Online Community Business Forum: Initial Report Back

Cross-posted from the Online Community Report.

First, apologies for the radio silence on the blog, folks. The Online Community Business Forum was a huge success, but also a massive undertaking, and I took a couple of days to unplug from the socialmediosphere.

The good news? There is a ton of great content about the event online. I’ll be posting highlights over the next few days, but I wanted to point folks to several great summaries of our opening sessions.

Two of the highlights of the conference for me were Alan Webber’s opening remarks, and Rohit Barghava’s session on “Thinking beyond your community site”. I’ve been a huge fan of Alan’s since becoming an avid reader of Fast Company in the late 90’s. Alan did a great job of setting the tone for the Business Forum with his inspirational remarks about founding Fast Company with Bill Taylor in the early 90s. Alan was followed by Rohit Bhargava, who provided perspective on thinking beyond “your” community site, and gave case studies of community building using an ecosystem approach, including one that covered the launch of his new book “Personality Not Included.”

Thomas Kriese of Omidyar Network did a fantastic job of capturing both sessions:

Alan Webber at Online Community Business Forum

Rohit Bhargava speaks at Online Community Business Forum

This was an exceptional two days of content, conversations and networking. Look for more content to follow as we get the presentations and notes added to the wiki. And I haven’t even mentioned all the Gorbie sightings!

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