Spime, mime, and clouds – All you ever needed to know about the Knowledge Revolution

Last week’s Sunday Times article by Rosie Kitchen reviewed Ben Hammersleys “64 things you need to know now for then” and is exactly that.

Ben is the editor-at-large of Wired and the Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City, London’s Internet Quarter. ‘It is a guided tour through latest technology and an examination of how it will change our lives…..what lies ahead is already recognisable but nonetheless remarkable’.

‘New technologies are bringing about fundamental changes in society, they are happening in the manner of all revolutions: very, very gradually and then very suddenly’.

The catalyst for this is the Internet. Not only has it radically changed the way we work, live and love but, Hammersley notes, it has also turned the rules of business on their heads. In this new world David regularly beats Goliath, and because of this, industries have to develop new business models quickly. We are now defined as either technologically literate or illiterate: those who get it and those who do not.

The problem, Hammersley suggests, is that most power holders and decision makers do not.’

“the Internet destroys every business that enters its sights and remakes it in its own image” – –just ask record companies, travel agents and publishers what this feels like. Next in line for an overhaul is Government’

‘Government will have to adapt to a public who are increasingly used to having an opinion and having that opinion taken seriously’ see change.org and The Nelson Touch, cando.org.au,and the impact of the Internet in the ‘Arab Spring’.

‘Government will be forced to start thinking more like a brand, competing for the attention of the public’.


What if everything you purchased was also accompanied by an electronic tag that told you not only its ‘e numbers’ but its origins, about the conditions of its workers, the companies ethical track record and much more? Fair Trade is but an infant compared to this scenario. It is already being used by Amazon with its price comparison app. See the success of Wikipedia – the ultimate example of ‘crowd sourcing’.


ReCaptcha is Googles version of this service, which uses human intelligence to help to digitise old texts.

This technology was used to digitise 20 years of the New York Times in just a couple of months.

3-D printing

This is rapidly approaching and you will be able to order parts for your dishwasher, bike, or a 1920 Bugatti to be produced from a digital source and turned into a real part. Airbus does this for intricate landing gear parts in Filton, UK.

‘Hammersley believes the Internet is essentially untameable. Censorship is not logistically possible; nor is it feasible for governments to read people’s emails, despite headlines to the contrary. The task is too great. Society will have to adapt to the Internet, not the other way around.’

“The ability to be anonymous online is a huge social good, it enables you to ask questions and express opinions that you couldn’t before – and get answers”

This vindicates my strongly held beliefs expressed in previous blogs: that we are in the Knowledge Revolution and the Internet has turned us into a global village. All old preconceptions fall before us ‘only humans’ who have 48,000 years of behavioural conditioning hard wired into our ‘headwear’. Desmond Morris recently commented on the London riots: people who live in villages don’t burn their neighbours’ houses down. So, if you want to know the answer, think village people! A cynic recently reminded me that villagers do, however, burn other villages down. The Internet does not rid us of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse but it does go a long way to stop powerful individuals doing it and landing all of us with the consequences. Watch the news!

“What we will see more of is Internet users deciding for themselves what is and is not appropriate behaviour and doling justice out as they see fit.’ ’twas ever thus!

‘for the record, a meme is a concept that spreads via the Internet : an echo chamber is when something posted online is distorted in the retelling, like Chinese whispers; and a cloud is remote online data storage.

When I read this excellent article I stopped, got the kindle version on line immediately, and couldn’t stop until I had read it – so should you! Then I finished the article……..that’s viral!


Unite with a creative network of successful entrepreneurs who understand what’s relevant in 2012.

Like it or not; we are all part of an ongoing Knowledge Revolution. All around us, billions of fellow humans are discovering the joys of accessing unlimited knowledge for the first time in the history of the human race. There are those who ‘get it ‘and those that don’t.  Can they deny its existence?

Conversations that often ‘pop up’ include discussing the merits of a particular device or software. Our ancestors would have tested the best way of lighting a fire or designs for a wheel. Zettabyte man, ‘’you’’, listen to your friends discussing whether they should use a ‘BlackBerry ‘or an  ‘iPhone’, or saying  ‘I don’t do Facebook’ and ‘all this twitter stuff is rubbish’.  When you understand the wireless Internet Knowledge Revolution, you realise that all the new superfast ways of communicating are relevant; enabling you to grasp opportunities as they happen, to put you ahead of the game.

Phineas Fogg – Around the World in 80 days – needed to ditch excess weight from his balloon to get over the Alps. Nowadays you can fly around the world at light speed, but the need to ditch excess baggage is just as relevant. Do it now!

So why join our Network?  Well, it’s ‘virtual’, global and full of Knowledge Revolutionaries! A meeting of minds with all their potential will inevitably spark new thoughts, creativity and opportunities. That is The Knowledge Cloud  Network. Accelerate your chances of success by meeting others who have benefitted in The Knowledge Revolution.

On this site we post the regular London monthly meeting dates that are organised to give you the opportunity to meet other Knowledge Revolutionaries.

There is a blog on this website for Network members. We will post comments and examples of  ‘How to make the most of the incredible opportunities available to us’. Members will also be encouraged to share their stories.

On reading my page, you will see that I’ve had the privilege of coming across some pretty impressive Knowledge Revolutionaries in my time. I’ve invited a number of them to ‘inspire us’ for twenty minutes at each meeting! Their theme will be ‘Taking Advantage of the Knowledge Revolution’. Fascinating people, taken from all walks of life; I hope you will feel free to suggest additional speakers. Being a ‘virtual’ network, we will share the evening live on the site for those who are unable to attend in person. We would like  to offer members a number of opportunities, to enhance their potential in various ways, at a discounted price to the general public. Our aim is to give you the equivalent in discounts to your subscription. The subscription enables us to build a better and better network. Our goal is a ‘win win’ for all.

Rollo Clifford will run a number of three-hour ‘headware’ updates – venues, dates and details on this site.  In addition, we’re constructing a number of two-day ‘Ultimate ‘experiences. These will combine the ‘headware’ update with an unusual experience. These will be based around Exmoor in the West Country, sailing in the Solent and Historic Malta. Here, Revolutionaries will join 20 others in an experience designed to give them a broader perspective on the world. We aim to make these two days a mind stretching experience that is both enjoyable and unique.  You will come away recharged, with a changed perspective on the world.

See the network page for details. Come and join the Revolution!




The Nelson Touch

“Traditionally a sea battle would be fought with the two opposing fleets drawing themselves up to form two lines of battle. This tactic did not favour what was perceived to be the faster, more accurate gunnery of the Royal Navy and would often bring about indecisive results, usually with the enemy escaping. Nelson’s idea was to quickly bring about a melee in which, due to superior gunnery, the British would have a distinct advantage.”

” Creating trust amongst his officers was crucial to Nelson. It allowed him to rely on simple strategies rather than complicated battle plans, certain in the knowledge that his subordinates would support one another in achieving the overall objective and be confident enough to use their own initiative when required.”

‘Do you remember that in classical times when Cicero had finished speaking, the people said, “How well he spoke” but when Demosthenes had finished speaking, they said, “Let us march.”?’
Adlai Stevenson and The World: The Life of Adlai E. Stevenson (1977) by John Bartlow Martin, p. 549:

“Bloodless bean-counters rule over us – Where are the leaders?” Charles Moore The Daily Telegraph 12/5/12.

‘Managerialists..are a group who consider themselves separate from the organisations they join’.They are not interested in the content of the work their organisation performs. They are a caste of people who think they know how to manage. They have studied the “24 hour MBA”. There is a clear benefit from their management, for them: they arrange their own very high salaries and bonuses. Then they can leave quickly with something that looks good on the CV. The benefit to the company is less clear’

‘But it struck me that the qualities of a tribal chief are now shockingly rare in big modern organisations. The point about a tribe is that it unites its members by ties that are very hard to break. Tribalism, for sure, can be a bad thing, but a tribe understands matters of life and death ….the chief of the tribe is not a manager: he is a leader’

Understanding the above combines ancient beliefs tried and tested but adding up to date ‘headware updates’ equips you for leadership in the Internet age – the Knowledge Revolution.

A Tale of Two Screams

the scream by edvard munch Pictures, Images and Photos

The iconic picture of the Scream by Edvard Munch was sold for a record £73m yesterday. Most of us would never envisage paying that amount of money for a picture. Why is this relevant? It probably isn’t – so we’ll put it in the ‘interesting’ box.
The second scream is that of parents who are watching their child’s life ebb away for lack of a suitable organ doner.
Mark Zuckerbergs enlightened addition to Facebook yesterday is a remarkable illustration of the Knowledge Revolution in action. By clicking on your account you can elect to donate your organs if you should die – have you done it yet? It is not the concept that is so remarkable –  it is the consequence……US donors rose a staggering 700-% in a matter of hours and we will see what happens in the UK.
Bill Gates has philanthropically won Gold medals for his various health campaigns in Africa. Mark may achieve the same result in days in north America and Europe by the click of a button.
In the UK we have had campaigns to carry donor cards costing millions. Where’s yours? In the bottom of your handbag or briefcase? Or has it ‘got lost’ ? It’s difficult to say to the doctors that you had one somewhere when you are unconscious. Your family would be placed in a horrific situation whilst unbeknown to you the parents of that child are down the corridor in a similar state.
What a scream!   Make it a scream for joy and remember this every time you see ‘the Scream’.