I was going to post some notes about Andrew Zolli’s keynote last night but it’s been very hard to summarize his ideas in a short space.
His presentation was one that deserves to be viewed in its entirety (the stream will be linked from the NECC Podcast Page when it’s available) and I will need to see it at least one more time to understand more of what he was talking about.
At the top of his talk, Zolli noted that we are all in the communications business in one way or another and towards the end he discussed the need to alter our concepts of literacy, great bookends for his message.
Certainly another of his themes was that of change, especially in the demographics (“demographers are like accountants but without the sex appeal”) of both the US and the rest of the world.
Another focused on the need to change the way we work with both information and each other, including our definitions of innovation, thinking, and what it means to be “smart”.
All good stuff. And, while Zolli’s keynote was certainly an interesting and entertaining presentation, I’m not sure he offered much that we haven’t heard before at NECC and elsewhere.
But then maybe I’ll discover more to it when I see it again. And after the conference fatigue wears off. :-)
Update 6/26: Wes Fryer live blogged the keynote panel session with Zolli on Tuesday and did a good job of capturing his ideas.