Freelancing Gods 2015

13 Jul 2009

Link: IdeaPaint

Like a whiteboard, but better: "With IdeaPaint, there’s nothing to throw out. You apply it directly over the existing wall or surface in your office. When you’re ready for something new, just paint over it."

17 Mar 2009

Link: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky

"The core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem."

21 Jan 2009

Link: Blog of Wade – How the Australian Carriers Missed It

"Management just didn’t and don’t get the internet"

30 Dec 2008

Link: So you want to be a consultant...?

"You must give the customer The Warm Fuzzy Feeling"

14 Oct 2008

Link: Relevance Blog : Greening Relevance

"those of us in the business sector have a responsibility to use our energies in ways that don’t just prevent negative consequences, but actually foster positive ones"

08 Jun 2008

The End of Charity

As I’m travelling, I’m reading more – so that means it’s time for another impromptu book-review/idea-sharing post.

The book in question this time around is Nic Frances’ ominously titled The End of Charity. The points of the book aren’t that scary though – I find them to be pretty spot-on with what’s needed.

A quick overview:

  • Society’s siloed approach isn’t working: Leaving businesses to focus on making money, and charities to making the world better isn’t really getting anywhere.
  • Value needs to represent more than financial worth: Goods and services need to be given more accurate values which incorporate social and environmental worth.
  • Businesses need to incorporate social and environmental mindsets into their operations: Remove the silos. Don’t leave the ‘doing good’ to a separate organisation (examples: Google Inc and, Microsoft and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, McDonalds and Ronald McDonald House Charities).
  • The market will make it all work: Okay, that’s a little simplistic, but the market does a decent job at helping the best value goods and services come to the fore.

Now the book itself is far more detailed – Frances draws a lot from his own experiences, both in charities and in socially-minded businesses, so there’s no end of real world examples. It’s also extremely easy to digest, so I highly recommend reading it, even if you don’t have much of a business-focused mind.

Granted, some of these ideas can take some getting used to, especially on the left side of politics where broad strokes paint businesses (particularly corporations) as Bad, and charities and other non-profits as Good. A lot of what’s discussed in this book isn’t particularly new to me – I was introduced to the concepts while working at MBO (now Ergo Consulting) (which, perhaps not so surprisingly, had an awesome culture non unlike what Frances outlines for his own Cool nrg). I remember bristling at the idea put forward by our then CEO Paul Steele (who is currently COO at World Vision Australia) that business is the best way to enact social improvement.

A few years have passed since then, though, and I’ve come around to agreeing that the combined approach is far more likely to succeed than the old, siloed way.

Now, this hasn’t led to any dramatic chances in my freelancing lifestyle – but it’s got my brain ticking away, so you’ll just have to wait and see what comes of it. That said, what do you you think about all this? Do you agree? Disagree? Do you have some suggestions on how to make the organisation you work for take a more holistic approach?

05 Apr 2008

Link: Edge: BETTER THAN FREE By Kevin Kelly

"In the digital arena, generative qualities add value to free copies, and therefore are something that can be sold."

18 Jan 2008

Link: adafruit industries | laser etching services

Need to remember these guys when I visit New York (and have a design figured out before then!)

01 Jan 2008

Link: Trading for their own account

"Everyone applauds when Google goes after Microsoft's Office monopoly, seeing it simply as "turnabout's fair play," but when they start to go after web non-profits like Wikipedia, you see where the ineluctible logic leads."

10 Dec 2007

Link: Airbag - Fail.

"Here's an idea: make fantastic products and services and stop trying to control the citizen voice. It only comes back to haunt you. Always has, always will."

16 Apr 2007

Link: » 101 Essential Freelancing Resources

Useful set of links, not just for freelancers

29 Mar 2007

Link: Ask the Wizard: Creating Competitors

"The best reason to always build out API's for your product is that it makes it easier for the rest of the world to extend your product or service rather than start competitors."

12 Jan 2007

Link: XPLANE Culture Map on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

06 Sep 2006

Link: How to Get a Standing Ovation

01 Sep 2006

Link: Becoming Clueful: What You Should Know Before You Redo Your Web Site

22 Aug 2006

Link: A List Apart: Articles: Your About Page Is a Robot

03 Aug 2006

Link: Beyond AdSense: A Business Model Checklist at Like It Matters

26 Jun 2006

Link: Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy Kawasaki: The Art of the Start Video

21 Jun 2006

Link: Why business blogs are important | The undersigned

29 Mar 2006

Link: Creating Passionate Users: Manager 2.0

Going down the comparison table, I can tick 'yes' for almost all confidently, and the rest are 'close enough' for MBO - w00, go us.

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