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Monthly Archives: July 2011
Right now there are a lot of articles and communication in the media about employment and unemployment. I’m really struck how this topic is presented. Did you remark how much this communication is reinforcing the “Industrial Age” view of employment? … Continue reading
Exactly as the value chain of human activities goes from manual work to intellectual work (processing) to emotional work, so does the value chain of products. Successful products today are those that bring us to develop an emotional attachment. Product … Continue reading
Today, in the Fourth Revolution, what is the value chain of human activities like? At the bottom is manual work. That’s worth almost nothing, because anybody can do it. Above that is intellectual work, in the sense of processing work … Continue reading
In the Industrial Age, people were cogs. Manpower plans would be made, and the man-power adapted like the horse-power and the steam-power. Today people are not cogs any more. Still many executives still forget that. Read this instructive post from … Continue reading
Our current tax base will soon be obsolete. It needs to be replaced by taxation of our new collaborative capabilities. During the Agricultural Age, tax was based on a share of the crops. When the Third Revolution came – which … Continue reading
We won’t solve the national debt crisis following the same mindset we have currently. This mindset, this logic we have inherited from the Industrial Age. Solving the national debt crisis will necessarily require thinking outside the box, outside the usual … Continue reading
No wonder the developed world suffers of a national debt crisis: with the Fourth Revolution spreading, the value production systems shifts. Our traditional government funding and operation are obsolete. As well as the traditional remediation solutions. Because tax systems are … Continue reading
We speak a lot about creativity and the fact that creativity happens when two unrelated ideas meet. I like that quote from George Bernard Shaw: “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then … Continue reading
It is well known to change practitioners that people, when faced with a significant change that touch them emotionally, go through stages of grief. The classical model involves the following successive stages: Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Gratefulness So, the … Continue reading
I just read ‘Our Iceberg is Melting’, a short fable by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber (a name which coincidentally in German, means advice-giver!). John Kotter is a change guru that has written a bunch of serious business books about … Continue reading
The New-York Times research lab is developing an application that allows to visualize the dynamics of social networks. How some people serve as linchpins for the diffusion of information. Have a look at http://www.nytlabs.com/projects/cascade.html there is a video that shows … Continue reading
Have you heard of kaggle.com? It is a site to run workdwide competitions on data mining – how to use data to predict trends and other useful results. For example, it has run competitions about predicting whether people will attend … Continue reading