Thursday, December 14, 2006

Shelfari THE Social Network for Readers

This social network site could really drive Long Tail purchases of the bookshelves of "friends", plus it provides an automatic Amazon Associates payday for active users of the network.

Shelfari could fit well with the concepts of a NewMedia publishing system - For example, Langdon Morris' new book Permanent Innovation is selfpublished through LuLu, but is searchable and listable on Shelfari - very powerful way to get author's works noticed down the Long Tail.


Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Pulse Project The Networked Book

Click here to learn more about the Networked Book - this is a good example of using the web as a platform for conversation between the "author" and the audience. The project is being produced by names@work - an internet marketing and SEO service provider.

This project offers a design format for a conversational publishing system.
The Pulse Project � Pulse

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Believe your own eyes

A powerful video review of the "facts" of the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings 1, 2 and 7. After seeing the video you, too, may begin to explore the veracity of the "official" version in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Believe your own eyes

Monday, December 04, 2006


Originally uploaded by sergei.y.
this project, which uses the annotation feature of flickr would be a lot better if it used a larger size image as the base platform for the annotation

Click on the image and check out the annotation features of the map. Nice idea,
but would be much more powerful if the images had meaning like | A visual exploration on mapping complex networks

Saturday, December 02, 2006

There's PROFIT in going against the grain!

Despair Inc. is a brilliant innovator - as a Contrarian Publisher, I'll bet they will make a fortune by going against the grain of feel good movitational drek. Their poster and calendar catalog came in today's mail and really hit my funny bone. Take a look - and think about ordering a customized Demotivational Calendar for your favorite losers for Xmas.

View All Demotivators�:

Here's the key paragraph of the Despair Inc. business model:

"MOTIVATION. Psychology tells us that motivation- true, lasting motivation- can only come from within. Common sense tells us it can't be manufactured or productized. So how is it that a multi-billion dollar industry thrives through the sale of motivational commodities and services? Because, in our world of instant gratification, people desperately want to believe that there are simple solutions to complex problems. And when desperation has disposable income, market opportunities abound.

AT DESPAIR, INC., we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes only to dash them. That's why we created our soul-crushingly depressing Demotivators� designs, so you can skip the delusions that motivational products induce and head straight for the disappointments that follow!"

Here's a sample Demotivator

Saturday, November 18, 2006

IT Conversations: Pierre Omidyar on the Omidyar Network - looking for businesses with a social impact

Listen to a conversation with Pierre Omidyar interviewed by John Batelle on the philosophy and business model for the Omidyar Network.

I have tagged selections of the speech here on Veotag - click on the key characteristics tag at 09:30 for the punch line of the speech for entrepreneurs seeking funding from Omidyar.

Veotag Player

The full 34 min audio can be found here on IT Conversations:

IT Conversations: Pierre Omidyar

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Want to drive yourself crazy?? Watch the Blinkx video wall


Robert Scoble believes that videocasting is the next big thing - In this day of YouTube and Blinkx who will have time to do anything more than watch Robert Scobleize his way around the tech world?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Graphic Portrayal of the 9/11 Report - Slate Magazine

In "comic book style" Slate brings the 9/11 Commission Report alive. Pictures emphasize the key elements of the Report and graphically portray the horrific story and the confusion that reigned in the government and the military preceding and following the attack.An indictment of our ability to deal with complexity.

After reading The Starfish and the Spider, Thoughts Illustrated: The Starfish and the Spider - The Unstoppable power of leaderless organisationsI am convinced that terrorist organizations are like the Starfish - and we need to develop better solutions to protect ourselves and to reduce the effectiveness of terrorist Starfish.

Thia is important history to know- click below for the Slate Story:

The 9/11 Report - By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Col�n - Slate Magazine

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Starfish and the Spider - The Unstoppable power of leaderless organisations

I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Ori Brafman the co-author of this book give a PPT presentation of the key concepts of their book. It was also interesting to learn that Tom Barnett was instrumental in helping Ori get connected with his book agent - small world indeed.

I am hopeful I can persuade Ori to upload his presentation to Slideshare so that it can be shared with others who were not present for his talk. If that can be done, I will post it here and provided key exccerpts.

The more I think of the use of slideshare, the more it appeals to me as providing great microcontent leverage for remixing and personal "casting"

Tom Barnett's first best seller, The Pentagon's New Map was greatly influenced by Tom's PPT briefings at the Naval War College and the Pentagon. Perhaps they are still available for sharing on

This is a great read for anyone interested in the Network effects of " leaderless organisations" Click here to buy it : The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations: Books: Ori Brafman,Rod Beckstrom

Monday, November 06, 2006

Mark Anderson-Welcome to the Blogosphere!

I have been waiting a long time for Mark Anderson ( publisher of the Strategic News Service newsletter and producer/curator of the annual Future in Review (FiRe) conferences to join the blogging world. (The picture above captures Mark's lively personality in action at the podium of FiRe)

WHY? As a regular reader of his predictive newsletter I have always wanted to share with others Mark's wisdom and his uncanny ability to predict the intersections of key trends in technology, markets and global finance - to be "ahead of the curve"( which happens to be the name of a new version of his newsletter designed specifically for the investment community.)

Now that Mark has joined the blogging world, it will be possible to share the gems of Mark's wisdom and his broad global connectivity to key influencers in tech and finance with others who have not yet heard about this amazing guy.

Click here Strategic News Service Blog � Blog Archives � Welcome to the SNS Blog

Although the intro to the SNS blog is a bit stiff, I am sure Mark will find his unique voice in the blogosphere and I hope others will find his pearls of predictive genius as insightful and pragmatically useful as I have over the past decade. Welcome, Mark!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

From Sex,drugs & Rock&Roll to Cyberculture ICON -the Odyssey of Stewart Brand

Originally uploaded by ddavison.
Had the great pleasure of a conversational presentation by and dialog at the Institute for the Future on Monday nite with Fred Turner, Stanford Professor of communications and author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture.

I will attempt to get his presentation up on Slideshare, but in the meantime I will append my version of his key slide which visualizes the book in one frame. (image placeholder)

Here is a link to reviews of Fred's book:
From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner, introduction

Stewart Brand was significantly guided in his early counterculture days by his correspondence and deep interaction with my hero Gregory Bateson. Fred offered me the opportunity to visit the Stanford Library to read Stewart Brand's diary and his correspondence with Bateson - which I will try to do next week.

From 3 decades of practicing Bateson's process of seeking "the patterns that connect" I believe my search may be nearing a point where the patterns may be coming more visible - Exciting potential for both an increase in my metaview perspectives and the opportunity for a deep dive into the history in which Brand and I lived ( albeit in separate spheres)

In this book narrates Brand's role as the "Barnum" of the co-evolution of :

• the Whole Earth Catalog
• The Well
• The Co=Evolution Quarterly
• The Global Business Network
• Howard Rheingold and Virtual Communities
• Larry Brilliant and SEVA Foundation and now
• The Grateful Dead
• Kevin Kelley
• Wired Magazine

It's an important history lesson for all of us who have lived the odyssey in tangential ways and as Fred says: "this is history where almost all of the actors are still alive" .... and actively continuing the odyssey.

Click here to see the graphic "capture" of the Future Commons dialog that followed Fred's illuminating presentation. From Counterculture to Cyberculture on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The atomizing hand of Media 2.0 - Umair Haque

Here is the companion presentation by Haque to the one posted below. Note that the image in this post is a single slide from 97 that generally summarizes visually what Haque is saying in the whole slide presentation. This is an example of selecting microcontent from the web and reconstructing it in the form of a single "snippet" which points the reader to the whole presentation - dealing the with fact of attention scarcity by using one image as a "teaser" to the whole presentation which is presented below. The single slide represents about 1% of the entire presentation, but consolidates it into one summary picture - an example of the reconstructor's role in adding value to existing "whole" presentations by doing an editor's/reviewer's work for the attention-scarce reader. Tags are mine, but could contain others ala-flckr-type folksonomy - AND anyone can repurpose and resend all or portions of the presentation - dramtically spreading Haque's important message. I hope he reads this or hears about it - and doesn't object to its reproduction here.

The Economics of Media 2.0

Originally via Dave Pollard's link to Umair Haque's 2005 PPT which precisely outlines where the value is in Media 2.0/ the world of Atttention Scarcity and exploding content volume. As good a business model explanation as I have seen for creating value in the Web 2.0 world.

Here's the whole presentation on slideshare.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

apex - a new infrastructure and incubation platform for appdevelopers Launches AppExchange Incubator -
Above is slide 35 from the presentation describing the Apex Incubators The full slide presentation Welcome to the End of Software by Mark Benioff CEO of is worth watching and is embedded below.

The blog explosion - update

This is from a History of Blogging by erno hannink (slide 24)SlideShare � view

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Web 2.0 Part 2 - Logo map

LOGO2.0 part I
Originally uploaded by Stabilo Boss.
On this visual most of the logos have been annotated with links. Here is a Digg link with the logos/companies listedWeb 2.0 Logos and Links at Digg Watch Blog

Web2.0 - visuals Number 1

Web2.0 - extended mindcloudmap
Originally uploaded by kosmar.
Explaining web 2.0 in a mind cloud map click on the image to see the annotated version on flickr.

Click here for the original post by Kosmar The huge cloud lens bubble map web2.0 || kosmar || Blog

Visual Poetry

A Google hack that provides some surprising results:

See if you can translate it.Visual Poetry

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Here's another way to look at it.

click on the image to enlarge-

Inside TIME Magazine - Some suggestions for Google.

Click on this image which will take you to flickr where you can see or download a full size image.

A Look inside TIME - New Product Suggestions for Google.

My daughter Susan Barb alerted me to this issue of Time - click on the link below and then on the Essay section of the Table of Contents to get a pdf copy of the Google Essay. TIME Magazine -- October 16, 2006 Vol. 168 No. 16

Monday, October 09, 2006

Wallywood - 22 panels of instruction for Comic Artists

From a post by Presentation Zen with a link to the above Wallywood panels from Joel Johnson. This post is worth one of your reading minutes.
Presentation Zen: Learning from the art of comics

The Big Triangle

From Scott McCloud's website Understanding Comics -"a visual iconography for pictures, word, symbols that took the shape of a triangle" The Big Triangle

Slide selection from SlideShare

First the whole presentation:

and then a selected slide. This selection can be embedded as it is here in this post, or shared by email just by a simple click.SlideShare � view

The comments to this post suggest that SlideShare is interested in responding to the comments by adding features such as the ability of the presenter(owner of the slide show) to add comments to the transcription segment so that this text is also searchable by the search engines.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Originally uploaded by ddavison.
Here is a link to the Become(RED) website. take the tour and join RED and save lives of AIDS victims in Africa - maybe a good reason to get a (RED) Amex credit card.



The entire RED site is really well done - I suggest you browse the site for links to their events, media sponsors, brand sponsors, the HotelCafe promo tour - this is a blockbuster hybrid BECOME (RED)

Creating the Gap (RED) shirts

Creating the Gap (RED) shirts
Originally uploaded by (RED).
YOU(RED) photos from Lesotho where the GAP(RED) tshirts are being made. clicking on the picture will take you to the(RED) flickr photo collection. Worth browsing to see Bono and (RED) in action

YOU(RED)- A socially responsible win/win for business AND the Global Fund

(PRODUCT) RED was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver, Chairman of DATA to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce RED-branded products. A percentage of each (RED) product sold is given to The Global Fund. The money helps women and children with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

the Flash You(Red)intro is pretty cool (RED)

When you finish the intro, click on the (RED)Blog and visit the (RED)flickr photos.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

the slideshare blog � Blog Archive � Quick Tips on getting the best out of SlideShare…

the slideshare blog � Blog Archive � Quick Tips on getting the best out of SlideShare…

SlideShare from Uzanto - this is HOT!

I have just connected to SlideShare for testing. From my first look this is flickr for presentations

IBM Research | IBM Innovation | Global Innovation Outlook

IBM "gets it" and you should get a copy of IBM Research Global Innovation Outlook available in PDF or in hardcopy by request.

IBM Research | IBM Innovation | Global Innovation Outlook

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A two-fer!

Originally uploaded by ddavison.
From a slideshare image posted by Information Architect Louis Rosenfeld. The new slideshare process provides PPT users a way to embed their presentations in a browser-based slide presentation without requiring a heavy download of a PPT file and the use of the PPT app to read it.

Here is a link to the Slideshare blog describing how a conference organizer would use Slideshare to easily collect and present speaker's slides - this could be a really valuable tool for conference/event organizers and attendees.

the slideshare blog � Blog Archive � Using slideshare to organize a conference

Slideshares can also include embedded audio the slideshare blog � Blog Archive � Integrating audio with slideshare embed

Unfortunately The embedded PPT slide set used in the demonstration is another glaring example of the overuse of paragraph style text images - this Topic map slide is a relief since it uses a graphic to expand the explanation. Just for kicks here is Peter Norvig's hilarious slam on the use of PPT - The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation

The embedded image in the slide presents the visual concept of Topic Maps - a visual search strategy and a link inside the slide to Ontopia - a topic map software tool supplier.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Travels with Scoble

Originally uploaded by Thomas Hawk.
Robert and I had our lunch meeting at the club today, and for starters, he came dressed in geek clothes - levis and Tshirt - and the Club concierge refused to allow him in the clubhouse - so we ate outside as virtual outcasts.

It was great fun to finally meet Robert first-hand - and after surfing through miles of his blogposts and recent ScobleShows, getting acquainted over lunch served to reinforce the "radiance" of this guy's personality.

Very enjoyable, notwithstanding the club dress code violation.

As an older geek, I think I still qualify to bask in the aura of his blogitude.

Monday, October 02, 2006


Originally uploaded by ddavison.

In preparing for a meeting tomorrow with Robert Scoble, I ran across this cartoon which asks a very pertinent question about the Podtech business model. I hope to learn more about how Robert's "global brand" can exert key influence in convincing corporate clients to embrace the interactive communications mantra of Naked Conversations, and, I assume, to buy Podtech's New Media communication strategies and services.

I think Robert's experience at Microsoft and his book provide a pragmatic model for other organizations who can benefit by adopting the new tools for building conversational dialog with their suppliers and customers.

Is Robert's "brand" transferrable? Can Podtech make a real business in this overcrowded space now generating a bubble-like feeding frenzy on Sand Hill Road? Robert looks like a fun guy - and I look forward to our conversation. Maybe he is the real thing.

raving lunacy: Bubblelation

Practicing what they preach - the American Institure for Graphic Arts

Link here to read about the upcoming AIGA conference in Vancouver BC, October 23-26. Great lineup of speakers and theme. AIGA | the power of Design

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Yahoo "gives away" its Crown Jewels

Danish crown jewels
Originally uploaded by mooseonthemove.
Yahoo announced it was "giving away" its browser-based authentication code to the world wide developer community citing that it could not build or buy enough innovation and is enlisting the developer community to build new apps around Yahoo's content.

Here's Yahoo's announcement :

You build great web applications. We have millions of users who store their data on Yahoo!. Browser-Based Authentication (BBAuth) makes it possible for your applications to use that data (with their permission).

BBAuth also offers a Single Sign-On (SSO) facility so that existing Yahoo! users can use your services without having to complete yet another registration process.

Browser-Based Authentication

Friday, September 29, 2006

Flickr Help Screencast Volume 1: Geotags & You

View this crisp screencast demo of Geotagging on Flickr.

Flickr Help Screencast Volume 1: Geotags & You

Thanks to Adobe!

Thanks to Adobe!
Originally uploaded by Foveal.
Here is a photo from flickr that gets the point across . I'll bet Adobe isn't clued in on the power of this one picture to give appreciation for its outreach to Tsunami victims. Click on the picture to get more detail from the photographer

Your Favorite Bloggers- from Business Week

Your Favorite Bloggers

From Business Week September Best of the Web. link to the slide show with short bios of each of the top 12 bloggers.

Scoble is #6.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

2006 Visualization Challenge Winners - A Sample

This blackboard drawing won second place in this annual contest. Yet one more Vitruvian man. View the slide show on this site for all of the awarded visualizations.

2006 Visualization Challenge Winners -- Chatterjee 313 (5794): 1730 -- Science

Ken Wilber's Multiplex - Astounding!

CLick below and beam up to the Multiplex:

The Integral Multiplex

An Heeere's KENNY!

An interview promoting a 10 Disk CD set (99.95) on Ken Wilber's view of Kosmic Consciousness. Do gurus all have to shave their heads?


The Integral Institute - Ken Wilber's cash machine

In order to log on to participate in the Integral Institute's forums and other features you must be a member and It's not cheap! - note these prices are monthly subcriptions. Ken Wilber has himself a cashflow paradise.As a platinum sponsor $500 per month, you get to make a free call to Ken Himself! I love the visuals, but am blown away by the charges - Who says unique content isn't valuable.

Be interesting to know what traffic the site gets and what the membership size is.

Integral Institute

Combining the Quadrant and Altitude charts - a novel filter and display for web information

See my two previous posts for the filter design.

Holons: News from the Integral World

The Four Quadrants

The Four Quadrants

See this link for the background on the construction of the Four Quadrants.

The Altitudes Rainbow

Originally uploaded by ddavison.
the rainbow of "altitudes" combining Maslow, Gebser and Graves value systems.

Category:Graphics - P2p foundation

A small listing of graphics that can be reused. Here's an example

Category:Graphics - P2p foundation

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Adding value to social networks- Doing what comes naturally!

Bradley Horowitz is head of the Yahoo Search Marketplace technology group - and his analysis of the phenomenon of user-generated content ala flickr is brilliant.

His point "social software sites don’t require 100% active participation to generate great value."

Elatable | Bradley Horowitz � Creators, Synthesizers, and Consumers

Thanks to ZenPundit for this link from CooperationCommons

Monday, September 25, 2006

How could I have missed RageBoy for so long

This is Chris Locke's(AKA RageBoy) using Bookpedia.. His blog is done in pure Thoughts Illustrated style and I am really glad to discover it.

chris says: "It's not often that software blows my mind, but the app I'm about to describe just did just that. I should warn you at the outset, however, that Bookpedia runs only under Mac OS X, and the barcode scanning feature (as described here anyway) requires an iSight cam -- either built-in or standalone. So if you're as much a book freak as I am, but you're using a PC, this is only going to make you drool. Sorry."

mystic bourgeoisie:

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Visual thinking consultancy worth exploring?

UnderstandingLab: " "

Malcolm's back - a conversation

Sadly, I can't do that kind of visual representation in my New Yorker writing, and I haven't tried in my books. But it's definitely something I want to pursue in the future.

NextD Journal 8.2 - Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Digital Storytelling - Which comes first: The Listener or the Story?

Although a bit long, I think this vlog vignette is a good example of digital storytelling. New York Workshop #1

Reminds me of what Dana Atchley was trying to do way back in the day. Dana Atchley Productions, Inc.



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