In this issue:
McKinsey Quarterly • February 2009
Overcoming resistance to Web 2.0. In a recent survey, only 50% of executives were happy with their deployments of Web 2.0 tools. If your staff views Web 2.0 as just one more "to-do," check out these guidelines for unlocking participation.
Business Week • February 18, 2009
Fight burnout with new passions. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard refers to himself as an "80% man"—when he masters a sport to about 80% of his potential, he moves on to another one, taking with him the insights he gained during the previous endeavor. And that helps keep his outlook fresh and his insights eclectic. This isn't about dilettantism, says Microsoft Research scientist Bill Buxton—it's about managing the balancing act between our professional lives and the passions that inspire us.
Forbes • February 15, 2009
What do sailing ships and libraries have in common? Read this article for the parable of creative destruction in the sailing ship industry and think about how we can take the initiative in making more digital content available to our patrons.
Leo Babauta on the Tao of Marketing
Micro Persuasion • February 20, 2009
The zen of non-marketing. Author Leo Babauta ( The Power of Less ) says the best way to advertise these days is to find out what people want and give it to them—for free. We already do that, but could we be doing more? And would it make a difference?
TED Conference • November 10, 2008
Design thinking and productive play. Watch this 27-minute presentation and hear IDEO designer Tim Brown's take on the powerful relationship between creative thinking and playful exploration, playful building and role play—the activities we enjoyed as kids turn out to be useful for designers. You'll come away with a new perspective on those corporate brainstorming sessions.
Uncategorized • February 18, 2009
A funnel for your word streams. Check out this tool—currently in beta—designed to help you organize and manage your RSS feeds.
The New York Times • February 22, 2009
Out-Googling Google. A number of startups are working on ways to penetrate the Deep Web, creating algorithms capable of delving through millions of online databases. "Most search engines try to help you find a needle in a haystack," says Anand Rajaraman, co-founder of a Deep Web startup, "but what we're trying to do is help you explore the haystack."
- Are Data Repositories the New Institutional Repositories?
- Tile and Organizational Evolution
- UK National Museums Get Creative
- One Big Index: Google Scholar in Google
- How Many Friends Have You Got?
- RLG Programs 2009 Annual Partner Meeting, 1–3 June 2009 in Boston