Keeping all that inspiration alive

SXSW 2008 has come and gone and despite the nasty SXsars that everyone seemed to get (and I reject the suggestion that I was the carrier!), I am definitely feeling a vibe of inspiration around the Twitter community. Granted, that community got a lot bigger after I finally put faces to names at the conference, and made introductions that I’d long meant to make, and now my Twitter channel is in full force and I can’t imagine how life was like before.

I’m still in the process of typing up my notes, something I think is important – both from an internal organization consumption perspective (so I can prove that I actually did attend panels) – and to mull that content over a bit longer before I put those pages of notebook paper to rest. I was hoping to spend more time actually blogging during the conference, but unless you’re Beth Kanter or another blogging rockstar, it seems like a nearly impossible task. Incidentally, if you’ve ever wondered how Beth does it (beyond mixing her Cokes and packets of EmergenC), she literally buzzes with all the activity that is constantly pulsing through her synapses. I know, I sat next to her a few times and I got giddy by the energy.

I do plan to post my notes here, but first need to wipe the slate clean and travel down to NOLA for this year’s NTC ’08. I’m on the plane now, actually (and a bit befuddled that there is a JetBlue hotspot “visible” from my USAIR plane, though connecting to it does nothing), and just taking a peak at all of the panels just in tomorrow’s first afternoon session, I have NO idea how I’m going to choose between the 8 of them. Damn this is going to be a good conference.

It’s been hard being out of the office so much, but I know there is great value in both of these technology conferences, and it gives me a chance for the dust to settle on my latest web project – the website redesign that was something other than “simple” – and focus on all the awesome things I can do in the future.

In particular, I’m hoping to talk with folks in the community (and hopefully find a panel) about organizations manage the decentralized nature of Web 2.0 tools:

  • How do they keep track of these accounts as the average user now has the power to sign-up for virtually any web app for free, and use it?
  • What happens when people leave your organization and take that “account” or “profile” or “persona” with them?
  • How can you better facilitate communication between IT and Communications departments around the use of these tools, especially when IT departments have traditionally owned all organizational technology? Not to mention that non-profits – in the off chance they have IT departments – are continuously buried in basic IT requests that Web 2.0 and open source bring stress and confusion.

It’s undoubtedly going to be a lot of fun, a continuation of the SXSW fire-hose diet, , and hopefully more inspiration to fuel all of us NPTech-ers into the next fiscal year.

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