Creative Sydney – A Singular Origin

Gav@Single Origin Originally uploaded by servantofchaos It began with a handful of marketing/planning bloggers getting out from behind their desks and meeting in a cafe in North Sydney. Organised by Emily Reed, we thought it was such an amazing and fun thing to do that we decided to do it again … a week later. Two and a half years later, the Sydney Coffee...

Making Influence Valuable

I have written previously about the strength of social media’s weak ties, but I would like to also broaden this discussion into a conversation about the particulars of personal influence, about social judgement and about the way in which the nature of influence and trust is transforming the way that we interact and engage with brands and the people behind them....

Does Social Media Bring Us Too Close to the Past?

From time to time I get a Facebook request from someone that I have not seen in a while. I don’t know if you are like me, but it always seems like a shot out of the blue. But is it? I actually think that this has more to do with a type of delayed ambient intimacy. After all, just because we don’t see or speak with people doesn’t mean that they AREN’T in our...

Slow Blogging

I wonder, in our push to get something new out, something exciting into the digital stream, do we miss out on some aspect of the creative process? For example, what would happen if we hand wrote a blog post? How would it change the quality of our thinking? Would it feel more precise or more earthy? I am going to give it a try – just to see what happens. What...

The Business of Web 2.0

Every so often, Dennis Price invites me along to his MBA class at Macquarie Graduate School of Management to discuss social media. It’s always a bunch of fun – and forces me to hammer all of my thinking into a coherent story. Here is the latest version of the deck that I use. View more OpenOffice presentations from Gavin...