Update: you can now use this sign-up form at Eventbrite to secure your spot for this public office. I will, btw, answer any question on any topic that comes up; the whole thing will be recorded and made available on Youtube (provided all participants agree:). We will use audio, video, and screen-sharing as needed.
I have been using gotowebinar and gotomeeting for a while and it's turning out to be a good and simple tool for online conferencing, presentations and discussions. Many of my clients have been asking me to offer some kind of 'virtual office hour' where they can just come in and ask me stuff; therefore I have decided to give this a try - see the details below. Please note: the limit is 25 people and you'll need to email me to get the password, first (and of course, it's free:)))
1. Please join my meeting, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM CET https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/246578389
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.
Social web strategist, speaker and blogger Stowe Boyd and
futurist, speaker & author Gerd Leonhard are delighted to present
this 60-minute, free webinar based on a white paper jointly developed by
Stowe Boyd and TheFuturesAgency entitled 'social TV and the second
You can read more about here (and
download it via the link or directly, here )
"The overlap of social media and TV represents a huge opportunity
for those that truly understand and internalize, embrace and partake in
these changes, and that welcome this dawning networked, interdependent
and many-to-many society"
Stowe and Gerd will briefly present some select slides and updates
on the topic of the future of television (10-15 minutes each), followed
by a Q&A session with the participants.
The emphasis of this event is on allowing plenty of time for
questions and discussion; both via chat as well as via audio (upon
individual invitation only).
THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 100 PARTICIPANTS. Please sign up early and
be sure to show up at least 30 minute prior to the starting time to
Stowe and Gerd are both members of The Futures Agency network and
often work together holding seminars and think-tank events for media and
technology companies, around the globe see
Find our more about Stowe Boyd
Find our more about Gerd Leonhard:
Mobile apps: http://road.ie/futurist
The Future of Business blog http://www.futureof.biz/
More links: http://about.me/mediafuturist
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
On March 1, 2010, I joined forces with my friend and colleague Alan Moore, co-presenting an online seminar on "Thriving in Social Media and the Connect Economy". We had something like 33 people with us (and yes... they paid, mostly, as well) and it certainly was an interesting experience, all around. We really learned a lot, thanks to the ultra-patient participants that managed to stick with us through 90 minutes of talking and tech-fixing.
The day after this event I was cruising down the German freeway and figured I should record a short audio comment on my iPhone audio recorder, and share it, see below and here:
The bottom line is that while Alan gave a fabulous talk and the eventbrite registration and payment procedure as well as the DimDim webinar interface and basic screen-sharing procedure worked quite nicely, and the participants were really great and very supportive (calling in from San Diego to Japan, no less), the experience itself was seriously diminished by fairly significant technical problems that required constant fixing (e.g. participants re-booting the DimDim page etc). I am not at all sure whether many of these issues had a lot to do with DimDim's platform or servers, but having the presenter's audio drop out completely at several occasions, and for fairly long durations, is just totally unacceptable for the audience.
Never mind that the video feed from Alan and me was mostly not happening as planned, either, or that recording the whole session was a no-go - when I tried this option, the whole seminar came to a screeching halt. If that's all that DimDim can do then... I'm GoneGone.
I am also quite disappointed that - apart from various annoying sales calls on my mobile phone - DimDim's management has not seen it fit to communicate with us, before or after this pretty widely tweeted event, nor have they responded to my contact requests via LinkedIn. I mean, if anyone could possibly prove their business concept and the 'telepresence' idea, it would certainly include people like Alan and myself... would it not?
So, being the gluttons for punishment that we are, we will try this again, on March 23, 12 noon EST, this time using the Cisco / Webex platform, and employing the new 'pay what you think it's worth' model rather than charging up-front. And if you took part in the last session it's free, period. The topic will be 'Monetizing Social Media, Take 2' - details will be announced soon. Join us (new eventbrite sign-up page)
The event will take place on the new DimDim webinar platform which
requires nothing but a good browser (e.g. Firefox;). The session will have Alan and myself on video, and audio, during the entire
time, plus all participants can use the chat windows to ask questions throughout the
entire session (approx. 90 minutes). We will be recording the whole thing (if the technology keeps its promises) and shall make the video available to all participants, afterward.
We will be something between 30 to 50 people for this event which is
a fantastic start. Hope to see you there.
On March 1, 2010, I am starting with what I think is becoming an increasingly viable opportunity on the Net: online seminars, conferences, workshops, meetings and training sessions. I have done a few similar things (for various clients) in the past, using all kinds of platforms, and I believe the time is right to take the next steps, on my own turf, and... yes, indeed, even charge a few $ for it. You've had the Free / Feels Like Free, you've seen the Freemiums... so: I am wondering if you are ready for this idea.
If you have met me in 'meatspace' or are otherwise 'connected with me', or have been a reader of this blog for a while, you'll know that I have been publishing free slideshows, blog posts (and full-length feeds), PDFs, videos and essays for over 7 years.
Now I would like to investigate if maybe the next level above and beyond all that free content (and maybe to complement my 50+ paid speaking gigs and on-location think-tanks per year) could be to charge a small amount of money to make myself and some select colleagues available to a limited number of people that won't have to travel 1000s of miles to 'be there', using a fully interactive, online platform that allows for screen-sharing, chat, video and audio. After a lot of research I decided to try the DimDim web conferencing platform because of its ease of use and great features; in addition, I was dismayed by the fact that you apparently can't even sign up for Cisco's Webex service, online if you live outside the U.S.; to top that off, so far no-one has even bothered to get back to me via their contact form. Another time, then.
For this first session (and hopefully regularly) I am delighted to be joined by Alan Moore, Author (Communities Dominate Brands, with Tomi Ahonen), Blogger and fellow Keynote Speaker, for our very first no-entirely-free online seminar on March 1, 2010, at 1pm EST (NY) / 10 am PST (California), 6pm GMT (London), 7pm CET (Berlin) etc (you can figure out the timezones from here;).
"Alan Moore is the founder of the Engagement Communication Consultancy SMLXL. He is the author of several books including, Communities Dominate
Brands: Business and Marketing Challenges for the 21st Century. He is recognized as a great distiller of complex arguments
into their most salient points, who can take concepts from many sources
and find the previously hidden relationship between them. He is currently working on his next project: No Straight Lines: An advanced living course for the networked society. As a well known writer, thinker and public speaker Alan has addressed, radio, television, and conference audiences globally. Reviews of his books and his articles have been published in many respected magazines, journals and newspapers..."
I have worked with Alan several times and he just totally rocks; it will be a real treat to have him co-present on this seminar. Alan and me will both present for about 30 minutes followed by a discussion with the participants (which, for now, are capped at 100).
We will charge $50 USD per person for this 90-minute event. If this experiment works out we will be offering more online seminars, together, individually, and with other great presenters from our various networks, as well. So go ahead... make our day!
Thriving commercially in social media and the networked society: An interactive seminar with Gerd Leonhard and Alan Moore (sign up page on Eventbrite)
The terms social media and social networking are terms we frequently fling around, and think about every single day, accompanied by the word “digital”. The digitalness of our world has been picked over in minute detail. One cannot deny that it is, networked digital communication tools that has brought significant social, cultural and commercial disruptive change to all our lives.
We are in a period of transition, our world of business, media, and communications is evolving from the straight-lines of an industrial era to the more complex and networked world that mimics nature. Any transitory process brings with it complications. In this instance, for many people and organizations they feel they are outsiders, struggling to make sense of a seemingly anarchic world. They become concussed observers to this new world that surrounds them. The problem is that this interactive networked world isn’t about vertical silos, traditional notions of product and service creation, mass-production and mass media and marketing. It is about the massive flows of people, who are connecting, collaborating, organizing and creating in a manner that has nothing to do with a linear approach too much at all.
For over 150 years our economies, culture and society have been shaped by a straight-line logic producing considerable economic success. However, in the dawn of the Networked-Society, a straight-line logic of stuff done and creating wealth becomes a barrier to progress. Why? Because, the change wrought by the networked- society is structural – challenging how markets and organizations have co-evolved over the last 150 years.
So, as we de-couple from the ‘Straight Lines’ of our industrialised world – which framed all aspects of our lives – we do need a new logic to understand this new one. It must be a logic which provides a framework for how we relate to each other, how we communicate, how we create more effective and flexible organisations and how we create wealth. Because we are still faced with the same challenges: how do we find our customers, how do we make our customers sticky, how can we increase trade with our customers and serve those customers whilst at the same time, reducing the cost to serve?
Regardless of whether you are in retailing, the automotive industry, FMCG, music etc., this seminar can help you understand how to commercially thrive in the networked society. This interactive seminar is based upon our combined and extensive experience of working with many companies in helping them make the transition from a linear mass media model to a networked one. We will provide via case histories, practical guidance of how to thrive commercially in the networked society.