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Mainstream Is Stuck In The Mainstream

Change is hard, for some it’s very uncomfortable, and for the mainstream it’s almost impossible, so it seems. Change is inevitable, it is happening with every minute of the day, how you chose to respond to that change determines it’s value. Like ambiguity, change too must be embraced in order for progress to really take hold. I know you know this, I know you understand it and that’s why this environment welcomes those who truely understand it.

Mainstream media, mainstream big business and the businesses that support them, still don’t see what’s coming and it’s coming quickly. Wall street, the Music Industry, Newspapers, Television Media, are stuck in the mainstream, they don’t know how to make the shift to this new economic model called Open & Free. Amber Naslund ranted about how there is an entitlement to free stuff, I agree with her, I’m all for getting paid and we should be if we are providing something of real value. Unfortunately, the world is filled with many looking for a shortcut, looking for a way to take advantage of others and not pay for what they take. But today, we the people get to decide what is important to us, no longer will we be convinced that products, services and information are important. Unethical Internet Marketers, traditional marketing and subliminal messages raise the BS Meter to new levels and become very suspicious. The pay first and and access second model is breaking down rapidly, no longer to be tolerated, and will all but disappear in the next 3 – 5 years when the rest of the world gets here online. There will be 5 Billion people here in the next 5 years and they won’t pay first, and you won’t be able to make them. They will find ways to get what they want, much like we do today, music, movies and information is being copied at will and that’s what the fight is all about. What you may not see is that the money is moving from the selling of copy, to the selling of experience.

Keeping content, products and services behind walls is a losing model, and is a bad experience, the end of control is shaping up everywhere. With Newspaper’s forcing you to buy access to content, record labels unwilling to move on their position and flexing the control muscle, they are in for a rude awakening. Mainstream Media & Mainstream Business must find ways to make this shift, find ways to monetize around product and service. Rather than fight with everyone and try to maintain the current Copyright Model, try working with the stakeholders and content providers. Create interesting ways to replace the Copyright Gridlock we are in with collective agreements where everyone wins. Much of what we know must be unlearned and new creative ways to allow for everyone to participate in a global economy where the content makers do indeed get paid. The Open & Free Business Model allows for this and also brings a hotbed of creativity that builds trust, relationships and attention.

Silicon Valley has the same issues, it is very much an incubator, it doesn’t really integrate with the rest of the world, they talk a different language, and it feeds on itself and funds itself. Sounds cold and harsh but let’s be honest, they are light years away from most of us but still have to share the same space. We need them to be weird and innovative for the rest of the world, but they also seem disconnected at times, it’s a day time soap at times. It’s like being the Nerd in grade school again, everyone looks at you funny because you talk funny and wear a pocket protector.

Mainstream being stuck in the mainstream has a silver lining, it means we get to be creative and help them get unstuck. Unfortunately, today they are fighting against us and the world, and want to maintain control, it’s a losing battle I’m afraid. They aren’t listening now, but they will, musicians and the like are banding together all over the world as messengers. It might appear mainstream media has the upper hand, but it will be short lived. I try to advocate working together, bring awareness, and help build the future in an Open & Free Business Model, a place where everyone (YOU) wins.

Are you ready? How do you feel about an Open & Free Business Model? Do you think Mainstream is stuck in the Mainstream?

About Owen Greaves

I'm a Futurist, I write, speak, and teach the open & free business model, the future of business. Create. Differentiate. Deliver.  

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  3. Owen on March 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Great article, I agree with your article and in fact I am practicing it with my web page. The most common question I get is “How are you going to monetize?” Lol, people never say “how do you make money”, 99% say the word monetize…

    All the huge web sites are 'Free', do you think they don't make money?
    Craigslist, Google, Gmail, Hotmail, Skype, Firefox, Facebook, LinkedIn and the list goes on and on.

    I heard this term 'Freemium' meaning free with a premium. Basically 95% is free and 5% has a fee. If only 5% pay the fee, and the model is sound with volume that 5% will more then cover the cost of operations and create a life of abundance.

    Example 1 million customer (5% is 50,000)
    If you make $1 profit per paying customer per month then you have $50,000 a month.

    If only 1% bought it's still a decent income, remember the $1 is profit so all expenses are covered.

    Serve the masses and live with the classes, serve the classes and live with the masses.



  4. Owen on March 28, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Great article, I agree with your article and in fact I am practicing it with my web page. The most common question I get is “How are you going to monetize?” Lol, people never say “how do you make money”, 99% say the word monetize…

    All the huge web sites are ‘Free’, do you think they don’t make money?
    Craigslist, Google, Gmail, Hotmail, Skype, Firefox, Facebook, LinkedIn and the list goes on and on.

    I heard this term ‘Freemium’ meaning free with a premium. Basically 95% is free and 5% has a fee. If only 5% pay the fee, and the model is sound with volume that 5% will more then cover the cost of operations and create a life of abundance.

    Example 1 million customer (5% is 50,000)
    If you make $1 profit per paying customer per month then you have $50,000 a month.

    If only 1% bought it’s still a decent income, remember the $1 is profit so all expenses are covered.

    Serve the masses and live with the classes, serve the classes and live with the masses.



    • owengreaves on March 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

      Hi Owen, Keep in mind that the Open & Free Business Model is not a skill set, it’s a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking. It’s seeing the world as it really is, not what we want it to be.

      Thanks for your comment. Hope you are well.



  5. owengreaves on March 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Hi Owen, Keep in mind that the Open & Free Business Model is not a skill set, it's a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking. It's seeing the world as it really is, not what we want it to be.

    Thanks for your comment. Hope you are well.