Sunday, April 19, 2009

Preparing For UGA Technology For The Turnaround Event

I am very excited about participating in the upcoming University of Georgia, New Media Institute, Technology For The Turnaround: A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste event on April 25, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. The event is being led by Professor Scott Shamp (@sshamp) Director of the New Media Institute (NMI blog). The core discussion is around what will come out of the massive economic, technology and cultural changes we are currently going through? How will new media, social media, social web (see "Why Social Media Sucks" by Forrester Research Vice President and Principal Analyst Josh Bernoff (@jbernoff), or what I have been calling the social media ecosystem, impact and be impacted by the amazing amount of turmoil we are now experiencing in our society? We will also discuss the challenges this paradigm shift is bringing about in education.

With the theme of the event in mind, I have created the below list of blogs, blog posts, articles and videos I believe are foundational to the discussion. Of key importance to being included on this list is that the material be free, available and, of course, relevant and insightful.
  • A Chronology of Brands that got Punk'd by Social Media by Jeremiah Owyang is a list of corporate brands that have been negatively impacted by social media. These brands either did it to themselves or something happened in the social media ecosystem to them. The list is a cautionary tale and a must read for those wanting to use social media marketing to benefit their brands, products and services.
  • Here is a video from Prof. Wesch's World Simulation Class Project and Learning Environment:

The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas

I hope I am able to provide as much information, insights and perspective to this event as I expect to receive in return. I will blog and Tweet about it after attending.

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