Data Is The New Oil

As I watch the emerging news surrounding MoviePass and how they are (note – not have …. despite the changes to their app) tracking their customers, I keep hearing ‘Data Is The New Oil’. It is not a new phrase and in fact as far as I can tell was coined by Clive Humbly back in 2006 … but it struck me that if true (it isn’t and I really need to publish that post) then corporations obviously view people as vessels, silos, containers … whatever, but certainly not as people.

The Downside Of Social Media

Titans of Social Media explain why they might have made a mistake.

There has been a lot of recent commentary on social media addiction, but this video summary was interesting, concise and in 15 minutes says it all.

To me what is interesting is that they all say that they could see it coming … and then did it anyway. What does that say about them. It certainly doesn’t say that they ‘put people first’. Continue reading

If you asked me for my New Years Resolution, it would be to find out who I am - Cyril Cusack

Happy New Year

If you asked me for my New Years Resolution, it would be to find out who I am - Cyril Cusack

Best wishes to each and everyone of you. We hope you make 2018 what you want it to be.

Our apologies for the apparent silence over the past three months. To the casual observer, this might seem like a quiet place but it belies the frantic activity running under the surface. We plan to make out work public in the next few months, so watch this space.

Until then, take the sentiments of Cyril to heart.

If you don’t know who you are, there is little you can do to improve the lives of others. You have to make your own way and help yourself before you can help others, as we seek to help others at People First.

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest activities.

And Neither Are People

Do you remember The Prisoner?

If you are old enough and you were living in the UK in the 60s, I am sure the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

I am well aware the TV series was also shown in Canada and the US, but I think it’s one of those peculiarly English productions that didn’t translate too well. For those of you not old enough (most of you I am guessing), this is a key line from the show that always struck me: “I am not a number—I am a free man!”

Prescient, when you realize, to quote Wikipedia that …

a major theme of the series is individualism, as represented by Number Six, versus collectivism, as represented by Number Two…. McGoohan [the co-creator of the show], stated that the series aimed to demonstrate a balance between the two points.

Now if that is not a “discussion for our times,” I’m not sure what is! And as you can see, this debate has been occupying me for some time. Then, along comes Gaping Void to point out something similar.

innovation is not a number

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It Is Up To Us

If we don’t care—why should the government or corporations?

Working through the news this morning, my eyes caught three different articles that I felt were pertinent to People First.


David Byrne

A fascinating article—if a tad ‘self’-repetitive from the thoughtful David Byrne. The final line from his piece that examines the role of technology is contributing to and detracting from human interaction and engagement. No specific solutions, which is good, since the answers lie with ‘we the people’.

“We” do not exist as isolated individuals. We, as individuals, are inhabitants of networks; we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.

Source: David Byrne for Technology Review
(August 15th, 2017)

Federal Unions Disbanded?

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People Last

You probably know that we publish articles to the People First Publication on Medium. We just published an article on politics and venture capital funding.

People First is not a politically driven group, but in modern America, it is increasingly hard to keep politics out of business as the two seem to get rammed against each other over and over again.

This article falls into three parts, the first referencing a politically oriented post, the second from a venture capitalist and the third my thoughts about the connection between the two.

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