Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Social Media and the World Economy.
Could Ecademy support the next generation of new businesses and help boulster the UK and Global Economy ?

Charles Darwin stated:

"It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change"

Another less well known thinker said:

"I plan, therefore I achieve"

Everything and everyone evolves.,When we look around ourselves and think about Ecademy, FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, the Banks and Business link we see a pattern of big institutions either growing fast or failing fast - FaceBook and Twitter respond to change in real time whilst the Banks, Government and Business Link etc, need 12 months simply to "process a thought"

My line of thinking for Ecademy is not just as a small Business community but as a small Business School which could replace business link at almost ZERO cost to the government.

I know in my heart and in my head that Ecademy could become the champion for Micro and SME businesses. A solid organisation which could evolve into the largest organisation of its kind in the UK if not the world. Think or the wealth of experience Ecademy members have to offer the enevitable explosion of new Micro and SME businesses.

Currently ecademy is a random collection of business people, profiles, company pages, Market place ads and blogs. Random is good for a networking community, But random is not so good for small business people who need support but "don't know, what they don't know" and don't really know what support they really need to grow and prosper.

New entrepreneurs or small business owners need structure, they need step-by-step, and they need someone to hold their hand. (I know that I did)

I saw another Tweet from a new USA Ecademist last night asking "I've just joined ecademy can somebody tell me how to use it?"

I created the image below to describe a feature that I think we should have on the Ecademy home page, I know it's a bit of clumsy image, but Imagine if you could see at a glance the subject you are interested in or need help with. You would click on the pictorial link to find the people or information you want/need.

Each bubble would lead to sub bubbles which lead to sub-sub bubbles in order that every facet of business management thinking and training is catered for within the Ecademy community.



This would accelerate membership, and make Ecademy easier to understand, ecademy - membership would grow, membership retention and participation would improve.

Regional Ecademy Support

We would have regional education centres (hotel conference centres or University facilities) around the country (World) to overcome the objection of Ecademy being a London community!

These witterings are a few of my personal thoughts for Thomas Power following our day together on Monday 26th July 2010.

This is business development in action, throwing good, bad or indifferent ideas at the wall hoping that some of them will stick or at least be food for thought.

"I plan, therefore I achieve"
Mick Say 1961 - (a long time yet I hope)

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Sam Borrett

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Great Post Mick, and very useful and helpful to show people some of the steps, pitfalls and opportunities that can be in the offering. Cheers Sam Sam Borrett Performance Coach, Trainer, Real Estate, Mentor, Lawyer, Facilitator, Life Constellations Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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William Buist

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Spot on Mick. I agree that there needs to be lots of strength, in the darwinian context of willingness and capability to adapt and change. We are in the most accelerated period of change in the history of humanity, and we have to be willing to engage with it in order to survive. "Engagement" means not just being connected, but having connected-ness, of giving freely to others and learning in an open-minded way to use the tools and technology. It means being able to inspire, influence, inform and support. Churchill said "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." William Buist Ecademy, Follow me >

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Almira Ross

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Some excellent ideas Mick - with the demise of Business Link, small businesses will need a place to go for support, information and guidance and it's likely to be a commercial, rather than government-backed, venture that provides it. Why not ecademy? Regards Almira +44(0) 7743 886 503almiraross@me.comwww.almiraross.comIndependent Consultant ID# 441014092Arbonne Internationallinked in ecademy facebook twitter socialmediatribes

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Nigel T Packer

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Only the agile will Survive in Social Media & the Internet

Mike, Your commentary is obvious to those who could see the possibilities as long ago as the 1990's but you have not gone far enough. The change that we have seen to date is nothing to what is coming in the next few years and the future. I am not referring to the movement towards social media and the latest trends in business promotion but the way people live. The changes that are starting to influence and affect the way we all interact socially and in business. We also have to consider the way the internet will determine the changes in societal behaviour. Like the printing press and education that changed things in the past the journey will be difficult and many will gain and many will lose. The effect the internet has had to date is small, only taken up by those who see the possibilities, a small minority who are engaged and who are influencing the creation of the trends. The vast majority of internet users are joining unaware of the consequences and not sure of the possibilities but want to be part of it the 'me too followers'. Business owners see the internet as another sales medium, individuals see it as many things: A place to meet, a place to share, a place to learn, a place to make purchases. These are all the positive facets, we also have to think of the 'dark side' a place to corrupt, a place to mislead, a place to steal, a place to groom. I have been researching the effects the internet has had on the retail industry in the last 10 years and my findings have been quite scary for those who occupy the High Street. At speaking events - across the UK and in Europe - I have been sharing with audiences about the changes that are to come. It has frightened many but the evidence is irrefutable. Too many of the old schools in Business, the Press and Politics do not comprehend the enormity the internet will have in everything we do. Business, society and life will never be the same again. The vast majority of business owners are reacting to the technology created by the developers and trends internet users create by their volume and curiosity. These businesses are jumping on the band wagon hoping they won't get left behind. The movers and shakers are the likes of Amazon and eBay and even they do not get it right all the time. The retail industry has a lot of catching up to do. They are still applying old business models to the internet. It is not the High Street it is the Internet, it is new and in most cases it is the blind leading the blind. Business owners are reliant on web designers and developers to find the solution to their needs but these are not business people or marketers. They simply take the clients money and build a website from a template and then put the clients content into it. No consideration has been made for the people who will be using the website. The press are also applying old business models to the delivery and monetisation of the news using the internet and they are failing rapidly. There was an interesting commentary by a journalist who was deriding bloggers on the BBC last evening. He has not realised that the mainstream press have lost out to a fast moving agile sub culture that is gaining momentum from the need of the user for faster and more responsive news. Not from across the world but from local events and issues. Watch out as twitter takes over from the press for local news and postings form amateur journalists on every street corner armed with a mobile phone, a blog and a twitter feed. Society has already changed beyond recognition and we will see more of this in the next few years. Some governments have already tried to stop the march of the internet by blocking and filtering information. Like the hacker each time you put a firewall on something the hacker sees it as a challenge to get around. The vast majority of social media users are blissfully unaware of the consequences of their actions, they are feeding the speed of change by joining. On social networks you can see everything you would expect in a soap opera. I have seen the early development of a love story to an acrimonious divorce. There has been the offer of a job to the public sacking of an employee because they connected to their new boss when they started in the job and then published a diatribe of how bad it was working in the company. This is not fiction it is the real thing, happening in real time and far more relative than the six week soap story. Does this mean the end of the soap opera as we know it? We are at the beginning of the story, I cannot predict what will happen but whatever it is it will happen because the momentum has started to grow. One thing I can point out is the internet is a self service environment and whatever way you want to use it you have to take this into consideration. What do the users want and can we provide it in an easy and timely way that meets their needs and wants. Only the strong will survive It is not really about the strong but about the ones who can see, those people who have the broad knowledge from many sectors and are not closed minded. 'T' shaped people with a wide knowledge base which is focused on a core area, the internet. Thank you for your insights Kind regards Nigel T Packer

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Vicky Robinson

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This is great Mick. It is really true, I have been a member of Ecademy since 2006. It has changed a lot since I joined and so has social media. There are so many websites that enable you to find people you need and Meet, Like, Trust very easily. Ecademy is different to other places and any tips people can share are great. I agree there is nothing like face to face and when I have attended the Ecademy Networking meetings it has really opened up more opportunities to work together or even share ideas. Even these are changing and it is the members who drive the community forward. I am planning to be even more active within Ecademy and I am already meeting more great people. vicky@internetcoachingcircle.com t: 0207 100 9006 / m: 07722 3344 94

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Sam Borrett

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Mick, a very innovative and creative blog. Certainly Ecademy has my vote and as to whether who will survive only time will tell. I never take anything for granted anymore. Sam Sam Borrett Mentor, Entrepreneur, Facilitator http://www.familyconstellation.com.au Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. EastWest Property Investments PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Dear Mick, Thank you so much for having invited me to comment on your interesting blog. As you know, Fast Company is actually searching for 2010's most influential person online. You are more influential than you think. Just click here to determine how influential you are online! You asked in your blog if Ecademy could support the next generation of new businesses and help bolster the UK and Global Economy? I think that Ecademy is well positioned as a small learning social media niche platform for successful entrepreneurs who aspire to implement and propagate a peace for talent! I think that continuous improved quality through a PDCA or plan do check act cycle will be one of the solutions of success that has been thought 60 years ago to save Japan's economy through KAIZEN, the positive change. But on the other hand, working labor will become very scarce as the baby boomer start to retire now and in 2028 the world will have one third less active and non officially retired work force available. This will make a great change and it will end the devastating War for Talent where Talents have been financially totally overrated and the Wall Street smarts were allowed to destroy a whole prospering economy! In fact, smart people have little to search in the global financial service industry, that is mainly an industry of committed bankers with a banking apprenticeship to bring back cash strong banks that can invest money in national economies. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of the Black Swan, thinks that we need an epistemocracy, that is, a society robust against expert errors, forecasting errors and hubris, one that can be resistant to the incompetence of politicians, regulators, economists, central bankers, bankers, policy wonks and epidemiologists. As a conclusion, I think that we need a sustainable Peace for Talent where everybody can work, not like before as a mercenary employee, like Charles Handy described it in The Hungry Spirit : Beyond Capitalism - A Quest for Purpose in the Modern World, but as a citizen employee who cannot be fired, once employed. I think that we will slowly shift in a more humble and more caring world where social media will enable us all to aspire to our own and private niche of expertise. Have fun! Best - Lucas Join The Swiss Business Club - Join the GuanXi Game Club - Join the Risk Consulting Club - And Join Doing Business Virtually!

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Strashimir Yosifov

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Dear Mick, Thank you for this posting. I like it. Following the Darwin's theory I would only propose to modify the title: "Only the Responsive to Change will Survive the Social Media Age". Best regards, Strashimir http://www.jec-bg.com

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David Pitcher

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Hi Mike again Wondering whether there is a place within Ecademy for other sources of expertise like professional or business people who are retired but willing/wanting to go on contributing. David Pitcher Success Coach ....specialising in 'Life Design' +44 7835 212425 dpitcheruk@yahoo.co.uk

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Carolyn Williams

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Survive And #Sparkle!

"We would have regional education centres (hotel conference centres or University facilities) around the country (World) to overcome the objection of Ecademy being a London community!". It's always about TED on the streets!...> Education - Location. Education Centres - Location. Business Education Locations!. And learning how to #Sparkle through to...> business. Get my drift?. :) Excellent working model in progress Mick. C :)x Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media www.lifestyle-online.co.uk www.facebook.com/LifestyleOnline

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Jeff Mowatt

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Only the Strong will Survive the Social Media Age

Another snippet from us Mick which leads on to the work we do leveraging small business in impoverished communities in Easter Europe. "We are at the very beginning of a new type of society and civilization, the Information Age. Historically, this is only the third distinct age of civilization. We lived in an agricultural age for thousands of years, which gave way to the Industrial Revolution and Industrial Age during the last three hundred years. The Industrial Age is now giving way to the Information Revolution, which is giving rise to the Information Age. Understanding this, it is appropriate to be concerned with the impact this transition is having and will continue to have on the lives of all of us. In that it is a fundamental predicate of "people-centered" economic development that no person is disposable, it follows that close attention be paid to those in the waning Industrial Age who are not equipped and prepared to take active and productive roles in an Information Age. Many, in fact, are scared, angry, and deeply resentful that they are being left out, ignored, effectively disenfranchised, discarded, thrown away as human flotsam in the name of human and social progress. We have only to ask ourselves individually whether or not this is the sort of progress we want, where we accept consciously and intentionally that human progress allows for disposing of other human beings."

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David Pitcher

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Mike I like this and am still thinking about it....! thanks David Pitcher Success Coach ....specialising in 'Life Design' +44 7835 212425 dpitcheruk@yahoo.co.uk

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