I attended my first Gurteen Knowledge Cafe last night. These get togethers, organised by David Gurteen are informal discussions of topics of interest within the knowledge sharing community, and last night the topic of discussion was social media tools, and in particularly the effect that web2.0 technology would have in the workplace.
An enjoyable evening with the consensus certainly being that whilst just introducing web2.0 was no panacea, outside pressures combined with a new generation entering the workplace (who almost expect to use some of these tools to collaborate, communicate and organise their lives) will impact organisations whether they like it or not, and that they ignore web2.0 at their peril.
I spoke to a number of interesting people, some too briefly (an interesting girl – sorry I am dreadful with names – from the National Archive). Thankfully I snagged a couple of cards from other people I spoke too including Jim Moffat, director of Elastictime and Peter-Anthony Glick, IT Director of Richemont (who has a blog here). Both fascinating guys to speak to. Jim has some interesting thoughts on the future direction of web2.0 and online gaming.
Some additional amusement, for me at least, was provided by a couple of flyers at the event – which was taking place at the end of day one of a two day wider event organised by UNICOM. These were advertising upcomming courses by Phil Bradley – ‘Internet Power Searching’, and Justin Patten – ‘Blogging for Beginners’, two bloggers I have conversed with as a result of this blog. I haven’t heard Justin speak, but I can certainly recommend Phil, who is never less than entertaining (as well as being informative of course).
Sticking with the theme I should probably mention a CILIP related event too. ‘Web 2.0 – A look beyond the hype and hope of the “Next Net”‘ taking place on the 6th March, O’Neill’s (Upper bar), 2-3 New Bridge Street, London. EC4V 6AA, at 6pm.