Robin Good: When I talk about story-telling in my courses and workshops, people think immediately that they need special tools to put together images, text and video that can facilitate this task.Story-telling is both so engrained in our human culture and yet so far removed from our typical marketing approaches that most people selling something online peddle and scream rather than doing what their fathers and grandfathers have done for... Read more
Robin Good: Biba is an audio-conferencing and screen-sharing cross-platform software that works across desktop (Mac & PC), mobile and tablet devices (iOS & Android) making it easy to manage audio conference calls with multiple users connecting while on the move.Biba automatically calls all participants at the right time, shows you name and last name of who is joining the call, and makes it easy to mute participants that have noisy... Read more
Robin Good: Slidebean is a new presentation web app which simplifies to the max the difficulty required to create a visual presentation.Creating content is as simple as typing. The design part is kept completely separate, and you don't have to worry about it as you input your text content.When you decide to go to format your presentation you are offered a set of pre-designed options, just like you get image... Read more
Robin Good: If you are curating content, whether for the purpose of personal learning, or for creating a useful public information resource, your very first objective should be how can you add value to the existing information that you are going to work on.Harold Jarche, does a wonderful job of explaining in simple terms what's the difference between sharing on social media, reposting or making your bookmarks public, versus the... Read more
Robin Good: Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.More than 140... Read more
Robin Good: "Zeeik It" is a new bookmarklet from Zeeik, a video curation app, that allows you to easily collect and save into discrete collections all of the YouTube videos found on Twitter or on most any web page. Once collected you can pick the ones you want and easily trim them before saving them into a curated video collection.Zeeik video collections are a good way to create valuable content that... Read more
Robin Good: Barley for Wordpress is a plugin that allows you to edit, modify and write new content directly on your article pages, and not via the typical backend posting interface.With Barley you can edit any existing web page on your site by simply clicking where you want to edit and by typing. My comment: Fantastic tool for those who hate having to deal with tech side of web publishing and... Read more
What is curation? Does it really help or is it adding more noise to the soundwave of information already coming at us? Where do you draw the line between social sharing, personal expression and true curation? Is there one?
Photo credit: Ross Dawson
A few weeks back I have had the opportunity to catch futurist Ross Dawson, passing through Rome in between two events, and I kindly asked him if he would be willing to answer a few questions in front of my video camera.
Ross promptly accepted and here is the first part of this video interview with him.
In it I ask him:
a) what he suggests to people who want to "make sense of the world", when bombarded by such large amounts of information. How do you make sense of how things are?
b) What is "curation"?
c) Is there any difference between personal, serendipitous social sharing and content curation?
d) What is the key discriminator between the two?
Here the clips of my four questions to Ross Dawson alongside with a full English text transcription of each one. Enjoy.