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Appearing on BBC Worklife last week with Sally Bundock and James Reynolds

Reviewing the papers on BBC Worklife

I used to love What The Papers Say when I was growing up. Today, I’m happy to catch the press panel on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House, or even Emily Maitlis saying “let’s whizz through tomorrow’s papers” on Newsnight.

Now that we have rolling news and can access any story any time, it seems quaint that broadcast programmes still run slots reviewing the papers, or that journalists even talk about tomorrow’s headlines. But they do – and shows still hinge around them.

Early birds

The papers review slot in BBC Worklife comes right in the middle of the running order, with business interviews and international reports on either side.

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Eco-worriers: the future of business ecosystems

Yesterday I moderated a discussion on the future of business ecosystems at the SOMESSO/ Headshift Social Media Summit in London.

The summit had a brave, experimental format. The day kicked off with just two slide-free keynotes (Jeff Dachis and JP Rangaswami) – intended to inspire and set the scene for the hard work to come!

After a quick cup of coffee, the 100 or so delegates split into three streams or discussion groups: internal, external and “ecosystem”. The idea was to discuss, analyse and build upon a handful of social business case studies, the case studies representing breakthroughs in either internal communications, external communications/ marketing or a hybrid of both (ie: ecosystem).

Sounds simple enough, right? Heh. That’s before you start deconstructing.

I was excited about the ecosystem concept because I talk about it a lot in Monkeys, essentially in terms of asking what happens when you compare the business world to a biological ecosystem, ala Marco Iansiti and Roy Levien in The Keystone Advantage.

Needless to say, “ecosystem” turned out to be a rather troublesome, hard-to-define and contentious heading. As the third and most “hybrid” of the three streams it was inferred that we should come up with approaches which integrated internal and external comms in some way, however the end result was more “other”.

While some of our group preferred to look at ecosystem in terms of supply chain, others wanted to focus on social entrepreneurship and environmental impact. Then there was me, stuck with the image of some kind of galactic aquarium.

I’ll post a fuller summary of our discussion, with key points, over on the [longer format] iKnowHow blog next week.

Photo credit: Carol Sawada