advertisement advertisement I wanted to share with you this video of a speech by Nicolas Christakis from the Harvard Dept. of Sociology, on the shaping powers of social networks. He does a wonderful job of explaining statistically the forces and dynamics that drive social networks. In this case he uses the case of obesity to demonstrate how our behavior affects others, whether it be family member, friends or strangers. He also examines the currency of those exchanges–emotions. Why do we visibly emote rather than let our emotions remain internal states of being? How do we read others emotions and why do we copy them? What are the dynamics of emotional contagion? Christakis uses the example of Facebook to study how your taste in movies, books or products affects your friends opinions distinguishing between the different types of online friends. In doing so, he helps us understand how business can work in tandem with such dynamics enabling a company to be relevant, sharable … [Read more...] about How Social Networks Reshape Business by Reshaping Us
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While you were sleeping, innovation was tossing off the world’s hardest Sudoku. advertisement advertisement 1. A United Nations report into the state of the oil fields in the Niger Delta has produced outrage, as it blames locals on the myriad leaks over the past five decades. The paper claims that 90% of the spills have been caused by attempts to steal the oil, and exonerates Shell. 2. Foursquare founder Denis Crowley has taken the fight to Facebook, claiming that Places is “boring.” In an interview with the Telegraph, he said, “The only interesting thing about Places is that it has a potential audience of over 500 million people around the world… but that can only be a good thing for location-based services like Foursquare, as Facebook will educate the masses about checkins.” Kunur Patel of Advertising Age, however, calls Places a sure-fire way to sabotage a dinner party. And, according to TechCrunch, the only person you can’t block … [Read more...] about iFive: Shell Exonerated in Nigeria, Crowley Slates Places, Kevin Rose on iTV, Proof of Life in Chile Mine, E.T. is I.T.
It takes time to train dragons to fly, both onscreen and off. advertisement advertisement It can take four years or longer for a studio to develop a feature-length animated movie. Adapting one of those movies into a live show might sound like a comparative afterthought, but in the case of Academy Award-nominated How to Train Your Dragon, the same elements that made the movie ripe for an arena experience made translating the film to stage a monster creative undertaking. “There are things that you can do in a movie that you can’t do on stage, but there are also things that you can do much more effectively on stage, and because they’re live–you’re watching somebody fly a dragon in a live arena–there’s something exciting about it,” says Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer at DreamWorks. The $20 million How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular debuted in Australia this summer, the product of four and a half years of labor, which … [Read more...] about Dance With Dragons: How DreamWorks Turned A Hit Movie Into A Fire-Breathing Live Show
The museum director stands at the windows of his 14th-floor apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and surveys his domain from a distance. The view is spectacular, with Central Park lying below like a tapestry, unrolling lush shades of green all the way to the towers and manors across town. advertisement advertisement “Right there,” he says. “Do you see it? No?” To be honest, it’s a bit difficult to pick out. “Of course you see the Guggenheim,” he adds helpfully, motioning to that building’s distinctive round silhouette. “Now look to the left. There’s the museum’s roof.” He is pointing toward the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, housed in the stately Andrew Carnegie mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street. And if it is not easy to figure out exactly where it stands, it seems even more difficult to truly identify it–to describe not just its profile but its purpose, too. The Cooper-Hewitt … [Read more...] about Mister Moggridge Has Mad Ambition
In a New York Times op-ed last weekend, architect Michael Graves lamented the fading art of drawing–that which binds the dynamism of the human mind directly to an unencumbered stub of graphite. Like the malleable visions within our heads, a pencil in the grip of a practiced hand can flick at nuance and wrap a curve in a way that’s neither inaccurate nor final–letting the line sashay just enough to let our minds decide where it best fits. CAD, on the hand, insists on rigid absolutes: sharp corners, perfect circles, and clean, defined lines that leave little room for impromptu invention. advertisement advertisement Machines, Graves pointed out, are no longer handling only the prosaic tasks of design. CAD was once a tool to pump out accurate construction drawings and utility plans, but there now exists software that will automatically consider size, style, budget, and materials–as well as produce designs on its own. A drive through fresh sprawl leads you … [Read more...] about Want To Maximize Your Human Resources? Employ Algorithms