I'm James Borrodell Brown, a London-based technologist and strategist. Digital agency Zone employ me in their small strategy team, where I largely help charities and non-profits use the internet effectively. I'm a street fundraising advocate for the PFRA, and I run and publish Punktastic, one of europe's most popular online-only music magazines. At the end of 2012, Zone published a guide I wrote called the Digital Fundraising Handbook. I love reading and thinking about how technology and the internet will continue to change charities, companies and people. For fun, I'm creating a tool called ReadComfy, which re-styles your favourite articles with beautiful typography. Decisions and inventions made today have intriguing consequences. What are the most responsible and interesting things we can create?
If you were a progressive, unorthodox investor looking to fund long-term projects that pushed forward how the internet works, where would you put your money?
I'd choose five things.
#1. Something like The Magazine, but as a platform
#2. Something like StreetBank, but more hands-on
#3. Something like PledgeIt, but for politics
#4. Something like IAmA, but that my mum could read.
#5. Something that can put estate agents out of business.
If you're working on any of these, or you want to give it a go, get in touch, because I'd like to help.
I think reading other people's ideas is the best way to create your own. Mostly I read opinion and latest news from online bloggers and thought-leaders (click for a list), but I also love magazines and American long-form journalism.
To make reading more enjoyable, I'm creating a tool called ReadComfy, which re-styles your favourite articles with beautiful typography. Watch this space.
First off, check out Glenn Fleishman's website because he's an interesting guy and his design inspired this one.
Then you should follow me on twitter, where I talk with friends and link to interesting things I've read. Or just subscribe to my tumblr, where there's less chat and just a simple list of interesting things I've read.
I'm on LinkedIn and Facebook too.
There just isn't enough time in the day, right? But you should get in touch and say hello all the same.