Richard Stacy
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I help organisations understand how to deal with the social media revolution. Before social media came along, I was as a public relations consultant, working for international agencies in London, Sydney, Brussels and Prague within the Saatchi & Saatchi / Publicis Groupe network.

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The Sword, the Printing Press and the Algorithm: Three Technologies That Changed the World

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (14:22)

It is always a good game to identify the game-changers: to reduce the complexities of history (and perhaps even the future) into simple cause and effect relationships. No more is this so than with technology, given that we like to think we are living in a technological age and thus...

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Berlin Wall?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (16:22)

The Right Hon Michael Gove MP. Oh where does one start? Perhaps let us start with two words: Berlin Wall. Berlin Wall is the term that Mr Gove has just used to describe what it is that separates private and public education in the UK. And what a powerful term...

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Some Thoughts on Dominic Cummings and Regulatory Impossibilities

(1) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (13:47)

You have to sympathise with Dominic Cummings, education secretary Michael Gove's outgoing adviser, although I suspect there are many in the educational establishment who do not. He has recently produced an astonishing paper entitled "Some thoughts on education and political priorities" which, for all its breadth and depth,...

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Social Media: Why It Will Change the World

(4) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (14:39)

It is tempting to look at platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and see them as mildly irritating teenagers that have yet to grow up, develop adult sensibilities and start conforming to the realities of the real world. Many journalists, judges and politicians take this view I believe. It is...

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The World of the Individual: Why P&G, Coca-Cola and Facebook Might Have Got It Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (15:59)

Is it possible that organisations such as Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola (and even Facebook) are headed in the wrong direction when it comes to working out social media? Instead, could the very fact that such organisations are so accomplished in the practices of traditional marketing, mean that they are...

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A Thought on Margaret Thatcher

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2013 | (14:03)

Margaret Thatcher's strength was as a conviction politician, driven by a belief in the qualities of self-reliance, hard work and determination. It was these qualities, applied to herself, which propelled her to success, created her appeal and defined what it is we now call Thatcherism. Margaret Thatcher's weakness was a...

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Public Education a State Monopoly? No, Prime Minister

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2013 | (09:57)

I was listening to the BBC's Today programme yesterday. The prime minister, David Cameron, was being interviewed and in a throw-away soundbite to demonstrate how radical his administration was he said, "we have broken up the state monopoly on the provision of public education." I must confess I was only...

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Why Michael Gove Should Pay Attention to the Failure of Michael Porter

(1) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (11:47)

This is a great article, written by Steve Denning in Forbes. It exposes fundamental flaws in the way many businesses have approached the business of strategy in recent years and it puts the focus back on the creation of value based around giving customers what they want. In...

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Niall Ferguson and the Decline of Everything (Including, Apparently, Evidence)

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2012 | (11:58)

I have recently listened to the last of Niall Ferguson's Reith Lectures. The lecture goes something like this: civil society is in decline, this is because of the growth of the State and the solution is to encourage the growth of private education.

The evidence does seem pretty...

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Facebook IPO Valuation: It's All About the Costs, Not the Revenue

(4) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (20:34)

I have had a quick look at the Facebook prospectus. The thing I found really interesting was not confirmation of revenue and its dependence on advertising, but a very first glimpse of how Facebook's costs are structured. I believe the key to working out a long-term, sustainable valuation for Facebook...

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The Enormous Consequences of Inconsequential Data

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2012 | (13:12)

I have recently come across this excellent Ted Talk by Kevin Slavin. It looks at algorithms and the powerful, but also hidden and unsupervised way they shape our world. It is a trifle scary. Kevin focuses on areas such as financial trading, but makes the point that algorithms...

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Why a Social Media Strategy is Different to a Marcoms Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2012 | (13:42)

The single most important thing to realise about social media is that it is different. Almost all of the mistakes being made in social media occur because organisations do not fully appreciate this and simply look to drag their existing marketing and communications ideas, campaigns and ways of thinking into...

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The Occupy Movement: Not Anti-Capitalist but Anti-Fundamentalist

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2011 | (15:34)

One of the problems of the recent rash of Occupations by the Occupy movement, quite apart from determining what space they should actually be occupying (as in the London, St Paul's Cathedral fiasco) is the difficulty in discerning what the Occupiers are protesting either in favour of, or...

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