KiwiFoo ’09 and the power of conversation

I had the good fortune to attend KiwiFoo (aka Baa Camp), a kind of unconference which brings together a cluster of people from various fields who share at least one thing: a burning passion for what they do. Hard to go wrong with a starting point like that and sure enough it proved a hugely …

Online community management 101

Here are some notes from a workshop I participated in at Webstock about managing and sustaining communities online. It was led by Heather Champ, community manager for Flickr, and Derek Powazek, founder of Fray and more recently MagCloud, a web-to-print publishing site I’ve been meaning to link to for a while (but that’s for another post).

This is why Webstock rocks

I’m at Webstock and I’m sitting across the table from a guy who built the BBC’s iPlayer and customisable homepage, next to the manager of NZ On Screen and listening to US journalist and blogger Annalee Newitz talk about how science fiction gives us vocabulary and a frame of reference for emerging technologies.