Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Updates: Community Manager @rewiredinc, Site Redesign

Hello from Douglas Crets, the guy who writes this blog.

Douglas Crets, blogger and Community Manager @Rewiredinc

I have been burning the candle at both ends recently with a slew of projects, some of which I cannot talk about until they are launched.

I can tell you that I have been doing a community manager gig at Re-Wired group, where I post daily blog posts about innovation and write content for the @rewiredinc Twitter feed. Please come by and say hello. You may also be interested in joining the discussion about Jobs to be done, the framework the Re-Wired Group made famous, which looks at how consumers choose products or services to perform jobs for them, in a process called “hiring.”  Join the Jobs to be done LinkedIn Group.

This site is going through a redesign. The skin is being coded and should go up in a week or so. I will have more bloggers on board and we will be delivering you daily news about social innovations, education entrepreneurs and startup culture in the social impact space. the blog will have more of a community feel to it. If you are interested in being a blogger and you have a passion for innovation, education, social entrepreneurs and all things digital, then feel free to leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @douglascrets.

The other updates will have to wait, but I promise that they will be good.



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The Future of News Will Be Future News

recorded futures

Image by Cea. via Flickr

The future of news gathering will not be reporting on what happens in realtime. You can already see how the news cycle gets extended while live, just to keep eyeballs.

Recorded Future is a business built on the supposition that predicting the future will be most valuable ability for news gatherers.

Here’s what the executives at Recorded Future say about their own technologies and the future of news:

As the world has moved into an always-on, real-time mode, traditional methods of “news”, i.e. the morning delivered printed newspaper or even the hourly newscast, have been overtaken in their ability to provide early indications of what is happening by information traveling rapidly through media such as Email, SMS, Twitter, Facebook updates, etc.

The increased speed of delivery and accessibility to news creates opportunities to better understand developing scenarios even as the growing volume of content creates challenges in sifting, filtering and identifying actionable information about the future.

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#140interviews: Lauren Vargas, Director of Community, Radian6

Lauren Vargas, Director of Community, Radian6 photo courtesy vargasl Twitter account

Starting a new series today. I interview people in 140 characters or less (a deeper interview comes later after we’ve had a chance to talk on the phone). During BlogWorld Expo in NYC, I talked to Radian6 Director of Community Lauren Vargas via Twitter after her participation in a panel called, “So You Want to Hire a Community Manager.”

The first tweet in this series is missing. I asked Vargas what told the story of the company online, the brand symbolism, or the conversation.

She responded:  @DouglasCrets the conversation should tell the story…that is priority. #140interviews

@vargasl Second question: What makes for a self-actualized network-influencing employee? #140interviews

@DouglasCrets Great question. Cultivating/participating (seamless) in the free flow of conversations across all channels. #140interviews

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We Are Content. We Are Curation. Open the Doors, See All the People.

Interest = Content

Note: Thank you to Sree Srinavasan for putting on Social Media Weekend at Columbia University, and for coming up with a great list for social media use and work.

If you at all depend on the Internet for news, social trends, or innovation ideas in business, projects or fun, it is likely that someone is thinking about it, too.

Now, on to the story. We are content. We are curation. Open the doors, see all the people!

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