Today’s fifteen minutes of fame focused on some totally awesome social
Web 2.0 orgs and people. There was Favorville, an experiment in
goodwill. There was Gary King, a high school student who totally
understands the power of passion (hey, he got mesh to sell him a
student ticket after they’d all sold out!). There was
Taking IT Global, which is terrific for engaging youth in social
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I have big dreams. I have these thoughts I thought I was alone in. Then I found the blogosphere. I found people around the world with these thoughts. I couldn’t put my finger on it. It’s not about a list of ideals or definitions, it’s about intent. Eight months ago, I was really fortunate to be drafted through my blog to join the mecca that is Silicon Valley. I want to get a good sense because what I’m realizing eight months later is that everything has changed. I left thinking there wasn’t a tech community in Toronto, that what I was thinking was crazy. We led into mesh with BarCamp. Stuff around the world. Toronto has a really amazing tech community here. I want to see and gauge, first, where everyone is at.
I like to think that everyone blogs for multiple reasons. I like to think that I’m creating my own personal history. Others to cennect with others. Others to rant, others to report on what’s going on in the industry, sort of thing. Photos online.
What’s happening is that this sort of media is what is buzzing the consumer the revolution.
(Again, few words, lots of pictures! =D Keynote speakers rock. They’re getting it)
“Consumers.” I really hate that word. We’re people, we’re a community…
Anti-consumerist revolution changed here. Good alternatives growing out of the
Threadless. T-shirt design. Oooh.
You can’t create viral. It’s not about creating connections.
- Inbound messages! Totally!
- 100% authenticity! Totally!
- Niche markets! Totally!
- Open source principles! Totally!
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mesh was the best conference that I’ve ever been to. I got so much
value out of it! I would have happily paid for it from my
starving-grad-student budget(*) had my research supervisor not caved
in and handed me his credit card.
What did I learn from mesh? I loved the keynotes by Dr. Michael Geist
and Tara Hunt for both content and presentation style. I enjoyed
Phillip Smith’s whirlwind discussion of grassroots movements and the
Web 2.0. I was fascinated by the not-quite-successful social
experiment of a projected backchannel chat in Michael O’Connor
Clarke’s session on engaging the blogosphere.
But all of those things paled in comparison to corridor chats and
afterparties. Those were totally, totally cool, and I’ll tell their
story after I wake up.
Here are, I think, a few of the reasons why this conference was a spectacular experience for me:
Mentors? Everywhere I turned, I found someone who was not only doing
exactly what I want to do but was also happy to help me learn more
I’ll blog more some other time, as my eyes are closing of their own
will. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow…
(*) Well, not so starving thanks to the fellowship…
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If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging lately, that’s
because I’ve had just *so* much to do and so many interesting events
to go to. Last night’s planning party for the Mesh Web 2.0 conference
was definitely worth the late night. It was held six months after the
conference, apparently by sheer accident. Just like the conference,
the planning party was full of totally awesome people.
I really enjoyed catching up with Mark Evans and thanking him for his blog post about me, which my mother has no doubt printed and framed. Stuart and the rest of the Mesh organizers were there, of course. It was nice catching up with Michael O’Connor Clarke and learning of his love of Heinlein books.
I met tons of new people, too. Sulemaan Ahmed and I had a lot of fun explaining the benefits of LinkedIn and other business networking sites to Lesley Sturla and anyone else within earshot. Craig Borysowich has a company called Imagination Edge. Adam Clare‘s awesome. He runs a blog called Things Are Good. How can you not like that? Rob Schaumer and Eric are cool, too. Rob’s into personal development, and has just started blogging. Joseph Thornley and Chris Clarke are both from Thornley Fallis, and Chris Clarke runs a blog called Student PR. That’s nifty. Mark Ruddock looks like an interesting person, too – “entrepreneur in residence”? Wayne Gomes and I chatted a bit about the value of blogging. I briefly chatted with Gary Grant and Lars Hansen, too. Connie Crosby told me about her library blog. Jeremy Wright remembered me from Mesh because of my little black Moleskine notebook. Kevin Magee introduced himself just as I was heading out, telling me that I looked like an IBMer. He remembered that I’m an evangelist. =) (See? Memorable!)
And of course, it was a great excuse to catch up with Brent Ashley, Leesa Barnes (whom I haven’t seen since August!), Craig Saila (I will finally get to sit down for hot chocolate with him on Saturday), David P. Janes (who reminded me to blog more often), and other folks.
This is starting to read like a society column focusing on the Toronto tech scene… <laugh>
Anyway, great party, awesome mix of people, tons of fun, now time to decompress.
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