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Preparing for a Different Kind of Economy

April 8, 2009
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The Prime Minister of England, Gordon Brown, is banking on the green revolution to help reinvent England.  I agree with most of the direction he hopes to take the country.  He also recognises the importance of the creative industries in rebuilding the economy.  My hope is that he will also put a similar amount...
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Sneak Peak Into the Apple App Store Business Model

April 7, 2009
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It seems like everyone is talking about the Iphone these days.  It is a neat trans media device.  I use mine much more as a hand held laptop than a phone.  I like the wifi connection, the camera and the ever growing app store.  I downloaded the mason’s level just the other day.  I’m...
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An Industry is Born

April 1, 2009
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I found two versions of this article online with slightly different twists.  On Deutschland Online the text relates to the importance of developing the creative industries to the German economy.  It states, “the cultural and creative economy is regarded as a growth factor and an engine of innovation. Germany is at the forefront of...
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Build Community as You Would Host a House Party

March 31, 2009
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I can’t seem to get off A List Apart this morning.  I found another article worth posting on social networking.  After listing several best practices gained from developing the Flickr community, author George Oates states simply, “treat your place like your home: welcome people, fix them a drink and make them feel comfortable. Before...
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Social Networking Coaching

March 31, 2009
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Here’s a great article on coaching a social network from A List Apart.  I obviously read this from the application of these technologies towards creative communities but I think these rules apply to all communities. They say “in the end, we’re talking about fundamental social principles of mutual respect, open communication, and effective incentives.“ ...
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Sony Unveils Second Edition of Reader Digital Book

October 15, 2007
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…Eight levels of gray scale provide for crisp and clear text, images, and graphics. “For people on the go, this device is compelling because it allows them to carry a wide variety of reading materials whether they are on a cross-country flight, in a doctor’s office waiting room, or at a beach resort,” said...
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On Demand Books

October 12, 2007
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… On Demand Books LLC. is planning to become the first company to globally deploy a low cost, totally automatic book machine (The Espresso Book Machine), which can produce 15 – 20 library quality paperback books per hour, in any language, in quantities of one, without any human intervention. This technology and process will...
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The Future of the Workplace: No Office, Headquarters in Cyberspace

August 27, 2007
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… “These days we do so much by teleconference it really doesn’t matter where you are,” Flavin said. Like 42 percent of IBM’s 350,000 employees, Flavin rarely comes in to an IBM office. “We don’t care where and how you get your work done,” said Dan Pelino, general manager of IBM’s global health care...
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Good Copy Bad Copy

July 31, 2007
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Good Copy Bad Copy

A very cool online documentary about copyright and our ever expanding remix culture, directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. If you are interested in the creative industries and watch one online movie this year this better be it. It features interviews with Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Lawrence Lessig, and...
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Cities and the Creative Industries

A Creative Industry Primer

The creative economy movement started in the UK in 1994. Follow the links to understand how national cultural policy became creative industry policy and how it's now changing the world.