The Ealing Tweetup Returns ~ All Tweeters Welcome!

Ealing Tweetup is an informal networking event that brings together local business people, politicians, bloggers & journos, digital industry types and interesting folk from other walks of life. With live music - and sometimes free pizza and drinks - the events are proving a great success, with anything from 30 to 200+ Twitter users attending.

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Date: 7 February 2013
Location: The Rose & Crown, UK

Galvanising the University Population Around Tech Startups


It’s no surprise that tech startups are fast approaching a level of popularity previously ascribed to Katy Perry. The Social Network - a look at the meteoric rise of the now-ubiquitous Facebook - has helped fuel this growth and encourage university students to consider a path through the startup world.

Eschewing banks and briefcases for mockups and moleskins, many university students are keen on the idea of joining a startup, but are largely unaware of just how to go about doing such a thing (though some, like the university-aged founders of GoSquared - a real-time web analytics service - are a few steps ahead).

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On Being the Pub not the Conversation Within...

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For fifteen years I’ve provided research, evidence and carefully chosen words to anyone who would listen to describe the benefits of allowing interpersonal communication within a brand-space. We used to call that "social network theory" or "social engine theory". Over time, the 'social media' industry grew up around our voices (not loud enough to dominate it but still we prattled away).

Today, my agency and team operate as a very tiny part of a £Billion business based on the very same ideas; that conversations are a form of marketing, that the customer can be an ambassador and that brand choices are part of expressible identity.

The questions I’m asked each day remain essentially the same, although the vocabulary has changed a little. Ten years ago a major sports brand asked me "What will I do if the public are critical of our product in a forum we put our brand on", today they ask "What are the costs and risks of page moderation".

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Google’s Latest Update has Implications for all Social Communications Online

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Search has always been a part of the social communications mix, but with the emergence of Google+ and one of Google’s recent Panda updates we have seen an increase in the convergence of these digital worlds.

Many brands are looking to spread the risk of new updates from Google and associated implications and are rightly looking to spread their search strategy across as wide a mix of platforms as possible.

With the emergence of Google+, social media is ever more being considered as a result of the social signals that are being generated by gestures (likes, follows, shares etc) and content alike.

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DigitalSurrey January 2012

On the 25th January, DigitalSurrey will welcome Surrey's Chief Superintendent for Neighbourhoods, Gavin Stephens, who will be discussing Surrey Police's use of digital.

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Date: 25 January 2012
Location: University Of Surrey, UK

Community Cove Unconference

At giffgaff, we want to change the way communities are run for the better. To kick off our monthly community cove events, we wanted to have a day unconference/ barcamp/ community camp so you can meet other people interested in making communities the best they can be.

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Date: 19 February 2010
Location: Centre for Creative Collaboration, UK

Building internal and external communities from scratch

Come join community cove, hosted by giffgaff and Albion to look at how to build internal and external communities for startups and other businesses. This event will be applicable to any company or individual wanting to have the right team in the office and out there in the community.

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Date: 10 November 2010
Location: Albion Agency, UK

Sheffield Doc/Fest - Involving Communities: Thinking Beyond Broadcast

Sheffield Doc/Fest - Involving Communities: Thinking Beyond Broadcast is a series of panels that look at innovative ways of involving communities in film and digital media. As a specially focused strand, there’s a collection of panels, keynote speeches, roundtable talks and networking opportunities.

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Date: 5 November 2010
Location: Various venues, UK

London Net Tuesday - Community Problem Solving

Come discuss a new toolset geared at helping local communities surface issues, find the resources and strategies to address them, and then make change!

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Date: 2 February 2010
Location: Curzon Cinema, UK

Straight Line Thinking Stops Here

This weekend I was invited to give a keynote @ sxsw 2010 based upon my submission in August last year. (watch the 2.5 minute film) The topic is Straight Line Thinking Stops Here, something that I covered at The Do Lectures (watch the video) last year and is culminating in a course, book and research project.

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Date: 16 March 2010
Location: Austin Convention Centtre, US

NextGen 09

NextGen 09 is a one and a half day conference and exhibition with on day 1 the option of 2 specific workshops: Fibrecamp Britain and Digital Region hands-on.

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Date: 16 November 2009
Location: Royal Armouries, UK

The London Community Drinkup

The inuagural London Community Drinkup where we'll talk about communities and stuff (maybe someone will help us write engaging copy for communities and stuff).

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Date: 27 August 2009
Location: TBC, UK

Gnomedex 9.0

The ninth Gnomedex conference is generating a fair amount of buzz in the blogosphere, which underscores our reason to produce it. Indeed, we will once again become the crossroads between producers and observers, between users and developers.

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Date: 20 August 2009
Location: Bell Harbor Conference Center, US

Open Tech 2009

Open Tech 2009 is an informal, low cost, one-day conference on slightly different approaches to technology, democracy and community. This year's theme is "Working on Stuff that Matters" guarantees a day of thoughtful talks and conversations with friends.

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Date: 4 July 2009
Location: University of London Union, UK

Online Community Unconference: East

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Date: 11 February 2009
Location: Baruch College Conference Center, UK