Second and last post of the day, hopefully!
After snoozing for 3 days, the NMK email has reawakened.
But after this week I will be moving on from NMK.
I’m going to be editor of Chinwag. In turn, soon the old Chinwag site will be gone too, to be replaced with a new site that builds on the achievements of Chinwag Jobs, which recently celebrated it’s first birthday.
More on that soon.
In the meantime, what happens here?
More Beers & Innovation!
Yep, Beers & Innovation 6: Social By Design on Tuesday 14th November is all sorted and looking like another one to watch.
The line-up features Meg Pickard, Consumer Experience Lead in Social Media at AOL Europe, Tim Morgan, Commercial Director of Mint Digital (blog) and Philip Wilkinson, the Co-Founder & CEO of Crowdstorm (blog). Chairing is the wonderful Neil McIntosh, Assistant Editor at Guardian Unlimited.
We’ve already taken quite a few bookings, so if peering deeper into the social media sphere floats your boat, don’t hang about!
I’m also in the final stages of putting together another B&I for January, which should start to face up to some of the very cogent points – about the UK’s strengths, not just it’s weaknesses – outlined by Tom Coates in the original post that inspired this whole series.
I’ll still be introducing the November and January nights, and blogging around the subject.
Beyond that, a lot depends on:
(1) NMK hiring 3 people to work here in light of the recent staff exodus (apparently they are advertising these jobs soon).
(2) One or more of those people taking on the development and organisation of Beers & Innovation (in tandem with community input of course).
(3) One of them starting a blog.
I’ll be keeping this blog, but as the title differs from the URL (I’m now really glad I did that when I started this blog in March!), I can keep the blog and handover the Beers & Innovation title if and when needed.
Overall the NMK experience has been much broader and more absorbing than I ever could have foreseen or expected. I’ve developed, organised and “marketed” a lot of events, which isn’t in my job description but which was required by circumstances. I’ve done it before though, and it seems I’m not too bad at it. Content 2.0 wasn’t even the half of it.
I’ve not been able to do much writing or analysis, which has been less satisfying. But the role has given me an incredible overview of the evolving digital media sector in the UK and beyond. And don’t get me started on SXSW Interactive or I might go on for hours 😉
Best of all, I’ve got to meet, discover and collaborate with loads of amazing people and hopefully (mostly through organising events) helped shed some light on interesting stuff that’s happening, facilitated some meaningful debates and brought other people together in ways that couldn’t be construed as unpleasant.
It’s all a work in progress 🙂