13 posts categorized "Asia"
September 25, 2012
January 12, 2012
A lot of really great insights here on what is going wrong in America, from technology to education to innovation. I don't agree with all of it but his talk (and the book "That used to be us") is brilliant, no doubt.
January 01, 2012
In this very insightful Authors-at-Google-video Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, aptly summarizes several key topics such as the reasons for the economic crisis, the increasing inequality in America, and the consequences of globalization.
Watch the whole thing and you'll understand what the world - and in particular, America - is up against in 2012. And check out his book "The price of Civilization" - I just got it for my Kindle and will share my public bookmarks soon, here.
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From Youtube: "As he has done in dozens of countries around the world in the midst of economic crises, Sachs turns his unique diagnostic skills to what ails the American economy. He finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, offering shortsighted solutions such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to address complex economic problems that require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that we have profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects on our country, which create deep and largely unmet challenges with regard to jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America's single biggest economic failure, Sachs argues, is its inability to come to grips with the new global economic realities.
Yet Sachs goes deeper than an economic diagnosis. By taking a broad, holistic approach—looking at domestic politics, geopolitics, social psychology, and the natural environment as well—Sachs reveals the larger fissures underlying our country's current crisis. He shows how Washington has consistently failed to address America's economic needs. He describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. He also looks at the crisis in our culture, in which an overstimulated and consumption-driven populace in a ferocious quest for wealth now suffers shortfalls of social trust, honesty, and compassion. Finally, Sachs offers a plan to turn the crisis around. He argues persuasively that the problem is not America's abiding values, which remain generous and pragmatic, but the ease with which political spin and consumerism run circles around those values. He bids the reader to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and one another. Most important, he bids each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we can restore America to its great promise...."
February 16, 2011
I really enjoyed doing this event with Jeff Cole, Stephen Berlin Johnson, and the Mikkelsen brothers (Refugees United), at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on Monday. My slideshow is below, and you can watch the 11-minute video here, as well.
September 08, 2010
Jemima Kiss of the Guardian interviewed me for this feature which is a must-read if you are interested in the topic of the Future of Cities
City design: A digital revolution
As smart cities evolve, the real and online worlds will meld, fundamentally altering the way we interact with the world
From transport to entertainment, work to education, our lives are already being transformed by high-speed internet that will help create the fully wired city. Within 10 years, faster, comprehensive, wired and wireless networks will not only become the norm, they will become free, says Gerd Leonhard, chief executive of the business thinktank The Futures Agency. The reason? The enormous benefits to government and education.
Many of us are familiar with the internet telephony tool Skype. But an even more advanced, 3D and interactive virtual version of the technology could revolutionise education and business (among other areas), putting anyone, anywhere in the world, in visual touch with anyone else.
"The telepresence business is going to become huge and it will be standard for people in workplaces to connect over screens," says Leonhard. "There will be virtual schools for education and training you can access anywhere, especially in developing countries." He predicts business travel will be substantially reduced, saving money and the environment.
Retail will be revolutionised by 3D printing, technology that is already making it possible to "print" clothes. And while the debate about appropriate use of our personal data will continue, consensual services could be to our benefit.
"You'll walk past a department store and the window will show a personalised display with your size and preferences," says Leonhard. "We'll also be able to download and make things at home, including electronic devices – it will just be a question of downloading the blueprint."
For travel, our behavioural patterns will be studied and utilised by tools which then advise us of delays in realtime and suggest alternative routes. While some mobile phone applications already do this, the system will become more comprehensive, connecting trains with buses, planes and road information according to our schedules.
By 2020, 26m UK homes will be fitted with a smart meter that monitors energy use and encourages homeowners to be more efficient. At IBM, Andy Stanford-Clark, the company's chief technology officer for smart energy, has been exploring how wiring our homes to the web could make them more efficient.
"The autonomous homes of the future can monitor everything on our behalf," he says. "The dishwasher, tumble dryer and washing machine will talk to the electricity grid so they could turn on in half an hour at a cheaper rate."
Read on here
Photograph: Christian Darkin/Science Photo Library
August 24, 2009
Today, I spoke at Tokyo 2.0, on the subject of The Future of Digital Content - Free vs Paid (Content 2.0). Because this is one of my main topics I have a lot more stuff available on this; please visit my Free Content page to download many more pdfs, videos and books.
From the event description: The Internet is forcing the content industries (music, film,
publishing, news, TV, print etc) around the globe into reboot mode as
far as their traditional business models and monetization strategies
are concerned. Always-on, hyper-networked, location-aware, ever faster
and smarter yet more affordable mobile devices are further escalating
the urgent need for the creation of a new content logic; a new
ecosystem that involves device makers and CE companies, ISPs, mobile
operators and telecoms, search engines and Internet portals, content
creators and media companies, as well as brands and advertisers. New
players are emerging from these sectors, and few paradigms will remain
Who will get paid for what, why and how?
How will content be 'sold' online?
What about bundles, flat rates and subscriptions?
Where does advertising and mobile commerce come in?
Download the PDF (16MB, Creative Commons License):
June 09, 2009
Jeff Jarvis rocks - no doubt about it. I have been reading his new book "What would Google do" and in my view it's at least as important as Wikinomics or the LongTail. Check out Jeff's slideshow and video below (yes, you can fast-forward thru the first 8 mins of German intro;) - no matter what business you are in, this will give you some serious food for thought; if you're in the content business - well... watch it 5 times!
Some of his key points:
- The link changes everything
- Do what you do best and link to the rest
- Join a network / Be a platform
- Think distributed
- If you’re not searchable, you won’t be found
- Everybody needs a little SEO
- Life is public, so is business
- Your customers are your ad agency
- Small is the new big
- Manage abundance (not scarcity)
- Join the open-source, gift economy
- The mass market is dead—long live the mass of niches
- Google commodifies everything
- Welcome to the Google economy
May 26, 2009
If you live in Singapore or happen to be there June 18-21 2009 please come by CommunicAsia for my speeches: June 18 speech & presentation on Mobile Marketing http://ow.ly/9iZo; June 19 Talk on Mobile Content http://tinyurl.com/qnetx8
Keynote Address June 19, 10 am The Future of Mobile Content, TV & Entertainment: The content industries are seriously challenged by the Internet's disruptive forces - it may have taken longer but is really hitting home now. Many trusted business models are no longer working, copyright and value traditions are being challenged, and content consumption is drastically changing, everywhere. Now that Internet access is becoming a default part of just about every mobile phone, even more drastic changes are on the horizon. Who will pay for what kind of content on mobile phones, when, why, where and how? Will mobile TV and mobile music finally take off, and what will be the future business models? Where the opportunities are and where are the minefields and myths that need to be discarded? Gerd will present the most crucial trends, examples and future scenarios and preview some of the findings from his upcoming book 'Broadband Culture'
August 18, 2008
Fascinating conversation with technology expert, consultant, teacher and author Mark Pesce. Pesce recently spoke at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York, and in this discussion he provides his thoughts and opinions on where we are with web and mobile technology, and most importantly, on its critical social and political impact on us all today. (PS: Blip.TV really rocks I think! - check out my channel on Blip)
June 16, 2008
From Ian Stewart at MTV Asia, via slideshare
April 10, 2008
Very interesting feature at Portfolio.com
Future Pop by Jeff Yang Mar 27 2008: CDs are dead, and Korean impresario Jin-Young Park knows it. American music labels could learn a thing or two from the model he's built in South Korea.
"In meetings with music labels here, they talk to me about releasing albums," says Park. "They can't accept that there's no such thing anymore. Where I come from, CDs are nothing—they're just souvenirs. I tell them, 'Wake up!'"
"In South Korea, where Park is building a new kind of music-business model, 80 percent of households have a broadband connection; downloads via both PCs and cell phones make up an overwhelming share of the nation's music market. Download revenue there has soared 422 percent since 2000, to $366 million, while CD sales have declined 83 percent over the same period to just $70 million in 2007...."
Read this and say YES:
"It's the artist as brand: In Korea, consumers don't buy music; they buy a product relationship that reaches across every media platform and entertainment genre..."
"Fans of the group can buy tickets for their live concerts at $110 a pop; purchase a growing array of their merchandise (the names and faces of top K-pop stars adorn everything from $5 phone cards to $500 cell phones and music players); download ringtones featuring their songs ($2); and even make bids on a charity auction for a dinner date with the girls on the popular social-networking site CyWorld (five fans paid between $3,800 and $6,000 for the privilege last year). And if all that's not enough, fans can always tune in to the Wonder Girls' reality TV series, now in its third season as one of MTV Korea's top-rated programs..."
April 01, 2008
My presentation at the 1st Indonesian Broadband Summit in Jakarta, April 1, 2008: Bhinneka tunggal ika!
This is a summary of my presentation I held at the Nokia-Siemens / Mastel sponsored Indonesian Broadband event in Jakarta, today (April 1, 2008); riffing on my favorite theme "Open is King" and touching on issues such as the rise of niche media, the culture of participation, content commerce models of the future, broadband content versus narrowband content, the power of sharing, a new definition of UGC, telco trends, control versus trust etc.
PDF file (no animations) 18.6 MB
Download JAKARTA GERD.pdf
Macromedia Flash File (plays in any browser, fully interactive) 28.9 MB
Download flash version jakarta.swf
Quicktime / MP4 file (70 MB) incl. all animations
Download Jakarta Gerd movie.mov
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March 24, 2008
"Predictably, Asia powered the greatest shipments of music-enabled mobile devices at 201 million, followed by Western Europe, which contributed 159 million according to the group. North America contributed 117 million...."
The Future is in the BRIC countries. And in Mobility, period.