Sunday, June 10, 2007

Full Circle for the Beeb, and the need for Labs & Playgrounds

Is it just me or does anybody else see the irony of this message on the BBC message boards: "Sorry, but you can only contribute to 606 during opening hours. These are 09:00 until 23:00 GMT, seven days a week." - we've come a full circle back to when the Internet is now open only during working hours.

Is this actually a good thing? Does this mean that the Internet is now so mainstream that it needs to reflect the traits of any mainstream media or business entity? Or is this just sad?

On a different and more positive note, it's becoming clear that any major player in the Convergence space worth their salt, needs to create a "lab" within the enterprise, so that new ideas can be created, funded, tossed around and tested. Sometimes these labs can be industry initiatives rather than specific business oriented. But the lack of such technology playgrounds is a key inhibiting factor for existing businesses not being able to create successful new businesses.

I first heard Charles Dunstone mention this in an Ofcom program, that no great new internet / new media businesses has been created by a big corporation. It's obvious why, if you think about it from a disruption point of view.

This article from the New York Times - presents some of the initiatives which are cross industry but the lessons to be learnt are similar.

Do you have a lab in place?

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