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)
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)
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
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)
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)