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Weekend Reading

January 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links:

  • How YouTube’s Global Platform Is Redefining the Entertainment Business: from FastCompany.
  • Building Better Social Graphs: by Fred Wilson. “As software becomes social, the creation of the social graph on each web service becomes a chore. I do not believe that you simply want to port your social graph from Facebook and Twitter into new web services.”
  • When Cities Rule the World: from McKinsey Quarterly, by Parag Khanna. “In this century, it will be the city—not the state—that becomes the nexus of economic and political power.”
  • Making Change Happen, and Making It Stick: from strategy+business. “Five factors make the greatest difference in fostering the new behaviors needed for a transformation. All of them reflect the basic importance of people in implementing and embedding change.”
  • Go Go Gujarat: by Sadanand Dhume (WSJ).  “Elements of the state’s model—strong leadership, anti-corruption efforts, a streamlined bureaucracy and a welcoming attitude toward business—can travel without damage across its borders. And Mr. Modi, Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister, is proof that good governance can also be good politics. The sooner more states figure this out, the better it will be for India.”

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  • 1 plodder // Jan 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

    This is in response to “When Cities rule that World”
    What cities enable are better networks (social, economic or political) through better infrastructure. I think it is better networks (and activities that leverage these) that will rule the future. There are several examples that would suggest that. Take the latest political uprisings taking place in Tunisia and Egypt for instance. Twitter and Facebook are the key enabling factors amongst others. The potential offered by the mother of all networks i.e. the mobile phone network is truly immense and well known, but even take old-fashioned networks such as the railways, the postal network and so on.

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