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07 FEBRUARY 2012

Kickstarter: funding platform for creative projects

"Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding.On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren't expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

Each and every project is the independent creation of someone like you.Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They're inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse. We hope you agree... Welcome to Kickstarter!"

(Kickstarter, Inc.)

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Simon Perkins
20 OCTOBER 2010

Trust Network Sclerosis: The Hazard of Trust in Innovation Investment Communities

"This article considers the role of trust in structuring and sustaining entrepreneurial networks in Anglo–American communities. Interviews with stakeholders involved in innovation investment demonstrate how shared identity and experience serve as proxies for trust in influencing decisions, and subsequently how trust can serve as a proxy for thorough due diligence. Where relationship plays a role vital to the venture capital investment process, close dialogue reveals the ways nascent business development is affected by excessive reliance on trustworthiness, thereby introducing a form of lock–in labeled 'trust network sclerosis.' Qualitative data informs this analysis of how opinion–leaders shape high–risk, information–asymmetric investment decisions with ultimate community accumulation and effect. The paper concludes with a discussion of implications for entrepreneurial communities, other high–trust networks, and economic geography broadly."

(Terry Babcock–Lumish)

Babcock–Lumish, T. L., 'Trust Network Sclerosis: The Hazard of Trust in Innovation Investment Communities' (March 13, 2009). Journal of Financial Transformation, Vol. 29, pp.163–172 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1358926

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2009business developmentdecision makingeconomic geography • entrepreneurial communities • entrepreneurial networks • entrepreneurship • high-trust networks • influencing decisions • innovation • innovation investment communities • investmentnetworks • opinion-leaders • organisationsqualitative datashared experience • shared identity • SSRNTerry Babcock-Lumishtrust • trust network sclerosis • trust networks • trustworthinessventure capital • venture capital investment

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Simon Perkins
27 JULY 2010

NZ on Screen: An Archive of Aotearoa New Zealand Screen Culture

"In 2007 NZ On Air initiated the NZ On Screen project as an integral part of its digital strategy. Since 1989 NZ On Air has funded over 15,000 hours of local television production. Much of this content, as well as thousands more hours supported by broadcasters, film investors and other funding sources, is not easily accessible to the public.

NZ On Screen is unlocking the treasure chest, providing access to the wealth of television, film, music video and new media produced in NZ, along with knowledgeable background information."

(New Zealand on Screen)

Fig.1 Murphy, G. (1981). Goodbye Pork Pie. Aotearoa New Zealand, NZ Film.
Fig.2 Tamahori, L. (1994). Once Were Warriors. Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand Film Commission
Fig.3 Ballantyne, A. (2009). The Strength of Water. Aotearoa New Zealand, NZ Film.

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19892007Aotearoa New Zealandarchivebroadcastcontentculturedigital strategyfilmfilm makingfilmmakerfundinginvestmentiwilocal television productionMaori • Maori Television • mediamedia culturemoving imagemusic videoNew Zealand cinemaNew Zealand on ScreenNZ Film ArchiveNZ On Screenold mediaproductionscreen culture • Te Mangai Paho • televisionTVNZ • TVNZ Archives

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Simon Perkins
13 APRIL 2010

Design in the knowledge economy 2020

"By 2020 the UK must create a balanced and sustainable knowledge economy with design as a critical and central part. There is no other option. ...

In 2010, as we emerge from one of the most severe economic crises of the last century, it is clear that the balance of the economy must change. The country, brutally, is going to have to work and innovate to make its living. There are no more easy pickings off the back of a credit boom. Britain is going to self–consciously create a national innovation ecosystem to drive new growth sectors and companies – and design must be a critical part of that effort. Successful companies will be those which develop innovative products and processes, so creating new markets and reputations for themselves.

New ways of intervening have to be found. Public spending commitments or tax concessions – the traditional ways of achieving public policy goals – are going to be extremely constrained by the necessity to reduce Britain's budgetary deficit. The quest is on for policy levers that can deliver changed behaviour as effectively but more cheaply. ...

Design is the bridge between the consumer questing for the experiential and the company trying to meet that appetite with an offer that presents the new in a user–friendly and innovative way."

(Design Council, UK)

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200720102020advertisingBBCboundariesBritainchangeconstructionDesign Council (UK)digitisationeconomic growtheconomyemployment • employment growth • financial servicesGPS • growth • information and communication technologiesinnovationinvestmentiPadiPhoneiPlayeriPod • knowledge based industry • knowledge economy • knowledge intensive worker • knowledge-intensive industries • miniaturisation • Northern Rock • OECDprofessional skillspropertypublic sector • recovery • robotisation • September 2007 • transformationUK • value-added

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Simon Perkins
11 APRIL 2010

Kea New Zealand: Nation Branding Through Networking

"Kea is New Zealand's global network. Our mission is to connect New Zealand with the rest of the world by building a network of global citizens who take an active interest in the future of our country.

Kea's ultimate goal is for the home of the world's greatest travellers to become the world's leading nation without borders – for New Zealand to think, act, and engage more globally by utilising our offshore population of expatriates and honorary citizens.

While founded as the Kiwi Expat Association in 2001, Kea's activities are relevant to more than just 'Kiwi expats'. We are building a truly global network for New Zealand, which is equally important to New Zealand based organisations and individuals who are pursuing global opportunities, as well as citizens of other countries who have an affinity and interest in connecting with New Zealand.

Kea is especially committed to supporting organisations and individuals who help grow the New Zealand economy through international trade and investment, or help build New Zealand's brand and reputation on the world stage."

(Stephen Tindall)

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2001Aotearoa New Zealandbrandbrand awarenessbrand identitybrand recognitionbrandingcitizenshipcountry brandseconomyforeign investmentglobal citizensglobal networkglobal opportunities • holistic strategy • identityinvestment • kea • Kea Connect • Kea New ZealandKiwiKiwi expat • Kiwi Expat Association • nation branding • nation brands • nation without borders • networknotoriety • NZTE • reputation • Stephen Tindall • strategytrade

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Simon Perkins
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