The future of business and media is all about interconnected business models that generate mutual benefits for everyone. The era of ‘egosystems’ such as walled, controlled, centralized and RoI-obsessed businesses, is rapidly closing. Now it’s all about creating powerful ecosystems that are built on openness, standards, transparency, trust and decentralization. Think Google versus AT&T, or Twitter versus FoxNews.
Branson thinks of one of his favorite sayings when advising about taking business risks: “‘The brave may not live forever—but the cautious do not live at all!’”
Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.

Quote by Milton Friedman: Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces …

Absolutely important realization: “Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change”

What I found was that the Internet has allowed social, nonmarket behavior to move from the periphery of the industrial economy to the very core of the global, networked information economy.

Source: amazon.com

Manufacturers cease thinking of themselves as sellers of products and become, instead, deliverers of service, provided by long-lasting, upgradeable durables. Their goal is selling results rather than equipment, performance and satisfaction rather than motors, fans, plastics, or condensers.

Source: amazon.com

There is currently no effective technology to clean up oil spills from drilling in broken ice waters. Shell’s disaster plan for the Arctic relies heavily on skimmers which become ineffective with as little as 10% ice cover.

- Chuck Clusen, NRDC’s director of National Parks and Alaska Projects. Read more. (via nrdc)

In practically no human society examined under controlled conditions have the majority of people consistently behaved selfishly.. The promise of cooperation is not some silly utopian dream. It is grounded in some of the best work and most rigorous research in behavioral science" "When any relatively stable and coherent system—an economy, a country, or a community—suffers a shock, it leads to a new flexibility, a new openness to different ways of explaining our world and organizing our lives. This is the way we come to reexamine old practices, try new ones, and adapt to the changes happening around us…