Published January 27, 2012
I am pleased to announce that Happy Family Brands will be bringing smoothies for our Snacktime event on 2/16…yummy!
If you’re a company or non-profit interested in providing in-kind sponsorship, distributing relevant materials or showcasing your capabilities at our event, please contact me. This is a collaborative event that should maximize value for all involved. I am going to see if we can have tables set up so that people can learn more about all of the terrific nutrition, fitness and health programs. Will keep you posted.
Published January 27, 2012
Okay, things are coming together. Thanks to Jackie McKinney at KidPower who sent me an email that got me moving again on this event, we have a great venue: Harriet Tubman Elementary School (3101 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010) in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in DC.
The format of the event will be as follows:
- Kids Panel: (20 mins) kids in attendance will share their thoughts about health, nutrition and fitness, what’s important and why, etc. (Kids can then choose to participate in a special health and fitness activity organized by KidPower.)
- Experts Panel: (40 minutes) 3-5 experts from government and non-profit organizations leading in this arena will each present about their organization for 5 minutes. Invited panelists are from USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, and Montgomery County’s Division of Food & Nutrition Services. This will be followed by a moderated discussion about the key issues and challenges in this arena.
- Participatory/Unconference Session: (60 minutes) Attendees will identify four sessions, each aimed to solve a different problem raised during the panel. Attendees will break into discussion groups to brainstorm solutions. Each group will report back and present their ideas to the whole group.
I will spend a good portion of today reaching out directly to relevant individuals and organizations this week via email, social media and phone calls to drum up interest for, participation in, and registration for this event.
Published October 13, 2011
I was honored to deliver the keynote presentation at this morning’s “Transitioning from ‘Social Media’ to ‘Mission Media’: Using Social Media for DoD Missions” event produced by Adobe Systems, Blue Beacon Consulting and Carahsoft. My presentation is below as well as posted SlideShare. The slides are, by design, sparse… I often say that PowerPoint should be revoked from DoD until they can learn to produce presentations with less text, so I practice what I preach. However, all of my talking points are detailed in the notes view, so you can easily walk yourself through it.
My presentation was followed by a terrific panel comprised of:
- Joe Boutte, Strategic Advisor, Strategies, New Media & Collaboration for TASC, Inc. who has done a great deal of work for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence;
- Dana Clark, Social Media Manager & Public Affairs Specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers
- Dan Wade, Social Media & New Technology Chief for Strategic Communication, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
- Christopher Zember, Deputy Director of the Information Analysis Centers at OSD’s Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
- Rob Pinkerton, Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions for Adobe Systems Incorporated
Published September 22, 2011
Tags: future, new media, strategy
I had the pleasure of attending OpenText’s Purpose-Driven Speakers Series event yesterday morning in DC at the Willard. Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution, was the terrific presenter. Not only was he funny, relevant, quick and fresh, his presentation was grounded in decades of management theory and technology history. Michael has a beautiful knack for making connections that others don’t necessarily see themselves. If you have a few moments, check out his slides.
Here are a few highlights and key learnings that I took away (on my sad 5×8 lined pad–not on an iPad) and wanted to share with you.
- “Our job is to make YOU succeed” –that should always the be the orientation of organizations’ digital strategies
- “Now” is closer to the future than it used to be; the future has caught up with/is collapsing in on the present… long-term strategy doesn’t matter as much as it once did. Focus on what you can do NOW.
- Strategy is language that does work.
- “Design patterns” (principles) for going boldly into the present:
All leaders should ask three questions:
- Objectivity: compare the mission of the organization to its actual mission — do a reality check. If you’re going to commit to new approaches, commit to new approaches.
- Be a platform–an enabler; be able to bring expertise in and out of the organization
- Bring innovation at the edges into the center of the organization; transform innovation into infrastructure so that it can become the organization
- Organizations have immune systems & metabolisms — be self-aware and accept change
- Focus on your mission
Success is all about casting. You can change the people or you can change the people
People grant trust to organizations that are more porous and transparent.
- Context: what is the world in which I’m living/doing business?
- What impact do I want to have?
- What can I do TODAY?
Just great stuff! Keep noodling…