Was "Built To Last" Built To Last?

The authors discovered that the visionary companies did certain things very differently from their duller rivals, things that in large part were more about the internal than the external and had little to do with technology or number-crunching. Among these were having “cultlike cultures”; adhering to an ideology that went beyond the simple pursuit of profits; relying on homegrown management; focusing on creating a lasting organization — called “clock building,” as opposed to “time telling”; and having the ability to see things not as either-or propositions (the “genius of the ‘and,’ ” in the authors’ words, as opposed to the “tyranny of the ‘or’ “). “A visionary company,” they wrote, “doesn’t simply balance between preserving a tightly held core ideology and stimulating vigorous change and movement; it does both to the extreme.”

The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service: Susan P. Crawford

Right now, state legislatures — where the incumbentswield great power — are keeping towns and cities in theU.S. from making their own choices about theircommunications networks. Meanwhile, municipalities,cooperatives and small independent companies arepractically the only entities building globally competitivenetworks these days. Both AT&T and Verizon have ceased theexpansion of next-generation fiber installations across theU.S., and the cable companies??? services greatly favordownloads over uploads.

Congress needs to intervene. One way it could help isby preempting state laws that erect barriers to the abilityof local jurisdictions to provide communications servicesto their citizens.

Running for president in 1932, Franklin D. Rooseveltemphasized the right of communities to provide their ownelectricity. ???I might call the right of the people to ownand operate their own utility a birch rod in the cupboard,???he said, ???to be taken out and used only when the child getsbeyond the point where more scolding does any good.??? It???stime to take out that birch rod.

ISPs are not broadcasters, Supreme Court says

The cultural coalition expressed disappointment with the ruling in a statement released early Thursday afternoon, saying laws must be applied in a ???technology neutral??? manner as media evolves to become increasingly digital-centric.

???The principles of the Broadcasting Act continue to be sound but, with this decision, their application remains inconsistent,??? the group said.

Technology isn’t the neutrality these incumbent tax farmers are seeking.

To give them what they want you’d have to be more than technology neutral, you’d have to purpose, capability and functionally neutral to consider ISPs broadcasters.

The Phoenix Principle: Buy Facebook, P&G’s CEO told you to

The trend is clear.  People spend less time watching TV and reading newspapers.  We all interact with information and entertainment more and more on computers and mobile devices.  Ad declines have already killed newspapers, and television is on the precipice of following its print brethren.  The market shift toward advertising on-line will continue, and the trend is bound to accelerate. 

Last year P&G launched an on-line marketing program for Old Spice.  The CEO singled out the 1.8 billion free impressions that received on-line.  When the CEO of one of the world’s largest advertisers takes note, and says he’s going to move that way, you can bet everyone is going to head that direction.  Especially as they recognize the poor “efficiency” of traditional media spending.

How to design, fabricate and manufacture in a non-linear world

Some interesting key points highlighted over at the p2p Foundation

  1. Designed and manufactured a 4-passenger street-legal car that gets 100 mpg
  2. The car was constructed using off-the-shelf parts
  3. The car is entirely modular in design
  4. They innovated a new process for carbon-fiber body construction that costs 1/360th the traditional process
  5. You can pre-order cars now for less than $29,000
  6. This is not just a one-off prototype. Currently they are manufacturing one car per week (yes, that???s the low volume manufacturing retail price). They are targeting a future price of under $20,000.
  7. With no capital investment
  8. Though accept donations
  9. Everything is done through volunteers

That’s how you do it.