Anti-Immigrant Attacks Spur Florence Artists to Action

Henry Ridgwell of VOA News recently visited the city to interview Mark Abouzeid on his work to combat racism.

 

The Italian city of Florence is known for its art and beauty. Its immigrant community is less well known. But following a series of racist attacks on African migrants in Florence, a group of artists is highlighting the contribution of foreigners to Florentine culture, past and present.

From Voice of America:

FLORENCE — The Italian city of Florence is known for its art and beauty. Its immigrant community is less well known. But following a series of attacks on African migrants in Florence, a group of artists is highlighting the contribution of foreigners to Florentine culture, past and present.

With its stunning architecture and countless galleries, Florence has long been at the heart of Western art.  It is the birthplace of the Renaissance, the flowering of Western artistic endeavor that began in the 14th century.

Continue reading

House of phantoms

On the Costa Brava of Spain in the town of Arenya d’Empordà lies an abandoned House, complete with a high tower filled with broken windows.

 

Local residents claim it was the house of a great fascist family who one day were destroyed by the same people they dominated. Apparently it belonged to a famous ballet dancer and was wrecked and ruined by the Franco fascist regime in 1968.

Mark Abouzeid took these photos in between takes of music videos being recorded in the Haunted House by Icelandic solo-artist, Oddur.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Towards a new economic model

The year is 1986 and a young MBA student at Georgetown is listening to a Lecture on macro economics and market economies.  The noted professor has just finished explaining that excluding certain unquantifiable variables, the models attributed to Friedman Economics can predict market cycles and provide the insight necessary to adapt conditions to those favorable for growth and stability.

The student, innocently enough, poses the question: “Can’t we make any model work if we exclude the variables that don’t fit?  Moreover, social welfare, quality of life, community dynamics and happiness are not simple, optional variables to be discarded so easily.” The student is asked to leave the class, only to return when he learns respect. Continue reading

What is Collective Wisdom

Originally conceived by Mark Abouzeid, Collective Wisdom applies technology, behavioral dynamics, micro-blog harvesting and market profile models to the principles of chaos and complexity theory to solve the greatest problem facing corporations today:

How can market disrupting innovation by spotted early enough to put effective strategies in place that exploit new opportunities and defend against threats.

While historically this has proved impossible, Abouzeid believes the answer lies in the Internet: a universal mirror for what we think, want, explore and need.

He is working with companies, agencies, scientists and venture capitalists to help better understand the dynamics of innovation, where it is most likely to develop and the threats and opportunities it poses.

Originally published September 2002 by Mark Abouzeid.  Copyright 2002, all rights reserved.

Chaos, complexity and Innovation…the internet as focus group

Few people realize that the Internet is one massive focus group, all expressing  their likes, wants, desires, opinions and ideas.  If it were possible to watch, listen, and learn from all this activity; to follow the changes in behaviour and relationships; then companies might be able to pinpoint shifting market landscapes, product trends and disruptive change before its too late.  However, sifting through the mountains of information to find something that you don’t even know you are looking for is virtually impossible…or is it? Continue reading

Theoretical Basis for Collective Wisdom, Innovation in Chaos

Originally published in Nov 20, 2003. Copyright Mark Abouzeid 2003 – 2011, all rights reserved.

The universe, seen from a far distance resembles chaos or random particles scattered, helter skelter.  In the center we see a core (with some order), a linear core which are the established markets, prevailing culture, our civilization…all aspects that currently exist in what would be considered a developed state.

Although markets all  stem from disruptive innovation or the seemingly random evolutionary pattern that follows disruption, by the time we view them as real markets they resemble the same linear path dynamics that we were taught Darwinian envisioned… survival of the fittest. Continue reading

Electronic invoicing and payments: Roadmap for the Region of Puglia

Originally published on the European eBusiness Lab website:

The Lab, with the assistance of Mark Abouzeid, completed an extensive study that shed light on the potential benefits of invoicing and payment automation, presenting a roadmap for the Region of Puglia which identified the advantages of such developments starting from a single company, to its supply chain and, finally, to the whole regional economy. Continue reading

Who is focusing on innovation?

Everyone is.  We are looking at an recession environment where innovation is probably the greatest hope for companies and a time when innovation is most prevalent.  Companies like IBM, like google, even Accenture are all trying to find ways to use innovation, to use theories of innovation to create new markets, to actually find new markets.

Our belief is that one doesn’t use innovation.  Innovation is the process; innovation is the thread; the foundation.  We need to understand innovation, we need to find a way to observe innovation…then work with what is already happening; understand the motion that exists then enter into the field armed with understanding of those dynamics.