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The Age of Conversation: The Video

April 24th, 2008 · 12 Comments

BLUF: Watch the video. In the 21st Century we are not what we own, we are what we share. This is quite a big idea and will take a little while to sink in.

So I got lost surfing the net this morning. Oh, don’t look at me like it’s never happened to!

Anyway, I wandered across this excellent blog by Dave Henderson, eponomously titled… Dave Henderson’s Blog and I discovered this excellent post with a video that tells the entire concept of the Age of Conversation…

We Think

So this guy Charles Leadbeater, spoke at TED and writes a blog which I’m going to be reading from now on. (I’m just hoping to go to TED sometime soon, much less speak there.)

This video is what a video needs to be in my opinion; enthralling, entertaining, informative and successful in delivering the message.

Did you learn anything? Tell me about it in the comments, in other words join the conversation!

The Age of Conversation 2008

And speaking of conversations the Age of Conversation 2008 is shaping up and I’m working on my contribution. And I’m not alone, check out these world famous co-authors:

Adam Crowe, Adrian Ho, Aki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob Carlton, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Bradley Spitzer, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Clay Parker Jones, Chris Brown, Colin McKay, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Cord Silverstein, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Goldstein, Dan Schawbel, Dana VanDen Heuvel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Darryl Patterson, Dave Davison, Dave Origano, David Armano, David Bausola, David Berkowitz, David Brazeal, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Emily Reed, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, G. Kofi Annan, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Graham Hill, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going & Kathryn Fleming, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, J.C. Hutchins, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeremy Middleton, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, Joe Talbott, John Herrington, John Jantsch, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Flowers, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kris Hoet, Krishna De, Kristin Gorski, Laura Fitton, Laurence Helene Borei, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Barnes-Johnston, Louise Mangan, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Marcus Brown, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Mark McSpadden, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Hawkins, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Monica Wright, Nathan Gilliatt, Nathan Snell, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul Marobella, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, Beeker Northam, Rob Mortimer, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott Townsend, Scott White, Sean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Cribbett, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tiffany Kenyon, Tim Brunelle, Tim Buesing, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Longhurst, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem

Tanks for reading,


The Madison Avenue Journal

PS: My new friend Tim McHale Editor of Madison Avenue Journal, (we met a Blogger Social) has asked me to write for the Journal. I hope Tim doesn’t regret his decision, I’ll try to be good >;-). Look for my stuff there next week and I’ll keep you updated here.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tobv // Apr 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Chris – Agree. Great video .. simple but very powerful. Thanks for posting.

  • 2 Josef Katz // Apr 24, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Great video and it hit on one of the reasons I started my blog.

  • 3 Chris // Apr 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Toby & Josef,

    Yes it’s a very powerful video that must be watched over again to truly grasp the concepts.


  • 4 HD BizBlog- The Blog: Productivity in Context » Blog Archive » The Age of Conversation - The Video // Apr 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm

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  • 5 David Reich "my 2 cents" // Apr 27, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    An interesting video, but much too long. I found myself jumping ahead, not wanting to wait for the words to scroll. Now that I think about it, what’s being said is more interesting than the video itself.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    I’ll be watching for you at MadAveJournal.

  • 6 Chris // Apr 27, 2008 at 9:54 pm


    Yes the medium in this case doesn’t enhance the message too much.

    I don’t care that it’s a video I’m after the message. Which is what is so powerful, and the reason that I posted it on my blog.

    And thanks for noticing I’ll be on MadAveJournal. I’ll try hard to make my work there worth the trip.


  • 7 chris brown // Apr 28, 2008 at 5:32 am

    I found the video quite interesting. I like the whiteboard medium because the message doesn’t get distracted by a lot of fluff. It got me thinking.

    So, if mass innovation is the 21st century and it’s all free, how do we make a living? Maybe its time to stop worrying about having a telephone/tv in everyroom and a car for every driver (ie, less consumerism) and look to way to increase happiness/fulfillment. Success is doing more with less.

    The measure of success in the 21st century is:
    _______________. (knowing how to update wiki? Sharing an awesome app? Only consuming just enough and sharing the rest with others?) Knowledge?

    Big mindset change from:
    corner office = laptop office on the beach
    BMW = hybrid or yellow tallow powered
    book on the best seller list = blog #200 on technorati

    I’m going to mull on this some more. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Chris Brown
    branding & marketing blog

  • 8 Chris // Apr 28, 2008 at 7:14 am


    You GOT it! That’s exactly the way I feel about this video. Very deep and requires a lot of thought. Thanks for sharing your thought provoking ideas on this. I especially like the book/blog comparison, (said the blogger).


  • 9 chris brown // Apr 28, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Chris… you inspired my blog post this morning.
    Of course I had to use the marketing lense to make sure it matched with my blog’s focus.

  • 10 We Are What We Share « NextUp // Apr 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

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  • 11 Chris // Apr 30, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I can’t help feeling, for the moment, that while this sounds good it misses many points and smacks of narrow mindedness. The world hasn’t changed that much yet. There are many out there and many more aspiring to be defined by what they have and what they own rather than what they share, just take a look at the emerging industrial mights around the globe. Greed is still abig driver with many people and those that dont have sure like to have!
    Martyn Grimes (via Plaxo)

  • 12 Chris // Apr 30, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I have to agree with Martyn. I was always tought humans are an evolutionary species not a revolutionary and this kind of movement will take time. Indeed lots of the items shown in the video are happening already in all sorts of places but again, its a slow process. And what is missing completely in this video is what it could mean for companies and their marketing and communications. There’s a lot to be learnt and done from that point of view!
    Caspar Bielok (via Plaxo)