A New Business Model for News : Community — from TrendBird.biz

Excerpt (emphasis DSC):

We are social beings. Three-quarters of all American adults belong to voluntary or organized groups, according to “The Social Side of the Internet,” a study published this year by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In fact, today’s social media culture may be reversing the decline in social behavior that Robert D. Putnam documented in his book “Bowling Alone.” While 56 percent of non-Internet users belong to a group, 80 percent of Internet users participate in groups, according to the study.

But if there is a common thread that weaves through Foursquare, Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, BlogHer and many other pioneers in the social economy, it is this: Creating community engenders value for people. And providing value is the heart of any successful business model.

A New Culture of Learning -- Brown and Thomas.

Original posting from:
A New Culture of Learning — weblogg-ed.com

Addendum on 1-31-11:
I just saw this posting from Catherine Lombardozzi on the Learning Journal blog, as she comments on Thomas’ & Seely Brown’s book. She concludes:

“I’m thinking that the new culture of learning doesn’t replace the old, it enriches it.”


10 questions every Internet Exec needs to ask and answer
— from Morgan Stanley by Mary Meeker; original resource from George Siemens

Question Focus Areas

  1. Globality
  2. Mobile
  3. Social Ecosystems
  4. Advertising
  5. Commerce
  6. Media
  7. Company Leadership Evolution
  8. Steve Jobs
  9. Ferocious Pace of Change in Tech
  10. Closing Thoughts

The Future of Online Socializing— from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center

The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts. They say this is because email, social networks, and other online tools offer “low friction” opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives. The internet lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together.

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Technologies to Watch in Higher Education: 7 Years’ Worth of Predictions — from Saul Carliner

The New Media Consortium and Educause recently published their annual Horizon Report, which “describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact in higher education within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years” (Johnson, Levine, Smith & Stone, 2010). In response, I compiled the lists of technologies to watch from all seven reports…

Food for thought: Which technologies did they call correctly? Which ones not?

Johnson, L., Levine, A., Smith, R., & Stone, S. (2010). The 2010 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
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