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Coercion and Cooperation in the Second Century of Electronic Media: Video of Robert Tercek keynote speech at Digital Directions in Sydney, March 4, 2011

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

Highlights from XML Melbourne presentations

X Media Lab presented a collection of insightful speakers from around the world.   My brain was nearly overloaded by the end of the first day.

Below is a summary of some highlights.  I did not manage to take notes on all of the speeches, however.   For comprehensive reporting on XML, check out LagrangePoint where Brad Howarth diligently live-blogged the entire conference.

  • Stewart Butterfield‘s presentation included a bunch of Flickr photos from people in the audience at Obama’s speech at the Siegesaule in Berlin.  In every photo, you could see dozens of hands waving tiny digital cameras and camcorders.  His point:  everybody has a digital camera now, and when these cameras are connected to sites like Flickr, they serve as “the eyes of the world.”   It’s a freaky cool idea.   The internet has transformed into a global nervous system and now digital cameras and cameraphones have sprouted like billions of digital eyes.   And so the Web can see! Continue Reading

About the X Media Lab in Melbourne

Wow, what a weekend.  I am seriously jet-lagged.    Just returned from X-Media Lab, which is an intensive three-day workshop held periodically in different cities throughout Asia:  Dubai, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Mumbai.   Last weekend XML took place in Melbourne, Australia.

How XML works:  ten individuals with experience in digital media arrive from all corners of the globe.  16 companies are chosen for the workshop from a competitive field.   On the first day, the experts present their vision and background as it pertains to the subject matter of the lab.  (Our topic was “DIY Media”).   During the next two days, each of the 16 companies has the opportunity to review their project in one-on-one sessions with the experts.   The result is a combination of brainstorming, pitching, debate, challenge, refinement and collaborative creativity.   Very fun.  It’s unlike any other conference.

The XML workshop is the brainchild of Australian impressario Brendan Harkin.   He and his tireless partner Megan Elliott make the whole thing work:  coordinating the travel of 10 speakers, finding and screening the projects, securing the venue and government support. Continue Reading