What do the Future of Aged Care and Media have in Common?

March 21, 2013

health robot The answer is not much, but a trip to the Gold Coast is never complete without a chat to Nicole Dyer on ABC FM and the Future of Media and Aged Care were her two topics of choice.

The notion of who creates, curates, disseminates and comments on news was our main theme, as was a discussion on newspapers and their longevity.

My take on daily newspapers is that they will become increasingly irrelevant over the next few years and continue to lose readership and eventually disappear as people see that the news they sell is out of date before its even printed.

Weekend newspapers however will fare better, as people see their weekend read as an oasis on their days off, one that allows them to unwind and catch up with the world.

We also turned our attention to Aged Care in the Future (the reason for my visit to the Gold Coast was to deliver a keynote on the Future of the Aged Care Industry) and the question of how we are going to find the number of carers we will soon need in this industry given our aging population and will robots and technology including magic carpets be part of the solution.

Have a listen to this segment…

Is our brain turning into porridge?

March 11, 2013

In 1436 Gutenberg was accused of inventing an object that would eventually turn our brains into porridge – the good old printing press. The same accusation a made of radio, television, video and the cinema.

It seems that whenever we innovate or invent our communication tools many people see it as a step too far and the end of civilization as we know it.

Today is no different as we trade in and trade up our communication tools and shift many of them online. One of the fundamental shifts is that we have democratized information and news and moved it into the hands of the individual.

It is now possible to source and proffer news in an endless list of niche subjects. It is possible to have a first hand view of the world’s major and minor moments, presented not by a corporate spokesperson, but rather an individual that happens to be walking by with their mobile phone.


I love these two shots of the new Pope’s announcement, the first is Pope Benedict XVI’s in April 2005 and the second is Pope Francis earlier this year.

Take a look at both and spot the difference. In Pope Benedict XVI’s there are very few mobile phones recording the ceremony, but in Pope Francis’s announcement the crowd is full of smart phones recording and sharing the news in real-time.

The Future of the Media is this week’s chat between David Dowsett of ABC radio Wide Bay and I as we ask are newspapers dead, is printed news a dinosaur, what constitutes news, who creates it, who communicates it and what do people expect and want from news and information sources.

Take a listen now and let me know how you see the future of media.

Is the Future of Media compact not tabloid?

March 3, 2013

1_Age_v2 shoestringWith Fairfax taking The Age to a smaller more compact size toady, they don’t like you calling it tabloid, it prompted Belinda King of Radio ABC Tasmania to ask the question What is the future of newspapers and the media?

We chatted about the notion that the core of what people want is information, knowledge and wisdom and that 100’s of years ago the rise in literacy moved us from receiving this orally from the church pulpit and travelers to reading about it in newspapers.

Today we still want to “know”, but our habits and technology are different.

We want to be a part of the news, we want to know immediately something has happened and see it first hand and even report and comment on ourselves.

The static one-way communication that newspapers of old delivered their insights doesn’t offer this, but digital can.

So really the question becomes how do we re-purpose our news gathering and disseminating infrastructure to better deliver on customer expectations – an innovation opportunity every industry is coming to terms with.

Have a listen now and then make the news yourself and share how you see the future of media.