The Rise of the Brandividual: Rendering Organizational Authenticity Through Social Media

August 13, 2014

Tweet I wrote and presented this paper back in 2009 but never posted it here. Since someone just asked me for it, I thought I’d put it up here for anyone else. CVH RiseofBrandividual 1 The Rise of the Brandividual: Rendering Organizational Authenticity Through Social Media Abstract Organizations are searching for ways to use social […]

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How I Use Twitter: Possibly More Than You Ever Wanted To Know

August 2, 2014

Tweet Everyone I know who uses Twitter uses it differently. Some promote, some broadcast, some market, some inquire, some share, and most use Twitter for a mix of these. Technology and the way we use it interactively shapes our experiences– We each experience “twitter” in our own way, and what “Twitter is” means something unique to […]

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Only Transparent AND Open Practices Generate Opportunity For Your Network

June 24, 2014

Tweet Businesses need to be both transparent and open to create opportunities for themselves and their entire network.   Yet even though we know that  qualities like “open” and “transparent” are preconditions for innovation, we often aren’t clear about what these terms actually mean. Sometimes people even use the terms interchangeably, as though what’s transparent and what’s open are […]

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Why Be Disruptive, When You Can Be Generative? Friday Afternoon with MakeLoveNotPorn

May 23, 2014

Tweet Some businesses aim to make money. Some businesses aim to disrupt their industries. The very best businesses aim even higher — to generate new opportunity for each and every stakeholder. It was Friday afternoon clean-up-my-office time. That ‘end of the year, has it come down to this?’-moment of reckoning. Maybe while I sort out piles and […]

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Acknowledge, Affirm, and Amplify Good Business Practices: A Simple Generative Tip

May 22, 2014

Tweet What’s the absolutely easiest way to contribute ideas to a community while boosting someone else’s business at the same time? Use your platform to Acknowledge, Affirm, and Amplify the work of companies and individuals that you value. You’d be surprised to realize just how often you’ll find yourself in a position to use your […]

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Pattern Language for Generative Interactions: 3 Approaches to Learn

May 9, 2014

Tweet Designers use Pattern Language — a lexicon and grammar that communicate the details of how and why a design is terrific — to share expertise and promote good design. We need a pattern language for business-to-business relationships. We need to be able to define, design and simply talk about business relationships that are generative. “Good design” […]

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The Simple Hack Every Tech Firm Should Be Using To Increase Diversity

April 11, 2014

Tweet Given the focus on data, metrics, and a/b testing that’s all the rage in tech startups these days, you’d think that more tech companies would be using empirical research on hiring practices and diversity initiatives to fix their ‘women, and men of color problem’. But they aren’t, so here’s an easy diversity hack — […]

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Are All Generative Businesses a Little Naughty? The case of MakeLoveNotPorn

April 3, 2014

Tweet No startup challenges our norms about ‘appropriate business’ more than MakeLoveNotPorn. MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP) is a user-generated crowdsourced video platform that celebrates “real world sex”. MLNP is a legal, lucrative, and liberatory disruptor of the adult entertainment industry. It’s also a profoundly generative business. MLNP is generative not because it’s naughty, but because of how it’s […]

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Generativity, in General

March 28, 2014

Tweet The word ‘generative’ may be unfamiliar to many business people, but the quality of generativity is something we’ve sought in our companies and our work practices for a long time.   Something is generative when it’s able to create something new, something original, or something alive. A generative idea produces new ideas, a generative process […]

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Three Design Principles for Generative Business

March 20, 2014

Tweet As I was being nudged to consider whether the term “boost” really captured the central dynamic of generative businesses, I realized that it actually only represented the very first element of what it takes to be generative. Note: Since this is more like an essay than a post, I’ve added some jumps so that […]

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