We are in the midst of a radical revolution. While some call it the digital revolution it’s much bigger than that. For sure, digital technology is at the foundation of this revolution but it is only the catalyst to the change.
The story of the song Old Town Road is a preview of the new economy. The rapper, Lil Nas X, was throwing stuff up on Soundcloud that he’d recorded in the closet of his bedroom. He was going through YouTube listening to beats.
As a society, we’ve never had more access to information and share our opinions. And more, our brands have access to more data than ever before. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a cultural shift in recognizing and being open to how we must evolve, use this in our favor and acknowledge that consumer driven co-creation is happening.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what hinders innovation, especially business model innovation from taking hold in agencies and brands. There’s always an immediate buzz or sometimes panic that breaks out when a new idea comes to the forefront of culture.
As a long time TED participant I always look forward to this time of year. TED provides a perspective on where the world is going. A week of thoughtful dialogue with some of the best thinkers in the world.
Most of us don’t think about our water supply beyond the fact that we need and use it every day to survive. But my awareness of what it takes to provide communities with potable water has increased over the past few months, thanks to our Open Assembly Collective member Yorkshire Water.
Recently, I was in Alaska skiing in the Tordrillos with the good folks from Inkwell including Jimmy Chin and Mark Healey. On several of the runs I was haunted by the memories of an avalanche I was in several years ago.
My life, over the past several years, has been shaken up, multiple times. Anyone who knows me, knows this. I live with the results of this disruption every day. I haven’t forgotten it, but that’s not what I want to write about here. Right now, I want to write about where I’m at today.
I just returned from skiing in Alaska at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge with Jimmy Chin, Travis Rice, Mark Healey and a bunch of other folks. You could say all of us are gig workers, but I was especially impressed with our guide, Wes Wylie, who’s designed an unconventional life for himself.
A couple of weeks ago I let you know about the launch of the Open Assembly Collective which, essentially is a community of CEOs, Harvard Scholars, and executive level leaders who are passionate about and share the common goal of changing the paradigm and mindset of how people work. Our focus is to co-create and build the foundation for the future of work.