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Use the connections — recruitment and social networks

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Today I spoke at Social Media: A Recruit­ment Rev­o­lu­tion, where I debated (kind of) Seek’s Jake Andrew on the sub­ject Do you need a job board when you have social net­work­ing? The text below is the argu­ment I put for my case (more or less). The big news media. The music indus­try. Recruit­ment agen­cies. Job boards. These are all ideas whose end times have come. At least in their cur­rent form. The emer­gence of social net­works (some­thing humans have done for a very long time) under­pinned by tech­nol­ogy that allows us to extend those net­works beyond Dun­bar’s man­age­able 150 or so has intro­duced, in the words of Clay Shirky, a “pos­i­tive sup­ply side shock”# to the abil­ity for human­ity to par­tic­i­pate and col­lab­o­rate. And par­tic­i­pate we do. It’s not like we haven’t always done so, it’s just now we have the abil­ity to do so on an unprece­dented scale and in a long-​​​​term …

Broken without a mouse

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My slides and tran­script for my intro­duc­tory talk at the final National Museum of Aus­tralia Talk­back Class­room on 25 June 2008. The theme of the event was Youth and the Media. I sat on a panel with Walk­ley Award win­ning jour­nal­ist and pre­sen­ter, Steve Can­nane from the ABC and Jenny Buck­land, CEO of the Aus­tralian Children’s Tele­vi­sion Foun­da­tion as we were ques­tioned by a very smart bunch of uni­ver­sity and senior high school stu­dents on our knowl­edge and opin­ion of their engage­ment with var­i­ous forms of media. | View | Upload your own Just a cou­ple of months ago, NYU pro­fes­sor, Clay Shirky made what I think is a very inci­sive obser­va­tion. He said that this… with­out this… is bro­ken. He’s right. Humans are less emo­tion­ally invested in an expe­ri­ence with­out the abil­ity to inter­act with it. And even more impor­tantly, cog­ni­tively much less engaged. His state­ment was made in the context …

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for — not the U2 song

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Here’s the pre­sen­ta­tion I did for the Can­berra Web Stan­dards Group meet­ing yes­ter­day. It’s a tech­nol­ogy and plat­form inde­pen­dent look at the ben­e­fits and cul­tural aspects around social com­put­ing in a busi­ness con­text. The pre­sen­ta­tion went well, with an inter­est­ing 25 min­utes of con­ver­sa­tion with the audi­ence after­wards. If you’d like to take the pre­sen­ta­tion and twist it to your own nefar­i­ous pur­poses, feel free. As with all of my mate­r­ial, this is pub­lished under a Cre­ative Com­mons Attribution-​​​​Noncommercial-​​​​Share Alike 3.0 License, so please, spread it. Mash it up. Change it. Add to it. It is avail­able for full down­load at Slideshare and if you ask nicely, I’m more than happy to send you the full ver­sion with speak­ing notes. I’d also like to thank my friends Luis Suarez and Ric Hay­man for review­ing it and my friend Tara Hunt for some of the ideas.

WebJam 3 — geeks and control freaks

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Woohoo! Slideshare has listed Lib­er­ate your con­trol freaks as a fea­tured pre­sen­ta­tion! In my expe­ri­ence, us geeks are pretty much as nor­mal as every­one else. Despite appear­ances and inter­ests. I reckon this was proved last night at Web­Jam 3, where I pre­sented Lib­er­ate your con­trol freaks, a blitz man­i­festo on get­ting your busi­ness to adopt social com­put­ing as a way to improve knowl­edge shar­ing. I’ve put my slides up on up on SlideShare, but it’s also embed­ded below. It was a tough room. My open­ing ques­tion to the audi­ence, “So. Who here works some­where that social com­put­ing apps are blocked in any way?” got a show of about three hands in a room of two hun­dred. Most of them prob­a­bly didn’t believe they were actu­ally in the minor­ity. Web­Jam is a great event. A cou­ple of hun­dred web geeks booz­ing and watch­ing light­ning (three minute) pre­sen­ta­tions. The for­mat is chal­leng­ing, as …