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Future Comms: Living & Breathing

Posted on May 2, 2013

The Future Index absorbs as much as possible and grabs the ideas that really stand out. We don’t spend hours researching them. We just tell them as we see them. This way we can get through more ideas and find the ones that will really inspire you. So why did the third Columbia School of […]

Future Comms: Around the World in 80 Apps

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

We took a quick tour of some of the World’s university apps. We drew them from a number of sources including ‘Best of’ blogs, referrals and a long time spent browsing the i-tunes UK App Store. Just to be clear – we didn’t look at everything and we didn’t apply any strict research techniques. We […]

Future Comms: Scare Tactics

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

Most of you have heard of Monsters University. Obviously, it’s not a real university. It’s the animation sequel to the hugely successful Monsters Inc and it’s due out this Summer. Since October 2012 has been live, as part of the campaign to promote the film. Go have a look at the site. It’s pretty […]

Future Comms: Social Sparks

Posted on Apr 10, 2013

Here’s 5 quick examples from the Higher Education social media landscape to help you spark your own ideas for communicating with students, alumni and various communities. 1. Alumni Face-Off Have a look at how MIT and Cornell in the US came together to create some noise online. This face-off between fictional alumni provides a little […]

Future Comms: Drinking from Billboards

Posted on Apr 9, 2013

This idea from Peru really made us sit up. It’s a story of how the needs of UTEC University in Lima and its local community converged so brilliantly. The university needed to sell itself to students and wanted to showcase its engineering prowess. Meanwhile, the local community struggled to get enough drinking water. After all, […]

Future Comms: Digital Reporting

Posted on Apr 2, 2013

Have a dig into studying journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US. You’ll most likely stumble across a communication platform that really is quite inspiring. The Digital News Test Kitchen site simply screams out that they ‘get it’ at Colorado. Even the language they use is current, relevant and media-cool. They talk […]

Future Business: WWWabs go Public?

Posted on Apr 1, 2013

We recently stretched our business knowledge by taking a detailed look at the latest trends to power an Open University Business School ‘Business Perspectives’ view of Innovation in the world. (See our case study and download it there.) A wave of creativity and innovation, enabled by technology, is changing the business map of the world. […]

Future Business: Made for China

Posted on Mar 28, 2013

                We’re all familiar with the recent boom years in international business education. Of course, significant momentum came from the emerging markets of China and India. Many Western Business Schools benefited enormously and thrived on the desire for international students to learn ‘Western Business’ within an ‘English speaking’, […]

Future Brazil: Trending Nation

Posted on Mar 3, 2013

Brazil is making a big name for itself in the online world. Massive growth in the last few years has seen Brazil become a genuine leader – sometimes referred to as the most gregarious, and frequently, as one of the most connected nations on the Cyber-Planet. It’s with Social Media that Brazil is really making […]

Future Brazil: Web Basics

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

It’s not rocket science. As with everything, everywhere, a great web site gives the user what they really want. And it does so in the most engaging way. For a good example of how an international university can give a Brazilian student what they need, have a look at Kings College London. The basics that […]