Jared Diamond – Will Big Business Save the Earth?

The embrace of environmental concerns by chief executives has accelerated recently for several reasons. Lower consumption of environmental resources saves money in the short run. Maintaining sustainable resource levels and not polluting saves money in the long run. And a clean image — one attained by, say, avoiding oil spills and other environmental disasters — reduces criticism from employees, consumers and government.

100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words – Ars Technica

The anxious rhetoric around new technology is really quite shocking in its vehemence, from claims that the player piano will destroy musical taste and the "national throat" to concerns that the VCR is like the "Boston strangler" to claims that only Hollywood's premier content could make the DTV transition a success.

100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words – Ars Technica

The anxious rhetoric around new technology is really quite shocking in its vehemence, from claims that the player piano will destroy musical taste and the "national throat" to concerns that the VCR is like the "Boston strangler" to claims that only Hollywood's premier content could make the DTV transition a success.

“NOWISM”

“Consumers’ ingrained* lust for instant gratification is being satisfied by a host of novel, important (offline and online) real-time products, services and experiences. Consumers are also feverishly contributing to the real-time content avalanche that’s building as we speak. As a result, expect your brand and company to have no choice but to finally mirror and join the ‘now’, in all its splendid chaos, realness and excitement.”

"NOWISM"

“Consumers’ ingrained* lust for instant gratification is being satisfied by a host of novel, important (offline and online) real-time products, services and experiences. Consumers are also feverishly contributing to the real-time content avalanche that’s building as we speak. As a result, expect your brand and company to have no choice but to finally mirror and join the ‘now’, in all its splendid chaos, realness and excitement.”

Profit

John mentioned a lovely little quote at dinner last night, from Hermann Abs (apparently one of the great post-war bankers):

Profit is to business as breathing is to life.

Necessary, but not the point.

Scary stuff

“A lot of folks who are blogging “experts” talk about blogs in a way that scares the hell out of normal business people.”

Yup.

Sharing has its risks

Chevy are running an interesting “create your own advert” campaign. It’s open, it’s sharing, and it’s connected.

I’m biased, but Jeremy Edwards would get my vote.

Breakdown of Organisations

Sounds like Ross Mayfield has some fascinating dinners. How about this for a snippet?

“we’re seeing a fundamental shift in how we think about aggregating human effort … Big companies are going to be the last to get this…How do you change the DNA of large organizations?”