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As you might remember, Richard Florida was in Richmond last week, speaking on the ideas contained in Rise of the Creative Class. Richmond Op/Ed journalist Jim Bacon wrote an analysis of Florida's remarks, as well as how it specifically applies to River City. You can read his full article here: Florida Hurricane: Richard Florida, the boldest thinker in economic development today, blew through Richmond last week. The Holy City may never be the same.
Another article of interest is here: Rethinking Richmond: Greg Wingfield wants to shift Richmond’s economic development focus from corporate investment to human capital. The strategy will require a drastic shift in regional priorities.
By the way ... did you know that Op/Ed stands for "Opposite Editorial"? I always thought it was shorthand for "Opinions and Editorials." Thanks to NPR's Morning Edition (and Google) for clearing that up.
One of my favorite topics to talk about is passion. That's why, if you receive Playshares (Play's bimonthly newsletter on creativity ... e-mail me for more info), you've seen a number of pieces about passion. In this article at DenverPost.com, we see one of my favorite principles at work: "Passion is what happens when you forget to pee." This article is about Quizno's sub shops, and how "Chef Jimmy" Lambatos is a foodie of the highest order — with the passion to prove it.
An addendum to my principle: Passion is what happens when you forget to put on your pants.
This article (and the one below) were found through LucJam, by the way. Quite the resource.
TV ads 'a waste of money'
UK's Guardian printed an article that noted that statistics showing how popular television programs are can't be used to show how attentive audiences will be for ads. The study showed that advertisers would have more success advertising on niche programs, where more individuals would be watching.
I find that's generally true. In fact, we usually mute the commercials in order to better talk to one another.
Here's the article.
brand new world
I was looking at the SXSW Website Competition Finalists and stumbled across Gain2.0. It had two interesting articles, one is an interview with Ivy Ross, a friend of Play's and a SVP at Mattel, who developed Project Platypus, a fascinating evolution of the Skunkworks-style R&D/innovation labs that the Boeing and Lockheed Martin (I think) started in the '50s and '60s. It's a three-month long experiment, where the 12 teammates involved develop radical new ideas. Here's the interview: Project Platypus:Reinventing Product Development at Mattel. The second article that caught my eye was an interview with Andrew Zolli, the principal at Z+ Partners (the chaps Heath linked to last month). Here's an excerpt:
It looks like a really good interview, and Zolli seems to have tapped in to the questions and tensions and paradoxes and hypocrisy of modern American culture. Both of those interviews are from last September, but they're great.
big ideas for 2003
FORTUNE magazine (and FSB) has (have) released a new "ideas" issue, and it looks to be a really good one. (It also looks to be inspired after Malcolm Gladwell, seeing how it has articles on diaper innovations [like Gladwell] and on Philo T. Farnsworth [like Gladwell]. But that's neither here nor there.) It also has articles on the business model of The Pampered Chef ("[They're] selling dreams."), Pixar ("How do you institute a culture of innovation? You have to stay ahead of the curve."), Upromise ("Can a business that thinks like a nonprofit succeed in the for-profit world?"), counterterrorism through technology, a review of books on innovation, 14 hot startups, energywaters, and an essay on "The State of the Big Idea."
thanks for holding ... this is Charlie
Folks. It's been a while since we've talked. Really, it's not you. It's me.
January was an intense month, with tons of client work, culminating in xchange, a summit of high-level leaders and innovators, discussing our favorite topic: innovation in business practice. While I was off cavorting around, Sally Peck and Leah Swonguer, two exceptional college associates (that is, interns), posted some of our content backlogs. Things are a little slower now, and Sally and Leah have returned to school, so I'll be picking back up, and I'll be posting more. I'm coming out of my blog hibernation.
Sadly, the blogging world (especially the inmmediate neighborhood of Pure Content) has grown a little quieter. Dan Pink is taking a seemingly-permanent break from his blog, Just One Thing. John Hiler, of Microcontent News, hasn't posted anything since late December. And, as yuo know, Pure Content has been pretty quiet as of late.
That's going to change.
I can't promise a flood of information. I can't swear that there'll be torrents of content at the outset. But I'm going to get back into blogging mode, and I intend to build back up to my pre-Winter-doldrums levels. I invite you to come along for the ride. If you have something you want to post, please post it. There's a "how to" over on the right side of the screen, or you can e-mail me (email@example.com) for help.
Enough chatter. Let's do this.
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