Ruby Sinreich was the facilitator for a session called "Don't Push the River, It Flows by Itself". With an interesting name... the idea behind it is to allow social networks to flow and naturally evolve.
Use and organize networks by the power of the individual which can grow to a large wave of support for a particular cause or goal.
What makes a network effective:
Strong social ties -personal relationships, trust, awareness.
Common story - shared values, collective narrative, language and words that resonate (tagcouds).
Dense communication grid - online and offline: blogs, e-mail, IM, phone & SMS, face-to-face, twitter.
The audience was not huge which allowed for great interaction with real-situation questions and comments.
I filmed Marnie for a few minutes where she explained situations where she has eithe shot something down or chose to move forward with a particular project. She also explained that there are some piece of information that she DOES NOT want to know... for example:
If you need to purchase a new firewall and you present Marnie with all the details of the research you've done and given your recommendation. If you give her details such as the brand of firewall, she may delve deeper into why you chose that one and not the one that he buddy CEO purchased or the one she saw on the magazine in the plane, etc... there are some things that she prefers not to know... but if she's put in the situation that she has to decide on something, she will use her best judgement based on the information she has gathered.
Some of the other take-aways from this session include many concepts I've heard our CEO, Ed Schipul, mention many times:
Bad news must travel fast - if an approved project is going badly, inform the CEO immediately! This helps them make a decision on where to go from here.
Research and SoundBytes - be sure to do the appropriate research and be able to present it in a quick manner so it makes sense to your CEO (ROI, bottom line, etc)
Think risks/security first - Be sure to verify the risk factors of this project and how it can affect the current and future situation of your organization. Even if it's a very risky project, present an objective view of it... your CEO may be willing to move forward in spite of those risks.
Succinct Communication - CEO's typically have many different things going on so it's important to make sure you present/talk to your CEO in THEIR language and in the least amount of words necessary.
This panel was very informative - the team of individuals were well-informed and had wonderfully natural presentation skills.
David Pogue, New York Times columnist and CBS news correspondent, delivered the keynote speech this morning to officially begin the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference - He was both entertaining and educational. He even played the piano and sang a couple of humorous songs at the end of his presentation.
David presented some interesting concepts about voice over ip (voip) and how the cellular carriers are trying not to offer this service. Their primary reason for not offering this service is that the cellular firms will lose a lot of revenue from the "free voip minutes". I was able to capture most of the speech on video and tonight I will upload it to my YouTube Channel. I was able upload the short video of David playing the piano and singing, watch it below.
Wednesday at the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference in New Orleans was primarily about networking, meeting new folks, running into old friends, learning about the new technology offered by the organizations marketing themselves at the NTC Science Fair.
However, one of the events I most enjoyed happened to me by accident.
During the member appreciation luncheon, I ran into several people I've met the last couple of NTC's... including: Corey Pudhorodsky, James Jones, Beth Kanter, Katrin Verclas and Britt Bravo. When I was talking to Britt, she mentioned that they were having a Netsquared Meetup at a local bar that night.
So I asked Jessica to come out and here's the magic moment captured for eternity <grin> Britt Bravo and Jessica Rohloff talking about what Netsquared is and the details she needs to set it up in New Orleans - pretty exciting stuff!
Let's hope it DOES lead to the formation of a New Orleans Netsquared group!
When I was in high school, the band Heart was very popular. songs like Barracuda, Crazy on You and Magic Man made them very famous. I enjoyed those songs... but one song just touched my heart (and still does).
Dog and Butterfly is a ethereal composition that I used to love to listen to as I roller skated or just laid in the grass listening to my walkman. The version I placed in this blogpost is acoustic which will have you floating as you listen.
There I was with the old man Stranded again so off I'd ran A young world crashing around me No possibilities of getting what I need He looked at me and smiled Said no, no, no, no, oh child.
See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he liked to fly." The dog and butterfly Below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground, laughing She don't know why, she don't know why Dog and butterfly
Well I stumbled upon your secret place Safe in the trees you had tears on your face Wrestling with your desires frozen strangers Stealing your fires, the message hit my mind Only words that I could find
See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he liked to fly The dog and butterfly below she has to try But she roll back down to the warm soft ground Laughing to the sky, up to the sky Dog and butterfly
We're getting older and the world's getting colder For the life of me I don't know the reason why Maybe it's livin' making us give in Hearts rolling in taken back on the tide We're balanced together ocean upon the sky
Another night in this strange town Moonlight holding me light as down Voice of confusion inside of me No begging to go back where I'm free Feels like I'm through Then the old man's words are true
See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he liked to fly The dog and butterfly, below she has to try When she'd roll back down to the warm soft ground With a little tear in her eye She had to try, she had to try Dog and butterfly
This is one of the FUNNIEST videos EVER! It's several minutes long... but worth watching every second of it.
Jimmy Kimmel has a tradition at the end of his show to say... "wow, we won't have time to talk to Matt Damon" or something along those lines. Well, Jimmy's girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, got together with Matt Damon and made a humorous video... well, Jimmy got together with Ben Affleck and created a HYSTERICALLY funny video.