Posted on May 1, 2012

The Pillars of Community Management: Webinar with ‘virtual community godfather’ Howard Rheingold and Richard Millington – an audio retrospective


[Note: This post is a re-blog of a larger version I've posted on the blog about the community engagement project I'm running for a module at Birmingham City University. In the original post I make referrals from the statements to the progress of my project.]


On Thursday I attended my very first Webinar. It worked surprisingly well, the quality was absolutely fine and attendees could post questions in a chat window during the interview between community management expert Richard Millington, whose website about community management I recently recommended in my post on the re-evaluation of my community management strategy for “Go Genie” and Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold on Twitter). Rheingold can quite faithfully be described as some kind of community management guru, since he wrote a book on the ‘virtual community’ (available online in HTML version) as early as in 1993.

Howard Rheingold
quite a colourful fella: community management godfather Howard Rheingold (Photo by Joi Ito).

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Posted on Mar 8, 2012

The Channel4 experience: 10 tips each on how to make a successful application and the best of networking events

Photo by Mansoor Munawar

Networking events seem to be something unavoidable and at the heart of our interconnected, constantly online, i-cloudy, wired culture. Shaking hands, piling up business cards (soon it might be easier to use virtual ones), making first impressions. And that’s exactly why I don’t like naming the purpose right away. It sometimes creates an atmosphere of trying to “make use” of anybody ASAP and trying to wrap up a conversation if the “additional value” of the person you’re talking to is not big enough. The latest outcome of this development are speed networking events in the style of speed-dating.

But, on the other hand, it’s a nice, informal, chatty and quite laid-back way to meet potential future employers without the tension of assessment in the air or the impersonality of a CV packed in a few sheets of paper between you and the person judging about you. In this post, I want to pass on what I’ve learned from the networking events I attended at Channel4 – including some personal tips and hints from the C4 staff themselves.

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