Last Thursday I sampled the latest incarnation of the London Bloggers Meetup, as organized by Andy Bargery and friends. This meetup has been running for years, but it was my first time. What sparked my interest was a combination of meeting Andy at a Social Medial Week London event in January, the sheer numbers that had signed up (167 at the time I booked on), and the chance to hear how Leo Babauta grew his Zen Habits blog to a readership of over 200,000. I think the other reason I went along is that I'm trying to find the atmosphere and energy of ideas in the melting pot that I used to feel way back in 2007 at OpenCoffee Club when it ran at a Starbucks Regent Street and then Waterstones, Piccadilly, or at The Tuttle Club from it's start early in 2008 and well in to 2010. I felt the same thing at CreativeCoffee Club sessions - where has it migrated to?
Although over 100 people packed in to the basement of The Long Acre for a noisy, lively event, that particular spark I'm looking for wasn't there at LBM. I saw but didn't get a chance to speak to a smattering of longstanding bloggers like Judith Lewis (@JudithLewis
on Twitter), Rachel Clarke ( . ...
London Wiki Wednesday, the evening meetup for wiki geeks, business geeks and anyone wanting to discuss the use of social media technology inside their organisation is restarting for 2011 this Wednesday February 2nd - 18:15 onwards for a 19:00 start at NYK Shipping near Moorgate. Back in 2007 and 2008 we had almost monthly sessions with 25 or more and sometimes up to 60 people attending. During 2009 we had bit of a hiatus, mainly because of the difficulty in getting venues and sponsors for some free eats and drinks. Since restarting in September 2009 we've had meetings up to July last year, more often than not at NYK, which thanks to Alek Lotoczko has become our default venue. A core group of Alek, Harry Wood, Gordon Joly, Andrew Black and I have kept the idea alive. However, I have this feeling in my gut that a regular enterprise oriented social media event is missing from the current London scene. Maybe that's why we've had 26 people sign up for this week's session? We'll see.
It's very likely that this week's main speaker is the real draw. My good friend Euan Semple will be along to talk enterprise use of wiki's and ...
I've been a regular at every SOMESSO
event so far, and Lee Bryant
kindly invited me to the latest incarnation last Thursday - a joint SOMESSO and Headshift one day Social Business Summit
. Sorting out a very embarrassing attack of the ave.exe
virus delayed me enough that morning to miss the two keynotes from Jeff Dachis
and JP Rangaswami
(my Mac friends tell me I should make the switch, but I'm stubbornly staying on Windows along with 90% of my customers). I was particularly disappointed missing JP, as everyone told me his session was excellent, breaking the way ahead with the social business topic down to transaction cost. As soon as the video of his session is available, I'll update this post to include it.
The social business theme is dear to my heart. The word social and the social media
term can be counter productive when talking to some business leaders about the way businesses needs to change in the 21st century. This summit meeting was all about applying what I would call enterprise 2.0
and some would call social tools (blogs, wikis, micro-blogging, tagging and other collaboration tools) to help businesses be more ...
Here's news of a special offer for readers of Business Two Zero. I've always supported SOMESSO
events since speaking at their first one in Zurich back in 2008
. SOMESSO stands for social media espresso - it's a strong, fast hit of social media for the corporate world. Every event so far has had top notch speakers and impressive companies and practitioners in the audience, resulting in some great discussions and conversations. Their next event
is in London
next week on Thursday, March 18
, organized in conjunction with my friends at Headshift
(now part of the Dachis Group
). This one is positioned as a one day Social Business Summit, and even the title will spark some discussion. Jeff Dachis
will speak on how far we've come, and the impact of social tools in business to date. My friend JP Rangaswami
will then talk about where we are going, and how the socially-calibrated business of the future might operate. The rest of the day will involve more discussion on where we might be headed, along with case studies on use of social media for collaboration internally, externally for marketing, support and connecting to the ecosystem. ...
Last Wednesday evening, 3rd March, London Wiki Wednesdays
got rebooted for 2010 and beyond, with a varied selection of great 5 minute presentations and me doing MC duty as usual. We were hosted by Alek Lotoczko
and our friends at NYK
. Actually, it felt like the old days
. As you can see from our wiki
, there was a bit of a hiatus between November 2008 and October 2009 and then to this month, excluding several informal meetings down the pub. The key issue has been the time and energy it takes to get venues and sponsors
(anyone interested, please see me
afterwards). However, we've decided to get things moving with a full meeting every two months (on the first Wednesday of the month) with informal meetings in between.
During my intro
the group agreed to broaden the topic out from just wiki related projects, to wiki plus all things enterprise 2.0 - social media tools applied to business. We will, however, retain our London Wiki Wednesday
branding, rather than changing to 2.0 Tuesdays or some such. Somewhere in the handovers I also mentioned the 2.0 Adoption Council
and 2.0 Adoption Community
. On the night ...
London Wiki Wednesdays is finally back! After a long hiatus, some of the core team got together for a drink last month, although I couldn't join them. Alek Lotoczko volunteered NYK Shipping (our regular fall back venue - Alek and NYK are firm and valued supporters of LWW) but with the short notice we couldn't do much promotion, or get any sponsorship. The guys asked me to carry on being MC, and Wednesday 7 October w...
Way back in October, that month's London Wiki Wednesday
on 3rd October
was hosted by the innovation consultancy ?What If!
, in their rather funky, stylish meeting space called the Old Laundry
. This has a great atmosphere, rather like Skype's Chill Out Lounge at their London HQ, with comfortable sofas and bookshelves full of books and other interesting stuff - examples of mobile phones through the ages, the first Amstrad Notepad NC100 computer
from the early 90s, or yellow plastic hair that rather suited Toby. My thanks go to Anne-Fay Townsend
, and the wiki-chick Julie Callick
for being such great hosts, and laying on the pizzas, beer and wine.