Three deserving Webby nominees and a bit of Brave New Talent

Not only were the nominations for the online world’s equivalent of the Oscars – The Webby Awards – published yesterday but, by happy coincidence, The Telegraph’s Tech Start-Up 100 awards were held in London yesterday too.

On the face of it, these are unrelated events, but four of the nominations in both the Webbys and the Start-Up 100 lists featured in our 12 Links of Christmas 2010. These are the links that we con­sid­ered to be enjoy­able, enlight­en­ing or just plain inter­est­ing last year and published in December 2010. (Here’s the 2009 12 Links too.)

Coincidentally, the RSA Animate talk by Dan Pink, which we featured in our ‘Are you motivated by what you think motivates you?’ post, also received a Webbys nod, whereas our 12 Links preference was for the RSAnimate version of David Harvey’s talk on The Crises of Cap­i­tal­ism. Either way, RSAnimate is a deserving Webby Award nominee as far as we’re concerned.

The great thing about the Webbys is that there are two gongs available per category: one awarded by a judging panel and one based on a public vote.

And with the voting site now live for The People’s Choice awards, we thought we’d do our bit to gently nudge you in the direction of clicking in favour of the nominees featured in our 12 Links of Christmas 2010.

So here’s the nominees that caught our eye last year, why we picked them and – therefore – why we’ll be voting for them:

1st link of Christmas: Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown (here’s the video)
8th link of Christmas: Sam O’Hare’s tilt-shift film The Sandpit (video at the top of this post)
12th link of Christmas: OK! Go’s This Too Shall Pass (here’s the video)

Sticking with the 12 Links, but away from the Webbys, social recruiting platform Brave New Talent was last night named as runner-up in the education and recruitment category of The Telegraph’s Tech Start-Up 100.

We first posted about this remarkable project back in July 2010 after listening to the founder, Lucian Tarnowski, speak about the idea at a tweet-up in London.

It’s a genuinely innovative idea which, as we posted at the time, is ‘effect­ing a change in the way in which busi­nesses, and a gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent emerg­ing from the nation’s schools, col­leges and higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions, can connect.’ That’s why it made our 12 Links.

Finally, this post also gives us a chance to namecheck Pete Matthew, founder of video-based financial education site Meaningful Money which, in February, picked up the Professional Adviser Financial Education Award for 2011. Meangingful Money was our 7th Link of Christmas and here’s why we included it among our 12 Links.

You can see the full list of nominees for the 2011 Webby Awards here and vote for The People’s Choice here.

Top Marx: An animated alternative explanation for the financial crisis

Here’s the chapter I’ve been waiting for on an explanation of the financial crisis: A brilliant animated account – based on a lecture at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) given by Marxist social theorist David Harvey – of why the behavioural traits of the pursuit of capital accumulation fed The Crunch.

Whether you’re inclined to agree with Mr Harvey or not, the use of the animation alongside his word brings the argument to life in a compelling and entertaining way.

On the web, at least, perhaps has stolen the RSA’s limelight in terms of the propagation of interesting ideas. But this talk – and others at the RSA YouTube channel – amply demonstrate why the Royal Society should grace your bookmarks: Content like this fit snugly into a long tradition of thought-provoking contributions – drawn from across the spectrum of fascinating leaders and thinkers – towards debate on contemporary issues.

Animating the issues of US healthcare reform

From this side of the pond, it’s been quite tricky keeping tabs on what exactly is at the heart of the US healthcare reform debate that’s raging in the United States.

So, if you take the prose of award-winning author John Green and the creative talent of the people at Thought Bubble, and mix it together, the result is a succinct, serious but engaging analysis of the issues up for grabs.

This video does what good communication design always does: it makes the apparently complex more easy to understand and engage with.

The issues – at least from Mr Green’s perspective – were much clearer once I viewed this. I wonder if you’ll think the same?