Such is the mantra of Dear World, a business / art project / social experiment conceived and launched by Robert X. Fogarty in 2009.
The central idea of Dear World is to create portraits of people with a message to the world written on their skin. People of all ages, from all corners of the earth have participated. You can recognize socially conscious celebrities, children caught in war torn situations, and victims of natural (and man-made) disasters delivering their compelling and personal message on their skin. Or “regular” people who have a personal message they choose to share with the world. All are equally interesting, and sometimes humorous and provocative.
We were fortunate to have Mr. Fogarty as our special guest at last week’s Unify Global Analyst Summit (#NW2W14) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our theme for the conference was The New Way to Work, which reinforces the people and human elements of flexible working, work-life integration and technologies that enable people be more productive and collaborative. The idea to invite Dear World came as a complement to our Unify company message of how our solutions improve the way humans live and work, communicate and collaborate – to harmonize the enterprise from a human perspective.
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We had an intensive few days with many of our industries most distinguished analysts where we updated them on Unify’s strategy and execution. Check out commentary from day 2 of our event in our round up below… Read more ›
On Tuesday 28th October, via a 30 minute live broadcast with our partner: design firm frog in Munich, we will be unveiling our latest #ProjectAnsible innovation for the New Way to Work (#NW2W).
Hosted by our CEO, Dean Douglas, after two years of intensive study of people and work and the impact of technology on the human brain and productivity, we invite you to experience a solution for the way people and teams really want to work today and in the future. You will also meet the people behind the innovation – from both the IT and design worlds.
When: 18:00 CET, 10am Pacific time for about 30 minutes
Where: Our award winning website: www.unify.com
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In front of an audience of distinguished analysts and consultants – Unify executives detailed the ambitions and plans that will propel our company through the next stages of our transformation to a software and services company. Overall company direction, go to market approach and portfolio strategy were all key focus topics. Check out the social summary of Day 1 below. Read more ›
At one time, email was the most convenient (and easiest) tool available for business and personal communications. That’s no longer the case. Email still has a place in business, but collaboration tools and enterprise social networks provide richer, more inclusive platforms for sharing, updating and communicating.
In fact, some businesses report that email is becoming a major drag on productivity. A study by McKinsey Global Institute found the average person spends 28% of the workweek on emails. Time is money, and that’s a lot of time and money to lose.
Email comes up short on several fronts in today’s business ecosystem. It isn’t a natural form of communication. It isn’t real-time and it isn’t collaborative. Most professionals are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of emails received daily; according to the Radacati Group, business users send and receive on average 121 emails a day. That’s enough email that some users have resorted to ignoring messages. Read more ›
We are told that the economy is getting better and from seeing the quantity and quality of cars parked at the Convergence Summit last Thursday 9th October that is certainly true. Something has got better, and you can feel it in the air. Where companies has been sitting on the fence not investing in their communications capability they are now looking and buying new solutions. Questions they face are, “do I just buy the same again, from the same vendor? Or do I look at the market?”
From what I saw last Thursday there is a huge amount of interest in Unified Communications, SIP trunking and mobile working. I visited the joint Unify/ Nimans stand where we had the latest OpenScape Business release and plus the latest and greatest Unify offers to small and medium sized businesses. Nimans reported that it’s been a busy show with a lot of interest in what Unify can now offer a SMB and to partners. I also participated a panel debate in the main auditorium entited “Collaboration Apps in Action”) with some other vendors and a channel partner.
As you would expect, we answered some challenging questions from the audience but what was clear that UC is now seen as simple and cost effective; many businesses are now asking for UC, in many ways driven by the ‘smart-phone’ and ‘app’ culture, but also that UC is now mature and affordable. It is almost like when we first looked at IP telephony, UC has got to that stage where it’s reliable and effective. We also discussed that the success of UC was not about technology but about adoption within business processes, not just providing technology to people but capability to people. Read more ›