Sunday, March 11, 2012 / Labels:

A Week of Tweets Hacks Texts & Rights

Today's Marian Finucane radio show was very relevant to my proposal to elevate digital to a higher level of national importance. Guests included Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and Helen Shaw of Athena Media.

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Friday, February 17, 2012 / Labels: , , , , ,

Ireland's Action Plan for Jobs 2012

I just took a walk through the Government’s long anticipated Action Plan for Jobs which was published earlier this week. I was especially interested in highlighting any implications for Ireland's digital economy.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 / Labels: , ,

DUBLINKED Dublin's Open Data Platform is the first regional open data platform in Ireland, recently launched by partners in the four Dublin Local Authorities and NUI Maynooth with technology provided by IBM.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 / Labels: , , , ,

Less Gadgetry - More Strategy

It's time to dumb-up the Internet from a pre-occupation with Tweeting morsels of perceived wisdom to structured thinking about how to develop a national digital strategy that can influence Ireland's economic recovery.

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Friday, October 7, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

The Need for a National Digital Strategy

As the digital economy gathers momentum, Ireland has a critical need to develop a national digital strategy. With no indication that one is about to emerge, and as someone whose livelihood depends on a thriving digital economy, I feel compelled to write one myself. 

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Where are the Digital Economists?

We live in a digital economy so where are all the digital economists? Don Tapscott published his book The Digital Economy in 1996 but fifteen years later only one self-appointed digital economist features prominently on Google!

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Friday, August 12, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Setting Targets for Digital Capability

A more comprehensive understanding at decision-making level of what digital is and how it can add value to business is needed if organisations are to exploit their digital potential more effectively. I call this process digital capability.

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Monday, August 8, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Digital Skills - Train Managers, Not Staff

According to the Irish Internet Association, there are in excess of 2,500 unfilled jobs in the ICT and gaming industries in Ireland. Meanwhile, in traditional sectors such as banking, manufacturing and the public sector, digital skills is an important but misunderstood area.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Developing Ireland's Digital Ecosystem

Organisations need help to improve their digital capability on an enterprise-wide basis. This can scale to create a digital ecosystem, improving Ireland's digital competency.

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Monday, July 4, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Dublin on World Design Shortlist 2014

Dublin is one of just three cities worldwide to be shortlisted to become World Design Capital 2014 together with Bilbao and Capetown. The winner will be announced in the autumn.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 / Labels: , , , ,

Increasing Digital Capability in Business

Recent events concerning the Irish economy have brought into question our ability to determine our own future. But I believe that increasing the digital capability of our indigenous businesses can help to ensure that we have one.

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Monday, February 7, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Relief as More CDO's Emerge

If like me you are unsure of your true digital identity, masquerading as something you are not or simply remain in denial for the sake of fitting in, you'll be relieved to see fellow CDO's like Rachel Sterne emerging into the spotlight.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 / Labels: , , ,

Digital Agenda For Europe 2010-2020

I am a stakeholder in the Digital Agenda, Europe's strategy for creating a flourishing digital economy by 2020. It outlines the policies and actions needed to maximise the benefits of the Digital Revolution for all.

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Monday, November 22, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

Twitter Addiction is for the Birds

"I love Twitter, I love my friends on Twitter, and I write about Twitter often. Twitter is a huge part of my life, it is my happy place, and it’s full of positive people who send positive tweets."

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

Thoughts on a Way Forward for Ireland

In a rare act of unity all our political parties are looking into the same hole at the moment (aka the national debt). But they are about to be hit by a truck belonging to Rehn Transport (aka the European Commission).

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Sunday, October 10, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

Is Ireland becoming a Unocracy?

Unocracy is a word I have invented to describe a state of democratic decay that currently prevails in Ireland due to the erosion of its citizens ability to influence the direction of their own country.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 / Labels: , , , ,

Protect Your Webutation

I was talking on the phone recently to somebody in a bank about how they could best get a document to me. I was asked "Do you use e-mail?" I've been thinking about this ever since. Why would anyone ask me such a thing? Do I have a choice?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 / Labels: , ,

Open Source Thinking

Attending yet another innovation conference recently, albeit a highly prestigious one, several aspects gave me cause for concern but also provided valuable food for thought.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

NAMA, the Web and Transparency

Certain decisions have a huge impact on the public consciousness. For Irish football supporters, the World Cup Finals will re-open a recent wound. However this is a wound that will eventually heal. NAMA on the other hand is here to stay.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

Dual Economies of Time and Attention

In the early days of online publishing, the plea was ladies and gentlemen may we have your attention please? Now with the prevalence of Twitter and Facebook, it’s more likely to be ladies and gentlemen, may we have some attention to detail please?

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

API Academy for Young Developers

Earlier this week I attended Campus Party Europe in Madrid. Before going I rather unkindly prejudged it as Glastonbury for Geeks because of the indoor campsite they intended to house people in. Having been there, I actually wouldn't change that view too much.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

New Thinking for a New Dilemma

In 2000 the title of this post would probably have been "New Thinking for a New Millenium". There was a lot of new thinking going on then. Old thinking just wasn't appropriate. It didn't sit well with the boom Ireland was already enjoying.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 / Labels: , ,

Online Strategy Versus Digital Strategy

The Internet is a utility like electricity and phones. Yet many business outsource their requirements to agencies who can't deliver what they need, namely a broader online strategy addressing the needs of the entire organisation.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010 / Labels: , ,

Review of Facebook Developer Garage

The Facebook Developer Garage was held at the Science Gallery Dublin on 18th February. I am a member of the Science Gallery and it's great. I am not a Facebook developer but have a long-standing interest in the development of social media and use Facebook daily. So I went along.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 / Labels: , ,

Irish e-Government Website Appraisal

I recently carried out a search for information about eGovernment initiatives in Ireland. I was so concerned by the results that I did an analysis of as many Government websites as possible. Lots of information was either out of date or missing.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 / Labels: , ,

Ireland and the Emotional Economy

Having contributed to a number of initiatives aimed at promoting creativity in the Information Society, the Knowledge Economy and the Smart Economy, I now believe that the creative industries cannot be shoehorned into any of these economic models.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 / Labels: ,

Back to the Drawing Board and Beyond

When we use the expression "back to the drawing board" the quality of the drawing board is rarely questioned. Yet it usually provides the framework within which concepts emerge. What happens when back to the drawing board isn't far enough and a new framework is needed?

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 / Labels: , , ,

Need Citizen-Driven Political Innovation

If the Government stepped down and there was a general election in Ireland tomorrow, many people would lack the motivation to vote for any party. It would be better to wait until there is a viable alternative. Social media may help to deliver one.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009 / Labels: , Property Website

Intended as a proactive response to NAMA, will be an exclusive property marketing website, aimed at reducing Dublin's 800,000 m2 of unoccupied office accommodation.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 / Labels: , , ,

International Collaborative Innovation

In 2003 while working as a consultant in Finland, I surveyed a number of Finnish digital media companies about their exports. In response to the question “Do you have international customers?” most replied “Yes”. When asked to identify them, most replied “Nokia”.

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Friday, October 2, 2009 / Labels: , ,

Ireland's Intellectual Infrastructure

I enjoyed the interview with Dr. Burton Lee (left) in the Irish Times recently. Dr. Lee is based at Stanford University and is a member of the Irish Government's Innovation Taskforce. I'm glad Dr. Lee is on the Task Force as I value not only his expertise but also his objectivity.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 / Labels: ,

International Content Services Centre

This initiative supported by Minister Eamon Ryan is part of the Renewed Programme for Government. It proposes to create an equivalent of the IFSC for the international trading of digital content. This is a fantastic idea with the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009 / Labels: , ,

Social Media - An Inconvenient Truth

I haven’t written any white papers lately but I am an expert at publishing holiday snaps on Flickr. My former project partner Tweeted me recently that she got new shoes. And I have recently seen Facebook pictures of my ex-boss, somersaulting in his children’s paddling pool.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 / Labels: , , ,

Supporting Causes Using Social Media

Online giving is growing phenomenal rate of nearly 50% year on year. That was my experience while working with Concern Worldwide and is endorsed by global figures. Online giving was $14 billion in 2006, $20 billion in 2007 and $29 billion in 2009.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008 / Labels: , , ,

Making Money Out of Me-Media

10 March 2000 was the date the NASDAQ stock market crashed and within two years US$5 trillion was wiped from the market value of technology companies. So with Web 2.0 it’s surely a case of once bitten twice shy?

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Monday, December 31, 2007 / Labels: , ,

The Visionary Position

As we head towards another new year, what better time for making predictions? I’m not saying these will come true in 2008, but I’m confident they will come true at some stage. Anyway, whoever said visionaries had to be good at time management?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007 / Labels: , ,

If Ryanair Was A Petrol Station

It is Christmas 2012. Everyone buys petrol online at 20c a litre from Just don’t wait until your fuel warning light comes on or you will have to pay double. Order at least a month in advance and woe betide if you don’t know exactly how much petrol you will need when you arrive to fill up.

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Monday, December 17, 2007 / Labels: , ,

The Digital Revolution Irish Style

Why does Ireland's intellectual infrastructure make such sense? Reason 1: We love to communicate. We have more than one mobile phone per person. Reason 2: We love to publish. We have won four Nobel Prizes for literature.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 / Labels: , , , ,

Back to the Future of Content

This is a 10th anniversary reappraisal of my 1997 publication “The Future of Content”. We had a great time interviewing strategists and statesmen, artists and inventors, scientists and students … just about everybody really.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007 / Labels: , ,

The Republic of Wireland

Senator Shane Ross speaking at the IIA Net Visionary Awards, proved the broadband debate still rages. There is no doubting people's passion on that issue. Then I had a Utopian moment. What if there was complete saturation of broadband in Ireland?

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004 / Labels: , ,

Public Sector E-Business Strategies

The success of an organization’s e-business strategy can sometimes be influenced by its corporate culture. This is particularly true in large, traditional businesses and in the public sector. It helps to develop an e-culture.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2003 / Labels: , , , ,

Networking Digital Media Companies

For digital media companies, getting access to high-capacity bandwidth might prove to be only half the connectivity battle. In fact, getting connected to each other might turn out to be just as important as getting connected to broadband. It's a different kind of connectivity challenge.

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Thursday, May 1, 2003 / Labels: , , ,

PACE - Promoting A Creative Economy

The size and diversity of the creative industries means that in order to paint a true picture of its current state and future potential, experts from various disciplines must be simultaneously engaged by Government agencies to carry out research and consultancy assignments.

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Friday, November 1, 2002 / Labels: , , , ,

Establishing a Digital Academy

A Digital Academy in Dublin would provide a launch pad for digital content companies, allowing them to gain exposure for their products, forge links with established multinationals and create strong demand for the world’s top digital talent.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 / Labels: , , , ,

Demystifying Digital Media

This conference was organised in Dublin by Paul Elsner, Damian Ryan and myself. It helped people to "grasp the digital nettle" by bringing together three important constituencies - international experts in education, entertainment and technology.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 / Labels: , ,

European Centre for Digital Content

The proposed European Centre for Digital Content (EC/DC) reflects my interest in creating new types of businesses based on digital content. I also believe that established organisations could use digital content to do business more effectively.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 / Labels: , ,

Digital Media Research

Traditonal industries need help understanding digital media. Economies are shaped around well-defined commodities such as oil and steel but in the knowledge economy, very little is known about one of its key commodities – digital media.

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Sunday, September 1, 2002 / Labels: , , , ,

Excellence in Public Sector Content

I sent this proposal to the European Commission's eContent programme when governments were rapidly adopting the web and e-Government services were emerging. I felt that proper e-publishing standards needed to be put in place.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 / Labels: , , ,

Digital Business Labs

The Digital Business Labs model evolved from the Business Futures Labs model which I developed for Fujitsu Consulting. It responds to the fact that digital micro-enterprises have many creative ideas but inadequate time and resources to develop them.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 / Labels: , , ,

From Wired To Inspired

I gave this presentation at the Sedona Conference in Arizona in 2002. I had been participating in the conference for a number of years. The presentation was part of a pitch which successfully brought the conference to Ireland the following October, as Demystifying Digital Media.

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