Stop making cows. Quit being calves.

The World Wide Web that Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented in 1990 was a collection of linked documents. The Web we have today is a collection not just of documents (some of which we quaintly call pages), but of real estate we call sites. This Web is mostly a commercial one. Even if most sites aren’t [Read More →]

SOPA and Customer Commons

Imagine that Customer Commons had been created a year ago. To guide that imagining, here is the copy that matters from the placeholder page: Customer Commons is about us. We are a com­mu­nity of customers. We are funded only by customers. We serve the inter­ests and aspi­ra­tions of customers. We are the 100% Customer Commons [Read More →]

Customers are personal, cont’d

There are so many excellent comments and questions following my last post, Consumers are social, Customers are personal, that I decided it would make more sense to address them in a new post than in comments under that one. So here goes. Joshua Marsh, the CEO of Conversocial, writes, I’m interested in your comment that [Read More →]

Prototyping a new business model for everything

For IIW next week, Craig Burton and I have been working on a prototype demonstrating EmanciPay, using ListenLog on the Public Radio Player app from PRX.  The description at the EmanciPay link is minimal so far, but the model has a great deal of promise, because what it puts forward is a new business model for [Read More →]

Google’s Wallet and VRM

Yesterday Google opened the curtain on Google Wallet. I think it’s the most important thing Google has launched since the search engine. Here’s why: Reason #1: We’ve always needed an electronic wallet, especially one in our mobile phone. And, although others have tried to give us one, it hasn’t worked out for them, because… Reason #2: We’ve [Read More →]

IIW dev job: ListenLog

Craig Burton has a nice tutorial on developing VRM applications, using ListenLog as both an example and a challenge for next week at IIW. ListenLog is the brainchild of Keith Hopper and the collaborative result of efforts by folks from NPR, PRX and other public radio institutions, as well as the Berkman Center and volunteers [Read More →]

To your owned self be true

After getting this provocative tweet, I checked the source (@NZN), and found Ready to make change? A sample: …my son BELIEVES he OWNS the Internet. His Internet. His Facebook. And in case you think that is not how reality works, I suggest that you also consider that my son also BELIEVES that he OWNS his [Read More →]

State of the VRooM

A lot has been happening in VRooMville lately. (Testimony: over there on the right at the moment we have three different #VRM tweets, in three different languages.) Rather than summarize things, I’ll let writers and developers in the VRM community give us a rundown. In no special order, here goes… Reverse the Paradigm, by Uwe [Read More →]

1 to Every

I have here at my left elbow an original 1993 edition of The One to One Future, by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers — the inaugural book in the authors’ 1 to 1 series, and one that had no small influence on The Cluetrain Manifesto, written six years later by Chris Locke, Rick Levine, David [Read More →]

Knight News Challenge entry for EmanciPay

Below is a copy of our entry to the Knight News Challenge. It actually hadn’t crossed my mind to put one together until last Monday, when I saw that they have a category for sustainability. It says here, Sustainability: Considers new economic models supporting news and information. New ways of conducting and consuming journalism may [Read More →]