Meaning 2016

Meaning is the annual gathering for people who believe in better business.

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Date: 17 November 2016
Location: Brighton Dome, UK

The Plug Has Been Pulled On Twitter And Soundcloud Collaboration

Soundcloud may be known as the Youtube of audio but will it really enhance the core service of Twitter? With a huge number of music celebrities already using the site to communicate with their many followers, it does seem a sensible progression for the company to evolve into a music service. 
SoundCloud is a free service that lets users, from individuals to DJ collectives to bands, upload and share audio files around the Web and according to Relode, Twitter were in talks with the Berlin-based startup to strike up a deal.
This would have been a huge move for Twitter and it’s investors, who are becoming concerned with the slow growth of the company. After going public last November at $26 a share, it quickly rose to $74.73 before beginning a long downward slide.
However, it’s now come to light that Twitter have said no to this new deal. Why? Well we’re not 100% sure, but we could hazard a guess. 
With over 250 million users and estimated value of $700 million, Soundcloud are certainly attractive to Twitter’s big guys, however a large number of the DJ community are abandoning ship and joining other services such as MixCloud, MixCrate and 
To cover their back, Soundcloud use Audible Magic technology to flag up unlicensed songs. Soundcloud then issue a take-down notice. Unfortunately, errors often happen with this technology and users are ordered to take down their own music, resulting in some miffed off customers having to defend their own compositions meaning more and more are switching. 
Soundcloud isn’t particularly well set up for advertising in the same way similar streaming services are so its revenue is limited. Of course, there is the option to pay for higher tier service, complete with unlimited uploads & detailed statistics on who’s listening but we all like free and so the majority of users just stick to the free stuff. 
Possibly the biggest red flag. Soundcloud doesn’t have any licenses from music labels or publishers meaning for a smaller entity like Twitter, obtaining these licences could be hugely expensive and full of hassle. 
So Twitter may need a way to kick up its stock price, but it would seem they’ve seen the light and would agree Soundcloud isn’t the way to go. Back to the drawing board for Twitter then. 

Soundcloud may be known as the Youtube of audio but could it really enhance the core service of Twitter? With a huge number of music celebrities already using the site to communicate with their many followers, it does seem a sensible progression for the company to evolve into a music service. 

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Social Business Fundamentals 2013 Premiere Event - Strategy for Financial Services

Dachis Group London is excited to announce its first Social Business Fundamentals event of 2013 - Social Strategy in Financial Services. Drawing on our experiences, we will be holding an interactive session exploring drivers for social within the sector, and how to go about creating a social strategy for a financial services firm.

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Date: 18 April 2013
Location: Dachis Group London Office, UK

Changify Shoreditch 2

Changify is a new online and events hub for local community-led change projects backed by brands and local businesses. We're bringing the excitement back to social change - with your input. Join us for an exciting blend of local exploration, smartphone-based reportage, and creative problem solving. Find backing for the things you care about!

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Date: 25 January 2013
Location: The Tea Building (Method offices), UK

Changify Shoreditch Xmas 2012

Design for Social Change is running a new series of events around the launch of our Changify service. Together with your input we're going to #Changify Shoreditch for Xmas 2012 - an exciting weekend of citizen reporting, rating, data collection and creative problem solving and more... Register now and join us to hack the hood!

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Date: 14 December 2012
Location: The Tea Building (Method offices), UK

Using Social Media to Go Global - a free SMWLDN Event

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Want to take your business global? An free half-day event next Monday during Social Media Week London, might be just what you're after. Find out how to use social media, online communities and collaborative tools can help build your company’s international business.

Open to ExportOpening with a spot of networking over coffee, we’ll discover Open to Export, the exciting new service from UK Trade & Investment and Yell, which help small fast-growing firms find the answers they need to develop their global potential.

Hear from We Are Social, Naked Wines, Nokia on how they used social technology to ‘go global’. Find out what hurdles they had to overcome, what worked, what didn’t and quiz them on their plans for the future at this free event.

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Doncaster Wired City Reconnected Event – Businesses “Doing Business” rather than talking about!!

We are looking to work with partners to attract 40 -50 business owners and freelancers from the Digital, Creative and ICT businesses from across Doncaster, North Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Barnsley & Rotherham as well as North Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire

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Date: 7 March 2012
Location: The View, Church View Centre, UK

Social Media Week London Brainstorm: Ideas & Inspiration for 2012

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Two heads are better than one. So, 35 must be exponentially better, right?

At Chinwag, we're big fans of building things collaboratively, so we thought we'd really push the boat out for the initial planning of Social Media Week London 2012 (SMWLDN), 13-17th Feb, in case you're wondering.

On Tuesday evening, after an open invite, 35 people gathered at Ketchum PR's offices in Shoreditch to ruminate, dream and scheme on the themes for next year's SMWLDN. Analysing last year's event and taking informal soundings, the group started to explore five starting points:

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Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit

The upcoming Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit will address these developments head-on, examining how these changes can drive business value.

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Date: 21 September 2011
Location: Lancaster London Hotel, UK

Enterprise Web 2.0

How is business value realised using enterprise web 2.0 and cloud technologies? How do such tools promote productivity and innovation? Will it be a smooth transition or do we have a bumpy road ahead? Join us at Microsoft's London offices to debate with experts and practitioners from BT, Microsoft, BEA Systems, Broadsight, Huddle and more.

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Date: 13 June 2011
Location: Microsoft UK, UK

MC ThinkCamp - mHealth

MC ThinkCamp - mHealth is on June 3rd at the Wallacespace St Pancras, London It is FREE to attend, and will bring the healthcare & mobile technology communities together to take a collaborative approach to putting ideas for mobile healthcare innovation into action.

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Date: 3 June 2011
Location: WallaceSpace St Pancras London, UK

Antony Mayfield, social media expert at iCrossing speaks at ChangePlayBusiness on 29/30th Nov

Social media guru Antony Mayfield from iCrossing will be one of the experts advising small creative business during a new design-led workshop, which uses techniques of play together with serious business strategic thinking to transform both existing and emerging businesses.

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Date: 29 November 2010
Location: Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), UK

The new social rules

This mashup* event will present views from those who are bringing about change, focused on the debate centred around the social norms of etiquette, safety and privacy with technology moving forward have the old rules around these areas moved on and developed or have we got new social rules that lead our lives,

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Date: 24 November 2010
Location: SNR Denton, UK

£18m Collaborative R&D Competition Round-up and Entry Tips

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It's been a particularly hectic month for zipping up and and down the country hosting the Partnering for Innovation events, promoting the £18m Collaboration Across Digital Industries competition.

If you've missed out, the good news is that there's another chance to find out about this competition, the Digital Communications KTN are running a briefing in London on 5th July (info here).

Over the course of the events, there's been dozens of presentations, heaps of official-looking information, hundreds of conversations and, for me, a lot of learning in the way that groups can collaborate.

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Creative Industries: Collaborating for Innovation

This is a free event to provide attendees with the contacts, insights, inspiration and information they need to collaborate with universities and to find the funding to support them to do this.

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Date: 27 April 2010
Location: 1000 Lakeside Business Centre, UK