• Mar. 16 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

Content has been dethroned as King

We’ve all lived in a world where content has ruled for many years, but this is no longer the case. According to Bharat Anard, author of the Content Trap, the companies demonstrating the highest levels of success today, are not those who have the best content but those who understand how their content drives connection.

  • Mar. 6 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

How many pedestrians must die, before our city collaborates?

Each year, more than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads. The government reports that in the Western Cape pedestrian deaths increase by 22% over the festive season.

  • Mar. 1 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

While most of us expect a 5% or no increase in salary this year …

Sunday, February 26 dawned, and no surprise for us South Africans. The Sunday Times headlines exposed yet another corruption debacle at a state-owned enterprise. Collins Letsoalo, acting CEO negotiated, demanded and pressurised officials at PRASA (Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa) to pay him a salary the previous disgraced CEO earned – a cool R3,5 million a year. An increase of 350%! Oh yes, and just in case that was not enough – throw in a personal chauffeur for him as well. 

  • Feb. 20 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

Cyber-crime, a far greater threat without global collaboration

 In 2014, The Wall Street Journal estimated that the cost of cyber-crime in the U.S. was approximately $100 billion. In 2015, the British insurance company Lloyd’s estimated that cyber-attacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year.

  • Feb. 13 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Hey entrepreneur, have you had your crisis of faith … this week?

Beaten down and broken? Come back fighting. Entrepreneur, the gurus are right – plan, prepare for success, do the hard work, take on the problems, including underestimated budgets and the multitude of little and huge failures. It’s never an easy path, but to achieve anything worthwhile, never is.

  • Feb. 10 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

The more we collaborate, the luckier we get

My business partner uses the following phrase ad nauseam, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” It sometimes sounds like a pretty dumb phrase, but it’s actually true. Collaboration is about ‘what you don’t know and what others do know’ and how knowledge is pooled to make stuff better. And as you collaborate, not only will knowledge around the project grow exponentially, but so will your luck. Ours certainly has.

 Image: Cangro 

  • Feb. 3 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

It’s Jacob Zuma FIRST!

In my previous blog ‘Thank you, Donald Trump,’ I tried to understand Trump’s US-exclusive phrase and then it struck me, in South Africa, we are even worse off. Here’s why.

 

  • Jan. 26 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

Thank you Donald Trump

 Dear President Trump

 

‘America First’ sounds like a great idea and my thanks goes to you for forcing us to think as to whom should come first. Please allow me to borrow from you, this sentiment, but would you mind if I replaced America with Africa, as I happen to be African and not American?

 

  • Dec. 13 2016
  • Raashida Khan

Citizens mindful of their city

As I walked through Delta Park yesterday, I saw a gentleman throw a bag of dog poo in the bin on his way out. I thanked him, because this is a rare occurrence. Up until a year or two ago, the parks were dog poo-free. People were conscious and had a conscience. They walked with plastic bags and cleared up after their dogs. Not anymore.

Why Open Data is so important to the collaborative process

If we are clear that data allows decision makers to make evidence-based decisions, we immediately understand the importance of open data to the collaborative process. Data not only has the power to revolutionise and disrupt the way societies are governed but also the way citizens and government collaborate. 

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