I have an abundance of notes from the Applied Improvisation Conference a few weeks ago in Austin. Suffice it to say it was all-around great. I have to compile these notes for a meeting next week, but they’ll be too detailed and improv nerdy for most people reading this post. What would be more useful, I think, […]

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Let’s look at the relationship between Data and Story. I’ll be presenting a paper on this subject in December at the Conference on Quantum Storytelling in Las Cruces, NM. It is a complex subject, because it gets at the heart of where meaning resides in organizations and communities, how we share it, and how it […]

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Last Friday, at the invitation of Jonathan Taplin and Erin Reilly of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, we conducted a 90-minute session at the 2012 Annenberg Innovation Summit on the USC campus. The objective was to summarize the thinking that came out of a day of presentations and panels with high fliers from the worlds of […]

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From beginning to end, Social Media Week in Los Angeles (with corresponding events in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Milan and Mexico City) was a  productive game, consisting of 95 events in all, of which I attended or facilitated eight.  Toby Daniels, the Founder and Exec Director of Social Media Week, Erick Brownstein, the L.A. producer, Ben […]

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I’m producing, or helping with, four GameChangers events next week as part of Social Media Week in Los Angeles: 1) A two hour GameChangers workshop, ‘The Revolution Will Be Improvised:  Brand Narratives in the Networked World,’ at KCET television studios.  This will be a quick introduction into the fundamentals of improvisation for business communication, and […]

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In 2006, newspapers took in $49.5 billion in advertising.   In 2008, it was about $38 billion, a 23% decline. After losing 42% of their value between 2005 and the end of 2007, publicly traded newspaper stocks lost 83% of their remaining value during 2008. Most surveys show that 13,000+ U.S. newspaper jobs vanished in 2008. […]

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A part of my work with the World Wildlife Fund for its Earth Hour event in Los Angeles on March 28, I helped organize a group of young musicians to perform at the event.  My guitar teacher, Lonnie ‘Meganut’ Marshall, put together a group of kids who played drums on recycled plastic buckets they’d painted […]

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Item #1: The headline in today’s business news reads: “Wake Forest to Drop Standardized Tests in 2009.” Item #2: A professor at Stanford complains to me recently that “Today’s students are institutionalized grade-making machines.” Item #3: The person I know with the most money in his bank account does not have a college degree. Item […]

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