Instagram: when big boys play…

First of all: a billion dollars is a mighty smack of money. It is a huge pile of cash. It can buy you enough bread to feed a midsize African country for a decade, it can buy you some nice stealth fighters, a private island, or it can buy you -give or take some change- …

Peer Print your life… Michel Bauwens: A Belgian on the world’s most inspirational list

Belgium. We are a small tiny country. A small strip of rather bad highway on your way to Germany.  A restaurant stop halfway between Paris and Amsterdam.  We have sprouts, waffles, crazy politicians, mussels, and more beer than is technically good for us, chocolate and a little bronze three year old peeing in public. We …

Pinterest is not a strategy

Shall we agree to some simple rules? Shall we be open, honest, and right in your face at all times? You’re up for that? Nice. Here comes: Pinterest. It’s not that big of a deal. Honestly, do not get overly excited. From my high perch here at Porter Novelli Towers, it looks like every couple …

Looking for a smartphone for men

I know that I will be kicking in more political correct doors than I can possibly legally afford. But I need to ventilate: I want a new phone. One that is designed for men. I now pack an iPhone. It’s overrated, ridiculously expensive, nice, smart, slick, fast, intelligent, and above all: good looking. It even …

SoLoMo curation – Contextual Content sharing with a click

Curation. The word was hotter than a steaming Bhut Jolokia chili pepper in 2011, and many social media rainmakers  swept the concept around in presentations  and books with more enthusiasm than a hungry Chinese drummer  his chopsticks. In a digital world where more content is being created per day than in the last two millennia, it …

Watson: You can be way smarter. As long as you do not look like me

Remember Watson? The IBM computer that successfully beat the living beejezus out of an army of Jeopardy champions? Turns out most people think it’s kind of cute. Same thing happened when Deep Blue (still called Deep Thought in 1997) won over six chess games against world champion Garry Kasparov. It’s cute that a machine beats …

Teach how to fish, sell a boat, and build a harbor

Lately, I teach a lot of teams on how to integrate digital media better into their marketing and communication mix. And, lately I get a lot of people asking if it is a wise thing, making people better at skills that I could sell to them… I remember a discussion just like that with my …

What Would Steve Jobs Do? SUMO!

13 times. 13 times in 3 days, someone on stage @ #LeWeb11 referred to Steve Jobs. Not in the logical sense like “Steve did…” but in the more esoteric inquisitive way: “What Would Steve Do” or WWSD. I think it is tragic. Jobs was a brilliant thinker, an entrepreneur, someone who would move mountains and …

Thought controlled computing: when science fiction becomes science fact

I have something for brainy girls, so what can I say… deep down in me, I have a particular soft spot for this woman. Ariel Garten is about as close to the verge of helping machine-body integration as you can. Garten is a psychotherapist trained in Neuro-linguistic programming, and is on the frontlines of thought …

Marco Tempest – and dying unicorns

The augmented reality of techno-magic I admit, it must be this process of becoming a middle-(r)aged man. But I am blasé.  Going to many conferences, listening to the very core of ultimate thinkers, seeing the authors of my favorite books on stage… I love it. But I see that it becomes increasingly difficult to “wow” …