting a lot of attention. APML gains momentum – this could transform the personalization of advertising. I’ve written before about attention profiling as one of the major trends in the online world.

One of significant initiatives in the space is APML (Attention Profiling Markup Language), an open standard for how people’s attention profiles are described. Having this as a standard will, among other things, enable applications to refine how they provide information to users based on their interests, and allow people to publish their profiles so that they are better served by suppliers and information providers.

Bloglines, the top or second placed feed reader, has just announced that it is looking at supporting APML in future releases, while Chris Saad, a founder of APML, says that they expect a number of other similar announcements from major players over coming months. While Bloglines has not yet included APML support in the product, voicing its interest indicates this is very likely, and is no doubt intended to spur other companies to follow suit. Is the trend to openness accelerating? Social networks as an inflection point.

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education. The Digital Revolution and Higher Education This report is based on findings from a pair of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in spring 2011. The Digital Revolution and Higher Education. Mind the Gap: Peer-to-peer Healthcare. Mobile, Social Technology. Smartphone Adoption and Usage. In its first standalone measure of smartphone ownership, the Pew Internet Project finds that one third of American adults – 35% – own smartphones. Social networking sites and our lives. Who consumes local information on the go? Adults who consume local news on the go reflect many of the same traits as owners of mobile devices: They are disproportionately young, affluent, highly educated and live in non-rural communities.

Do the parts of the information system fit together? Introduction. One in four Americans live with a disability that interferes with activities of daily living. One in four Americans live with a disability that interferes with activities of daily living According to a national survey conducted in September 2010, 27% of American adults live with a disability that interferes with activities of daily living, including: Trend Data (Adults) Trends to Watch - The Pew Center on the States.