Author Archives: Gideon Rosenblatt

Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at Alchemy of Change. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys. More details on Gideon here.

Batman Complicates the Netflix-Facebook Relationship

Managing a relationship between Netflix and Facebook was already complicated enough – but now Batman’s come in and mucked everything up. Under a just announced deal, Warner Bros. will be making selected movies available for digital rental on each film’s respective Facebook page. The Warner-Facebook relationship starts today with “The Dark Knight.” That’s right, you’ll be watching movies on Facebook. Holy ...

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“Thick Value” Looks Like a Carpet to Me

When companies deliver goods and services that truly leave the world better off, that’s “thick value.” That means creating real economic value; not simply capturing it from customers or suppliers, but genuinely making everyone better off. “Thick value” isn’t my idea. It’s something that Umair Haque talks about in his new book “The New Capitalist Manifesto.” I just experienced “thick ...

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What American Idol Teaches Us About Customer Engagement

You’re probably too cool to watch American Idol, right? I’m not. I think it’s a brilliant show that also has something to teach organizations about engaging their stakeholders. Contestants sing their hearts out every night and some of the performances are truly touching. Check out Jacob Lusk pouring his heart out in the video clip below. He literally breaks down ...

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The Divine Right of Capital – A Summary

The Divine Right of Capital

To fix capitalism, it helps to first have a good diagnosis of the problems. Start here.

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Netflix’s Tricky Dance with Facebook

Netflix is going to get more social, with deeper integration with Facebook - and it's going to be a tricky dance. Don't get me wrong; Netflix has to do this to stay competitive. It just needs to be very careful about how it negotiates the service's points of interaction with Facebook's social graph. As our shared movie viewing experience deteriorates with the proliferation of digital devices, people are going to look for other ways to connect socially through movies. So getting this social layer right truly is important for Netflix.

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If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our political system, but to find its spirit, we must look to the Declaration of Independence. When our nation struggles with difficult questions, it is this document that serves as a North Star to keep us on course with our founding vision. One such question that we wrestle with today is whether our Constitution provides ...

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Why Facebook Needs to (Really) Open Up its IPO

In Mark We Trust

Facebook users invest massive time, energy and social capital in building the underlying value of this service, so what would it look like to really open the company's IPO in ways that helped its user build a fuller sense of equity?

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How Crowd Sourcing Can Save Lives

When someone has a heart attack, every second counts. Speed treatment, and you save lives. That’s why the new iPhone app just released by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department is so interesting. The new iPhone app, called Fire Department, acts like a “crowd sourced emergency response” app and it shows a lot of promise for connecting everyday people like you and ...

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Visualize Your Own LinkedIn Network

I just mapped all my LinkedIn connections onto a visual graph through a new web service called InMaps. It’s worth checking out; and even though it’s still not particularly useful so far, the service does provide an interesting look at were network analytics is likely to go in the not-too-distant future – and that’s going to get pretty interesting, I ...

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Citizens United v. United Citizens: Building a Movement to Drive Money Out of Politics

I'll raise you twenty...million.

This article originally published on the Huffington Post. Friday, January 21st, marks the one-year anniversary of “Citizens United,” a Supreme Court case that dramatically accelerates the corruptive force of money in U.S. politics. When money flows in our economy, it’s a fuel that helps businesses flourish and people make a living. When money flows in our political system, however, it’s ...

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