Okay, so I will admit it. Sometimes I get to wishing that I was in Northern California enjoying being part of the Valley’s pace, the face to face gatherings of like minds, the buzz of Social. After all, I am not just a geek, but a people person at heart. I am looking forward to taking part in the Rise of Social Commerce event hosted by Altimeter Group in Palo Alto. I hope to get my social strategy community face to face and California fix there. That is not to say there is nothing happening here. The Öresund region is alive and buzzing as well. Especially with organizations enabling collaborations like Media Evolution. (more…)

Listen to this delightful local Swing band, Zig Zag, that played at the closing gala for The 1st International Conference on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Kosovo as you read.  I had the great honor and pleasure to be invited to speak on Social Entrepreneurship last week in Pristine by the Mirlinda Kusari of the She-Era organization. This conference was ten years in the making, and much needed boost for the Balkans and Eastern Europe. I came away from the experience both inspired and reminded of perspective.  This is the gift I receive whenever I participate in any capacity building programs in developing markets, that returns my social investment tenfold. (more…)


I stumbled across this video as I was doing some research for our upcoming BOOST (Bolder Organizations Optimize Social Tools) program. BOOST is developed to train leaders in authentic leadership for the new social paradigm. Buzz words aside, we are talking about awareness, acceptance, passion, translated with clarity in a communicable format that works within the confines of social tools and is presented by the leader themselves. This short piece produced by Harvard in August is a beautiful validation of the efforts we are making. Listening to Charlene Li talk of Open Leadership again provided further affirmation of the need. (more…)

Here are some my takeaways from the Altimeter Group’s first event, The Rise of Social Commerce in Palo Alto. Before discussing the presentations, I have a few personal reflections. Face time is so critical. Having conversations with like-minded peers is empowering, validating and challenging all at once. Having the opportunity to directly say out loud “thanks for the retweet” with a smile rather than a :), gave me particular pleasure. The quality of participants and the genuine passion for the subject of the new social paradigm was impressive. It was a pleasure meeting you all. I look forward to continuing the conversation. So now to the presentation takeaways (slides and agenda here): (more…)

Avatars and their meanings The avatar we create or image we post is the profile we portray for the masses that learn and process information visually. Why are we not be more mindful of that when we post? Of course, this is logical, and we hear over an over that images are more interesting to look at than text. Our mothers advised that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When was the last time you looked at your profile picture? Is your logo up to date? Does it say anything about your business, or is it just a fancy way of writing the name? “A picture speaks a thousand words.” Imagine that. A thousand words is certainly more than 140 characters or 100 word profile.

I was very inspired by watching this recent TED talk by founder Chris Anderson.  It speaks volumes to the importance of presence, awareness and the power of video sharing.  I have recently been working on a collaboration with two very talented individuals for leadership seminars to touch on just this.  With careful preparation, the delivery of complex messages can spread and grow.  Not everyone is comfortable in the spotlight, but many have stories to share.  Authenticity and Clarity in our stories, messages, word choice, objectives, and the impact of our non-verbal cues and as well as props usage can have an immense impact.  We can no longer hide in the corner office as leaders, founders and innovators.

AAAAARGH!So, I was very happy to be changing over a new platform from which I could blog remotely only to discover that my blog was no longer linked to any of my previous work or my website. (lesson/reminder one: do what you are best at, delegate the other things) I think I was better off when I didn’t know so much. In fact I seem to think it was easier when we hard coded html sites to make it exactly the way we want them. All these tools to make it easier, only tempt me to make a real mess. So I have great notes and a few pictures from Altimeter, which I will still post, better late than never. In the meantime after a week of meetings and doing the work that pays the bills, I am ready to sit down and clean up this mess. So, I apologize for the delay in any posting and the rest will come back soon. In the meantime, I will continue to tweet as that has not been interrupted. Cheers!