Rajesh Harie If only...

It would be a happy day when this happens, hopefully it will be by 2012.

The revolution is not only going to be televised but shared, tweeted and liked. And its going to make the world a better place.
Posted: 17 February 2011 at 10:26

Doug Vining Tsunamis of Change and Social Connections

At FutureWorld we like to refer to "tsunamis of change" - we think hurricanes is too soft a word to describe the profound effects on society and business that these Black Swan events produce. But we do agree that they will create a new world. In fact, we say it's already the end of the world, as we knew it. It's after midnight. Some of us just haven't woken up to that fact.

This lengthy and detailed analysis by Brooks Spector is a wonderful historical backdrop to the current revolution, and hints at the ability of modern communication networks to act as an accelerant. I particularly envied his choice of words with this sentence:

"Today, of course, the combination of words and images from satellite TV, cellphones, email, the Internet and digital social media has generated a stew of information and influence that has evaporated distance and allowed the memes of rebellion and economic and social change to leap from country to country in hours in a seemingly seamless flow."

Will the full scenario we imagined in the attached MindBullet materialize? Perhaps even sooner?
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Posted: 22 February 2011 at 08:26

Wolfgang Grulke Let's vote for a new memer of the BB Club!

I propse Charlie Sheen. If you don't support this please do this Guardian survey and you'll change your mind!
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Posted: 3 March 2011 at 11:14

Anton Musgrave Controls and more controls...in an open world

Governments are clearly spooked by recent political protests. When will the day come that authoritarian structures realize that the people will, like a water leak, find a way around all of these ridiculous control systems? Companies revel in their voluminous 'policy and procedures' manuals yet every day these rules are hacked by employees just wanting to get the job done more efficiently than the rules enable. Never before the the maxim 'where theres a will there is a way' been more true. The voice of the people will be heard and you may not like what that voice says but you cant stop it...not in Life 2.0
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Posted: 30 March 2011 at 07:22

Doug Vining The BB Club money list

From the Daily Maverick: "The Swiss government said its efforts to freeze the assets of ousted (or civil-war-entangled) dictators had identified $473 million worth of assets linked to Hosni Mubarak, and $416 million thought to be owned by Muammar Gaddafi or close associates. Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali came in dead last with a measly $69 million."

There are no details yet of Robert Mugabe's Swiss or Singaporean accounts. In fact, there's probably more protection in Singapore for foreign 'investors' than in Switzerland these days.
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Posted: 3 May 2011 at 07:57

Doug Vining The BB Club is growing

Watching the battle for Tripoli live on Sky and CNN is quite surreal, like a video game come to life. But the final outcome for Gaddafi has been something of a foregone conclusion for a while now. Although the ousting of Gaddafi has been a lot bloodier than the Egyptian revolution, the writing was on the wall since the Tunisian revolt.

I imagine that leaders in countries like Zimbabwe and Angola must be viewing the events unfolding in North Africa with alarm or impending doom. Or perhaps they are as delusional as the Colonel?

I wonder what the timeline is for the next, more southerly member of the BB Club?
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Posted: 26 August 2011 at 10:43

Wolfgang Grulke Berlusconi nominated for the BB Club?

This article has a hundred reasons why. How about this for a closing one-liner..."It's a shame he can't shag his way out of the problem."
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Posted: 5 November 2011 at 11:06

Neil Jacobsohn North Korea steps backward into "hitech"!

Isn't it amazing how the few remaining brutal dictators of the world surround themselves with dead-end "advances" and "vision", all designed to enhance their myopic version of reality? Even more astonishing is that citizens, from Zimbabwe to North Korea, put up with such absolute rubbish. I guess power from the barrel of a gun is a pretty convincing argument....
It's worth reading again our fun MindBullet on Breakfast with the BB Club, posted alongside.
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Posted: 3 July 2013 at 15:22

Doug Vining Mugabe joins the BB Club

In 2011, we 'predicted' that social media would empower individuals and generate transparency to see off dictators and despots like Gaddafi and Mugabe. We called this fictional club of exiles the BB Club, and speculated that they gathered for breakfast on the riviera in Montreux.
We were spot on with Gaddafi, although he didn't survive to join the club, but Robert Mugabe somehow seemed immune to the gathering storm, and survived another five years beyond our original timeline of 14 July 2012.
It's worth reading the attached MindBullet again, to remind us that there's no escaping the future!
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Posted: 22 November 2017 at 07:15
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