Collabosphere 2015 in late September (Austin, TX)

Michael Sampson - Currents

In late September, Central Desktop, a PGi company will be hosting its annual conference in Austin TX – Collabosphere 2015. I’ll be there, and am delighted to say that I’ll be speaking too. My talk is on user adoption: Make-or-break user adoption strategies for every business.

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Road Trip to Austin Music Scene

Portals and KM

We recently stopped in  Austin  for two days on the way back from a family event in Dallas. I got introdcued the Austin music scene last year during SXSW (see -  SXSW Notes: The Music Scene Part One: March 13 ).

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Illuminating the Invisible: Mapping Austin’s Adolescent Health System Using Value Network Analysis

Partnering Resources

I’m delighted to announce that Nonprofit Quarterly has published an article on the work done last year with the Austin Healthy Adolescent Initiative. Mapping Austin’s Adolescent Health System Using Value Network Analysis. The Context: Adolescent Health in Austin.

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What’s Jake doing in Austin??

Community Guy

If you’ve been watching my tweets lately, you’ve probably noticed quite a few mentions of my presence in Austin, Texas. I’m am proud to share the news that after having an informal presence in Austin, Ant’s Eye View has opened our second official office here!

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Welcome Sam Eder to the Austin Anthill!

Ant's Eyeview Blog

I am pleased to announce that Sam Eder joins the Austin Anthill today as a Senior Social Business Consultant where his marketing and community management experience will bring immediate value to Ant’s Eye View clients seeking to improve community health.

What does it take to be a consultant at Ant’s Eye View?

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Consultant in Seattle or Austin (Location determined by local talent pool). Listening Analyst in Austin. Tags: AEV Blog Jobs Austin Customer Experience hiring Seattle Silicon Valley Social Business

Community + Social Media Meetup 5/19 6pm at Cedar Door

Online Community Strategy

Austin + #Dell peeps – anyone up for an informal Community + Social Media meetup in Austin next weds night? via Posted via web from Social Architect

When improvisation meets Open Space

Viv Mcwaters

She was writing about a workshop she’s planning for newcomers at the annual Applied Improvisation Conference , coming up soon in Austin, Texas. There are few things that have influenced my way of working – and way of living – as much as Open Space and Improvisation.

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ATX: the world's social business hub

Social Abacus

Truth is, all that NYC offered didn't stack up so well for me, compared to Austin's riches. I came for the intellectual curiosity UT Austin uniquely offers-- academic freedom most schools don't manage to breed. Austin is a great place to work and live.

Ant’s Eye View is hiring again

Community Guy

Consultant in Seattle or Austin (location will be determined by available, local talent pool). Listening Consultant in Austin. Ant’s Eye View is growing like mad, and once again we need more we are hiring! AEV is hiring four new positions: Senior Consultant in Silicon Valley. Consultant in Silicon Valley. Are you the type of person that thrives in a high growth company with multiple responsibilities?

SXSW Accelerator Finalists Announced

Community Guy

And here’s some more info about the program: The newest addition to the mix of activities in Austin is Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW. Be at the Downtown Austin Hilton on Monday, March 16 to watch these two help uncover the best of the best!

Make or Break User Adoption Strategies – my talk at Collabosphere 2015

Michael Sampson - Currents

In late September I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Collabosphere 2015 conference in Austin TX, hosted by Central Desktop. My trip was shorter than originally planned due to family circumstances, but I was still able to present the two sessions I had agreed to present. It was great to be there. The video from the first – on strategies for user adoption – has just been published. It’s #5 in the above playlist, if it doesn’t display directly.

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New Case Studies: How to Use Networks Strategically

Partnering Resources

We also have cases on: Mapping Austin’s Health adolescent health network. Network maps make the invisible world of organizational transactions, relationships, and knowledge flows visible. But what can they actually accomplish for an organization?

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Louisiana Vs. Texas BBQ

Portals and KM

We recently drove to a family event in Dallas and then stopped at Austin for two nights of the music scene on the way back. Going there we stopped at Eddie's BBQ at a truck stop near Alexandria LA.

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Welcome Kat Mandelstein to the Anthill

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Prior to joining Ant’s Eye View Austin, Kat spent more than 14 years in a number of leadership positions at IBM. Working with talented and experienced practitioners has always been a draw for Ant’s Eye View.

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SXSW Notes: The Music Scene Part One: March 13

Portals and KM

Described as an “electro/dance/rock band from Austin, Texas, whose recordings and intense live performances have made them one of Austin’s premiere entertainment commodities. Hailed as one of Austin’s best Goth/Industrial bands and DJ bands by the Austin Chronicle Music Poll.”

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Community Manager Appreciation Day: 1/24/11 – #CMAD

Online Community Strategy

Austin is going to host a physical event. I’ll be celebrating at the Austin event. Monday, January 24th is the second annual Community Manager Appreciation Day.

WOM Lesson: Celebrate Customers

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Rod was traveling to Austin for the Bazaarvoice Social Commerce Summit last month. Well, Rod was only in Austin for 36 hours and not a lot of time. Instead we wanted to give Rod something to talk about while in Austin and after he left.

Cape Town South Africa Area: Constantia Wine Region

Portals and KM

The Klien Constantia winery is famous for its sweet wine favored by Napoleon, Jane Austin and others of their day. This is the tenth in a series of posts covering Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape region.

SXSW Bound with iPad and Appetite!


I’m on the plane to Austin for the “South by Southwest” (SXSW) interactive technology conference and getting hungry already – thanks to the SXSW iPad app! Normal. false. false. false. MicrosoftInternetExplorer4.

Let’s Meet at South by Southwest Interactive 2012

Managing Communities

For the fifth consecutive year, I am fortunate enough to be speaking at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. What’s different this year is that I will be on a panel for the first time, following two book readings, one Core Conversation (an audience focused presentation by 1 or 2 people) and one solo [.]. Press

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20x2 at SXSW 2012

Portals and KM

Louis to Dallas to Austin. It was my first time back to Austin since I spent my first four years here long, long ago. This is my first time at SXSW and it takes a while to figure it out. I went to an interesting session my first night here. It was 20x2 “a SXSW Interactive tradition!”

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Stay in the Groove

Hildy Gottlieb

I mentioned in this post on books I’m reading ,that I’ve been spending mornings with the very wise counselor, Austin Kleon. How timely! .

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See Me at SXSW Interactive 2011: “27 (Fun!) Ways to Kill Your Online Community”

Managing Communities

South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2011 is just around the corner: March 11 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Not only will I be in town for the entire event, but I’m happy to say that I’ll be presenting “27 (Fun!) Ways to Kill Your Online Community&# on March 13 at 5 PM in Salon K [.]. Press

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sun writing (1): the first photo

Engineers without Fears

It's in Austin, Texas. Do you know where the first photo is? Not who took it (it was Joseph Nicéphore Niépce). Not where it was taken (Chalon-sur-Saône, France). But where it is now. Niépce called his new technology heliography - or sun writing. photos

Christine from Mentor Graphics

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Here is short video of Christine I recorded at a local Austin event of operating at the grass level. I had the chance to ask Christine Egli, Mentor Graphics about she has witnessed from Ant’s Eye View.

Adoption Strategies at Firms Using Central Desktop

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a month I’ll be attending and speaking at Collabosphere 2015 , the PGi / Central Desktop user conference in Austin TX. In advance of my two sessions I spoke with some Central Desktop customers about their adoption framework, and it was heartening to hear the strategies employed. Common approaches across the customers were: – Executive support.

Visions of Business Ecosystems

Partnering Resources

Modeled after the systems that make Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and New York work, this map shows the basics: Ways to engage ( at the bottom of the map) – Venues for new participants, entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and others to come together and innovate. Incredible complexity.

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8 New Jobs Openings & 3 Job Seekers

Community Guy

Community person”/blogging black-belt for hire (Austin, Texas or telecommute). Lots of *NEW Community Job Openings! Check them out. Community Job Openings : *NEW Community Manager for Record Label (Burbank, CA). NEW Online Experience Data Analyst (Washington, DC). NEW Learning Enthusiast/Community Manager (Washington, DC). NEW Director of Strategic Accounts (Social Media Sales Director) Chicago (Chicago, IL). New Director of Strategic Accounts (Social Media Sales Director) (New York, NY).

Dude, Dell’s Getting a Bill

Online Community Strategy

My homebase will remain in Sonoma with regular trips to Austin, so I feel like I get the best of a couple of worlds: remaining plugged in to the community in the Bay Area, but also getting to participate in the cool things happening in Austin these days. I have some personal career news that I would like to share: I’m joining Dell’s Community and Social Media team on April 5th!

How do you say “Thank You”?

Ant's Eyeview Blog

This is a low tech, low cost way to say “thank you” at my doctor’s office ( Whole Family Chiropractic, Austin TX ). Just sharing a simple way to say thank you to your customers when they do something wonderful (i.e., refer a new customer).

My Epic, Unneccesarily Detailed Recap of South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) 2009

Managing Communities

During the second week of March, I headed to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) 2009. The conference itself ran from March 13 through March 17 and I arrived on March 12 and left on March 18. Since it is still fresh in my mind, as I did last year, I wanted to [.].

Proud to be Participating: SXSW Cause Lab | WeCanEndThis

Online Community Strategy

Join us on March 15 in the Austin Suite (3rd floor convention center) for the in-person experience.

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Future of Social Networks by Charlene Li


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Community Job Openings Update

Community Guy

Community Manager for a B2B IT Community Austin, TX. Times are tough, no question about it. If you’re in need of a new gig and are interested in community development work (which I assume you are if you’re reading this blog), be sure to check out the Community Guy Jobs Board. It’s free to use both for employees and employers, and has quite a few tasty new openings. Here’s a quick run down of some of the latest jobs. Good luck! Customer Service Manager.

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My Teachers

Hildy Gottlieb

by Austin Kleon. Austin Kleon writes about creativity and entrepreneurship. And as an added bonus, both this book and Austin’s prior book, Steal Like an Artist , (which I also devoured) are inspiring works of art.

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What’s New on the Anthill: Reflections from our Third Annual All Ants Meeting

Ant's Eyeview Blog

So, imagine my enthusiasm when I walked into the room at our All Ants meeting in Austin, Texas earlier this month. With offices in Seattle, Mountain View and Austin, we’ve more than doubled our size since our last All Ants Meeting.

Talking About Social Business with IBM at SXSW

Portals and KM

Here is an interview that I did with IBM at the recent SXSW Interactive in Austin , IBM @ SXSW 2012: Interview with Bill Ives, a partner with the Merced Group.

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South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2009 Book Reading and Signing: What Should I Talk About?

Managing Communities

For the second consecutive year, I will be giving a book reading at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas. Good news! The reading will be followed by a signing at the conference’s bookstore. Better news: you don’t have to listen to me read the book. Thank goodness). They allow us to give a [.].

Latest on MWRA water main break #aquapocalypse

Endless Knots

MEMA will be providing bottled water to residents at the Municipal Parking lot on Austin St across the Newtonville Shaws tomorrow May 3rd from 2pm - 9pm. This just in from Newton Mayor Setti Warren in Newton: MWRA has been able to stop the leak at the pipe in Weston. Excavation of the leak is complete, repairs have been initiated. Water pressure continues to be stable.

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