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Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? - Edward Jay Epstein - (1982)
"The idea was to create prestigious "role models" for the poorer middle-class wage-earners. The advertising agency explained, in its 1948 strategy paper, "We spread the word of diamonds worn by stars of screen and stage, by wives and daughters of political leaders, by any woman who can make the grocer's wife and the mechanic's sweetheart say 'I wish I had what she has.'"

[...] sentiments were born out of necessity: older American women received a ring of miniature diamonds because of the needs of a South African corporation to accommodate the Soviet Union.

[!!!] The element of surprise, even if it is feigned, plays the same role of accommodating dissonance in accepting a diamond gift as it does in prime sexual seductions: it permits the woman to pretend that she has not actively participated in the decision. She thus retains both her innocence—and the diamond.

[...] as long as the general public never sees the price of diamonds fall, it will not become nervous and begin selling its diamonds. If this huge inventory should ever reach the market, even De Beers and all the Oppenheimer resources could not prevent the price of diamonds from plummeting [...]

[...] The "keystone," or markup, on a diamond and its setting may range from 100 to 200 percent, depending on the policy of the store; if it bought diamonds back from customers, it would have to buy them back at wholesale prices. Most jewelers would prefer not to make a customer an offer that might be deemed insulting and also might undercut the widely held notion that diamonds go up in value [...]

The firm perhaps most frequently recommended by New York jewelry shops is Empire Diamonds Corporation, which is situated on the sixty-sixth floor of the Empire State Building, in midtown Manhattan. Empire's reception room, which resembles a doctor's office, is usually crowded with elderly women who sit nervously in plastic chairs waiting for their names to be called. One by one, they are ushered into a small examining room"
finance  fashion  myth  hollywood  class  advertising  consumer  marriage  gender  WWII  africa  israel  diamonds  via:Taryn 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero - Utility Ambiguity [Frank describes the iPad, iPhone, and Twitter in way that suggests these tools were built knowing that, as William Gibson said, "the street will find its own uses for things"]
"It’s why Twitter is so different from Facebook. The value proposition of Facebook is clear: stay in contact with friends and share with them. But what do you use Twitter for? No one knows, because there’s no right way to use it. It’s why it fascinates some, and beguiles others. Twitter can’t even craft a clear value proposition on their homepage to say what the site is for. If you are someone who needs convincing, that’s frustrating, because everyone is talking about Twitter. If you are observant, it’s a sign that something big is happening. It’s not a hammer with one specific use. It’s not even a swiss army knife that can do many different things. It’s more akin to two pieces of stone, from which you can make your own tool: arrowhead or hand axe."
twitter  ipad  iphone  facebook  tools  human  ingenuity  frankchimero  socialmedia  media  technology  design  apple  consumer  gaming  innovation  html  utility  ux  makeyourowntool  ambiguity  multipurpose  defineityourself  whatcanyoudowiththis  onlinetoolkit  moldability  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Most Innovative Companies - 2010: Good Guide | Fast Company
"Horizon Organic Milk has a worse environmental track record than Nesquik Strawberry Milk? Nature's Gate Baby Soothing Shampoo is more toxic than Suave for Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo? These and other shocking facts about the products around us -- from household cleaners to toys to food -- are being drilled into consumers thanks to GoodGuide, a startup founded by Dara O'Rourke, a professor of environmental and labor policy at the University of California, Berkeley. O'Rourke set out to sift through the health, environmental, and social profiles of everyday products and the companies that manufacture them, distilling hundreds of pieces of data into a simple 10-point rating system accessible on goodguide.com and a bar-code-scanning iPhone app. So far, his team has rated 75,000. "Our goal is to first inform the public," says O'Rourke, "but ultimately it's to improve the products -- reduce toxic chemicals, sweatshop labor, carbon and water impact -- and change company behavior.""
iphone  applications  consumer  ios 
february 2010 by robertogreco
John Gerzema: The post-crisis consumer | Video on TED.com
"John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. Speaking at TEDxKC, he identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spending."
trends  johngerzema  community  volunteerism  crisis  ideas  consumer  ted  consumerism  values  savings  conspicuousconsumption  quality  transparency  business  travel  mobility  liquidity  value  libraries  cable  sharing  lending  learning  education  continuingeducation  diy  urbanfarming  sustainability  infrastructure  environment  creditcards  cooperation  trust  crowdsourcing  artisinal  glvo  localcurrency  green  consumption  kogi  carrotmobs  incentives  twitter  ethics  fairplay  empathy  respect 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Healthcare Blue Book
"The Healthcare Blue Book is a free consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services. If you pay for your own healthcare, have a high deductible or need a service your insurance does not fully cover, we can help. The Blue Book will help you find fair prices for surgery, hospital stays, doctor visits, medical tests and much more."
healthcare  medicine  shopping  consumer  comparison  money  health  budget  insurance  costs  pricing  medical  dental 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Going Postal: The Imminent Death of the U.S. Postal Service? - Georg Jensen - The American Interest Magazine
"Just as General Motors has in effect subsidized Big Oil by continuing to build gas-guzzlers in recent years, so has the USPS continued to subsidize Big Mail by shaping its operations to encourage what it now calls, revealingly, "standard mail" -- that is, advertising junk mail. Most American citizens are blissfully unaware of the degree to which USPS subsidizes U.S. businesses by means of the fees it collects from ordinary postal customers. For example, if you wish to mail someone a large envelope weighing three ounces, you'll pay $1.17 in postage. A business can bulk-mail a three-ounce catalog of the same size for as little as $0.14."
usps  government  sustainability  economics  advertising  politics  policy  mail  costs  marketing  consumer  postalservice 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee - NYTimes.com
"This is the dilemma that 30 years of...real Reaganomics — keeping economy overstimulated w/ huge deficits & irresponsible consumer borrowing...has left us with. So what do we do? The nearest thing to an actual plan seems to be something like this: stimulate first, to avert various short-term disasters, and then — at some signal from the Treasury Department — turn around and start saving like mad, to avert various long-term disasters. In other words, we need to get back our consumer confidence, and then lose it again. The first part is fun...just keep doing what we’ve been doing, only more & faster...deficit may soar to $1 trillion/year while government hands out cash to whoever shows up at the teller’s window. Each of us can do our own bit as well. Show your consumer confidence. One last shopping spree. Buy that coffee maker whether you want one or not. Part II will not be fun. Return coffee maker (if the store is still in business) & deposit money in 401(k). Start drinking instant."
economics  consumer  consumption  capotalism  us  crisis  finance  dept  growth  reaganomics 
november 2008 by robertogreco
This Blog Sits at the: What consumers do in a downturn
"Roughly speaking, consumers have two modalities: surging and dwelling. In the surging modality, consumers have momentum. We have a vivid sense of forward motion. Life is getting better. Each purchase is an improvement on the last one. Clothes change with fashion. The material world teems with new features, new things, new opportunities, new excitement. We look ahead constantly, keeping one foot in the present, putting one in the future. The good life is America is always a better life. That's the fundamental promise of the consumer society. In the dwelling modality, the consumer is not forward looking, but concentrated on the here and now. Now most of life's pleasure comes from counting one's blessings. This is a dwelling modality, because the individual is no longer in transit, racing towards a better tomorrow. Now the consumer is focused on what is good about what one has. The consumer stops anticipating and starts savoring."
anthropology  consumer  ethnography  economics  consumerculture  culture  simplicity  forwardlooking  future  now  happiness  meaning  well-being  cycles  boomandbust  recession  psychology  business  sociology  grantmccracken 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Core77 / The Crowd Will Save Us: How the green movement taps participatory networks to drive innovation, by Jen Van de Meer
"For designers embarking on their first green project, or suffering fatigue or from an overwhelming sense of exasperation that you haven't yet changed the world, remember that we're all in this together. Experiment with these platforms for participatory design, and see what big ideas you co-create with the crowd. Open innovation is our driver for sustainability."
design  web  online  internet  socialmedia  sustainability  collaboration  networks  crowds  crowdsourcing  mobs  flashmobs  participatory  innovation  activism  green  environment  environmentalism  consumer  business 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Vodafone | receiver » Blog Archive » Small objects travel further, faster
"The extent and sophistication of the street repair cultures have changed the way we think about how our products are made, distributed, disposed of and recycled. And occasionally we come across something so elegant and in tune with the local conditions that it could never be designed for – like Sente, the informal practice of sending and converting airtime into cash, effectively allowing anyone with a mobile phone to function as a rudimentary ATM machine. Not least if you want to create a service that people value, you’d be hard pressed to find a more critical group of consumers than people with limited and infrequent levels of disposable income...Small objects travel further and travel faster – their meaning adapting to the ever-changing context. Every step an opportunity."
janchipchase  crowdsourcing  design  mobile  phones  research  communication  collaboration  innovation  nokia  consumer  anthropology  ethnography  emergingmarkets  interactiondesign  interaction  trends 
august 2008 by robertogreco
From doctors to patients….the transfer of power « Heroes Not Zombies
"The traditional doctor-patient relationship is based on a doctor as the expert who knows best and a patient who will passively accept the doctor’s recommendations, whether that be a prescription or an operation or whatever. The power sits with the doctor and the patient often feels intimidated or unheard. The new way is patient-centred, another term which means different things to different people, but which usually includes giving a higher prioirty to the patient’s issues and wishes...It’s going to shift health care into collaborative relationships which focus on the needs, experiences and wishes of individual patients. This represents a huge challenge to the command and control, expert knows best, model of passive patients who are told what to do by others who claim to know better than the patient what will make their life better."
healthcare  health  medicine  change  community  power  consumer  relationships  patients 
august 2008 by robertogreco
panopticist: High-Def Backyard Shootout
"Amateurs are doing amazing things these days with consumer-grade high-def camcorders, especially Canon’s HV30 MiniDV unit (which retails for about $800) and its predecessor, the HV20."
video  consumer  consumergenerated  hd  film 
july 2008 by robertogreco
RepairPal [via: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/06/dont-get-taken.html]
"RepairPal gives you independent and unbiased repair estimates, user ratings and reviews, plus advice you can't get anywhere else."
repair  cars  money  finance  household  howto  comparison  consumer  maintenance  mechanics  prices  repairing 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market | The Social - CNET News.com
"This will be Yelp's first foray into location-aware services, which are a hot and developing niche of the social Web. Some services, like Loopt and Brightkite, focus on charting your friends on a map; others, like Buzzd and Socialight (in the U.K.) run s
location  location-based  mobile  applications  maps  mapping  consumer  reviews 
june 2008 by robertogreco
howstuffismade.org
"visual encyclopedia that documents the manufacturing processes, labor conditions and environmental impacts involved in the production of contemporary products. It is a free, independent, academic resource published by engineering and design students, who
activism  art  awareness  manufacturing  nataliejeremijenko  engineering  science  politics  globalization  environment  consumerism  consumer  spimes 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Telecom: todos los reclamos serán a través del teléfono
"En la empresa dicen que el 90% de la gente va a las sucursales sólo a pagar Y que eso lo puede hacer en los bancos # Telefónica, por el contrario, relanza sus oficinas # El Gobierno plantea dudas sobre el anuncio"
buenosaires  argentina  telecom  service  law  consumer 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Teléfonos: los usuarios dicen que faltan oficinas de atención al público
"Por orden judicial, las telefónicas no pueden cerrar oficinas comerciales y deben garantizar la atención personalizada de los reclamos. Pero según entidades de defensa del consumidor, la medida no se cumple. Clarín visitó dos oficinas."
buenosaires  argentina  telecom  service  law  consumer 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Issues in Science and Technology, Fall 2007, The Post-Scientific Society
"the leading edge of innovation in the post-scientific society, whether for business, industrial, consumer, or public purposes, will move from the workshop, the laboratory, and the office to the studio, the think tank, the atelier, and cyberspace."
us  science  future  society  economics  innovation  technology  globalization  competition  postscientificsociety  business  industry  consumer 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Gadgets at Work: The Blurring Boundary between Consumer and Corporate Technologies - Knowledge@Wharton
"Consumerization posits that consumer technologies -- including social networking tools, user generated content and wikis (web-based software that allows people to create content collaboratively) -- are being increasingly adopted by corporate America."
consumer  electronics  gadgets  iphone  mobile  trends  work  enterprise2.0  applications  ios 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect: Disembodied Voices II
"In our increasingly sensor rich world the arms race for your sensory attention is stepping up a gear. As a consumer sometimes the only way to step back is to kick back. New weapons for the disengaged consumer and the engaging retailer are just around the
janchipchase  interaction  senses  attention  consumer  retail  business  etiquette  engagement 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Issue 9/2008: I shop therefore I am - Bulletin - David Report - your pathfinder into the future
"In the future luxury goods will be methods that bring us back the power of our own attention: the power to choose ourselves what we want to notice or not. And there lies the true luxury of the future, to be able to resist shopping and still be happy.”
consciousness  consumer  consumerism  society  consumption  materialism  gamechanging  culture  shopping  sustainability  trends  world  futury  luxury  ethics  downshifting  unproduct  psychology  sociology  experience  happiness  research 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Salon.com Life | The parent trap...author Pamela Paul takes on $800 strollers, Gymboree and the bamboozle that is Baby Einstein.
"Question before you make any purchase whether what you're doing is to assuage your angst, guilt and fear, and if it's actually going to make a material difference for your child."
parenting  consumption  fear  consumerism  consumer  safety  children  products  toys  learning  books  marketing  television 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Hugh Graham Creative » The end of consumer culture?
"needs to be new paradigm of consumption, one that will work for business, community & environment. I don’t know what form this new paradigm will take, but it has something to do w/ learning to appreciate real value of things & their place in world."
activism  capitalism  consumer  consumerism  consumption  materialism  unproduct  environment  sustainability  values  culture  society  design  marketing  choice  business  economics 
march 2008 by robertogreco
martin konrad gloeckle - industrial design
"the created products were named un-readymades to express the involvement of the end-user in the creation of the final product. they aim to inspire, encourage, and enable consumer involvement, creativity, and a deeper experience."
design  cocreation  creativity  personalization  identity  user  experience  consumer 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Small fishermen borrow a page from small farmers | csmonitor.com
"Community-supported fisheries, like community-supported farms, sell 'shares' in a catch directly to consumers."
food  trends  local  business  community  consumer 
march 2008 by robertogreco
whocalled.us
"The phone is ringing, and I don't recognize the number, All Caller ID says is, "NAME UNAVAILABLE". Please help me figure out who is calling and what they want"
callerid  telemarketers  lookup  phones  crowdsourcing  aggregator  calls  telecommunications  identification  consumer 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Fight looms over consumer database - Los Angeles Times
"Industry groups are vigorously fighting a proposal for an Internet site where complaints about products, such as toys, could be posted."
influence  consumer  database  products  toys  freedom 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PopMatters | Columns | Rob Horning | Marginal Utility | The Design Imperative
"We are consigned to communicating through design, but it’s an impoverished language that can only say one thing: “That’s cool.” Design ceases to serve our needs, and the superficial qualities of useful things end up cannibalizing their functionality. The palpability of the design interferes, distracts from the activity an item is supposed to be helping you do. The activity becomes subordinate to the tools. You become the tool."
design  critique  criticism  function  form  utility  popular  aesthetics  retail  target  consumerism  consumer  society  competition  popularity  symbolism  industrial  products  customization  hipsters  marketing  image  personality  handmade  books  possessions  materialism  objects  fashion  style  commerce  variety  hipsterism 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Click opera - Before and after bling I understand. But "during bling"? That's just a blip.
"We are at our happiest when we are absorbed in what we are doing; the most useful way of regarding happiness is, to borrow a phrase of Clive James’s, as “a by-product of absorption.”""
postmaterialism  consumption  materialism  happiness  japan  environment  momus  unproduct  sustainability  consumerism  consumer  design  jeansnow  slow  magazines  society  culture  modernism  postmodernism  philosophy  social  connectedness  community 
january 2008 by robertogreco
THE EXPECTATION ECONOMY
"never before have consumers enjoyed doing research and 'competitive analysis' as much as they do now, and doing it far more diligently than most corporations do" + "just copying competitors is a race to the bottom"
advice  business  future  links  trends  expectation  consumer  schools  competition 
january 2008 by robertogreco
TED | Talks | J.J. Abrams: The mystery box (video)
"traces his love of unseen mystery -- heart of Alias, Lost, and the upcoming Cloverfield -- back to its own magical beginnings, which may/not include an early obsession with magic, the love of supportive grandfather, or his own unopened Mystery Box."
jjabrams  lost  storytelling  mystery  technology  television  tv  creativity  discovery  ideas  writing  learning  crafts  craft  making  engineering  howthingswork  curiosity  stories  narrative  children  lcproject  unschooling  education  magic  glvo  democracy  consumer  consumergenerated  content  film  imagination 
january 2008 by robertogreco
MobileCrunch » You Will Control 25% of Entertainment by 2012
"Nokia also looked at four emerging trends that will make entertainment more collaborative and creative as we move towards Circular Entertainment. These trends are listed as, Immersive Living; Geek Culture; G Tech and Localism."
nokia  trends  business  mobility  collaboration  media  mobile  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  socialmedia  facebook  entertainment  consumer  networks  networking  socialsoftware 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Dove Viral Draws Heat From Critics - Advertising Age - News
"Dove's viral video attack on beauty ads has produced surprisingly strong, enduring blowback against Unilever from activists, newspaper op-ed writers, bloggers, videographers who see it as hypocritical coming from same company that markets Axe."
advertising  dove  marketing  transparency  video  viral  socialmedia  social  health  consumer  beauty 
november 2007 by robertogreco
i read the space (11 November 2007, Interconnected)
"what I'm advocating is a game-changing, post-revolution environmentalism. Don't waste resources, sure. But if we're spending resources to shift the status quo then I'm behind it. Otherwise we're slowly painting ourselves into a corner."
sustainability  green  environment  environmentalism  mattwebb  scifi  resources  scarcity  gamechanging  future  progress  conservatism  happiness  society  consumerism  consumer  marxism  politics  policy  conservation  globalwarming  advertising  revolution  2007 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Joe Bageant: To the Princes of Gringolia
"mindset of "I want all I can grab for myself...now, even...on credit," constitutes...bigger crisis than class...drives unfolding national catastrophe...most work too much, have too little time to experience true leisure, develop genuine intellectual and
us  economics  society  class  culture  happiness  politics  greed  global  international  world  poverty  relationships  intellect  leisure  work  consumerism  consumption  consumer 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Joe Bageant: Let's Dump Prepackaged Class Identities
"It never ceases to amaze how American capitalism can sell even our own identities back to us in such tantalizing fashion as to make a profit."
politics  culture  society  us  class  capitalism  identity  music  countrymusic  consumerism  consumer  consumption  war 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Three Region Theory For Mobile Phones on PSFK
"1 where internet reached most people before mobile phones (NA); 2 internet reached at same time as mobiles (Eu); 3 mobiles reached before internet (Asia, SA, Africa)...timing...affects relationship citizens have with their phone"
internet  mobile  phones  global  culture  consumer  communication  behavior  world 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Consumed | Sustainability Coverage From American Public Media
"consumerism from its origins to its dominance over the world's economy and, arguably, its culture...examine how/if, it might be adapted to reduce its destructive consequence while keeping store shelves stocked. Watch this site in the coming weeks for sho
architecture  conservation  consumer  consumption  consumerism  sustainability  society  economics  culture  simulations  environment 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Consumerist Kit: The Ultimate Consumerist Guide To Fighting Back (Revised Edition)
"Section 1: "I've been wronged! What do I do next?" Section 2: The Consumerist Corporate Executive Directory Section 3: Success Stories"
advice  consumer  howto  tutorials  consumerist  finance 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Chinese luxury market -- all smoke and mirrors? - Boing Boing
"In order to drive their brands as prestige labels with high margins, they must 1) conceal how they’re cutting corners and costs in manufacture, and 2) conceal their sales performance. If they fail, then the whole rotten house of luxury collapses."
capitalism  brands  globalization  fashion  luxury  consumer  consumerism  materialism  culture  china  us  trade  corporations  books 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Half an Hour: Staying on Message
"OPLC serves a noble cause, but it is not benign. It is an instantiation of a certain myth - one that might be titled “we produce, you consume” - but which is supported by media manipulation.
olpc  $100  laptops  media  freedom  consumption  society  endorsement  opensource  curriki  wikiversity  consumer  consumerism  stephendownes 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses and Content vs. Context, a Presentation for Some Music Industry Friends at FISTFULAYEN
"I personally don’t have any more time to give and can’t bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life’s too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out."
amazon  apple  audio  business  consumer  content  control  copyright  drm  music  technology  usability  users  trends  yahoo  entertainment  future  itunes 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Local Theory - Home
"Local Theory creates consumer and branded entertainment that merges mobile and web technologies, location specific content, live productions and broadcast."
branding  broadcast  consumer  entertainment  interactive  technology  web  mobile  phones  content 
october 2007 by robertogreco
How To: 13 Step Method For Buying A Car While Controlling The Sale And The Price - Consumerist
"Commenter Keter posted a completely kick-ass 13 step guide to buying a car while maintaining total and absolute control over the sales process. It was so good we're lifting it and posting it to the front page."
cars  consumer  howto  tutorials  shopping  money  finance  negotiation 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Sack the net nanny, talk to your kids - Technology - smh.com.au
"If you want to be a citizen, a productive member of society, you're going to have to learn to operate in that environment - and that's to learn a critical attitude to information. The filter is no longer the publisher of the information but the consumer
children  education  safety  citizenship  filters  internet  online  web  media  journalism  consumer  information  literacy 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Birthdays Without Pressure
"If you think children’s birthday parties are getting out of control, you’ve come to the right place. We want to raise awareness of this problem and offer alternatives for parents and kids who want birthdays without pressure. We are a small group of
education  kids  philanthropy  parenting  family  children  sustainability  excess  simplicity  consumer  consumerism  consumption  materialism  society  activism  change  birthdays 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Coupon codes for thousands of online stores - RetailMeNot.com
"RetailMeNot.com is an easy way to find online coupon codes. Enter these codes at the checkout page of participating merchants for instant discounts."
shopping  amazon  budget  money  consumer  business  directory  price  bargains  coupons  stores 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Nick Sweeney · searching for the one-eyed jesus
"Monocle’s world exists nowhere outside its pages. You don’t have to be a long-emergencist to appreciate that this is a moment of supreme cultural privilege...But it’s fundamentally unsustainable, and perhaps the sick thrill of the magazine is to te
monocle  place  branding  placebranding  consumer  marketing  magazines  culture  travel  dopplr  green  italocalvino  global  globalization  globalism  wealth  consumption  consumerism 
september 2007 by robertogreco
San Francisco Restaurant Reviews, Doctors, Bars, Salons, Dentists and More | Yelp
"Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what's great (and not so great) in your world. You already know that asking friends is the best way to find restaurants, dentists, hairstylists, and anything local. Yelp makes it fast and easy b
consumer  ratings  reviews  search  restaurants  community  local  social  shopping  advice  business  comparison  recommendations  reputation  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  stores  tourism  travel  trust 
august 2007 by robertogreco
icon | 050 | august "We do not believe in “idiot-proof” technology – because we are not idiots, and neither are you. We will use language with care, and will search for less patronising words than “user” and “consumer”....
"We will focus on services, not on things. We will not flood the world with pointless devices. We believe that “content” is something you do – not something you are given by a person in a black T-shirt."
design  thackara  services  sustainability  technology  content  participatory  consumer  consumption 
august 2007 by robertogreco
Design Feature - Designers of the Future: Continuing the Journey - TAXI Design Network
"a journey to define the Designers of 2015. Here we continue on that journey to determine the landscape and personas of the not-sodistant future. This series of articles is also an invitation for you, the designers of today, to speak up about the trends t
design  future  technology  practice  education  aiga  adobe  systems  collaboration  collaborative  work  organizations  management  craft  information  consumer  consumergenerated  content 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Fuel for Thought: Financial Page: The New Yorker
"The curious fact is that many people buying three-ton Suburbans for that arduous two-mile trip to the supermarket also want Congress to pass laws making it harder to buy Suburbans at all."
business  cars  transportation  energy  environment  sustainability  law  rules  regulation  economics  politics  hockey  sports  consumer 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Rapleaf: Reputation Lookup and Email Search
"Look someone up by their email address to view their reputation related information, profile stats, and social networks. Leave feedback on others and they will be encouraged to rate you back. Use Rapleaf to build, promote, and manage your online reputati
reputation  ratings  online  networking  networks  email  blogging  branding  business  collaboration  community  consumer  marketing  people  profile  socialsoftware  social  shopping  services  tools 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Public Agenda Research Reports: Squeeze Play
"The report finds Americans are generally positive toward higher education, but there is evidence that this satisfaction is beginning to erode." see also: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.highered06jul06,0,7461065.story
education  college  universities  tuition  change  reform  perception  economics  price  parenting  consumption  consumer  schools  colleges  alternative  lcproject  excess  accountability 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Is America's love affair with college on the rocks? - baltimoresun.com
"Public Agenda found that 76 percent of parents are more than a little worried about tuition bills, and only 44 percent believe students get their money's worth." - private K-12 schools are likely to this happen as well
education  college  universities  tuition  change  reform  perception  economics  price  parenting  consumption  consumer  schools  colleges  alternative  lcproject  excess  accountability 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Artichoke: “corruptio optimi pessima” - the corruption of the best is the worst
"The profession of teaching in school, like planting harakeke for Tui without eradicating the rats, it represents an institutionalised dependency (of learning), and as such represents “corruptio optimi pessima”. And I am part of this"
education  larrylessig  teaching  technology  learning  society  ivanillich  identity  information  communication  community  health  medicine  schools  institutions  organizations  lcproject  corruption  freedom  dependence  economics  capitalism  consumerism  consumer  marketing  corporations  yearoff  family  relationships  cv  gamechanging  artichokeblog  pamhook 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Feature Presentation: Financial Page: The New Yorker
"This spiral of complexity, often called “feature creep,” costs consumers time, but it also costs businesses money."
simplicity  technology  usability  gadgets  electronics  experience  ux  design  consumer  complexity  apple  business  choice  development  economics  engineering  functionality  marketing  production  products  psychology  software  user 
june 2007 by robertogreco
A fast rate of return | csmonitor.com
"With half of today's gadgets brought back to stores in perfect working order, manufacturers are aiming to simplify."
simplicity  technology  usability  gadgets  electronics  experience  ux  design  consumer  complexity  apple  business  choice  development  economics  engineering  functionality  marketing  production  products  psychology  software  user 
june 2007 by robertogreco
IDEO's Jane Fulton Suri observes "thoughtless acts" - (37signals)
"IDEO designer Jane Fulton Suri figures out unmet consumer needs by watching ordinary people doing ordinary things."
design  human  inspiration  interdisciplinary  method  observation  consumer  research  howwelearn  ethnography  anthropology  interaction  user  experience  ux 
june 2007 by robertogreco
EPIC 2007 - Ethical. Progressive. Intelligent. Consumer. - March 16-18, 2007, Vancouver, BC, Canada
"EPIC is a new kind of exhibition celebrating leading companies who care about the consumer. The community. The planet. And they're making great products and offering exceptional services that don't compromise style or function."
sustainability  activism  environment  green  shopping  simplicity  retail  vancouver  conferences  consumer  events  lifestyle  ethics 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Joel Johnson Returns...to Spank Us All for Supporting Crap - Gizmodo
"Stop buying this crap. Just stop it. You don't need it. Wait a year until the reviews come out and the other suckers too addicted to having the very latest and greatest buy it, put up a review, and have moved on to something else."
activism  advice  criticism  gizmodo  culture  economics  business  markets  commentary  consumer  consumption  society  technology  electronics  gadgets  hardware  humor 
february 2007 by robertogreco
MPR: Life by Design
"The word 'design' used to be relegated to the conversations of academics and engineers, but now it pops up in housekeeping magazines and department store aisles. Although most of us don't learn about it in school, design -- both good and bad -- has a tre
radio  culture  design  architecture  cities  consumer  products  popular 
february 2007 by robertogreco
Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood
"Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood (formerly Stop Commercial Exploitation of Children) is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and concerned parents who counter the harmful effects of marketing to children t
activism  ads  capitalism  children  consumer  parenting  politics  social  nonprofit  education  consumerism  advertising  nonprofits 
december 2006 by robertogreco
zengestrom.com: SIME first day's summary
"5. Small group communication: from shouting to a mass, to engaging a group of 3-10 people to communicate with each other"
web  design  future  trends  business  society  communication  advertising  europe  technology  consumer  media  masses  experience  jyriengestrom 
november 2006 by robertogreco
GENERATION C | An emerging consumer trend and related new business ideas
"The GENERATION C phenomenon captures the an avalanche of consumer generated 'content' that is building on the Web, adding tera-peta bytes of new text, images, audio and video on an ongoing basis. "
consumer  content  creative  creativity  crowdsourcing  culture  customization  diy  advertising  education  ethnography  future  generations  ideas  innovation  internet  longtail  marketing  media  online  trends  technology  students  sociology  society  socialsoftware  research  social  reference  participatory  video  viral  web  business  user  remix  lcproject  schooldesign 
october 2006 by robertogreco
CUSTOMER-MADE | Co-creation, user-generated content, DIY advertising and more!
“The phenomenon of corporations creating goods, services and experiences in close cooperation with experienced and creative consumers, tapping into their intellectual capital, and in exchange giving them a direct say in (and rewarding them for) what act
content  creative  creativity  crowdsourcing  culture  customization  diy  advertising  education  ethnography  future  generations  ideas  innovation  internet  longtail  marketing  media  online  trends  technology  students  sociology  society  socialsoftware  research  social  reference  participatory  video  viral  web  business  user  remix  lcproject  schooldesign  consumer  collaboration  design  entrepreneurship  usability  community  news 
october 2006 by robertogreco
Wize. People Know.
"When it comes to shopping, we believe that everyone is smarter than any one. That's why we are constantly gathering user reviews, expert reviews, and buzz from all over the web."
aggregator  shopping  search  reviews  information  products  ratings  reference  reputation  gadgets  hardware  research  consumer  tips  money  capitalism 
october 2006 by robertogreco
The Freecycle Network(tm) - Changing the world, one gift at a time.
"The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns."
Free  recycling  community  local  services  society  social  green  consumer 
september 2006 by robertogreco
Chumby Industries
"Introducing chumby, a compact device that can act like a clock radio, but is way more flexible and fun. It uses the wireless internet connection you already have to fetch cool stuff from the web: music, the latest news, box scores, animations, celebrity
media  web  flash  fun  future  technology  toys  ubicomp  ambient  devices  electronics  wireless  wifi  radio  hardware  internet  life  rss  consumer  news  plush  networks  crafts  widgets 
august 2006 by robertogreco
INFOLUST | An emerging consumer trend and related new business ideas
So if that's the setting, let’s look at the most important INFOLUST developments: 1. Even more transparency in the online world 2. Search and answers go mobile 3. Real world objects join the game
information  tags  technology  consumer  collaboration  sociology  social  business  sms  media  research  search  ubicomp  spimes 
april 2006 by robertogreco
Boing Boing: Coping with plenty - stuff gets cheaper, space gets pricier
"I often feel like I'm drowning in plenty. Everywhere I go, there are discounts if I buy more -- it seems like everything in Britain is offered on a "3 for 2" basis -- and everything just keeps getting cheaper (the article notes that, adjusted for power,
society  consumerism  consumer  consumption  simplicity  wealth  economics 
march 2006 by robertogreco
Essays: 'Digital exuberance' by William Davies | Prospect Magazine February 2006 issue 119
"Digital technology hands more power and convenience to the individual consumer. But technologies of connectivity can threaten stability and community. We need a new ethics of inconvenience"
technology  society  community  communication  etiquette  ethics  consumer  connectivity 
january 2006 by robertogreco
demo.fb.se
"The media world is becoming increasingly fixated on appearances. And the number of tricks used to achieve the increasingly exaggerated ideals is growing. Many models have plastic surgery and even more are retouched so they appear to have bigger breasts,
culture  education  consumer  photography  technology  media  literacy  photoshop 
january 2006 by robertogreco
Iconoculture: Consumer Trend Research Advisory Leader
"Iconoculture is a touted trailblazer in consumer research and advisory services. We deliver consumer understanding through a unique, efficient combination of observation, classification, translation, and analysis. Our integrated platform of consumer rese
marketing  research  consumer 
january 2006 by robertogreco
Treehugger: Sublime - First International Ethical Lifestyle Magazine
""If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far go together" This is the mantra of Damian and Laura Santamaria who are the directors of a motivated group of people starting what they proudly describe as the First International Ethical Lifestyle
magazines  life  ethics  future  consumer  media 
december 2005 by robertogreco
: : . Sublime . : :
"Sublime is a bi-monthly international lifestyle magazine with ethical
magazines  life  future  ethics  consumer  media 
december 2005 by robertogreco
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