Marcia Conner

Category 'reference'

Not a bad year, just not great. Nice knowing you.

Last week imagine my surprise when a holiday card arrived from my friend Bill Owen, who passed away in early October. A bristly 80 year old, William Henry Owen IV engineered the world around him to infinity and beyond. As we all wonder (if only a little) whether the Mayans had this one right, predicting today will...

be our last, I’ve been thinking about Bill’s words and insights. For years WHO4, as he referred to himself, combed through the Financial Times pink pages, which were delivered to his Virginia door each morning before sunrise. With some regularity, an unadorned manilla envelope would then arrive in my mailbox, containing articles on topics perfectly timed to fill... [read more]

Not a bad year, just not great. Nice knowing you.

Social Business by the Numbers

Seeking the source of a specific statistic that I included in a talk? In followup to my list of websites with data relevant to social business, many people have asked for pointers to interesting data about social media, social business, and engagement. While it’s easy to think of social business as social media-like tools for use...

inside of a company, I mean it to imply the larger opportunity to connect people, information, and actionable insights. That can begin within a company, and often stretches outside any one organization’s walls to connect with the people the business serves. My aim will be to update this list as I discover more numbers that make... [read more]

Social Business by the Numbers

Data on Big Data

As I wrote “Time to Build Your Big Data Muscles” for Fast Company, I discovered more fascinating bits of data about big data than I could include in the article. Here are some of the eye popping details. If all these numbers make you wish for a reference guide, James Huggins answers How Much Data...

Is That? and BroadbandHub offers a terrific video guide helps with the relative size of internet data. In 2012, every day 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (1 followed by 18 zeros) are created, with 90% of the world’s data created in the last two years alone. As a society, we’re producing and capturing more data each day than... [read more]

Data on Big Data

Kindle Highlights Social Learning

When you look at the kindle edition of books on Amazon.com, you can now see what other people have highlighted in their editions of the ebook. This means you have a fabulous way to share what you're learning and a socially-generated way to learn from others. It's sort of like Cliff-notes for the digital...

era. While I've struggled with becoming an online book reader, this feature shows me possibilities that truly advance publishing into a more collaborative age. Rather than just look through ratings from other readers, I'm going to scan through the points that leaped out and resonated with previous readers.

Kindle Highlights Social Learning

All Creation is Co-Creation

Many have this idea of the true innovator toiling alone. But this is not true. The best creative is not made in a vacuum. Creation of anything is always a collaborative process, regardless of how it seems from afar. Everything is derivative, no matter how original you think your thought is. So, when looking...

for true innovation remember that whatever you may have developed working alone, it could be made much richer by working with others. via Co-Creation :: Cube Grenades from gapingvoid art.

All Creation is Co-Creation

Thoughts Change

One of my favorite quotes, capturing why it’s important for us to live mindfully. Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become...

your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny. —Mahatma Gandhi   [photo credit: Cloudy Sky, Patrick Hoesly]

Thoughts Change

What’s the world need?

On the end of my first day with the Altimeter Group team I heard what feels like the perfect quotation to express how I feel: alive. Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —...

Howard Thurman, Dean of Theology and the chapels at Howard and Boston universities for more than two decades, wrote 20 books, and in 1944 helped found the first racially integrated, multicultural church in the United States.   [photo credit: Swing High, Thomas Hawk]

What’s the world need?