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Inspiring thinkers
October 17, 2008, 1:06 am
Filed under: Digital Strategy
I need to get a list together. Quickly.
A list of people who inspire you about the possibilities of digital. Who open your eyes about the possibility of the future. Who keep you banging away at the day to day grind of digital marketing because you heard them speak, or read their work, or saw their vision.
Who are they for you? Sky’s the limit. Tell me and I might be able to introduce you to them. Soon. No kidding.
This is the start of my list (in no particular order):

Please give me your thoughts! Are they different from who your clients would find inspiring? What would that list be?


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David Armano, Ann Handley, Greg Verdino, Gary Vaynerchuck, Ian Lyons, Tim Longhurst, John Grant, Russell Davies, Leigh Himel, Stephen Fry, Angela Maiers, Tara Hunt … I can go on.

Comment by Gavin Heaton

Paul Graham ( Fantastic essays on things digital/business.

Comment by Robert Black

Kevin Kelly, Lawrence Lessig, Nicholas Carr, Danah Boyd, Chris Anderson

Comment by Steven Noble

You baby you

Comment by Ian Lyons

Who my clients would find inspiring:
Jeremiah Owyang, Craig Cmehill, Doc Searls, Dave Weinberger, Edward De Bono, Sam Lawrence, Mark Earls, Ross Mayfield, Charlene Li

Comment by Gavin Heaton

oops – just remembered why you are asking

Chris Saad – I think he has his finger on the future consumer/customer/participant interation pulse

Jonathan Harris – Visualising Data in a human way

Stephen Fry – nuf said

Mike Wesch – Ditial Enthography Dude


Tony Hseih – Zappos CEO

Herb Kelleher – orig CEO of SouthWest. Bring his level of thinking into the Digital space and amazing things will happen

Comment by Ian Lyons

Mark Pesce – best evangelist I’ve seen for the future of online media
Stephen Fry – as above, nuff said
Trent Reznor – for his leaps forward in online music distribution models

Comment by Kimota

Jamais Cascio, Ben Goertzel, John Smart, Tim O’Reilly, Ray Kurzweil

Comment by Annalie Killian

Shaun Gladwell, Australian video artist and one of our artists for the 2007 Venice Biennale or Bill Viola, legendary pioneer in video art

Comment by Kate Richardson

I’d add
Chris Brogan

Comment by Lucio Ribeiro

This is a talented list. I would also add Mitch Joel who is a social media guru in Canada.

Comment by Jeff Pontes

definitely Gary Vaynerchuk – check out this video

Comment by Adam

Clay Shirky, Michael Wesch, Jeremiah Owyang, Internationally, in no particular order I’d have Charlene Li, Ann Handley, Chris Brogan, Mark Pesce, Tara Hunt, Chris Messina, Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Jason Goldberg (socialmedian), David Weinberger, Doc Searls, Sam Lawrence (Jive), Ross Mayfield, Aaron Strout, Rachel Happe, Laura Fitton (Pistachio), Greg Verdino, Luis Suarez (IBM)

There seems to be a dearth of Aussies… which is disappointing. The community here is incredibly inspiring but the state of the market makes them fairly invisible. So, for Aussies I’d have Laurel Papworth, Mick Liubinskas, Chris Saad, Gavin Heaton. There are a bunch of others that are equally inspiring in their specialisations.

I’d love someone to say I inspired them.

Comment by Stephen Collins

Wowsers. Thanks everyone!

Comment by katiechatfield

Gavin Heaton, Laurel Papworth, Chris Brogan, David Armano, Faris Yakob, Jeremiah Owyang

Comment by Julian Cole

a few belated additions to your list.

Steven Berlin
Derek Powazek
Nathan Shedroff
Adrian Holovaty
David Weinberger


Comment by amy

oops, i meant Steven Berlin Johnson. i’ll add etsy founder Rob Kalin. I’m not sure about his speaking but his approach to his business is inspiring in its own way. cheers.

Comment by amy

Kathy Sierra from “creating passionate users”, Idris Mootee from innovation playground and Paul Isakson. Can the list also include teams like the Organic crew from three minds and TED?

Comment by Tamir

Umair Haque –

Fred Wilson –

Comment by David Gillespie

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