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I was again reading and reviewing Lawrence Lessig's work tonight. The man is so very articulate and his observations so compelling. If you haven't become a student of his work, please take my advice and give it a try here. At the 2002 Open Source Convention Lessig challenged the audience to get involved in the political process. A tireless advocate for open source, Lessig shared some basic concepts that are a solution to most of the barriers preventing our soceity from overcoming the major challenges of the time. A complete transcript of Lawrence's keynote presentation made on July 24, 2002 is available here. In summation his logical findings were as follows. Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it. Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past. Ours is less and less a... (more)

Real Innovation Requires Changing Your Thinking

Innovations Software Technology on Ulitzer One of my favorite quotes is that of Daniel Boorstin who observed, "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." Boorstin, a renowned historian and former Librarian of Congress who wrote numerous books including, The Genius of American Politics, Democracy and Its Discontents, and The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson, was right. Overcoming challenges is largely a function of letting go of assumptions. As he put it, "If we think we know something, then we face an obstacle to innovation." In his 1983... (more)

Important Trends for the Future of Business

The future ahead for fitness and wellness or any business or industry for that matter will be increasingly difficult as growth will become harder to achieve in mature markets like the U.S. and the E.U. Doug Anderson, SVP, Research & Development, The Nielsen Company, confirmed this assertion in his recent summary report on what future consumers look like. Here are the five key trends that can taken from the report with a sixth thrown in for your consideration: 1. The less-developed world will comprise the clear majority of growth and the rise of the impoverished in the less-develope... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - Steve Jobs' Misunderstood iPad

iPad on Ulitzer For all the controversy around the recently introduced Apple iPad, one thing is certain. This is but one in a long series of devices which will continue to be introduced to the market as part of a computing revolution. The advent of these technologies combined with demographic shifts and global ism will fundamentally change everything about our world. Love it or hate it, the IPad is just one example of many more highly functional internet connected devices with more features delivered at lower and lower prices to come. These devices are highly mobile and will get ... (more)

Effective Social Media Marketing for Health Clubs - Gold's Convention 2012

I had the chance to sit on a great round table on social media with Ian Lowell, Mike Epstein, Blair McHaney and Gordon Johnson at this years 2012 Gold's Gym Convention. I also got to make 2 presentations on Social Media Marketing for Gold's Gym franchisees thanks to Ginger Collins and the GGFA team. Here is the content for you to review. Effective Social Media Marketing For Gyms 2012 from In the Clouds   Are you using social media to market your health club business? If you need help doing it please check out the content above and feel free to reach out to me, Bryan O'Rourke, fo... (more)