The Big Idea in your first story is really all about one of the Oldest Ideas in human history: the importance of trust. On the downside, the author sets up a false choice between Big Data and Big Ideas. You need both. But the author’s real focus is the need for trust. And he’s right. The fuel that drives the Big Data engine is trust – consumer trust but also cyber trust.
Your second story is about storytelling and challenger brands. Spot on stuff. The last story is one I tackled in a previous blog post
: there’s great power in storifying your events and it’s an effort that begins, not with the event itself but with those attending it.