Category Archives: Global Problem Solving

NYC BigApps: Rethinking Data and the Public/Private Divide

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Tweet It’s impossible for us not to be excited by the NYC BigApps competition.  The initiative itself is great – a competition that rewards creative, meaningful, and effective development of applications using the City of New York’s NYC.gov Data Mine – but what it represents […]

From Ben Franklin to Jetpacks: Highlights from All Day Buffet’s Feast On Good

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To quote Eric Zimmerman, “If the last era was summed up by cinema, the next one will be summed up by gaming because it’s participatory.” We can extend that — if the 20th century was about creating and selling more consumer goods, the 21st century is about unlocking human potential and solving social problems, and in order to understand this, we need a new kind of economics that can create value from human flourishing.

Interviews with Smart People: Frank Speiser, Co-Founder of Social Flow

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“Technological evolution will make it easier to listen and harder to hide, and will make it possible to isolate people based on what they believe. If we allow ourselves to be broken down into factions and played off one another, then that’s what we’ll get.

On the flip side, technology makes it easier to distribute your thoughts and ideas. It’s a lot harder to stop you from reaching 1,000 people now than it was just 15 years ago. The cost of acquiring an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is pretty much the opportunity cost of your time. We can find ways to co-operate now that have not been possible in the course of human history until now. Hopefully the more capable of us choose to go that route.

I predict that eventually we’ll have a P2P barter system, a competing set of social currencies, and new derivatives based on social receptivity. It might take a while, but that’s coming. We’ll probably also pick up a whole new set of jerks that attempt to abuse all of the above. That’s just life.”

Innovation Gaps: Healthcare and the No-Fly List

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Tweet Earlier this week, Sanofi-Aventis announced the impending arrival of the IBGStar, a nifty little device that plugs in to an iPhone  and will allow diabetics to upload information from their blood glucose tests (a pinprick blood test that many diabetics must perform daily) to […]

An IT Director, a Developer, and a Social Media Strategist Walked into a Bar…

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Tweet … and met up a whole bunch of other digital people at the Zeitgeist Social… Thanks to everyone for coming out to our first New York event last week!  Drinks were consumed, new contacts were made, and all manner of digital culture was discussed. […]

Digital Culture Now

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Tweet We are digital people. We think in interfaces, systems, organized complexity, code, interaction, behavior. We dream, write, design, build, and solve – and we do it all with unprecedented efficiency and speed, using exciting tools that organize information in new ways. We inhabit a […]