Tag Archives: Christmas

2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Along with Christmas, New Year’s Eve parties and the great weather, one of my favourite things about late December is the “best of” lists that the papers put together to reflect on the year that was (and sell extra copies during a traditionally slow news period).

This is of course magnified at the end of the decade, when we are offered the opportunity to stand back and consider just how strange the …

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Hey! You! Get off my crowd: is crowdsourcing becoming a meaningless buzzword?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Over the last few months, I have been spending more and more time in the US, doing my best to soak up the famous American culture (while rushing between meetings).

Of course, regardless of what country you live in, one event which you cannot escape is the Super Bowl: that special time of year, when the world comes together to ignore America’s favorite sport. This year we …


The land that time forgot: How crowdsourcing can help bring Cuba into the 21st Century

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… cars, spicy culture and rich history, few countries excite the imagination like Cuba.

Over the Christmas break I visited this tiny island that occupies such a large place in world culture and history. Explaining the country of Castro is probably impossible, but triumphant Socialism or the white sandy beaches of Varadero are far from the reality. Day-by-day Cuba revealed itself exciting, surprising and often disappointing.

Paper to the people

One thing that struck me – aside form the …

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Crowd funding: a monumental achievement

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… who would have thought that the campaign to make an old Rage Against the Machine song the Christmas No 1 single in the UK would succeed, outselling The X Factor’s hit?

Unsurprisingly, creating a “viral campaign” is an advertising executive’s dream. Whether or not getting 5 million people to watch a man in a Gorilla suit play the drums actually sells lots more chocolate is uncertain, but it sure does make the ad execs feel cool.

With crowd funding on the other hand, viral …

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Teaching kids to win

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

A friend of mine once taught at a school in London’s East End. It was what a recruitment consultant might describe as a “challenging” teaching environment. The role was less Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society , more Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds . Kids weren’t climbing on their desks so they could chant “ O Captain, my captain ”, they were just …

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