Posts Tagged: community

The Power of Why

Inspired by a TedX talk, I share why I do what I do, and ask why you do what you do.

The talk that inspired me and the Twitter friend’s blog I heard it from

SMBNH – Community

This month’s Social Media Breakfast is brought to you by Magnitude Media, DimDim and the Manchester City Library.

You already know about M2, since we are the breakfast maestro each month, and DimDim, who handles the live casting of the breakfasts. Let me tell you a bit about the Manchester City Library:

The Manchester City Library has been a cultural treasure to Manchester and New Hampshire since 1854. In his inaugural address that year, Mayor elect Frederick Smyth proposed the establishment of a free public library for all of Manchester’s citizens. During the previous decade, the Manchester Athenaeum had been used and enjoyed by its members. The Manchester Athenaeum collection was officially transferred to the city on September 6, 1854, bringing to life Mayor Smyth’s dream of a Manchester City Library. (read more history here) The Manchester City Library isn’t stuck in its past, however. It has a thriving technological component, highlighting social media through its blog, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr photos, and more.

Thank you to Lichen Rancourt who helped facilitate the Manchester City Library sponsorship for us!

Location: Manchester City Library Auditorium

Theme for the sixth Social Media Breakfast: Community

The sixth Social Media Breakfast NH (hashtag #smbnh) will be all about topics related to Community. In this struggling economy and shifting paradigm we need to be working together to be more successful and better weather the storm. We should be pulling in all aspects of technology, new media, old media and social media to succeed. This meeting will help us lay the foundation for a richer, better education, tech and new media community in NH.

In addition to myself, who will be your host and MC for the morning, you will have three speakers giving three brief presentations on topics relating to the theme for the morning.


• Opening Remarks by Leslie Poston, Magnitude Media

• Welcome Remarks by Lichen Rancourt from the library

• Kevin Micalizzi, Community Manager for DimDim, on Simple Rules for Great Community Management

• Rachel Happe, Co-Founder of The Community Roundtable, on Eight Competencies to Socializing Your Organization

• Heidi Duncanson, Marketing Director at the Children’s Museum of NH, will share tips for building community on a shoestring

This is going to be a great breakfast!


Let’s make SMBNH crackle with energy and success! See you there!

A Little Light Reading

What’s on your nightstand or in your beach tote this summer? My summer reading looks like this:

Currently finished:

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (2nd reading)

Groundswell by Christine Li and Josh Bernoff (2nd reading)

The Moral Animal by Robert Wright (TERRIBLE book, btw)

On the nightstand:

Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Planet Google by Randall Stross

Spent: Sex, Evolution and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller

Rules of Thumb by Alan Webber

The Power of a Positive No by William Ury

On Order:

The Fourth Turning by William Strauss

The Extreme Future by James Canton

The Transparent Society by David Brin
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore; Regis McKenna
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

What is on your must read list? I have a few projects coming up that require researching and studying a variety of theories and viewpoints, and I’m actively seeking books I have not considered yet. Do you have a seminal work not listed here you rely on for future theory or psychology/sociology of technology? Does one of these works speak to you? What resonates with you?

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