AMP Social Media Cafe calendar

Here’s the Why 

Here’s the What

 AMP Social Media Cafes are informal learning events that I produce roughly once a month at AMP, as part of Catalysing Magic in a large enterprise. It was born out of theAMPLIFY09 Innovation & Thought Leadership Festival to maintain the momentum of conversations triggered by the Festival, create a safe space amongst peers and colleagues to learn about good practise and experiment with emerging social media platforms, cultivate interest in social media developments and how to apply it in a business context, and to foster a culture of greater internal dialogue and business connectivity. It usually attracts 60-80 people, though our “Twitter is NOT for dummies” session had more than a 100 attendees. 

Whilst it’s largely for AMP staff, and subject to speaker preferences or topics covered, we “share the love” with partners, customers or friends of AMP on an application basis if there is room available. Other sessions previously covered in AMP Social Media Cafes: 


Here’s the When and Who

Below is the programme for AMP Social Media Cafes ( #AMP_SMC) for the remainder of this year, but with an open invitation to Social Media Thought Leaders, Innovators and Entrepreneurs anywhere to feel free to approach me (@maverickwoman) if you have a social media concept or angle that you’d like to share with a business audience!  


26 August:Search, Sentiment & Semantics – featuring Joe Mclean of Leximancer and Andrew Reid of ViziSense

15 September: Freeways of the Future – will ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive internet access transform business?” with @PaulWallbank

27 January: Social platforms as Customer Support Centres with Simon Burke of IPScape and another large corporation (tbc)

The challenge…………should you choose to accept it, is to Nominate your favourite online talk of 2010! 

No idea where to look for best online talks? Apart from the usual suspects like YouTube and Vimeo, TEDTalks, try the TEDx series, try Fora.tvLIFT Conference, Aspen Ideas Festival, Picnic, H+, Poptech, Business Innovation Factory, and a list as long as my arm…feel free to add also your favourite conferences and “share your passion”. 

Which are your TOP online talks for the year 2010, and why…..(PLEASE INCLUDE LINKS where possible?)

Being helpful is the new black

Some months ago, I read this great line on the “Conversation Agent”blog of Valeria Matoni, and I loved it- it instantly conveyed to me the essence of social capital that is circulating so freely through the new digital and networked economy. Later that same morning, I had a meeting with Paul Dumble, CEO of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, who had heard about my work at the AMPLIFY Innovation Festival. Paul then asked if I might be available to speak about the practices that we lead at AMP around nurturing a collaborative culture at the AITD National Conference – and I was very honoured and so I agreed. 

That conference was today and it was a great deal of fun- and a lot of late nights because there never is time during the working day to do these sorts of things- to sort through and structure one’s thoughts- and then- to do a slide deck, or not. In the end, I decided to do it…..because I wanted to make visible the “online” manifestations of our thriving social media world behind the firewall of AMP.  But, in mid-presentation….the deck just died! All these beautiful slides just went blank…..

Speaker’s nightmare, but luckily, I had a print out of my pack, and it helps to know your subject really well!  (I have a suspicion that the Macbook Pro that I borrowed didnt have sufficient memory….even though I tested it all before the time and it was all good and well then!) 

Seeing a lot of what I talked about was self-leadership, experimentation, emergence, living in ambiguity and letting go of control….it was a perfect test ….and, I passed with flying colours- some even saying that my talk was even better without the slides! Thanks guys…very kind of you!

I promised I would share them online via SlideShare, so here it is:

<div style=”width:477px” id=”__ss_3816081″><strong style=”display:block;margin:12px 0 4px”>Being Helpful is the New Black: Building a collaborative culture and accelerating organisational learning and strategic renewal</strong><div style=”padding:5px 0 12px”>View more documents from maverickwoman.</div></div>