iJumpTV 83: Stephen Johnson (interrupted!) on cause marketing

May 4th, 2010
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Can a for-profit company have a compelling cause? How can organisations of all kind grasp the potential of social media, not just for marketing, but for really making a difference? Stephen Johnson from ArcaneLogik gives his thoughts – and we want to hear yours too!

Stephen’s been on iJumpTV once before, when he spoke at the first Marketing Now (the conference that evolved into Connect Now).

Find out more about Stephen, including his recent work for World Malaria Day, at ArcaneLogik.

And please … let us know what you think in the comments below!

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iJumpTV 82: Tara Hunt (@missrogue) on Empathy

April 26th, 2010
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What would business look like if we all had greater empathy? Tara Hunt, a speaker at the recent Connect Now conference, shares her vision of a world where companies and communities actually work together.

Because you’ve been so attentive, you also get to see Tara’s presentation slides. Well done!

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iJumpTV 81: Deb Schultz and what is Tummelling?

April 15th, 2010
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I had a blast at the Connect Now Conference in Sydney last week. This episode I speak with Deb Schultz from the Altimeter Group. Deb’s a Tummler, and she’s going to explain exactly what that means!

(Watch all the way to the end, it’s worth it!)

Also check out Tummelvision.tv, interviews with Tummlers from around the web.

What do you think? How do develop your own inner Tummler (or cultivate your Tumularity?) – and how does a company groom and prepare Tummlers?

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iJumpTV 79: Does your work have meaning?

March 29th, 2010
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Does your work have meaning? If you run a company, is there meaning in every piece of work?

Equipped to Lead talks about how to create an organisation that treats every stakeholder – from staff to suppliers to management – as real humans with real needs.

What does this have to do with social media? Social media often acts as a window on an organisation. If a culture is unhealthy, that will come out. If the culture is healthy, and people are doing what they love, that will come out – through official and unofficial channels!

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iJumpTV 78: The Art of Engagement Book Review

March 22nd, 2010
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The word “engagement” gets thrown around a lot, especially in connection with social media. The Art of Engagement by Jim Hauden has nothing to do with social media, but everything to do with getting everyone on the same page.

Hauden’s company, Root Learning, helps companies engage their staff through collaborative drawings that then get transformed into paintings by professional artists. It’s a unique take on collaboration that overcomes a common communications problem: we say the same words, but mean different things!

How does this connect with social media? Social media has the potential to create the same kind of powerful collaboration, not through paintings but through photos, videos, wordles and other visual stimuli. And again – like last week’s iJumpTV – it comes back not to the technology but to the new skills we must learn.

Have you ever been in a situation where a drawing would have made the difference between success and failure?

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Conversations that Matter with Toke Møller

March 16th, 2010
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Social media has great potential to change the way we do business, and even run countries. But technology alone won’t get us there. In this interview I talk with Toke Møller, one of the people involved in the Art of Hosting, a way of thinking about communication.

The Art of Hosting is a bit hard to describe briefly, so I asked Toke to sum it up. His reflections are quite profound, not only for how we “do” social media but also how we “do” life.

I’d love to hear what you think.

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iJumpTV 76: put some play in your work!

March 9th, 2010
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Work needs more play – and not just because it makes people feel good. Play can make a person – and a company – more resilient, more creative and more innovative.

The Red Rubber Ball at Work does a great job of saying why play is important – from the points of view of many different people in business, from product designers to salespeople to Seth Godin.

For more information on play and its role in the growth cycle (from chaos to competence), see chapter one of the Jolt Challenge, an excellent book I’ve just finished. A review is coming your way soon!

Meantime, enjoy this review and I’d love to hear what you think!

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iJumpTV 74: Great Speeches

February 22nd, 2010
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I love speeches – well, great ones at least. And Great Speeches for Better Speaking takes you on the inside of some of America’s best speeches: JFK’s inaugural address, Ronald Reagan’s state of the nation address following the Challenger disaster, and other lesser-known but equally powerful examples.

In this review I explore (among other things) the connection between oratory and social media – particularly the ability to persuade. It touches on issues covered by Clay Shirky in Here Comes Everybody – the idea that whether we like it or not, everyone has the ability to influence, whether they’re right or wrong.

The answer? An informed public. It’s going to be a better world if we all understand how persuasion works – whether it’s through a speech, or through a blog.

The author of Great Speeches also runs a website called AmericanRhetoric.com, which is a remarkable education resource.

In this review I also look back at another oratory-related review, Say it Like Obama. Who knows, maybe January 2011 will bring yet another book review about speech-making.

Also worth watching/listening: JFK, MLK and Winston Churchill run through autotune. Sounds like a joke, but I found it surprisingly touching!

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iJumpTV 72: m-learning, the future of education?

February 8th, 2010
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Education’s not working, whether it’s under-resourced classrooms in developing countries, or right here in New Zealand.

Could mobile phones be an answer? John Eyles thinks so. He’s part of the EON Foundation, a group dedicated to helping people use technology to really understand each other.

In this interview John tells the story of the Seuang River Experience, a project that combines entrepreneurship, much-needed aid, indigenous people determining their own destiny, and high school students from around the world discovering their own potential. And Twitter is involved, too!

Meanwhile, back in New Zealand, John looks at the demand for technology in classrooms. We can’t afford computers, say the schools, not realising that some pretty sophisticated technology walks in and out of their classes every day – in the hands of cellphone-owning students.

John takes us on a journey and lays down a positive challenge for educators in New Zealand.

What do you think? How could mobile phones be used to improve education – in New Zealand and around the world?

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iJumpTV 71: How to talk about books you haven’t read

February 2nd, 2010
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How do you handle information overload? One Austrian librarian had an interesting method – and an interesting explanation for it – in the book I review today, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read.

While talking about the book (which I partly read, admittedly) I was reminded of Howard Gardner’s 5 Minds for the Future. Gardner talks about the need for a depth of discipline, even as we need to get more cross-disciplinary.

Such talk of deep discipline then reminded me of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, which says you can master anything if you put in 10,000 hours. Although I haven’t read the book, that’s okay, because I followed the advice in How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read … nicely completing this circular, three-for-the-price-of-one book review.

How does this affect us in our daily life and work?

  1. Information overload is a fact of life. Do you remember the last time you wished there was more information in your life? Yet relevance is still a struggle. The first book has some surprising strategies.
  2. Our fast-moving times require innovative, cross-disciplinary thinking, yet we still need a depth of discipline or we truly will be jacks of all trades, masters of none.
  3. This means that to our initial discipline we must add the skill of collaboration. We must realise that we don’t hold all the answers, nor could we ever.

It’s summed up by a great quote I read today:

“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together, then let us walk together.” -Lila Watson

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