Advertising and marketing: Here to stay or things of the past? Both AND neither…

  Next month I’m speaking at this Meetup event titled “The way we think about technology and experience design”. To preview some of the ideas I’ll be exploring, here’s a few thoughts about the role confirmation bias (a.k.a “myside bias”) plays in our workplace decision making. Is it time to rethink our basic assumptions about the necessity of advertising and …

The “Social Media Marketing Paradox” explained with chaos theory, neurochemistry and jellyfish

A moment of clarity is a rare thing in the world of social networks. We can’t really describe their purpose, exactly, but we use them all the time. We get value from them but it’s hard to measure, hard to predict and for social media marketing teams around the world, hard to get the results they want when they try …

Caught in the Disruption trap: Why job cuts can’t save Microsoft

I don’t know why anyone is surprised Microsoft just axed 14% its workforce. It’s a company with deep pockets, filled by annual profits of $billions from its legacy position as the operating system of most desktops and laptops. It’s global. Microsoft owned properties like MSN used to rank consistently in the top 3 online destinations in the US, EMEA and …

Explaining the Facebook data ethics issue: Nazis, topless models & Stanley Milgram

There’s a lot been written of late about that Facebook data experiment. You know the one I mean. The one where, without taking any of the basic ethical measures a regulated scientist would take before undertaking research, Facebook conducted a massive scale psychological research piece. 689,003 users unwittingly took part in an experiment by data scientist Adam Kramer to study …

It’s Crap Hammer time: See it working for yourself…

A couple of weeks ago I published a prototype thinking tool called “The Reverse Formulation Bullsh*t Detector” or “Crap Hammer”. This week, I’ve taken it out there into the world of LinkedIn Job listings to demonstrate its effectiveness. Take a look at the results… like all thinking tools (and tools in general) it’s not designed to be a stand alone …

Wyle E Coyote teaches us how our brains work

Work cartoons, kids & coyotes: how both your minds see data…

  Take a look at the picture above. This demonstrates how your mind works.  Not just yours, but humans in general.  What it shows is the relationship between your rational mind and your unconscious mind.  It’s not obvious, because neither your reason or your unconscious are easy to spot, we just experience them as our ‘thoughts’.  But in fact, they …