Sunday, May 30, 2010
The GEL conference held at the Times Theatre in New York (April 29th to 30th) was unusual – a conference designed to give attendees an experience that they will carry back to their work. A brain child of Mark Hurst the entire experience gives you a feeling of being treated like an individual and a personalized experience.
From the Gelconference.com website : Gel ("Good Experience Live") is a conference and community, founded in 2003, exploring good experience in all its forms - in art, business, society, technology, and life.
As I entered the Times theatre I was glad to meet my friend Julien Smith (co-author of Trust Agents)ELIZABETH KIEHNER of http://www.thornbergandforester.com whose agency made some amazing videos for the Gel Conference, Ellen and Doug Rowan . The day started with a presentation by Eric Singer – Robots, Slime, propane and other ways to make strange Musical Instrument. He demonstrated a robot guitar on stage. My next session was a Public speaking workshop with Erin McKean founder of Wordnik. After this conference all the attendees were given a choice of over 12 activities to take part in. They ranged from a visit to the Dead Horse Bay Island ( read Matt Haughey’s Blog post on the trip) to the world’s oldest subway tunnel in Brooklyn ( see pictures from Anna Sabino’s Blog on Lucid New York ), Concrete Picture Safari by Ben Hoffman, Founder and CEO of CityHunt and the Experience Retail Tour with my friend Rachel Shechtman, founder and CEO of Cube Ventures,I went to the The Dining Experience at Maialino and Terry Coughlin, general manager of Maialino did a great job explaining the philosophy of Danny Meyer’s restaurants.
You can see the other activities here http://gelconference.com/10/
The team building and networking got us ready for Day 2 of stage presentations. If you want to skip ahead and watch the videos of the event please go here http://gelconference.com/videos/2010/ . I was impressed with Kevin Roose author of the "The Unlikely Disciple" and his video is below. Some of the other presentations were the The Ebony Hillbillies African-American bluegrass band, Randy Garutti Chief Operating Officer, Shake Shack talk, Louise Reilly Sacco Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director, MOBA (The Museum Of Bad Art )
This is definitely a conference worth checking. Other posts about the Gel conference:
• Jennifer König (scroll down below the cool photo to read her text)
• Matt Haughey on his Day 1 trip to Dead Horse Bay
• Ben Hoffman's CityHunt photos (see thumbnails at bottom)
Friday, May 28, 2010
If you have not already heard the local media scene is hotting up with the impending launch of TBD.com .TBD.com is a a local Washington, D.C., news site for the company that owns Politico. Jim Brady the former executive editor of the Washingtonpost.com is heading this new venture.
Just heard of their brunch at Mie N Yu on Saturday June 12 at 11 a.m
Hurry and RSVP if you are think you are - “Bloggers, local news junkies, aspiring journalists, neighborhood activists, social media fans” there are only a few seats left.
See you there.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Reputation management has now become a defining feature of online life for many internet users #smplus #wv2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This is a picture of me taken at WebVisions by Portland AIGA (http://portland.aiga.org/). See the whole stream and the photographer Bryan Hoybook - bryanhoybook.com did a great job and for once I will say the photo makes me look better than real life. Today at the Social Media Plus conference I got my picture taken again and waiting to see how that comes out.
In the spirit of doing something cool and different Network Solutions created custom Tshirts for WebVision attendees by ironing their Twitter Ids on the T Shirt. What ideas have you see with Tradeshow booths
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I have heard Tony Schwartz speak at IABC World Conference 2009. I am reading hus bew book on my flights enroute to Portland OR and already think I know what to do after I finish tjus book or rather what not to do
Sunday, May 16, 2010
A few months ago during SXSW I had the previlege of attending a book launch party of Shama Hyder Kabani ’s new book The Zen of Social Media Marketing. I knew @shama on Twitter and we met IRL for thr first time at SXSW 2008. I am proud of being a friend of Shama who is in the BusinessWeek’s North America’s Top 25 Under 25 entrepreneurs for 2009. Her book is getting a lot of rave reviews.My friend and colleague Steve Fisher reviewed the book in a GrowSmartBusiness Post.:
There is Much to Learn and This Book Delivers
As you move through the book you will notice many real life examples and case studies from real small businesses who have seen what works and what doesn’t. That approach makes a book real. Not a lecturing diatribe like some other social media books out there nor a 50,000 fly over of major sections with the usual toolbox suspects (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Digg). What I really like the most and what I think you will get out of this is that using social media is one part toolkit and two parts conversation/community. It is very clear that not everything will work for you and that you must find your own social media voice to create a solution that is successful for your small business. You will fail but I have saying “if you haven’t failed then really haven’t tried hard enough”.
Pam Slim another friend and author of the great book for entrepreneurs ” Escape from Cubicle Nation” (From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur) wrote on her blog http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com “It is a very pragmatic and useful book, intended for smart people who don’t yet “get” how social media is a valid way to build a business.” and here is Pam Slim’s Interview with Shama : The Zen of Social Media Marketing with Shama Kabani from Pamela Slim on Vimeo Add this book to your reading list. Congrats ! and good luck Shama.