1. We're in the early stages of the most important youth cultural revolution since Punk and nobody seems to have noticed yet. If Tony Wilson were alive today he'd say it's fallen in line with the cyclical nature of youth revolution (Rock 'n' Roll, Summer of Love, Punk, Acid House etc). It's a future blog post and a talk I've promised to do for DARE so I won't go into too much detail.
2. The BBC needs to get better at Enabling and Curating. Less producers, more curators. BBC Introducing has been great for musicians, so why not extend it to DJs and Film Makers and Script Writers and so on. One of the organisation's public purposes is 'Stimulating creativity and public excellence' part of which is to 'encourage active participation in cultural activities'. There's a difference between encouraging and enabling. Encouragement is all about suggestion whereby enabling is about making it happen. I think 4iP is a great example of the difference between the two.
3. It would be great if every time I did something I felt guilty about someone in need would profit. Let me explain. I was brought up Roman Catholic so guilt has always been a big part of my life. Confession and Indulgences kinda allows you to get rid of sin by paying through prayer or cash. In general I'm pretty well behaved these days but I do feel guilty when I spend too much on something or I over indulge in sweet things. If you mashed the idea of JustGiving, the voyeurism PostSecret, the human emotion of We Feel Fine, and the attractiveness of micro payments you could create an really nice app that crowd sources cash through guilt. When I spend £200 on trainers I want to push a button on my app that instantly transfers £2 to Teenage Cancer Trust so that I feel better about my purchase. At the same time I want to see (in a PostSecret/I Feel Fine) way what all the other people using the app feel guilt over. I've stared this already with my JustGiving account. Feel free to unburden your guilt by donating (99p would have been ideal but the minimum JustGiving takes is £2) Stupid I know, but hey, that's what I'm thinking about now.
4. Soon we'll be checking in with our faces. It's inevitable. Facial recognition software is getting good. Really good. Brands are just getting social media and will soon understand the value of location based services. Cameras are everywhere. People are friending brands on Facebook and Twitter and Foursquare. As a result our profile pictures will give these brands a pretty good idea of what our faces look like. So why wouldn't Starbucks hook up their cameras to some facial recognition, scan everyone that comes through the door, check to see if they're friends (and have granted permissions in their privacy settings), check them in, send a thank-you tweet, post a status and collect some great data real world data without any human interaction beyond going for a coffee... or should that be Grande Mocha Valencia?
5. Now that I've got an iPhone 4 I should start doing some daft things with film again. The most important camera is the one you have in your pocket. I used to love messing with my phone when it had a decent camera in. I'd always be filming stuff. Useless things like this. Or this. I'm amazed how my interest in film stopped when I switched from the N95 to the iPhone. Need to start messing again. It's great fun.