I recently met with a former colleague who never fails to inspire me with the projects he's working on. For the most part, these projects are not digital in nature, but instead involve bringing real world communities together in the face of sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges. He loves his work so much that his passion is absolutely infectious and pushes people and structures beyond their comfort zone. He is what I like to call an “innovation agent”.
The HealthCare.gov fiasco is a timely case study in how "big" is a liability in today's age of radical connectivity. Big institutions - a giant federal bureaucracy, huge technology contractors, and a bloated government procurement process - spent over $500,000,000 creating a glorified webform -- and failed. But these big organizations never stood a chance, and smaller, more agile, and nimbler firms and processes could have mitigated these risks which now threaten the President's legacy.
A few days ago, I was reminded me of a court case I'd heard about back in April, involving a company called ReDigi. The company bills itself as "your favorite used record store, but for digital music files".
When I first read Eric S. Raymond's landmark essay on open-source programming, "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", I was delighted. Here was a perfect exposition of my experience with programming and the open-source community.
As usual, the days after Thanksgiving this year were full of news about sales and deals, and, if you’re like me, your inbox was inundated with emails hyping up the Three Days of Shopping.
In the wake of hurricane Sandy, an incredible number of folks were affected at several different levels along the east coast. The largest city in the country, New York, experienced flooding like no one there had ever experienced.
A couple of reality-check items came up in our reader this week. Those of us who do this work, either on the service or the client end, spend our days living within the confines of our screens.
Two weeks ago, the gaming firm ArenaNet launched one of the most highly-anticipated video game titles in years, Guild Wars 2.
I have wanted to read "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", by Joe Trippi, for a while now. Being a Ditto for almost four months, I thought it was time for a few reasons. It's known to be an excellent description of the rebirth of grassroots organizing in the digital empowerment age.