Monday, January 24, 2011

Rodney Jordan - Sir Galahad incarnate

Last Friday evening many, many people from all walks came together to celebrate Rodney Jordan's birthday - and raise more than $500 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

During the celebration, I asked one of my typical birthday questions, "What's the most significant event for you this past year?"

Rodney's response: "This night, having all of these people here, this community."


I believe that tells you exactly what kind of person Rodney is - he is all about the community - at our roundtable, Rodney jordan is Sir Galahad - pure of heart and ever galant (fyi, I'm labeling myself as the town crier in this little analogy).

Here's the thing, I don't know if many people really know just how much Rodney does - from organizing events to putting people and organizations together to supporting hundreds of people in the area - Rodney was the first person to step up to lead the Community Matters Networking Group, Rodney put together (and primarily funded) the first Social Media Train in Delaware - oh yea, and for anyone who has benefitted from using the hashtag #netde, yea, Rodney started that.

It is safe to say that most people in our community owe a debt of gratitude to Rodney - I know I do.

And when I look at how much he has done in just the last couple of years I've known him, I can't wait to see how much will be accomplished in the coming years!

Friday, January 21, 2011

DelCastle Technical H.S. - giving students an incredible advantage

Gary Phillips at DelCastle Technical High School is training students to have an incredible advantage in the "Real world"

First, check out what Lee Mikles had to say about his visit - I agree with every word he writes.

In addition to truly impressive equipment and hardware, these students are working with industry standard software and are learning valuable lessons from instructors like Gary and from guest speakers.

Most impressive is the way the students are being taught to use their skills in a variety of ways and apply their understanding of video technology, software, editing, and writing to create truly original work.

I am confident that in the coming years we are going to see amazing things out of these students, know that it is thanks to the vision and work done by Gary and his colleagues at DelCastle.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Social Media 2.0 - video recap

Tuesday, January 18, 2010: The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast seminar on Foursquare and QR Codes at the University of Delaware's Courtyard Hotel in Newark.

Ken Grant and Rob Szczerba led the discussion, and Rodney Jordan shot the video.

Below is a combination of the videos shown that morning and the videos shot by Rodney:

Here's a link to a couple of CNN videos: Checkin in to Foursquare

Is Foursquare the next Twitter?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Exploring some newer Social Media Tools!

I've said this from the beginning - and am more convinced than ever - this whole social media thing is a great big wild frontier that we get to explore and shape together.

So, next Tuesday, January 18 - let's do some exploring!

The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a morning event for us to look at tools like FourSquare, QR Codes, and more!

Rob Szczerba from Associates International, Mark Thompson from ION-E, and I will share what we know (I'm counting on Rob and Mark to be much more informative than me - oops, did I say that out loud... anyway...) and you can help us discover cool new ways to use these tools for business, non-profit organizations, arts, government, community building, neighborhood development, and much more - this is going to be incredible!

Here's the official pitch from the chamber with a link to sign up - hope to see you there!

Social Media 2.0
Using Foursquare, QR Codes, and other technologies to grow your business

Do you know what a QR Code is? Have you ever checked in on FourSquare?

Join us at the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware for a full hot breakfast and a tutorial from the experts on how to network, connect and market your business in 2011.  We'll discuss the latest social media innovations, including Foursquare, QR codes, and other interactive applications that may put customers at the forefront of marketing strategy.  You will not want to miss this event!

Speakers: Ken Grant, Analtech
Rob Szczerba, Associates International
Mark Thompson, ION-E

Tuesday, January 18
(next week!)
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
at Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware
WHAT: Social Media 2.0
WHEN: Tuesday, January 18 - 8:30 - 11:30 AM
WHERE: Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware - 400 David Hollowell Drive
WHO FOR: EVERYONE interested in communicating effectively with customers, clients, contributors, and/or collaborators
COST: $25 for NCCoChamber Members / $35 otherwise
Click Here to REGISTER