The More Things Change, The More They Change (VIDEO)

As dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III is on the front line of changes wrought by the digital revolution. That’s why The Communications Network tapped his expertise three years ago for its report: “Come On In. The Water’s Fine. An Exploration of Web 2.0 Technology and Its Emerging Impact on Foundation Communications.”

Then, as now, Wilson believes the key to effectively navigating these changes is what he calls the capacity for “sustained innovation.” For foundation communication departments — forced daily to grapple with ever-shifting modes of communication — this capacity isn’t just nice to have. It’s imperative. “In such an environment,” Wilson writes in the Spring 2012 issue of strategy+business magazine, “creativity needn’t wait for the unpredictable ‘aha’ moment. It is continually nurtured.” Read More »

How to Make a Region Innovative

strategy + business, 2012

To foster economic growth, innovation clusters need to draw on the power of an interrelated “quad” of sectors: public, private, civil, and academic.

Even as communication technology makes it easier to connect with people around the world, the value of clusters will remain. Regions will continue to vie to become the next Silicon Valley or Bangalore. The ones that succeed will be those that deliberately cultivate talented, creative people; foster management reforms that promote innovation; and build networks among key leaders. By focusing on those three leverage points, leaders of a cluster can bring together the four critical sectors — public, private, civil, and academic — nurturing a community that becomes, in itself, an engine of sustainable innovation and economic growth.  Read More »

The next Silicon Valley: USC’s Annenberg?

MarketWatch , 2011

Ernest Wilson smiles when he assesses his job as the dean of the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.

Wilson, for his part, can take pride in knowing he is making progress with his journalism, communications and public relations agenda. He supervises one of the nation’s most complex and ambitious media-education programs.

Annenberg works in conjunction with such USC divisions as business, engineering and public diplomacy. Labeling USC Annenberg’s School for Communication and Journalism as a simply “journalism” school, in the traditional sense, diminishes what Wilson and his colleagues are trying to accomplish.

Wilson believes that journalism plus innovation equals entrepreneurship, and that word sums up what Annenberg is trying hard to preach to its roughly 2,200 students.

“Five years from now, if we do this right,” Wilson said, “we can establish a new set of competencies for the digital age. Our graduates can go to work for Cisco or the government of China or the World Bank or a school in South Central LA. All of them would understand that communications is at the center. The biggest export in the U.S. economy is content.”  Read More »

Wilson begins term as Annenberg School dean

Ernest James Wilson III  begins his term as the Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Dean Wilson will also hold the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, which was established in 1984 in honor of the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg.

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Ernest James Wilson III to serve as next USC Annenberg Dean

Ernest James Wilson III, a noted public broadcasting authority and scholar on international communication issues, will succeed Geoffrey Cowan as dean of the Annenberg School for Communication. His term will begin July 1, 2007.

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What is Internet Governance and Where Does it Come From?

Journal of Public Policy, 2005

The literature on governing the Internet suffers from such lacunae as overly narrow, technocratic conceptions of Internet governance; insufficient attention to governance dynamics within countries; and limited appreciation for the micro-level political and social roots of governance. This essay suggests ways they may be addressed by asking two foundational questions ‘What is Internet governance and where does it come from?’ Read More »

Are Poor Countries Losing the Information Revolution?

with Francisco Rodriguez, infoDev, 2000

New IT and Social Inequality: Resetting the Research and Policy Agenda

The Information Society, 2000

Inventing the Global Information Future

Futures, 1998

This essay analysis four possible outcomes of the transition to tomorrow’s global information society. Using scenario building methods the essay describes and
analysis the pathways the transitions may take, in the hopes of guiding proactive thinking about the most desirable information and communication strategies
for developing countries. Read More »