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Why and How to Yes (and Yes Yes)

Why and How to Yes (and Yes Yes)

Photo credit: Carlos Pacheco This is a letter I wrote today so that I could read it in February. But why wait? Dear Alex,Yes and Yes Yes has just opened its 2016 registration, and you are wondering whether to commit to a fourth year. Since it is now the depths of...
Hey Vancouver: It’s okay to be boring

Hey Vancouver: It’s okay to be boring

In a previous life, Gulliver was tasked with devising a way to measure the “liveability” of various cities. The ensuing report was aimed at firms who sent expatriate managers to far-flung places, to determine whether they needed to pay a hardship allowance. The...
How much sharing goes on in the “sharing economy”?

How much sharing goes on in the “sharing economy”?

How much of the sharing economy really involves sharing? It’s a question that came up first thing today at the Collaborative Economy Conference, and it’s a question that came up in a number of responses to my recent post on picking the winners and losers...
Picking the winners and losers of the sharing economy

Picking the winners and losers of the sharing economy

Who will be the winners and losers in the sharing economy? That’s the question that’s raised — albeit indirectly — by Jeremiah Owyang’s latest blog post for the Wall Street Journal. Jeremiah and I co-authored the Vision Critical/Crowd...
What’s wrong with the Ello backlash

What’s wrong with the Ello backlash

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review argues that Ello — the “it” social network of the week — is a wake-up call for businesses to re-assess their social media strategy in light of growing public concerns about privacy and ad...
Choosing research methods for data-driven storytelling

Choosing research methods for data-driven storytelling

This blog post does not represent Vision Critical. In fact, I think some of my colleagues are going to argue with me vigorously over this one. Rigorous data gathering and analysis can get in the way of effective storytelling by non-profits. That proved to be the most...
Yelpless: What kinds of reviews get squelched by Yelp?

Yelpless: What kinds of reviews get squelched by Yelp?

I’m an ardent (some might say pathological) Yelp user, and since I am incapable of putting anything in my mouth without first validating its viability on Yelp, I try to contribute back to the community by sharing my own perspectives and information, particularly...
Bumper sticker conversation guide: 2×2 edition

Bumper sticker conversation guide: 2×2 edition

This weekend my mind got blown a tiny bit by this unexpected combination of bumper stickers. Naturally, I facebooked the photo, and my friend Steve challenged me to fit this phenomenon into a 2×2. But as with any 2×2, the structure of the table should be...
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