culture

Culture Isn't Enough

Culture is quite the hot topic in business these days. The adage “Culture eats strategy for lunch” has been acknowledged for ages, but it seems the importance of culture is being emphasized now more than ever.

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Counterculture, Cyberculture and Innovation: the Strange Case of Stewart Brand

A couple of years ago, at the end of this post on the crossover between Web 2.0 and anarchism, I wrote that I'd started reading Fred Turner's From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, and suggested I might be blogging about some of the ideas in it.

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Hamlet across New Media

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Clicks Or Mortar? at the Pixel Palace

by: David Polinchock

I have a degree in theater and, although I haven't performed in a lot of years, I'm still very curious about how all of these emerging & interactive technologies will impact the role and position of performances. I was a children's theater person, so a lot of the work I did was called participatory in theater language, but what it meant was that there were elements of the show where we expected the children to help move the story along. 

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Culture Versus Influence

by: John Winsor

As many others in marketing, I've been intrigued by Clive Thompson's article about Duncan Watt's entitled, "Is the Tipping Point Toast,"  which appeared in Issue 122 of Fast Company.

Grant McCracken does a great job of outlining the substance of the article.

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Designers May Not Be the Ones that Can Save Industries. But Designers Are Capable of Transforming Cities beyond the Industrial Age.

by: Idris Mootee

If you think business is competitive, think about cities. Every city is struggling to find innovative ways to heighten their creative energy and transform their cities to a post industrial age era. One of them is Seoul, it has an ambitious plan to transform into the “Soul of Asia, a city of design and culture”, reflecting the total change in mindset from a dour, industrial age city.

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Post Consumer Society and the Culture Accellerator or What Are You Learning Today?

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Fighting Cultural Surplus: a Review of Bill Drummond's 17

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Doomed to Repeat It

by: Jonathan Salem Baskin

When philosopher George Santayana suggested that failure to learn the lessons of history doomed us to repeat its mistakes, he presumed that we'd at least be aware of it.

Woolworth's had no such awareness when it offered the "Lolita Midsleeper" bed set for kids. And neither did lots of its customers.

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A New Can of Soup

by: Jonathan Salem Baskin

(note: this is part 5 in this week's 5-part series on the brandification of our lives)

Although Andy Warhol didn’t exhibit his first art show until 1962, I think we've been seeing art as brands since the late 19th Century...or perhaps forever.

If we define a brand as "the perceptual aggregation of qualities that constitute the experience of something," then the corollary fits perfectly. Nobody experiences art separate from the influences of context:

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