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Ross Dawson, 2016

Ross Dawson is an Australian author, futurist, entrepreneur and former stockbroker.[1] Best known for his 2002 book 'Living Networks', Dawson founded the futures think tank Future Exploration Network and consults on digital futures to various big organisations such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft and News Corp.

Named by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia's digital age,[2] Dawson graduated from Bristol University with a B.Sc (Hons) and from Macquarie University with a Grad. Dip in Applied Finance.

Dawson regularly gives keynote addresses on digital media futures and his 'Future of Media Reports' have a readership in the tens of thousands.

According to Richard Susskind writing in The Times, Dawson's first book, Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, was a bestseller, resulting in a second edition in 2005.[3]

The New York Times credits Dawson with predicting the growth of social media in 2002 in his book Living Networks.[4] The BBC] credits him with being a "leading futurist" and with having "predicted the social networking revolution" back in 2002.[5]


  • Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships 2000 Woburn, MA:Butterworth-Heinemann ISBN 0-7506-7185-8[3][6]
  • Living Networks 2003, New Jersey:Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-035333-7[7]
  • Implementing Enterprise 2.0: A Practical Guide To Creating Business Value Inside Organizations With Web Technologies 2009, Sydney:Advanced Human Technologies
  • Getting Results from Crowds: The definitive guide to using crowdsourcing to grow your business 2011, Sydney:Advanced Human Technologies


  1. ^ "Pearson FT Press | InformIT". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ 40 biggest players in Australia's digital age[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Susskind, Richard (28 June 2005). "Developing Knowledge-based Client Relationships (book review)". The Times.
  4. ^ Pfanner, Eric (14 October 2013). "Peering Into the Future of Media". New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ "What If? Competition judges". BBC. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  6. ^ Tabakoff, Jenny (1 March 2000). "Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships (brief review)". Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Yelland, Philippa (1 April 2003). "Living Networks (brief review)". Sydney Morning Herald.