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Text and bullet points - they are dead, or at least used inappropriately. That was one of the overwhelming messages from VizThink, a two day conference on Visual Thinking. We agree. This was the first (of hopefully many) conferences on visual thinking put on by VizThink, the brainchild of Dave Gray of Xplane. It brought together people from around the world who focus in communicating with pictures. More info on the wiki.For example, on the first morning we sat down with three pediatric ER... Continue Reading
VizThink is a conference about visual thinking. We'll be there leading a yet-to-named session that will focus on our story and the role of video and simplicity in communicating ideas with clarity. Since we started making videos, I had been meaning to talk to Dave Gray, the chairman of Xplane, author of the Communication Nation blog and the person who got VizThink off the ground. We had a great chat recently and I learned more about VizThink, which is not just a conference, but a... Continue Reading
Pink shirts - that may be the one thing that will stick out years from now - the pink, er, fuchsia, shirts of BarCamp Vancouver 2007. This is not to say that the content and people weren't amazing - they were. But the shirts were unforgettable. This was my first actual Bar Camp, but I've become accustomed to the unconference format and really dig it. It gives everyone an equal chance to be involved in a low-key, highly diverse, fun environment with interesting people. It's no surprise that... Continue Reading
BarCamp Vancouver is about to lift off and I'm so excited. Vancouver is easily one of my most favorite cities in the world and happens to have a load of great people - many of which are planners of the event. I was there was for Northern Voice and Moose Camp - the unconference in the Spring. For that event I signed up for a session early and then remember it the night before the event. Luckily Nancy White was there to co-host the talk on "New Rules for the New Communities" which made all... Continue Reading
I had high expectations for Gnomedex - a conference run by Chris Pirillo in Seattle. The only other one I went to was in 2005 and it was an amazing experience. There was this feeling of changing the world - people were hyped up and it was palpable. Unfortunately, this time around, I didn't feel the same. I didn't leave the event with an uplifted feeling - if anything, I left a bit of cynicism. As expected though, I met a raft load of interesting people so it was worth the effort by far... Continue Reading
I'll be a panelist in an upcoming webinar that is being put on by Vocus, the parent company of PRWeb. It's called "Maximizing PR Impact with Online Video." We're just finishing up a video for PRWeb and I plan to focus on the democratization of video, among other things. The panel will be moderated by Jiyan Wei and my fellow panelists include two very experienced folks in the online video world: Stephen Harris, Executive Producer, Discovery (see the TLC broadband series Makeover Train... Continue Reading
A while back I posted an entry called Your Community is a Party Waiting to Happen that outlined a number of common sense ways that hosting a party is like managing an online community. I really believe the metaphor is useful and I've developed a talk on the subject. Here are the slides from the talk...
Just recently I was hanging out with Anthony, a great friend who has helped with the Common Craft designs over the years. He mentioned, quite candidly, that he wasn't a big fan of my buddy icon for this site. Being a designer and friend, I took his advice to heart and started the search for a new one. As I've found, most photo searches on Flickr eventually lead to Kris Krug. If you don't know Kris, he's the Quasi-Sage at Bryght and one of Vancouver's best fashion photographers. An all-around... Continue Reading
One of the mantras of the Online Community Unconference became "keeping the party rolling" - not because we partied all day in night, but because many attendees were already in the community business, but looking for ways to improve the experience and value on an ongoing basis. Indeed, the group was a mix of the very experienced and those just getting started. Speaking of a mix of people, my guess is that that there were about the same number of women as men at the conference and as tech... Continue Reading
I'm heading down to the Silicon Valley for the Online Community Unconference put on by my friends at Forum One.Â If you're unfamiliar with an unconference, check out this wikipedia entry.Â Basically it's a great way to get people together without all the baggage (and costs) of a "conference." I've signed up to lead a session on "New Community Planning" as I often find myself in the position to help plan a community-oriented sites.Â I'm not leading it because I have the answers - I'm... Continue Reading
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