Archive for the ‘Influence’ Category

The Persuasive Power of Story

Anyone who doubts the power of story in persuasion should spend some time on the website Storynomics.  Consider, for instance, Daniel Pink’s entry there, a video compilation of the answer to his question, “What’s Your Sentence?” In this short video, people capture in 15 seconds how they would like to be perceived by the world. [...]

“Culturomics” – Datamining Explores Who We Have Been

This is provocative: according to Scientific American, in this brief post, researchers at Harvard, Google, and various dictionaries are using a database of millions of books to assess English culture over time. The study (which I can’t get access to yet, but which may be found here for those with rights to access) is evaluating [...]

Twitter’s 4 Degrees of Separation

Through tweet and retweet, information can spread across the Twitter platform at an astounding pace. A recent post on TechnologyReview.com highlighted this phenomenon and claimed — I believe rightly — that Twitter (or some tool like it) is the future of news. Why?  Because it is so connected that news spreads exceptionally fast.  Read the [...]

Connecting with “Everybody”

When turning to something as baffling as the impact of the internet on interpersonal and inter-group communication, it pays to have signposts and guides.  Clay Shirky understands the internet as few others do. This is driven home by his recent book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organization.

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