Herb and the team have a great event on their hands in Thinking Digital and last year really set a high bar – all centred around THINKING digital. You can book tickets for this year’s event through the widget on the left.
I’ve got to say, seeing Tara and Steve again were two main drivers for me going last year. Tara spoke about Happiness as a business model (preso below) and Steve was demo’ing some great new technologies from Microsoft. Fab stuff.
BUT, as I posted last year, the work of Jonathan Harris just blew me away and even today, recall with astonishment, his stunning work. I can’t recommend looking at his work enough. Truly inspiring stuff.
And a sample of Jonathan’s work:
Despite leaving in a blur of Citroen C2 tyre smoke (to attend the North West Big Chip Awards) thanks to the event, my mind was full of “what-ifs”; thinking about digital in a very different, conceptual and philosophical way rather than in a functional, sales or promotional way. Herb and the team deserve a lot of credit for taking this angle.
For such a technology-centric event, thought, emotion and love played significant roles in the topics discussed but the balance was very well struck.
If last year is anything to go by, this year will be as equally exciting.
I’ve been meaning to post something about David’s book for ages, but when Steve put up the Crowdsurfing video today, it kind of made sense to put it up today also.
David gives a pretty good summary to the Crowdsurfing by recounting the story of how Microsoft is allowing (and continues to allow) employees such as Steve and Rob to air their thoughts through blogs…and how the Blue Monster came about as a result.
Compare that to the way in which Apple manage their pr and suddenly Apple doesn’t look the cool company it thinks it is…
As you can see to the above (soon to be the top left when the post moves down the blog!) I have in fact, made it onto the shortlist for Computer Weekly’s “Best Web 2.0 and Business” blog awards.
I have to admit to not knowing any of the other blogs in the same category when the shortlist came out other than Mike’s Techcrunch. That alone makes me think I have some bloody stiff opposition, let alone now that I have seen the other nominees:
Hey, welcome to the blog of me, Paul Fabretti, Director, Social Media at Microsoft's Apps and Services Division.
I read a ton of stuff daily to keep up to date with things and every day I post the three things you might find most useful or interesting.
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