Archive for July, 2008

“Our expectation is for the economic environment to continue to be weak—and to likely get weaker—and for the capital markets to remain under stress,” he said. “We remain conscious that since substantial risks still remain on our balance sheet, these factors will likely affect our business for the remainder of the year or longer.” Portfolio.com […]


“Remaining innovative requires us to understand both the shifts and the new strategy agenda that follows. We must collaborate or perish—across borders, cultures, disciplines, and firms, and increasingly with masses of people at one time.” (Wikinomics)


“The French growth model has been built almost exclusively on consumer demand and construction, the direct opposite of the German model of export-led growth,” Mr Moëc said. “In a country so dependent on consumer demand, when real wages growth turns negative it is a real disaster.” (FT.com, Economic outlook clouds Sarkozy success) It’s true, economists […]


peering

15Jul08

Peering is defined as a new form of horizontal organization, capable to create information-based products and services, and even physical things. Of course a great example is Linux (everyone knows linux open-source concept).


Digital pioneer Howard Rheingold points out, “Collectivism involves coercion and centralized control; collective action involves freely chosen self-selection and distributed coordination.” Whereas communism stifled individualism, mass collaboration is based on individuals and companies employing widely distributed computation and communication technologies to achieve shared outcomes through loose voluntary associations. (Wikinomics)


Note: to read

15Jul08

Note to self: to read The Defining Moment, by Jonathan Alter. I read about it in Tom Peter’s blog.Looks enticing.


Renowned computer scientist, composer, and author Jaron Lanier worries that collaborative communities such as flickr, MySpace, and Wikipedia represent a new form of “online collectivism” that is suffocating authentic voices in a muddled and anonymous tide of mass mediocrity. (Wikinomics) The “mass mediocrity” can be definitely observed in the flow of applications, mass-messages. However, from […]