Ten rules for radicals

Recently Hugh McGuire sent me a link to Carl Malamud’s talk, “10 Rules for Radicals”.

In responding to come comments on a recent blog post, I linked to Malamud’s talk and highlighted one of his ten rules:

“Get standing. Have some skin in the game, some reason you’re at the table.”

As I noted in my response, Malamud uses “standing” in the legal sense – you are engaged in a way that gives you a right to file a grievance. It need not be so limited.

I wanted to highlight Malamud’s work on the front page of the blog because I think his rules can be quite useful to the many among us who care about the future of publishing. His entire talk is instructive, and I encourage you to follow Hugh McGuire’s advice (to me) and read it. But if you need a teaser, here are three on-point rules:

  • call everything an experiment;
  • when the starting gun goes off, run really fast; and
  • don’t be afraid to fail.

There is more, and it is based on a good history. Make time to click on the link.

About Brian O'Leary

Founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, Brian O’Leary helps enterprises with media and publishing components capitalize on the power of content. A veteran of more than 30 years in the publishing industry and a prolific content producer himself, Brian leverages the breadth and depth of his experience to deliver innovative content solutions.

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