Category archives: People

The city amplifier

City people walk fast. As a matter of fact, the larger the city, the faster they walk. When talking to New Yorkers about everyday life in the city, we met a young man who said he gets so annoyed with the tourists on the sidewalks of the city not keeping up the pace that sometimes [...]

Time to go back to school

It’s August, and for many children that means back-to-school time is already here or just around the corner. Kids all over are preparing for the year to come – and some are looking forward to it with excitement, some with anxiety.

21st century children, citizens of the Networked Society

All kids born in 2012 will have dual citizenship; one, or several will be connected to their parents and where they were born, and one will be in the Networked Society.

Digital natives’ stake in the Networked Society

The number of digital natives is growing. By 2020, there will be approximately 4.25 billion ‘digital natives’ under the age of 34.  The number of ‘net experienced’ people in the aging part of the population is also growing – what will this mean for the Networked Society?

Social life of the young – same needs, different tools

When I was young, dating – or at least trying to date – consisted of slipping a note into a girl’s locker, or shuffling nervously towards her to ask her out with my friends offering humiliating support in the background.

Smartphones help spectators share spontaneous moments

Our kids don’t understand why we brought lighters to concerts or how we shared the experiences from live events with our friends. What they do know is that the smartphone is an enabler for sharing all of their experiences, and events, whether they’re local or global.  This year, the Olympics will be a true networked [...]

Healthy apps: Olympics for everyone

People will be glued to their TV screens this week as they watch the opening of the Olympic Games in London, cheering their countries as they compete for gold.

Profiling the producers in the open marketplace

Lately, I have written a number of posts about creative individuals whose product, talent and service innovations are turning the traditional market logic upside down. Previously, homegrown innovators and artists never reached beyond their friends and family. Today, however, they are competing with corporation heavyweights and entertainment superstars by simply being recommended and pushed forward [...]

The rise of the network-driven economy

In a post I published last week, I wrote about the game changers – the innovative individuals who are creating their own products and services, and placing them online.

Shoot and share: photography in real time

The first 10 years of mass-market digital photography have gone well thanks to innovations in mobile phones, single-lens reflex (SLR) and point-and-shoot cameras. The classic Kodachrome film has been discontinued. What can we expect from networked photography going forward?