When I finally finished my master's thesis and graduated from Stanford this past June, I vowed I would start blogging again. Well, here it is more than six months later, and this is my first blog post. Ugh - talk about writer's block!
But I now feel inspired write here again as I begin to embark on some new personal and professional projects. Professionally, I am branching out. Nearly five years after co-founding New Communications Forum, and later the Society for New Communications Research, our organization has grown and matured to the point where we will be bringing on an association management professional to help manage the day-to-day operations of SNCR. This is a very important and exciting development, as it will allow me to focus on supporting our Fellows' research, education, and publications initiatives. Look for some exciting new announcements and great new programs from SNCR in the coming weeks -- not to mention the 5th Annual NewComm Forum! Date and venue to be announced soon!
Now that I will have some extra help with SNCR and don't have to focus on writing my thesis anymore (yippee!), I've started to consult again just a bit -- and am very excited about my first project.
A few weeks ago, I helped an old friend and colleague, Ron Muns and his son, Andrew Muns to launch a new media company. Redwood Collaborative Media is a new B2B media company that creates highly interactive, integrated, and dynamic platforms for sharing knowledge, insights, and resources, and is dedicated to building deep relationships for professional communities. The company’s mission is to empower these communities through high quality information, education and training, and targeted online and face-to-face networking opportunities. The first such professional community is the Software Test & Performance Collaborative -- the result of an acquisition from BZ Media.
It will be fun and interesting to help develop this new company, and I'll share my learnings as we continue to grow and evolve the Redwood Collaborative Media concept. I also plan to use this blog to muse on other thoughts, questions, and ideas about new developments in media and communications, business, culture and other topics, so stay tuned. I hope you find it of interest and get involved in the conversation.
I wish everyone a very happy new year. To be sure, the current economic climate will be challenging for us all. But this challenge also presents us with exciting opportunities to tap into our creativity and spirit of innovation -- to be more flexible, more giving, more caring, more cooperative, and to take a new look at our old way of doing things and re-evaluate our priorities. So, here's to shaking things up in 2009! Best wishes to all!