Monthly Archives: January 2012

JANUARY 2012 // ISSUE 7

STATE OF AMERICA

We Will All Be Working In The Cloud Soon – An Increasing Number Of Workers Are Taking Control Of Their Future By Building Careers As Independent Online Professionals. Fueled By Technology, Work Is No Longer Confined To The 9-5 And The Office. The Abililty To Gain Instant Access To Qualified Talent Regardless Of Location Is Starting To Change The Way Businesses And People Work

Via Yahoo! Finance

BRAVE NEW CONSUMER

Thou Shalt Covet What Thy Neighbor Covets – When It Comes To The Things We Buy, What Other People Think Matters. A Lot. Here’s How The Desires Of Strangers — Inflamed By Branders And Marketers — Mysteriously Become Our Desires, Too

Via Fast Company

SMART BRANDS

Target Provides A Sense Of Discovery Through Mini Pop-Up Shops – Target Heads Off In A New Direction As They Move Away From Designer Collaborations. They Will Offer Guests A Chance To Experience One-Of-A-Kind Specialty Stores And Boutiques, That Range From Vintage Furniture To Baked Goods For Pets, In Store. This Ensures Guests Continually Find The New And Unexpected. The Shops Will Be Open For Six Weeks, After Which They Will Be Refreshed With Others

Via Masslive.com

BRIGHT IDEAS

Top 10 Global Brands – Interbrand’s Annual List Of Top 10 Global Brands And What You Can Learn From Them

Via The Huffington Post

ON THE RADAR

Read This: Gary Vaynerchuck, Entrepreneur And Author Of Crush It, States In The Thank You Economy That We Have Entered Into An Entirely New Business Era, Where Companies That See The Biggest Returns Won’t Be The Ones Throwing the Most Money At An Advertising Campaign, But Will Be Those That Can Prove They Care About Their Customers More Than Anyone Else

Try This: Lee Allison, The Enterprising Host of Google+ Cooking School, Uses Video-Chat To Give Lessons Three Days A Week And Posts Shopping Lists In Advance. Participants Are Encouraged To Ask Questions And Cook Along With The Host

Listen To This: HabuMusic That Matches Your Mood. The App Categorizes Music Into 100 Individual Moods. That Way, Your Gloomy, Energized, Yearning And Upbeat Personas Are Never Without A Constant Stream Of Music


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JANUARY 2012 // ISSUE 6

STATE OF AMERICA

Teachers Transform Classrooms By Integrating Entertainment Apps- Many Teachers Bypass Education Specific Apps To Use Those In The Entertainment Category To Make Daily Lessons More Engaging

Via TechCrunch

BRAVE NEW CONSUMER

Grassroots Protests Go Online -Wednesday Is A Day Of Web-Wide Protest Over Proposed Anti-Piracy Laws And The Effect They Could Have On Web Censorship. Crowdsourced Sites, Like Wikipedia And Craigslist, Are Donning Black And Encouraging Visitors To Contact Local Members Of Congress To Lobby Against SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) And PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act)

Via NYTimes

SMART BRANDS

Intel Sees Opportunity In Highly Skilled Employees Close To Retirement -As Employees Near Retirement In High-Pressure Tech Jobs, Many Are Able To Apply Their Talents At Nonprofits Through Intel’s Encore Fellowship Program Which Jumpstarts Meaningful Second Careers

Via Encore

BRIGHT IDEAS

The Future Of Business Is Pure Chaos -Meet The Pioneers Of The New And Chaotic Frontier Of Business That Show You How To Survive And Perhaps Even Thrive

Via FastCompany

ON THE RADAR

Follow Me: @louisgray– Notable Silicon Valley Tech Blogger And Startup Consultant Louis Gray Is Currently WorkingAs Google+’s Evangelist, A Role Created Specifically For Him. Gray Uncovers Great New Websites And Apps Before Anyone Else, And Offers A Comprehensive Review Of How It’s Going To Perform

Read This: ┬áBased On A 10-Year Study, Jim Stengel’s GrowShows How The World’s Best Businesses Demonstrate A Cause & Effect Relationship Between Financial Performance And Fundamental Human Emotions, Hopes, Values And Greater Purposes

Try This: Add A Little Surprise To Your Lunch Meal With Randwiches. This Brooklyn-Based Service Delivers An Inventive Midday Sandwich-Combo To Excitement Starved Foodies In NYC

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JANUARY 2012 // ISSUE 5

STATE OF AMERICA

The Politics Of TV Tastes – According To An Annual Survey, Sarcastic Comedies And Morally Murky Antiheroes Draw Democrats, While Serious Work-Centered Shows And Reality Competitions Draw Conservatives

Via Entertainment Weekly

BRAVE NEW CONSUMER

Protect Your Credit Score By Choosing Your Facebook Friends Wisely – As Credit Scores Become A Flagging Indicator, Financial Institutions Have Started Exploring Ways To Use Data From Facebook, Twitter And Other Networks To Round Out An Individual Borrower’s Risk Profile

Via BetaBeat

SMART BRANDS

Brands Seek Out That One Special Consumer – Brands Are Bringing Case Studies To Life By Celebrating The Experience Of One Special Consumer And Making Them The Centerpiece Of Their Marketing

 Via AdAge

BRIGHT IDEAS

Want To Try Something New in 2012? Learn How To Code –  Due To Our Growing Dependence On Technology, CodeAcademy — A New York Startup — Believes That Learning To Code Is As Important As Knowing How To Read And Write. To Help Keep Us Competitive In A Technology-Driven World, CodeAcademy Launched Code Year — An Initiative That Aims To Teach Everyone The Basics Of Coding For Free

Via Slate.com

ON THE RADAR

Follow Me:

Bigthink.com Is A Knowledge Forum For Idea Sharing That The New York Times Says, “Could Do For Intellectuals What YouTube Did For Bulldogs On Skateboards”

Read This:

Building On What Prolific Thought Leader, Joseph Jaffe, Started In Life After The 30-Second Spot and Join The Conversation, Flip The Funnel  Brings You A Radically New, Radically Common Sense Look At Customer Experience As The Key To Business Success

Watch This:

Do you Sing In The Shower? Read The Dictionary? If Not, You Could Be Missing Out On Some Prime Opportunities To Hatch Your Most Brilliant, Earth-Shattering Ideas. Watch This Video To Learn 29 Ways To Stay Creative

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JANUARY 2012 // ISSUE 4

STATE OF AMERICA

What’s Left Of The Middle Class Is More Diverse, Harder Working, And Still Shrinking – The Census Reveals Married Couples Are No Longer The Majority, Populations Are Leaving The Suburbs And Clustering In Urban Cores, Biracial Americans Have Doubled In The Past Decade, And The Asian Population Is Considered The Fastest Growing

Via AdAge

BRAVE NEW CONSUMER

Cash Mobs Form To Boost Neighborhood Stores – “Cash Mobs,” A New Social-Networking-And-Shopping Movement Aimed At Increasing Sales At Local Businesses, Have Sprung Up Around The Country As A Way To Provide Support For Their Local Community

Via The Wall Street Journal

SMART BRANDS

Lessons In Transparency, Authenticity And Consumer Engagement From A Stand Up Comic – Louis CK Gives Insight On How Throwing The 20th Century Marketing Rules Out The Window Made Him A Winner

Via Big Spaceship

BRIGHT IDEAS

Insight From 2011’s Most Talked About Topics On Social Media – The Top 10 Lists Of The Most Shared Topics On Twitter, Facebook, And LinkedIn Provides Insight Into How People View And Use Each Platform

Via Radian6

ON THE RADAR

Follow Me: @intelfuturist Brian David Johnson — Intel Futurist, Screen Future Author, Re-Inventor Of The TV, Pioneer In Artificial Intelligence And Robotics — Speaks And Writes Extensively About Future Technologies

Read This: Seth Godin’s Blog Is Perhaps The Most Popular In The World. Author Of 13 Books And Founder Of Dozens Of Companies, He Has Been Called “America’s Greatest Marketer”

Watch This: Olive, The First Full Length Indie Film Shot Entirely On A Smartphone, Will Show In More Than 2,000 Theaters Nationwide. Many Have Said This Film May Change The Film Industry As We Know It

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