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Stowe Boyd

Managing Director and Chief Researcher
Work Talk Research

For the past decade, my work has been social tools and their impact on media, business, and society. I divide my attention across research, design, and media activities, working with a diverse set of companies and collaborators.

My work is generally directed to what’s just over the horizon, but I consider myself a ‘postfuturist’ since my research approach is something past postmodern, something more post-industrial (see It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous, for a more in depth discussion).

In 2012, I consolidated my research activities underWork Talk Research, an independent research institute that I head. 2012 projects include Innovation Culture (in collaboration with Teresa Di Cairano), Social Network Science (in collaboration with Claude Theoret of Nexalogy), The Future Of Work (an interview series), The Architecture Of Cooperation (a long format writing project, formerly called Liquid City), and Media Futures (in collaboration with Gerd Leonhard of The FuturesAgency).

I serve as an advisor to a short list of innovative social tools and media companies, principally focused on product direction and strategy. These have included giants like AOL, Microsoft and IBM, and start-ups like Bitly, Yammer and MOG. I also consult to large enterprises grappling with the challenges of applying social tools to their operations.

I started my career (if that’s what this is) as a software researcher working in programming tools and software environments. I have served as adjunct computer science faculty, an inadvertent entrepreneur, a software analyst, a newsletter editor, a columnist, president of a blog media company, and mostly as a commentator and advisor. I have served in other roles and appointments, far too many to enumerate.

I have presented at numerous conferences and events worldwide — Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, GigaOM Net:Work, Reboot, Next, Mesh, Shift, Lift, SIBOS, Defrag, and TEDxMidAtlantic — and I can still find something new to arouse my curiosity, so I still enjoy it.

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Salle 2 à 13 h 15 - Présenté en anglais

Curation In A Liquid Media World

The rise of several mutually-reinforcing trends — ubiquitous connectivity, mobile devices, web-oriented operating platforms and apps, and the explosion of the social revolution online — are converging to transform the fundamentals of media. I characterize that as the transition into liquid from solid, and so, we are seeing the emergence of liquid media. This will change everything, and will raise the role of curation to a new, central importance. We are seeing this first in the open web, in blogging and other media forms. But the greatest impacts will come when media companies adapt to these changes, and then, subsequently, as curation within the business becomes as critical as external community management is now.