Archives For REX

Last week I was in Switzerland, first to run the “Future of the Customer” workshop I described earlier (and will return to), then to attend and speak at LIFT14 in Geneva.

At LIFT, I dove into many of the topics that bubble out of the Relationship Economy: the language of advertising, minding our Commons, seeing the big picture and DFTBA.

Here’s my LIFT talk, plus some Q&A after:

Here’s the Prezi I created for the speech.

A one-minute REXplanation

Jerry —  November 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

Now and then you get aha!s that help you explain things better. I’ve had several on my way to describing the Relationship Economy eXpedition that I run. Here’s the one-minute (and three second) product of those aha!s:

The genesis of my Relationship Economy thesis was a realization, back around 1994 when I was writing Esther Dyson’s monthly tech newsletter Release 1.0, that the word “consumer” made me really uncomfortable.

I followed that energy, and it proved invaluable. Ideas kept unfolding from that initial premise. I began to notice the consumerization of so many spheres of human activity, from how we educate our children to how we elect our governments and how we pray to our Gods. I paid attention to the language of marketing to consumers, to the metaphors and business models that had spun out as a result.

Like the REXcast I posted just before, this is a look at what started me down my current path.

Again, even more gratitude to Jean Russell for the camera work.

Giving two REX talks this week

Jerry —  February 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

If you’d like to hear about this REXpedition from me live, I’m doing two talks this week. One you can listen to; the other you can attend, if you’re in the Bay Area.

The first is a Zipcast tomorrow at 1pm Pacific.

What’s a Zipcast? It’s SlideShare’s answer to webinars. To participate in this one tomorrow, click on this link a few minutes before it starts. By the way, I’ll be in terrific company: the three Zipcasts before me are with Andrew McAfee, Jake Wengroff and BJ Fogg.

The second talk this week is a live one, in the old face-to-face mode, on Thursday evening at a nifty venue in the East Bay. Here’s the invite text:

Thursday, February 24th 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The NeXus and COREcommons present…

Relationship Economics
Navigating Massive Change Together
Jerry Michalski
Founder, The REXpedition


The NeXus
1414 Harbour Way South, #1010
Ford Point at Marina District
Richmond, CA 94804
Free Tea and Secure Parking

Tickets: $15 Advance; $20 Door
Purchase Tickets

REX is the Relationship Economy eXpedition.

The next social and industrial order has more to do with abundance and trust than with scarcity and stickiness. The key assets are trusted relationships.

In such a world, whom you trust and who trusts you are primary assets. You’ll choose the product (or vote for the candidate) that people you trust recommend, from among the abundant choices.

Here we’ll build key elements of the Relationship Economy, playing out what it means for business, culture, society, governance, education and more, because its effects will be widespread and durable.

This is the Relationship Economy, and we’ll be exploring it together.

Presented by COREcommons

Persistence: An Appreciation

Jerry —  October 17, 2010 — 6 Comments

Sometimes a secondary attribute is as important as the first, obvious attribute.

For example, with broadband connections, most everyone focuses on the speed. Ooooo: Megabits! Gigabits! Given a choice between a slower Net and a faster one, faster is definitely nicer, but the element we tend to slide past is that the connection is always available.

Remember the days of dialup, or even of expensive calls to BBSes through mysterious packet networks? Remember how long it would take to get connected and logged in? Those days are pretty much history.

Here I’d like to appreciate a different attribute of our infrastructure, the attribute that makes it different from — and better than — the phone system, the TV networks and other technologies that might seem similar.

That attribute of the Net is that we can leave things in it and they persist. They’re there when we come back, and while we’re away they’re available to others. “They” can be essays, songs, movies, code or other things.

You can’t leave anything in the phone or TV systems. Before I steal any more of my thunder, let me take you to the REXcast:

(And yep, I’ve stopped numbering the REXcasts.)

The public side of REX — this blog and the various materials that weave into it — is a conversation about what a Relationship Economy means to individuals, organizations and society as a whole.

Here, we’ll compare this thesis to others, take the thesis deep into different sectors of the world economy, explore its many layers and possibilities (such as the relationship between the commercial economy and gift exchange, between scarcity and value, and between what is paid and what is free), and gradually make it more tangible.

There’s also a private REXpedition, a membership cohort that I convene and facilitate. This group will pursue aspects of the Relationship Economy thesis that it finds most compelling, shaping them and testing them in the real world. Occasionally, this group will run experiments or build prototypes, bringing to life some of the entities and services that are needed so we can all thrive in the Relationship Economy.

This video is my brief explanation of the REXpedition as a whole, with its complementary public and private sides.

If you’re interested in joining the private REXpedition, please contact me directly. If you’re interested in this quest generally, just follow this blog.

For 12+ years, I’ve been pouring data into a concept mapping app called PersonalBrain — into the same, single data file. So when I add a bookmark or a concept, I’m adding it to a rich context.

I’ve been able to publish my Brain online for a while, but I haven’t done much with it or blogged much about it. I just keep adding “thoughts” to it, and it keeps getting more and more useful.

So I’ll be using screencasting software to start telling stories while showing things in my Brain. Call them “braincasts.”

That said, here’s REXcast #3, the debut braincast. I recorded at the highest resolution I could for YouTube, so you’ll want to play it full-screen, at the highest resolution setting.

You can find my Brain online, at Here’s a link to the Brain Function thought I showed in the braincast.

The stream of nuggets, narratives and points of view that I’ll start issuing from here are all the public part of REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition.

The private side of REX is a collaborative inquiry into the next economy, which I’m guiding. If you’re interested, I’d love to tell you more about it live.

These REXcasts are a way of developing the notion of a Relationship Economy in public, in a fun, accessible, re-usable way. I’ll try to keep each episode under the magical four-minute mark, as in this one:

This REXcast mentions:

I’ll be using a variety of media in the REXcasts, including talking-head videos (like this episode), sketchcasts (my voice plus my hands and whatever I draw, as I did last episode), screencasts (my voice plus a recording of what’s on my PC screen) and Braincasts (my voice plus a traversal of my Brain; coming soon).

Gratitude: again, special thanks to Loraine Bjorendahl for her help and inspiration in creating this REXcast.

This sketchcast is the first nugget in a series of nuggets comprising the REXcast. (I’ll explain REXcasts in the next video.) Nuggets should make more sense to you once you’ve watched the video:

As you might imagine, in these REXcasts I will occasionally string nuggets together to form narratives, assembling a broader point of view. (For a sneak peek at my point of view, check out this thought in my online Brain — and yes, I’ll be doing some Braincasting, as well.)

I encourage you to join me.

In this sketchcast, I mention:

An afterthought: Nuggets and narratives aren’t mutually exclusive. You may treat a full narrative as a nugget. Longer works like books and documentaries represent entire points of view, but you might refer to one as a nugget. If it were easier to point directly to a particular paragraph in a book or clip in a video, that might better define the actual nugget you mean. For now, we’ll work with what we have on hand.

Gratitude: special thanks to Loraine Bjorendahl for her help and inspiration in creating this sketchcast.