Let The Age of Conversation Begin!

07/16/2007

Age_of_conversation_badge Three months ago 103 bloggers, from all over the word,
came together to write one book, Age of Conversation,
on one topic, the way people are communicating and connecting with each in today's world,
to support one dear friend, CK celebrate the memory of her mom,
with the proceeds going to one global charity, Variety The Children's Charity.

The visionaries behind this project were Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan who spent the last 3-months of their lives coordinating, planning and launching the book. The journey of  Age of Conversation and the lessons learned from the process are as important as the messages it includes. The book is a testimony that relationships built through social media can create a community that can make a difference. 

Each author was asked to write a 400 word chapter on the topic of "conversation." What emerged is a thought piece from some of the marketing pioneers in the social media industry. Perhaps you may not  recognize all of the names, however, these are (some of) the people, who through their day-to-day involvement in the space, are creating an important, new marketing direction.

Your company may not be including blogs, or podcasts or Myface or YouTube in its strategic marketing plans today. Most of the world might not be aware of micro blogs like Twitter, Jaiku or Pownce but trust me on this one Divas and Divos, the impact of social media is changing the perceptions of how your community relates to your brand. Those changes are and will continue to impact not only how we market but how we do business.

The Age of Conversation provides 103 points of view about doing business in a world where as I say in my chapter, Technology Is Recreating Business Intimacies -

Business is personal. Technology is fueling the emotional engagement that leads to long-term customer interactions.

What also emerged was not only a business book, that will challenge your thinking, but a book written from the heart. What an interesting world we live in .. a business book with a social media soul!

Age of Conversation Store has 3 purchase options: an eBook for $9.99 ($7.99 to charity) a software book for $16.95 ($8.10 to charity) and a hard copy book for $29.99 ($8.55 to charity). All proceeds will be donated to Variety The Children's Charity. No author, including Gavin and Drew, will see any revenue from the book.

Age of Conversation Google Map - do not click unless you have the time to click and play. Complements of Matt Dickman

Toss of a pink boaPink_boa to all of the people who so generously gave of their time and their heart to this amazing project. I am beyond honored to be included in this very important project.

Gavin Heaton
Drew McLellan
CK
Valeria Maltoni
Emily Reed
Katie Chatfield
Greg Verdino
Mack Collier
Lewis Green
Sacrum
Ann Handley
Mike Sansone
Paul McEnany
Roger von Oech
Anna Farmery
David Armano
Bob Glaza
Mark Goren
Matt Dickman
Scott Monty
Richard Huntington
Cam Beck
David Reich
Luc Debaisieux
Sean Howard
Tim Jackson
Patrick Schaber
Roberta Rosenberg
Uwe Hook
Tony D. Clark
Todd Andrlik
Toby Bloomberg
Steve Woodruff
Steve Bannister
Steve Roesler
Stanley Johnson
Spike Jones
Nathan Snell
Simon Payn
Ryan Rasmussen
Ron Shevlin
Roger Anderson
Robert Hruzek
Rishi Desai
Phil Gerbyshak
Peter Corbett
Pete Deutschman
Nick Rice
Nick Wright
Michael Morton
Mark Earls
Mark Blair
Mario Vellandi
Lori Magno
Kristin Gorski
Kris Hoet
G.Kofi Annan
Kimberly Dawn Wells
Karl Long
Julie Fleischer
Jordan Behan
John La Grou
Joe Raasch
Jim Kukral
Jessica Hagy
Janet Green
Jamey Shiels
Dr. Graham Hill
Gia Facchini
Geert Desager
Gaurav Mishra
Gary Schoeniger
Gareth Kay
Faris Yakob
Emily Clasper
Ed Cotton
Dustin Jacobsen
Tom Clifford
David Polinchock
David Koopmans
David Brazeal
David Berkowitz
Carolyn Manning
Craig Wilson
Cord Silverstein
Connie Reece
Colin McKay
Chris Newlan
Chris Corrigan
Cedric Giorgi
Brian Reich
Becky Carroll
Arun Rajagopal
Andy Nulman
Amy Jussel
AJ James
Kim Klaver
Sandy Renshaw
Susan Bird
Ryan Barrett
Troy Worman
S. Neil Vineberg

Please join me in a virtual social media celebration of the Age of Conversation!
Sidebar: Link is to Age of Conversation's Facebook page.

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Comments

Congratulations all - may the celebrations and the conversations continue!

Cheers.

Rajesh

Posted by: Rajesh on Jul 16, 2007 1:37:06 PM

Isn't this amazing? I can't wait to read this book and really dig into the thoughts and ideas of all my co-authors. I am so very flattered to be a part of this. I feel a little like the class clown/ dunce, but it is such a great project to be a part of.

Posted by: Tim Jackson on Jul 16, 2007 2:36:42 PM

Rajesh - Thanks for your good wishes. By the way there are a couple of authors from your country, India. This was very much a global effort.

Tim - If you are the class clown it is only in terms of your ability to create a fun, warm environment. The Masiguy blog is one of the best in the blogoshere .. as are you!

Posted by: Toby on Jul 16, 2007 2:44:41 PM

And a toss of the hot pink feather boa right back atcha! What a great project this has been. I downloaded my copy this morning and have not even had a chance to read it yet. Gotta get started on that right away!

Posted by: Connie Reece on Jul 16, 2007 6:53:56 PM

Big, giant Diva cheers Toby!

Posted by: Lori Magno on Jul 16, 2007 10:56:21 PM

As I usually end up saying to you; you are far too kind!

What a wonderful, warm and exciting day today has been with the release of the book. I'm so happy to be a part of this.

Posted by: Tim Jackson on Jul 17, 2007 12:18:28 AM

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