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Monday, November 11, 2013

Michael Brito and the changing role of companies and the media

Back in 2009, the innovation team at Humana was starting to envision some wildly different new products, services and businesses - as well as business models. [If you search this blog for "Crumple It Up," you'll see what I mean.] It was my friend Gill Potter (super genius, BTW) who first raised the idea internally that we were really becoming a media company. That concept blew my mind back then - and to some extent it still does. The difference is that it really is possible today - whereas in 2009 that was probably something of a stretch.

That's why I'm so excited that Michael Brito, one of the worlds leading thinkers on the subject, is joining our WCG team in San Francisco. Take a look at the interactive image capsule below to see why we're so enthusiastic about it:
Additionally, you can check out the podcast interview that my colleague Aaron Strout did with Michael on the decision he made to come to WCG - just click the "Play" button below!


So let me say a big WELCOME in this space - both to Michael and the concept of Brand-As-Media!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Privacy, Security and Legislative Accountability

It's almost like shooting fish in a barrel these days, but I feel as though we as citizens have gotten so used to our congressional representatives being jackasses that we've just started to accept it. We've also become awfully complacent about how willing we are to have government officials intentionally mislead us (or try to) or outright lie to us - with very limited consequences.

The latest bit that caused my jaw to drop was the privacy/security debate's congressional hearings. Thank goodness for Stephen Colbert, who absolutely skewered the guilty party (in this case the Honorable Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan) and did so in hilarious fashion. Check it out here (the Rogers segment starts 2 minutes into the segment):


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The privacy violations to which our government has subjected us (and lied about over and over again) are bad enough ... but to try and cover them up with logic that wouldn't fool a second grader (I know; I tried it this week) is absolutely shameful. How many incumbents are going to have trouble in their next election bid after stunts like this one?