When the national economy was hemorrhaging jobs, Michigan faced an especially difficult climate. Through resolve, creative thinking and cooperation between public and private entities, GE's leaders breathed new life into our future.
Marketers were out in force again this year, competing in a noisier than ever atmosphere. But for me, the brands who "won" SXSW were the ones who cut through the noise by telling their brand stories in the most actionable way possible.
GE has probably avoided paying its fair share of taxes in a "legal" way -- if the word "legal" can be used to describe a system where corporations pay for the privilege of influencing politicians to bend the law in their favor.
Boards are biased, too like-minded, made up of friends who are typically cronies uncomfortable with conflict. Worse still, in most of our leading corporations today, the positions of Chairman and CEO are held by the same person.
Augmented reality. The term still sounds futuristic, but the applications, like Yelp's Monocle, are already sitting in our pockets. But there are three particular uses of augmented reality that struck me as more substance, and social change.