How to innovate in publishing – Pivoting the publishing industry toward purpose |#OneEyedMan |#MikeStopforth |Arthur Attwell


Mike Stopforth brings us another #OneEyedMan #OEM show and along with his industry ledgend guest, Arthur Attwell they unpack how to pivoting the publishing industry toward purpose and look at a fresh take on an ancient industry and how to innovate in publishing today.

Arthur Attwell shares his insights and key learnings about the publishing industry and the social impact of better access to information, lessons learned from the successes and failures of his entrepreneurship journey, and a range of other topics.

Arthur is the co-founder and managing director of Electric Book Works, an agency that turns ordinary publications into engaging websites, ebooks, and printed editions. He co-founded healthcare publisher Bettercare; children’s book publisher Book Dash; and Paperight, an award-winning experiment in distributed print-on-demand.

He worked for two multinational publishers before starting EBW in 2006. He’s presented and contributed to publishing resources around the world, including writing Encyclopaedia Britannica’s ‘ebook’ entry. He’s a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow.


Connect directly: Mike Stopforth – Beyond Binary, a keynote speaker, and host of the One-Eyed Man podcast.

Arthur Attwell’s personal website / The Electric Book Works website – Book Dash gathers creative professionals who volunteer to create new, African storybooks that anyone can freely translate, print and distribute

Load shedding wrecks work from home strategies | #eBizInsights| Richard Firth


Across the world, 2020 will be remembered as the year when our way of life changed fundamentally as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Arguably the biggest transformation we have seen over the past six months has been the mass enablement of remote working by companies of all sizes in those sectors where work from home strategies were viable.

The move to a remote workforce proved to be less challenging than many organisations anticipated, partly as a result of the fact that most were already using tools such as video conferencing, and partly due to the speed with which they could transition their applications to the cloud. The biggest test most companies faced during the first few weeks of lockdown was ensuring that the more distributed corporate network was secure, and that staff had access to the connectivity they needed to work.

Fortunately, security has long been a concern for companies, and many already had extensive security solutions in place. Fibre to the Home (FTTH) rollouts, combined with stable mobile data solutions, ensured that connectivity challenges were minimal in most cases. Unfortunately, as lockdown was extended from weeks to months, organisations had to deal with work interruptions as a result of load shedding.

Load shedding is not a new challenge for South African companies, costing the country’s economy approximately R60-billion last year according to the CSIR. However, while most organisations have invested in backup power solutions such as generators to ensure that their business can continue to operate when the power goes off, these solutions were implemented in corporate offices, and very few individuals have access to generators or inverters at their homes.

In addition to the frustration of having to try and manage teams and projects spread across different load shedding schedules, companies have had to deal with the fact that load shedding essentially destroys the network. With employees spread across different geographic locations, using different connectivity solutions, loss of power in one area has a knock-on effect in many others.

Employees using fibre or VDSL connections would need to switch to data connections during load shedding, which could have an impact on security protocols such as signing into the corporate network with a VPN. There would also be an additional cost associated with data usage, which many employees may not be able to accommodate. In some areas, battery theft at cellphone towers is a recurring problem, so people relying on 3G or 4G networks may not be able to access any connectivity during load shedding.

Even if staff are able to connect to the internet, there is no guarantee that they will be able to connect to company data and applications. Many companies use VPNs and IP address configurations as a security measure, which could result in people being shut out of the servers they need to reach. Also, if they don’t have high speed connections, people may find that they are unable to save or upload their work, or even get to the documents they need to.

At a time when the majority of the country’s knowledge workers are working from home, load shedding has arguably had a more negative effect on productivity than even the initial move to lockdown. As companies look to implement remote working as a more permanent strategy, they are finding that their biggest obstacle is not technology, but access to electricity.

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Are you keeping up with the latest Leadership trends? |#LTL |#Leadership |#Podcast |#KevinBritz | Naomi Basson | Ian Dawson


As technology and our economic climate changes world-wide, have you considered how and who you are as a leader in your businesses and your personal life. Have you kept abreast with the latest global trends?

Kevin Britz and Naomi Basson connect with Ian Dawson, Vice President of LMI and they chat about the latest trends in the leadership arena.

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Naomi Basson LCMA (SA) Facebook: LinkedIn

Guest: Ian Dawson –

It is all about the money, or is it? |#LTS |#KevinBritz | Lauren Britz | #Podcast | #CandidConversations |#Business |#ebizradio


You can choose the emotion attached to the moment or the result you want! We spend so much time chasing the money…..but is it the most important thing? What is it you are focusing on and how do you want to get there?

LTS – “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, OR IS IT? – Kevin chatting with Lauren Britz about the importance of our focus in business and why focusing on the wrong thing often leads us into troubled waters.

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