Thoughts on the accelerating evolution of business models

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Thoughts on the accelerating evolution of business models, and the related psychological stages / ‘fear levels’ that we go through

In the past, economics, life and business evolved at a slower (than today) pace. At the time (then) it didn’t feel like it, but then we didn’t really know what was coming.

Today it feels like are we are traveling at speed on the motorway, with our head out the window, having only last week been enjoying leisurely drives down picturesque country lanes. The chances of a life endangering crash are now higher; you get to take in less of the surroundings as you hurtle along, but there’s still the thrill of the ride, while it lasts.

While we need to concentrate on the driving, it is important however still to be clear on the next part of the journey – hence (away from the analogy!) one needs to consider how the increasing pace of business and economic change is impacting one’s future development.

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Language translation update – Rosetta Stone, and more on Google Translate

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I’ve not posted much on language translation recently, so I’d thought I’d take another look and see what’s going on … A couple of things have come to my attention:

  • Rosetta Stone are doing some interesting things with iPhone/iPad (to be honest, not too soon – I’ve always thought that smartphones/tablet computers and Rosetta Stone are made for each other)
  • Google Translate continues to push forward – their smartphone app (for Android, iOS, etc.) is quite simply amazing (and yet still quite simplistic, but imagine where they’ll be in another 5-10 years, which is quite a long time in tech terms …

I like the contradiction of the above – one that promotes better language learning, and the other which helps you get by without language learning. Somehow typical of the world today – more solutions, more options, more complexity, more tailoring to individual needs, etc.

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Captain Groovy and his Bubblegum Army (1969)

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From yesterday evening’s little jaunt down to Dreikönigskeller in Frankfurt: Captain Groovy and his Bubblegum Army.

Written by Sal Trimachi and Ritchie Cordell, it was originally intended to be the soundtrack to a cartoon series titled ‘Captain Groovy And His Bubble Gum Army’, but it never got off the ground. Joey Levine, lead singer of The Ohio Express, provides vocals on the record.

This led me to reading about a genre of music, Bubblegum pop (isn’t Wikipedia wonderful?!) – lots of references to Super K Productions team of Kasenetz and Katz, who were also behind Ohio Express’ and Captain Groovy’s exploits.

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The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard

You may already have seen this video, it’s not that new. If you have, you may find, like me, that it is worth reminding oneself once in a while of some of the core messages in the video.

I first saw this a while back (2007), but I think there are some great points in here that are worth sharing. In the end, the video comes across as another ‘rant’ against our laziness and inability to take control of the situation, with little on concrete steps as to how to initiate change, but so long as it helps increase awareness, it is a step in the right direction.

Many of the messages are trying to achieve cultural change – more personal awareness and responsibility for our actions (eg, increasing consumerism) – to that end, I think the video is effective.

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Current interests

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Beyond work related topics, there are a number of other topics that also interest me at the moment, including:

  1. Ideas, innovation and creativity, both individually and collectively, including crowdsourcing
  2. Disruptive technology and disruptive business strategies
  3. Social media developments, and how they impact communication and collaboration
  4. Globalisation and Capitalism 2.0 (or 3.0, etc. – whatever you want to call it …)
  5. ‘Popular sociology/psychology’ (eg, topics raised by Malcolm Gladwell and others)

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