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David Weinberger        

Technology Expert & Marketing Guru

David Weinberger, PhD, is one of the world's most respected thought leaders at the intersection of technology, business, and society. His latest book, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room, is a roadmap on taking advantage of networked knowledge now that it has replaced books and experts of old.

Dubbed a "marketing guru" by The Wall Street Journal, Weinberger co-authored the influential bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto. Called "a primer on Internet marketing" by The Guardian and "the most important book since [Tom Peters'] In Search of Excellence" by InformationWeek, it was one of the first books to tell businesses what the web was really about. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Small Pieces Loosely Joined, a highly original and accessible reflection on the impact of the Internet on human behavior, and Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, which uses the shift to digital music as the model for the future in virtually every industry.

One of the connected economy's most thought-provoking mavericks, Weinberger currently works as a strategic marketing consultant, working for, founding, and consulting with corporations of all sizes - from Fortune 500s to early-stage startups. He has been published in a variety of journals and newspapers, including Wired, Harvard Business Review, Salon, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Guardian.

Weinberger holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and taught philosophy for five years at New Jersey's Stockton State College. Since 2004, he has been a fellow at Harvard University's prestigious Berkman Center, gag writer for Woody Allen, NPR commentator for "All Things Considered" and "Here and Now," technology columnist for KMWorld and Darwin Magazine, blogging pioneer, and dot-com entrepreneur.

An active blogger and former senior Internet advisor to the Howard Dean presidential campaign, David Weinberger speaks around the world about the web's impact on business and culture.

Speech Topics


The War Against Customers: What Marketing Can – and Must – Learn from the New Connectedness

The fundamental fact of marketing is that you're trying to get an unwilling customer to do something they don't want to do. That's why customers want to flee when they sense they're being marketed to. But suppose waging war against our customers – "targeting" them via "strategies" and "tactics" – isn't such a good idea? And suppose customers simply won't stand for it anymore?

Traditional marketing views itself as a type of broadcast, wherein a single voice gets to send a message to a mass of people. But the Internet is the anti-broadcast medium: it's not mass, it's not one-way, and it's not controlled by companies that can pay to send out a message. The Internet is, in fact, a conversation among your customers who are discovering that they are a far better source of information about products and services than the companies ever could be. This is the most fundamental shift in marketing since the creation of mass media. And it affects all marketing, on or off the Web.

In this keynote speech, the audience will learn how old marketing techniques actually alienate customers; the keys to engaging in the new customer conversations the market expects (and demands); and how to anticipate the most important change in customer dynamics and marketing since the invention of mass media 80 years ago.

The Information Revolution That Wasn't and the One That Will Be: How the New Dimensions of Information Are Transforming Business... and Life

Remember how in the '80s and then the '90s we were all going to drown in information? The information tidal wave crashed all around us... but we barely got wet. But don't relax too soon. The real change is already upon us.

We managed to survive the information tsunami by coming up with surprisingly good information management tools – who would have predicted Google would be so great? – and, frankly, ignoring much of the information that we've gathered.

It turns out that the quantity of the information hasn't changed our businesses or our lives so much. But changes are on the way that will bring about deeper and more profound changes in the most fundamental dimensions of life and work:

  • Place: Thanks to wireless networks, mobile devices that know where they are, and clever tools that figure out what spots documents are talking about, information about places will be available at those places. For the first time, the earth itself will no longer be speechless.
  • Groups: As weblogs – online journals – become commonplace to the young generation, the line between private and public is being erased... including the line between company and customer.
  • The Past: As digital photography becomes pervasive, and as sharing files among friends becomes the norm, personal memories will become communal.
  • Truth: In order to manage vast quantities of information, we have to deal explicitly with information about information – tags, labels, categories – which can lead businesses to ignore the real roots of their value: the messy, personal relationships that are the source of all innovation and loyalty.

In this talk, Dr. Weinberger looks at these trends and others, painting a picture of the future that challenges business to change or be left behind. Audiences will walk away with a new understanding of the latest technology trends and their effect on business, as well as how to take advantage of these new technologies.

The Knowledge Management Oxymoron

Messiness Is a Virtue: Information Management in the Age of the Web

Harnessing Big Data in Business

What's truly new about "big data" isn't that it's big - it's that it turns the nature of data inside out. In the Age of Information, data consisted of numbers in spreadsheet cells that were designed to support particular business functions and services. Data was considered useful only after it had been cleaned and it was put to use in computer models that represented domains of life through a relatively simple set of rules. And those datasets were zealously kept private. But now that we're in the Age of Connection, big data's data is no longer separated into cells - it's linked and made public in order to support functions and services that haven't even been invented yet. These datasets now constitute a "data commons" that has value because it enables the emergence of a marketplace of models that longer rely on reducing complex domains to simple rules. At last our data is rich, varied, and linked enough to let us deal with the world at a far more accurate level of complexity - even though sometimes we end up with knowledge without understanding it. In this presentation, speaker David Weinberger explains how these changes constitute a fundamental shift in how we know our world and urges businesses to embrace these changes to fully benefit from this transformation. Otherwise, big data is just a lot of data.

Too Big to Know: The Solution to Big Data Is More Data

We used to know how to know. We asked an expert or we consulted a book. But it turns out that our system of knowledge was limited by its old medium - paper. Now knowledge is taking on the properties of its new networked knowledge, and this is changing not only how we know, but what knowledge itself is. Knowledge is moving from curated to overwhelming, from settled to always in dispute, from defined by topics to endlessly linked, and from well organized to messy. Perhaps most importantly, knowledge is moving from the brains of experts to networks rife with debate among experts, amateurs, the brilliant, and the idiotic. In this keynote, best-selling author and speaker David Weinberger explains that while the challenges are abundant, we now have an epochal opportunity to scale knowledge up to the enormous tasks we have set for ourselves and our species.

Leadership in the Age of the Web: How the Networking of Everything is Changing how Leaders Should Lead

Web 2.0: The Myth and the Meaning

Internet Exceptionalism – How Everything is Different on the Web, Really?

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David Weinberger | Huffington Post

David Weinberger writes about the effect of the Internet on our ideas. He has a Ph.D. from University of Toronto, and is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman  ...

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