Saturday, February 04, 2017

Knowledge based business models and emotional intelligence

Understanding and improving knowledge based business models is a part of Digital Villages services.

Vast variety of business and trade services are available and easily accessible in Kajaani. 

The services cover the entire life cycle of an enterprise from the founding to change of owner. 

Business and trade services are offered by municipality-funded development organisations, state administration and private parties.

The DV 2.0 Newsroom

Our DV 2.0 Newsroom has everything at a glance: news, service updates, digital stories, social networking tutorials and latest product releases.

With Digital Villages , you're always up to date on what's going on with projects we are working with!

Thank you for being a loyal subscriber to our blog.

Helsinki ICT 2006

The hidden influence of social networks. Pairs of people connected together. A great job of explaining how social systems can function. 

Digital Villages has been a R&D project since 1997

We can work it out. The winner takes it all. DV 2.0 has been activated again and we look forward towards a new era of networking.

Friday, February 03, 2017

The starting point for DV 2.0

The Kajaani airport lounge with a painting of traditional farm in Kainuu.

German Policy Making 2011

Winning the borders, Visioning the future.

Germany still spoke about the expansion of Europe.

Things have changed. We'd Brexti 2016, and this year can be even "worse".

Trump is the president in USA and we're looking forward towards more nationalistic winds in global politics.

Globalization has become a burden. Multinational companies are not generating new jobs. They're not as profitable as before. Return on Equity (ROE) is decreasing.

Donald Trump will stay in power for four years? Some political leaders doubt it. Numerous people would like to see him out of office ASAP.

This year, we have important elections in Europe: Holland, France, Germany... We're heading forward but there're tumultuous times waiting for us around the corner.

Digital Villages 2.0

Digital Villages 15 years ago
We're working with the second coming of Digital Villages.

This time as an interactive communication platform supporting internationalization of SMEs.

The opening ceremony will take place on the bridge between Kainuu and Southern Spain.


At this seminar in Kajaani (Kaukametsä) we got the inspiration and motivation to draft a project plan for DV 2.0. More details will be added during the month of February.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society

Published 22.4.2014 -- Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (

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Transcript -- We are just beginning to glimpse the bare outlines of an emerging new economic system, the collaborative commons. This is the first new economic paradigm to emerge on the world scene since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century.

 So it's a remarkable historical event. It has long-term implications for society. But what's really interesting is the trigger that's giving birth to this new economic system. The trigger is something called zero marginal cost.

Now, marginal costs are the costs of producing an additional unit of a good and service after your fixed costs are covered. Business people are all aware of marginal costs, most of the public isn't. But this idea of zero marginal cost is going to dramatically intimately affect every single person in the world in the coming years in every aspect of their life.

There's a paradox deeply embedded in the very heart of the capitalist market system previously really undisclosed. This paradox has been responsible for the tremendous success of capitalism over the last two centuries. But here's the irony, the very success of this paradox is now leading to an end game and a new paradigm emerging out of capitalism is collaborative commons.

 Let me explain. In a traditional market, sellers are always constantly probing for new technologies that can increase their productivity, reduce their marginal costs so they can put out cheaper products and win over consumers and market share and beat out their competitors and bring some profit back to investors.

So business people are always looking for ways to increase productivity and reduce their marginal cost, they simply never expected in their wildest dreams that there would be a technology revolution so powerful in it's productivity that it might reduce those margins of cost to near zero making goods and services essentially free, priceless and beyond the market exchange economy. That's now beginning to happen in the real world.

The first inklings of this zero margin cost phenomenon was with the inception of the World Wide Web from 1990 until 2014. We saw this zero marginal cost phenomenon invade the newspaper industry, the magazine industry and book publishing.

With the coming of the World Wide Web and the Internet all of a sudden millions of people, then hundreds of millions of people, and now 40 percent of the human race with very cheap cell phones and computers they're sending audio, video and texting each other at near zero marginal cost. So what's happened is millions of consumers became prosumers with the advent of the Internet.

And so they're producing and sharing their own videos, their own news blogs, their own entertainment, their own knowledge with each other in these lateral networks at near zero marginal costs and essentially for free bypassing the capitalist market, in many instances altogether. This zero marginal cost phenomena, as it invaded the information industries, wreaked havoc on big, big industries.

Newspapers went out of business; they couldn't compete with near zero marginal costs. Magazines went out of business. And my own industry publishing has been just wracked by free e-books and free knowledge and information.

But, you know, the strange thing about it is at first a lot of industry watchers said this is a good thing because if we give out more and more information goods free and people are producing and sharing it free, these freemiums will stimulate people's appetite to want premiums and then upgrade this free goods and information by getting more customized information.

I'll give you an example. Musicians give away their music free when they started to see this happen hoping that they would get a big loyal fan repertoire and then their fans would be enticed to go to their concerts and pay premium in order to be there in person. And then, of course, we saw this with newspapers.

The New York Times will give you ten free articles a month, freemiums, hoping that you'll then upload upgrade to premiums and by their subscription service. It didn't happen on any large scale. This was very naïve by industry watchers.

Sure, some people have moved from freemiums to premiums but when more and more information goods are out there nearly free shared with each other, music, film, arts, information and knowledge, attention span is not there to then want to go to the premiums when you have so much available already in the freemiums.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Next Acer Live Stream Berlin

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor Ultrathin 9.98mm Form Factor Up to 9 hours¹ of Battery Life Fast 2x2 802.11ac with MU-MIMO Wireless Connectivity

Rich and poor teenagers use the web differently

In many countries, young people from wealthy and poor backgrounds spend roughly the same amount of time online. But it’s how they’re using the internet, not how long they’re using it that really matters.

This is according to new research from the OECD, which found that richer teenagers were more likely to use the internet to search for information or to read news rather than to chat or play video games.

In five Nordic countries, as well as in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Switzerland, more than 98% of disadvantaged young people have internet access at home.
By contrast, in some low- and middle-income countries the most disadvantaged teenagers are only able to get online at school, if at all. This applies to 50% of students in Turkey, 45% in Mexico, 40% in Jordan and 38% in Chile and Costa Rica.

Source: World Economic Forum