I’ve been thinking about what makes us special and different in a number of contexts:
For a busy person who gets asked to join lots of networks or go to lots of events, the question is “What is different, preferably unique about this gathering, that means I will get lots out and be able to put lots in?”
When we’re talking about “Network of Networks” what is it (apart from scale and numbers) that differentiates it from what we’re doing at tuttle? Because I’m not aware of any of the networks that make up NON or whatever it gets called that aren’t represented on an average Friday morning session.
When we’re talking to sponsors or potential patrons, I get asked “Who are these people, why do they go, what do they do?”
My hope (sometimes I say ‘design’ but ‘hope’ is more honest!) was always that it would simply be the intersection of a variety of groups that represented those people in each group who had realised that social media was going to do something interesting to their industry, sector, profession, nation whatever.
My hypothesis was that bringing together such a group, with minimal very simple rituals and structures (we meet every Friday; upstairs in the pub; speeches (deprecated, but if totally necessary) at the end, not the beginning; come and go as you please etc) would create the potential for interesting collaboration and innovation. And so it has – to the extent that I’m now much more interested in how we exploit and realise the potential.
The @sizemore & @danlight & @giagia collaboration that put Steven Spielberg on Seesmic has it’s roots on the balcony of the Coach and Horses – without interfering too much, I’d like to hear more about stuff that’s gotten done because you met somebody on a Friday morning.