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In review: #shiftsxsw video interview with Brian Solis

It was only fitting that Brian Solis would kick off the #ShiftSXSW event series.  Solis currently serves as principle of a research-based advisory firm called Altimeter Group. Most recently, Solis, who has built a reputation as a thought leader in new media, published a new book The End of Business As Usual.  Something that Solis has received a rave reviews …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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A continuing conversation on cleantech in Germany

In a previous article on PGi, we applauded the unprecedented cleantech efforts underway in Germany, led by the government’s decision to phase out the country’s nuclear reactors by 2022 and convert their power grid to renewable energy sources by mid-century. Germany’s eco-consciousness extends also to the principles of sustainability being incorporated into their product designs and urban development. In this …

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A focus on the intersection of the future and the way we work: #ShiftSXSW

Beginning tomorrow, PGi will engage thought leaders, strategists, and business visionaries in a three-day conversation that intersects at the interactive hub of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Our offices, located the top of the Frost Bank Building, will serve as host for the second #shift conference. This pop-up event empowers, studies and celebrates exciting new fields as well as …

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#ShiftSXSW: Learn More About Brian Solis and the Future of Digital Platforms

With #shiftSXSW just a few days away, we wanted to share some more information on our key speaker Brian Solis. #Shift is about changing the way we think about the work-life balance, communicating and connecting, and the use of technology in business. Brian Solis, prominent social media analyst and thought leader, certainly fits the bill for this event. Whether it’s …

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Turn Your Location Services on for #shiftSXSW

Attending SXSW this year? The SXSWi (interactive) panels bring together some of the greatest forward thinking tech-heads from around the world, with social media serving as the keynote for many of their ideas. With SXSW and our #shift event in mind, and being a bit of an app-junkie, I saw a new locational service that I had to write about: …

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Event in Review: #ShiftNYC Dialogue on Social Enterprise

In the #shift event series, we focus conversation and thinking about the progression in professional cultures. One of our favorite topics revolves around social enterprise: the power of integrating social responsibility in the fabric of our business models, and creating new types of organizations that not only drive profit, but drive impact as well. We were thrilled to have such …

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Are you connected? Brian Solis at #shiftSXSW

In preparation for our upcoming #shiftSXSW event, we would like to highlight a few of our special guests, and, in their honor, address topics that are near and dear to them. We are kicking off our series of events with a discussion about social convergence and connectivity, and this conversation would not be complete without our featured panelist, Brian Solis. …

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Intel working on faster mobile WiFi technology

Intel’s new technology could improve WiFi speeds and ultimately battery life on mobile phones. The technology geniuses at Intel are working on a new chip, called Rosepoint, which may one day be used to produce the mobile phone of the future. The chip will allow mobile phones to have a faster WiFi connection and a longer battery life but at …

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‘Like’ this: Facebook and Greenpeace to collaborate on clean energy

Agreement comes nearly two years into Greenpeace’s campaign criticizing Facebook’s coal-powered data centers.                       Photo credit: Pshab/Flickr Facebook and Greenpeace have decided to bury the hatchet and become friends. It’s the end of a two-year feud that led Greenpeace to openly and frequently criticize the social networking giant for using …

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iMeet’s Ahead of the Curve: 12 Tech Trends for 2012

Aimlessly surfing the web this weekend using StumbleUpon as my trusty guide, I came across an immaculately arranged page, peaking my interest enough to stay and read for a bit. What I discovered was Fast Company’s Co.Design blog. The topic: twelve technology trends that will command 2012, which only engaged me further. As I read through the predicted directions of …

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How to Recover and Regroup After a Soul-Sucking Meeting

You probably know what it’s like to have a meeting that makes you feel worse after it’s over, as though you’ve accomplished less for attending than if there had been no meeting at all. You aren’t clear on your next steps, attendees are frustrated, communications were cloudy, tense, or worse, or maybe even some of the primary stakeholders weren’t even …

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Maybe You CAN Change the World: The Future of Social Good

If your company disregards social media as a consumer trend or solely personal tool, you’re grossly underestimating its power. Social media is the first true collective voice of our world, making the exchange of information faster than previously imaginable and creating a global social awareness like never before. Just consider the transformation of information exchange in the past twenty years. …

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What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

A swirling sea of plastic bags, bottles and other debris is growing in the North Pacific, and now another one has been found in the Atlantic. But how did they get there? And is there anything we can do to clean them up? Not all garbage ends up at the dump. A river, sewer or beach can’t catch everything the …

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Easy Green Resolutions for Your Business in 2012

Having suffered through the historical drought that scorched Texas this past summer and being befuddled by a winter that seems more like spring, many of us are embracing terms like “climate change,” “climate weirdness” and “global warming” to describe the unprecedented shifts in our planet’s weather patterns. Although we may struggle to articulate our concerns, not always knowing the precise scientific …

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The future of our networked society

This week, I found myself inspired by the video “On the Brink” and as soon as I watched it, I wanted to share it with my #Shift readers. It explores the rapid change we are all in the midst of and a part of, and how technology now enables humans to more fully actualize what we truly are. This new, …

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Welcome to the urban (sustainability) century

Half the world now lives in cities, and by midcentury 75 percent of us will be urbanites. To make our cities sustainable, look to the 2012 TED Prize and a fascinating new documentary called Urbanized. Photo courtesy of David Schenfeld/Flickr By the middle of this century, there will be as many people living in cities worldwide as there are alive …

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Hydrogen fuel cells may soon replace batteries in Apple devices

The technology would pack a lot of energy into a small space and allow laptops and iPhones to run for weeks without refueling. Photo: Gabrielle B./Flickr If you thought that hydrogen power was a technology reserved for cars, think again. Apple has recently submitted documents to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for hydrogen fuel cells that may soon provide …

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Happy Holiday Wishes from PGi

 

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iSchool Initiative inspires students to go paperless and become ‘mobile learners’

No more papers, no more books, just education with a whole new look. Sometimes frustration in the status quo can lead to a game-changing idea. Two and a half years ago, Travis Allen was a high-school student and, as he calls himself, a “digital native” who was frustrated by his teachers’ insistence on turning in assignments on paper and not …

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