Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 16:46.

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Yesterday, I was fortunate to catch some of Jim Gilmore's discussion of REAL American values on WCPN 90.3 Ideastream.  His new book is available to check out from your local library:

Authenticity : what consumers really want

by James H GilmoreB Joseph Pine

Type: Book
Language: English
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, ©2007.
Editions: 2 Editions
ISBN: 9781591391456 1591391458
OCLC: 123818314

Get in line after me for the library copy, or buy it from a REAL bookseller--Visible Voice, Bookstore on West 25th St...etc.

Speaking of what consumers really, really want in REAL--what makes a blog authentic?--recognition by the mainstream media???
Thanks to the PD for linking to RealNEO on their blogroll.

Cook, clean, fix, GROW

  Communities--real communities and business models--need to abandon traditional hierarchical structure and adopt structures that respect good ideas regardless of origin.  We will never completely achieve a gender neutral society, so we should learn to adopt a more parent structured economy.  I am reading Authenticity and I recently watched a recent city club forum on understanding how to operate in the global economy.  The presenter Jane Hyun ended the presentation with a question from the audience on acculturization vs. assimilation and discussed ways Asia can overcome it's traditional hierarchical society to encourage innovation.

Friday, February 29, 2008 featuring Jane Hyun, President, Hyun & Associates
Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians

I have every confidence that Asia will achieve REAL COMMUNITIES--healthy, safe, nuturing communities--before the U.S.  Today, I passed one of my neighbors, a woman, my age, from China, shovelling the snow on her street!

I greeted her and walked down the street and joked to the middle-aged man who maintains an apartment building..."See, she is putting you to shame."  And his response?  "Sure, they do it for pennies in China."  He just doesn't get it.

Who Invented The Mountain Bike - A Community!!!

A researcher at the London think tank Demos, Charles Leadbeater was early to notice the rise of "amateur innovation" -- great ideas from outside the traditional walls, from people who suddenly have the tools to collaborate, innovate and make their expertise known.

Why you should listen to him:

Charles Leadbeater's theories on innovation have compelled some of the world’s largest organizations to rethink their strategies. A financial journalist turned innovation consultant (for clients ranging from the British government to Microsoft), Leadbeater noticed the rise of "pro-ams" -- passionate amateurs who act like professionals, making breakthrough discoveries in many fields, from software to astronomy to kite-surfing. His 2004 essay "The Pro-Am Revolution" -- which The New York Times called one of the year's biggest global ideas -- highlighted the rise of this new breed of amateur.

Prominent examples range from the mountain bike to the open-source operating system Linux, from Wikipedia to the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which helped persuade Western nations to cancel more than $30 billion in third-world debt. In his upcoming book, We-Think, Leadbeater explores how this emerging culture of mass creativity and participation could reshape companies and governments. A business reporter by training, he was previously an editor for the Financial Times, and later, The Independent, where, with Helen Fielding, he developed the "Bridget Jones' Diary" column. Currently, he is researching for Atlas of Ideas, a program that is mapping changes in the global geography of science and innovation.

"Charles Leadbeater is an extraordinarily interesting thinker. His book asks critical questions. I know it will be widely read and debated."

Tony Blair


Bill, you don't want to get me started on mountain bikes.   In my book, bikes are for transportation, not cheap thrills.

Reinventing the wheel

  Cleveland has to recycle the same idea.
Over and over and over....

Don't forget IdeaCrossing

JumpStart is deep into the entrepreneurial social networking business, as well, with IdeaCrossing, which appears to be pretty dead... perhaps there is some behind the web value not clear from the browser...

Disrupt IT


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