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.

Networks, Organizations and Movements

When thinking about social change movements, networks teach us that it all comes down to the human connection.

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We Are The Filter Bubble

Computer algorithms aren't the only thing contributing to the "Internet Filter Bubble." Who we choose to connect with in our social networks deeply affects who is "curating" the content we consume. Here's why diversity in your social network matters.

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What is Google Plus? (really.)

Some slides on why I believe Google+ is important: Shared interest graph View more presentations from gideonro These were originally posted on Google+, where there is a pretty heavy amount of discussion about them. You’ll have no problem viewing them even if you don’t have an account there (yet).  😉  

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When Organizational Goals Clash with Social Change Goals

This morning I received an online petition to support changes to US fuel efficiency standards, and the reasons I didn't sign it say a lot about the problems of the social change sector today.

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The Sole of a Business

Shoe repair man, Mr. Lee, teaches me the beauty of business and its ability to be of service to society.

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Place-Based Networks: A New Kind of Social Network

Place-Based Networks are mobile social networks that help you connect with other people based on your shared interest in a place.

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Alchemy of Change Weekly Links (weekly)

Larry Page: Google should be like a family – Fortune Tech I don’t think it’s any of those individual things. It’s important that the company be a family, that people feel that they’re part of the company, and that the company is like a family to them. When you treat people that way, you get better productivity. Rather than really ...

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Quiznos and the Old Business Model

The Quiznos near-bankruptcy highlights the dangers of the old model for running business networks: one that uses outsourcing of value creation in an exploitive fashion.

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When Personal Brands and Corporate Brands Collide

Whose Tweet is It Anyway

Individual people are the connective tissue that connects organizations to their surroundings. So what happens when those people leave an organization, along with the social network connections they built while at the company?

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Alchemy of Change Weekly Links (weekly)

(1) Rethinking Information Diversity in Networks People are more likely to share information from their strong ties, but because of their abundance, weak ties are primarily responsible for the majority of information spread on Facebook. The figure above illustrates how a majority of influence (orange) can be generated by weak ties, even if strong ties are individually more influential. tags: ...

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