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The Past, Present and Future of Social Media – How We Fell to the Dark Side and Why the Force is with Us

The Past, Present and Future of Social Media – How We Fell to the Dark Side and Why the Force is with Us

It was 2017 when I failed to deliver what would have been my eighth book. At the time, I was approaching the two year anniversary of the release of my previous work, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design. I was feeling the pressure to deliver. At the same time, my goal was to amplify my reach as an author, speaker and also as an authentic voice in a sea rife with other brilliant minds and more so, exceptional marketers. But,…

My SXSW 2019 Schedule + The Official Debut of Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life

My SXSW 2019 Schedule + The Official Debut of Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life

Are you going to SXSW 2019? Fancy that! I am too. It’s been almost three-and-a-half years since my last book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design. I’m so happy (and relieved) to share that I’m launching my next book at SXSW! Cue the trumpets! Introducing, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. While it’s my eighth book, it’s my first personal venture. I would love to share it with you in Austin if your schedule…

It’s Time to Break Free from Digital Distractions: A Live Interview with Digital Trends

It’s Time to Break Free from Digital Distractions: A Live Interview with Digital Trends

On February 22, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Greg Nibler of the daily video podcast Digital Trends Live about my upcoming book, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. (Video at the end.) Digital Trends is a Portland, ORE technology news, lifestyle, and information website that publishes news, reviews, guides, how-to articles, descriptive videos and podcasts about technology and consumer electronic products. They help readers and those who tune into their programming keep…

It’s Time to Escape from the Dark Side of Distractions to Live a Better Life

It’s Time to Escape from the Dark Side of Distractions to Live a Better Life

Are you struggling with any of the following? Focus Procrastination Anxiety Self-esteem Forgetfulness Creativity You are not alone… Somewhere along the way, we have become distracted. Maybe we don’t realize the extent to which our everyday rituals, favorite devices and apps, or where we focus our attention is affecting us. It’s time to escape from the dark side of distractions to live a better life. Introducing Lifescale, a new movement to discover what’s really important, break bad habits, establish rituals…

The Reveal: Lifescale, How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life

The Reveal: Lifescale, How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life

I’m very proud (and relieved) to announce my next book, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. I’m also beside myself to share that it’s available to pre-order as of today! Lifescale was written to help you break free from distractions, sharpen your focus, spark creativity and unlock new possibilities as a result. This is my eighth book but first non-business book. It’s not the book I set out to write. It’s the book I needed. Here’s a…

Through a Research Lens: What Captured My Attention in 2018 and What’s in My Purview for 2019

Through a Research Lens: What Captured My Attention in 2018 and What’s in My Purview for 2019

Prophet’s Emily Schreck recently interviewed the Altimeter analysts to spotlight some of the things that we never get a chance to share, such as what we’re working on, what has our attention and what’s on the horizon. Schreck’s piece is now live. This year has been a whirlwind for Altimeter’s famed analysts; Charlene Li, Brian Solis, Susan Etlinger and Omar Akhtar. The team has published several new research reports, presented keynote speeches at top global industry conferences, and helped some…

It’s an Ideal World After All; The Importance of an Open Mind

It’s an Ideal World After All; The Importance of an Open Mind

If you and I stood on opposite ends of the number “6” painted on the floor, it’s likely that one of us would see a “6” and the other would see a “9.” As rock legend, and one of my favorite musical idols of all time, Jimi Hendrix once sang, “If 6 were 9.” You could be so sure I see what you see, and I could be certain, you see what I see. It’s all a matter of perspective…

If you subscribe to briansolis.com via RSS or email, please read

If you subscribe to briansolis.com via RSS or email, please read

Long story short, I was forced to shut down Feedburner, the RSS feed provider that emailed articles to you from briansolis.com. Unfortunately, my access has been shut off for years and I’m hearing that the structure of these emails was falling apart. Since I can’t design the experience here, and I’m all about the experience, I ask you to please consider joining me via… Articles here. my upcoming newsletter. Thank you so much for your support! It’s why I do…

If you had one hour with Mark Zuckerberg, what would you ask? Here’s what I learned about the state and future of Facebook, data, politics and bad actors

If you had one hour with Mark Zuckerberg, what would you ask? Here’s what I learned about the state and future of Facebook, data, politics and bad actors

onstine In the wake of Cambridge Analytica, data misappropriation, #deletefacebook, calls for regulation and pending testimony to U.S. Congress, Facebook announced a series of initiatives to restrict data access and also a renewed selfie awareness to focus efforts on protecting people on the platform. What’s more notable however is that Mark Zuckerberg also hosted a last-minute, rare town hall with media and analysts to explain these efforts and also take tough questions for the better part of an hour. Let’s…

In Truth We Trust?

In Truth We Trust?

I often hear people say… the one thing they appreciate in someone is “how honest” they are …or that they “speak their mind.” But, they’re not the same. Honesty is free of deceit and untruthfulness. The other, is when you say what you think very directly. It’s important that each of us understand the differences …for they form our foundation of ethics, morals and character. They symbolize what is or isn’t ok for us …as individuals and as a society….

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