I'll be teaching a workshop called Sustainable Brands 101: Integrating Sustainabilty at the Brand Level at the upcoming SB'13 conference in San Diego, June 3 - 6. Use discount code NWSPKSB13 to get 20% off.
This fall, I’ll be teaching Brand Strategy: Building the Credible Sustainable Brand as part of the newly launched Sustainable Brands Seminar Series. The 5 one-day individual courses will be held in four cities:
San Francisco, hosted by Williams Sonoma – Week of October 4
Twin Cities, hosted by 3M – Week of November 29
New Jersey/NYC, hosted by Johnson & Johnson – Week of December 6
Austin, hosted by AMD – Week of January 24
In addition to my course on Brand Strategy,
the seminars include training on Communications, Product Design, Supply
Chain and Data & Metrics taught by experts in those fields who
share industry case studies and provide you with state-of-the-art best
practices you can apply in the work that you do. Classes are limited to
30 students, so there’s a good opportunity to get some direct
instruction on issues critical to you and your job specifically.
This is the same one-day seminar that I lead on a custom basis for
corporations at 5x the cost, so it’s quite a bargain. And as an
instructor, I’m able to offer you 20% off the tuition fee for however many days you’d like to attend. You can register here using the code spksbs. You can also call my friends at Sustainable Life Media at 415.626.2212 for more information.
I'm looking forward to attending Sustainable Brands '09 on May 31 in Monterrey CA. This conference sits at the intersection of brands and ethical business, an area that is essential for marketers but can dominated by CSR departments in many companies. If building a values-based brand reputation is on your to-do list, I hope to see you there. Here's the current attendee list; pretty impressive.
I just started reading "The World is Flat" last night and was struck by this quote by David Schlesinger, who heads Reuters America:
"Change is hard. Change is hardest on those caught by surprise. Change is hardest on those who have difficulty changing too. But change is natural; change is not new; change is important."
I opened with a very similar thought in my presentation last week at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) symposium at the ALA conference (go here for a very short synopsis). Wow, talk about an industry that's about to get hit with a sea change... and of course it's already started. I had the idea that Netflix, not Google, might be libraries' greatest competitor; Netflix taught the world that we don't need to leave our homes, drive to physical locations where what we want might not be on the shelves, or pay late fees. I got an email the next day with a link to BooksFree -- the Netflix model applied to books. I also received a link to a post on E-Ink,
"...the world's largest flexible organic active matrix display. The
displays measure 10 inches diagonally and are laminated with E Ink
Imaging Film making them .4 mm thick. This material conveys a similar
appearance as printed ink-on paper and can be contorted and rolled
without damage. Power is required only when an image is being updated,
and is held indefinitely. Plastic electronics are forecast to be a $250
billion USD industry by 2025, including electronic newspapers, roll-up
monitors, and other innovations."
As much as I love books, how cool will it be to download 100+ books into a single reader interface that reads and feels like paper and allows us to annotate, search and send snippets to others? Talk about disruptive technology.
Yesterday I spoke at Tulsa's Business Marketing Association about how the grassroots economy and social technologies like blogs, wiks and forums are impacting businesses today. Fundamental human needs (connecting, learning, contributing), combined with new technology advances, are creating a fundamental shift in our society.
One of my favorite posts over the past two years is titled Blogging and the Singularity. If you're not familiar with the Singularity, it's the point when societal, scientific and economic change is so fast
we cannot imagine what will happen from our present perspective. The idea is based on the premise that the rate of change is exponential, not linear; the rate of change in the past is a snail's pace compared to what we'll see in the next 10, 20, 50 years.
"Change is hardest on those who have difficulty changing too."
How current are you with fundamental consumer and technology trends? With the tenets of the grassroots economy such as co-creation, transparency and customer/employee empowerment? With the opportunities among underserved or unserved customers that cry out for disruptive innovation?
None of us should be in any business but the change business. We must not only keep up with the facts of change, but also (and perhaps more importantly) release our death-grip on the way things are right now. It's completely futile. Is your business structured for flexibility and change? Are you?
Well, I was planning to blog on the IFTF conference, but it didn't turn out like I expected. A lot of the "new-to-me" ideas and information was glossed over in the intro session, and the rest of the conference was focused on the grassroots economy including social networking and open source. I discovered that the majority of the attendees were novices to the networked-economy concept, so I think it was a perfect introduction for this particular crowd.
For me, the main value was three-fold: I met some terrific people (including Jerry Michalski, a kindred spirit and one of the smartest guys I've met in ages), had some great discussions, and got some ingredients for further thought. There were some fascinating nuggets of information presented, and questions that I need to mull over... so you can expect some of these musings to appear here in the blog in the next few weeks. Things like multiple identities, the changing concepts of value and currency in the networked economy, the difference between bounded and unbounded markets... some yummy ideas to chew on. These were issues and questions that were raised but not directly addressed in the conference. I'm not even going to pretend to answer these questions, but I'm hoping that the collective intelligence of the group can come up with some interesting theories.
I'm in Berkeley at the 30th annual 10-year forecast retreat by the Institute For The Future. I feel very honored and delighted to have been invited; it's limited to 100 attendees from a variety of disciplines, industries and countries.
Last night was the overview of the 10-year forecast, which included the prediction of hostile environments (ie. climate changes and urbanization) and a really cool concept called the bio-quantum paradigm (a fancy term for how we'll adapt to an overload of technology). I'll write more on that later! Right now I'm headed to breakfast. Stay tuned for some fascinating ideas...