Posts Tagged ‘collaborative creativity’
June 2nd, 2011 • Posted in Conferences, Creative Process, Video Clips
Here’s the video of my recent speech at TEDxMarin. The theme of the event was “Communication Revolution”. The organizers invited me to speak about the future of television, social media and personal storytelling.
Robert Tercek at TEDxMarin May 2011: “Reclaiming The Power of Personal Narrative” from Robert Tercek on Vimeo.
TED talks are all about passion and ideas. The ideas that get me most excited these days don’t come from big corporations or even startup ventures. They tend to come from individuals who are working outside of the context of business entirely. I decided to focus my comments on four activists who are using media to tell stories that literally change the world. I find these people very inspiring. They are some of the 85 Creative Activists sponsored by the Creative Visions Foundation, where I have been involved on a volunteer basis.
March 15th, 2011 • Posted in Conferences, Creative Process, Video Clips
Last week I attended the Digital Directions conference hosted by Fairfax Media and X | Media Lab in Sydney. A series of outstanding speakers, including Tim Wu, Gigi Wang, Kevin Anderson, Baratunde Thurston, Riyaad Minty, Anthony Rose and others shared their perspectives.
My topic was “Coercion and Cooperation in the Second Century of Electronic Media.” And my message was that the architecture of a business determines how its creative energy is channeled. Fairfax Media kindly provided me the video, posted here. Continue Reading
November 19th, 2010 • Posted in remarkable people
This week I interviewed Pranav Mistry
onstage at the Creativity World Forum
in Oklahoma City. Pranav was catapulted to fame last year by virtue of his talk at TED
, titled “The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology.”
His formal title is “research assistant and PhD candidate
” in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab. That title is a spectacular understatement. It’s like calling Thomas Edison a telegraph operator, or Albert Einstein a patent clerk.
November 2nd, 2010 • Posted in General Observations
For several years, Visual DNA has been developing sophisticated tools for online publishers and advertisers, operating as Imagini Europe. Now the company is Continue Reading
August 16th, 2010 • Posted in General Observations
Call it the Success Paradox. When an organization reaches a new stage of growth, it may experience cataclysmic internal turmoil.
The Success Paradox happens to startup ventures that lack a cohesive management structure: when the company makes a growth leap, say, from 25 to 50 employees, or from 100 to 200 employees, the shift always comes with a good deal of attendant trauma. The camraderie and enthusiasm of the rapid growth phase wanes, replaced by Continue Reading
July 10th, 2010 • Posted in General Observations
At a time when margins are tight and disruption occurs on a daily basis, business leaders are under pressure to discover the “next big thing”, such as a breakthrough product that will redefine a category or create an entirely new niche to dominate. A new process that will save time and money. A radical efficiency that will restore fat margins.
December 20th, 2009 • Posted in General Observations
“Never make forecasts, especially about the future.” Wise advice from Samuel Goldwyn. Which I am now about to ignore at my peril. Here’s my take on what to expect in 2010.
1. The Dawn of Ambient Awareness & Networked Consciousness
What happens when real-time status updates and news feeds are combined with GPS location data and context-aware computing? You may experience a new kind of awareness that leverages the perceptions and commentary of other people. You might call it collective intelligence. And it will make you smarter. Continue Reading
September 2nd, 2008 • Posted in Conferences, Creative Process
Check out this useful comment by Mike Hale in today’s NYT heralding the arrival of original video series on the Web. For too long, broadcasters have regarded the Web as a dumping ground for uninspired promotional content and lame marketing gimmicks for the regular broadcast schedule. Recently, however, some TV networks are starting to take the Web seriously as a vehicle for rapid, low cost innovation.
The NY TImes piece highlights the distinction between genuinely new programming concepts and old-school marketing masquerading as original content. Hale also skewers the dubious quality and relentless product placement as obvious defects in some new programs. But video is expensive to produce, and after all, somebody has to pay the bills.
Such mainstream TV efforts face stiff competition from web pure plays, who are not beholden to corporate policies and are thereby able to innovate more freely. I’m still betting on the shock value of sites like Comedy.com to capture viewers with a fresh voice unencumbered with an old school broadcaster’s agenda.
This is a useful meme and one that will certainly be explored in more detail at the 5D conference in Long Beach in early October.
September 2nd, 2008 • Posted in Creative Process, General Observations
The introduction of Google’s new open source Chrome browser is newsworthy. So is the way that Google chose to explain the new features to users. Both items are sterling examples of collaborative creativity.
Google teamed up with veteran cartoonist Scott McCloud to create a cool graphic narrative about the new browser.
During a week of breaking news about hurricanes, lurid political drama, and the GOP convention, the Google announcement is likely to get buried in sensational headlines. But it’s worth your while to check out this new online comic book that illustrates the sophisticated new features of the Chrome browser. Because this type of presentation just might be the future of self help guidebooks. Continue Reading
August 31st, 2008 • Posted in Conferences, Creative Process
My speech at the Cross Media Lab in Melbourne was broadcast last week on ABC 2 in Australia. The theme of this speech was “Collaborative Creativity”, which refers particularly to my passion for including the audience in the process of creating entertainment. This is harder than it sounds. I selected three examples from my personal experience in TV, web and mobile to illustrate some of the principals of collaboration via two-way networks. Not all of these were successful! Continue Reading