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Entries from July 2009

Artist-Entrepreneur: Heidi Skok, founder of RESONANZ, a new program for young singers

July 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

There is often a very special high energy about startups — all types of startups. That’s what I felt when I arrived at the RESONANZ opening gala. A non-profit organization, RESONANZ is starting its first year as a new three-weeks program for young singers in Albany, N.Y.
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About Lance Armstrong: Leadership is not all about winning!

July 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Book Review

Lance Armstrong gave lots of interviews, all showing Armstrong’s matter-of-fact leadership qualities. I liked the CNN — I guess it’s a teaser — video where Sanjay Gupta speaks with him. Sure, he wanted to come in first, but he has no problem admitting that what’s great about the Tour, is that “the best man always wins.”

 
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The Philanthropic Web: Peter Deitz, founder of Social Actions

July 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Yesterday, I attended the monthly meeting of the Ethos Roundtable (Cambridge, MA), a discussion group that focuses on initiatives aimed at holding a culture together, improving social connectedness as well as leveraging social capital, and was co-founded by Deborah Finn and Josh Shortlidge. The featured speaker was Peter Deitz, co-founder of a non-profit organization, Social [...]

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Preface to Seth Godin’s Tribes: The Convergence of Tribes: The Obama Campaign (part 3)

July 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Part 1: Tribes are more than a trendy phenomenon
Part 2: Urban tribes and digital tribes, two simultaneous phenomena
The Convergence of Tribes: The Obama Campaign… While analog and digital tribes appeared independently at the same period, they converged about ten years ago, and are now increasingly hard to dissociate. Even though the expansion of digital tribes does not change [...]

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Preface to Seth Godin’s Tribes: Urban tribes and digital tribes, two simultaneous phenomena (part 2)

July 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

For part 1: Tribes are more than a trendy phenomenon
Urban tribes and digital tribes, two simultaneous phenomena… Godin rightfully reminds us that the creation of a tribe, and its goals, are independent from technology. Tribes didn’t appear yesterday and did not wait for the Internet era. Many of the examples of tribes selected by Godin can exist [...]

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Preface to Seth Godin’s Tribes: Tribes are more than a trendy phenomenon (part 1)

July 18th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Given that Seth Godin’s Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us came out at the end of last year, the book has been reviewed extensively, and if you haven’t read it yet, I can only recommend that you do. I recently translated it into French and wrote a foreword for it — of which I [...]

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Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters

July 12th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Talents, Innovators

Just finished Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters by Scott Rosenberg (http://www.wordyard.com) the co-founder of  Salon.com. It is definitely a must read. Writing present or quasi-present history is a difficult genre and any author will always be suspected of lacking the distance necessary to separate out the wheat from the [...]

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