Globalisation of work

In the near future, at least five billion people around the world will use some form of mobile device to download information, access knowledge and coach and teach each other.

Some will have the intellectual capacity and motivation to really make something of this opportunity, wherever they happen to be born.

These people will want to join the global talent pool and, if possible, migrate to creative and vibrant cities.

By doing so, this vast crowd of talented people will increasingly compete with each other, continuously upping the stakes for what it takes to succeed.

It seems to me that this will impact all of us in three ways – the hollowing out of work, the globalisation of virtual work, and the rise of the ‘transnational’.

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Olympics put mobile communications technology to the test

Telecoms firms say their networks will cope with the strain of the hundreds of thousands of spectators, workers and athletes using mobile devices across London’s Olympic Park in East London. Continue reading

How Google is becoming an extension of your mind

Google could have us all headed for a mind-blowing future — if the company can back away from targeted advertising and better help users manage their personal information. Continue reading

Are Twitter and Facebook changing the way we complain?

Is social media the new battleground on which individuals air their grievances about big companies? Continue reading

Owning a Different Type of Conversation

Many organisations still think in the product is king/solution-selling way; a belief that should not be the focus for a marketer. It’s an unfortunate fact though that no-matter what organisation you look at, customer-centric over product centric thinking is rarely present; even in the social realm many organisations are still focused on themselves.

 “No-one’s interested in your marketing. As soon as you realise that, you understand how hard you have to work to get their attention – especially when they’re in a social situation, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Draw Something. You must engage, be relevant – say something interesting”, according to Creative Director and ADMA Copywriting Education Tutor, Jon MaximContinue reading

10 Apps to Keep Your Business Organized

No matter what industry you’re in, so much of any business depends on networking. But keeping track of business contacts, back-to-back meetings, and pending deals can be a real headache. Thankfully, there’s an app for that. A few, actually.

I asked a panel of successful young entrepreneurs for the mobile apps that keep them on track in their work and on the go. Here are their favorite suggestions.

1. LinkedIn CardMunch


CardMunchis a real problem solver for me. I used to have stacks of business cards that always needed to be processed. Now I scan them and often auto-connect with the person on LinkedIn, giving me something to anchor the face-to-face meeting and go back to if needed.

2. Asana


Asana, our project management tool, links to mobile devices and is a great asset. The software allows us to update projects, request followups, and tracks all user activity so nothing is lost in the vortex of e-mail. Use the calendar function to see upcoming meetings at a glance, including notes, attendees, and dial-in information.


3. Launch Center


Launch Centeris a way to organize the most important things you need to get done on a day-to-day basis, but can also be used for reminders. Things should be simple, and this app makes everything on your iPhone one tap away from being checked off your list.


4. Bizzabo


Bizzabois an excellent app to keep track of connections you’ve made at conferences and meetings. It’s also an exceptionally powerful way to network with others while you’re at events and even after you leave.


5. Remember the Milk


Remember The Milk is the to-do list I use for everything I do. I have customized and improved my RTM experience a bit through their API, but at the very least, it can serve as an easy-to-use task list that you can leverage anywhere you go.


6. ToutApp


ToutAppis the networking tool that I use the most while I am on the go. One of the hardest things to do is to follow up with people that you meet from networking events. This app makes it easy to send templated followup messages with just a simple text. It will also enter that person’s contact info into your favorite CRM system.


7. Hashable


If you want to introduce people on the go, I highly recommend Hashable. It’s especially perfect for the informal introductions that are so common in the tech scene, where you can just introduce two people on Twitter and leave the rest to them.


8. Google Calendar


Having your calendar handy is a huge boon when you bump into that investor or new hire of your dreams. Google Calendar lets you lock in a time for a longer meeting at the moment that you meet someone. It’s a simple way to make sure that you connect with this person again.


9. Mobile Assistant


Through Mobile Assistant, I’ve gotten my thoughts transcribed on the go. I just call in to a mobile number, record my thoughts, and then they’re sent to me the next day. Whether I’m recording meeting notes or creating a draft of a new proposal, I’ve never documented things this quickly.

10. Evernote


It doesn’t matter if I’m on my phone, computer, Kindle Fire, or iPod Touch — everything goes into Evernote. It’s priceless to have all that information in one place and be able to sort through it during a more convenient time. Continue reading

16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest

Teachers are known for their organizational skills, so chances are they’ll love Pinterest‘s intuitive and logical design.

The social network’s user experience has helped it earn a top spot among today’s most popular social networks. Therefore, we predict that teachers will give it a gold star, too. Continue reading