On my way to work I pass by a Fidelity Investments retail office. Signs promote their 401k rollover services and a nice lounge is outfitted with comfy couches, free coffee and a large flat-panel TV.
I usually glance at the TV as I walk by. Its always on CNBC and every now and then someting in the “crawl” catches my eye but mostly its just part of a familiar routine. It took me a while to notice but something had changed.
Since this past monday, the TV has been turned off.
The Economist has a review of C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan’s new book, “The New Age of Innovation” [wc] [site] as well as Charles Leadbeater’s “We-Think” [site]. C. K. Prahalad has written for SMR in the past, (his 2003 article “The New Frontier of Experience Innovation” is featured in this edition of the Wall St. Journal, Business Insight Special Report—available as a free download until September 22, 2008),
“We-Think” should make a nice follow up to my recent reading of “Everything is Miscellaneous“, and “The Wisdom of Crowds“.
I know, I know the Surowiecki book is 4 years old and I should have read it sooner! Reading it now though, I see direct correlations to Dan Arielly’s recent work in “Predictably Irrational“. Not sure I would have made the connection had I read Surowiecki 4 years ago; maybe its OK to mix things up once in a while
MIT Convergence Culture Consortium (C3)
“The Convergence Culture Consortium (C3) explores the ways the business landscape is changing in response to the growing integration of content and brands across media platforms and the increasingly prominent roles that consumers are playing in shaping the flow of media. C3 connects researchers and thinkers from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program with companies looking to understand new strategies for doing business in a converging media environment.”
Well, that’s pretty interesting. Kind of Industrial Liaison Program meets the marketing department.
I came across the C3 site randomly, while following some link trail from my news reader. I wound up reading this post on Grant McCraken’s blog, figured out he was at MIT and followed the trail to C3. Along the way I probably added 3 new, good reads to my news reader.