Category Archives: Innovation

The Reinvention Of Computer Science

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I had the pleasure of attending an event, “New York: A City for Tech Innovation?” at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College recently, part of their Changing New York series. The main event was a panel discussion moderated by Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s “New Tech City,” which included lively discussion on Continue Reading →

Super-villains, Patents and 5-Year-Olds

If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table. While pondering the recent furor over an Apple patent — Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image – my favorite Invisible Continue Reading →

Mentoring, Networking and Innovation

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This post, co-authored by Alan Berkson with Fred McClimans, originally appeared on October 2, 2011 in  PR Conversations. It has been reprinted and updated here.   History is filled with examples of linkages between networking, mentoring and innovation, but over the centuries the knowledge acquisition ecosystem has changed considerably. There was a time when this process was slow Continue Reading →

Mentoring, Networking and Innovation

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I co-authored a post this week for PR Conversations with Fred McClimans on the impact and role of mentoring. Here is an excerpt. You can find the full article here.  Excerpt: The “hyper-connected” generation Technology, pervasive communication and the global availability of “any information everywhere” have had a negative impact on the state of mentorships. Twenty years Continue Reading →

Turn On, Check In, Hang Out

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What do social check-in’s have to do with “influence”? This was the basis for a recent conversation  I had with Fred McClimans of the McClimans Group. Check out Fred’s most recent post “Are We Ready to Add Cause to Social Check-Ins?” to get a sense of the evolution of social check-in. Have you checked in lately? Foursquare, Gowalla?  Facebook, Continue Reading →

Influence Measurement Optimization™

There’s lot’s of discussion – pro and con – about trying to measure influence, particularly in social media. The ability to accurately capture, analyze and rank influence is extraordinarily valuable. The key word is “accurately.” There are many vendors (Klout, Peerindex, et al) trying to figure this out. Recently Klout came up with a +K Continue Reading →

The Power of What If

What could you learn if you sat down with your toughest critics, your mind open and your mouth shut? Continue Reading →