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My 2011 with Edelman in Review

This post was originally published on Robin Hamman’s website Cybersoc.com.

Usually, on the last day of the working year, I write a post that reviews the past 12 months. Well, I spent my last day of work last year flying from London Heathrow to Frankfurt, back to Heathrow, across to London Luton then off to Gdansk so didn’t quite manage to maintain the tradition.

But that explanation is a great start for my 2011 post as I spent much of the year – around a day every week and a half – gallivanting around Europe and further afield.

The year started, as 2010 ended, working …

Model: The Interlocking Spheres of Social Business

Originally posted on Cybersoc.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time recently thinking about and discussing social business. The result of this has been the following model (click to enlarge), which demonstrates what I’ve come to understand as the three interlocking spheres of social business:

Starting at the bottom left is content. Both inside and outside the intranet, content is the currency of online conversation.

People participate around content and use it to convey knowledge. You’ll see both of these linked to the other two spheres of social business, collabo…

Should Government Bodies Build Apps?

BBC News has revealed that the British Government has spent, or proposed to spend, somewhere between £10,000 and £40,000 on developing phone applications. One of the apps, a job seeker’s tool, has been downloaded 50,000 times and a Motoring Masterclass application proposed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency sounds genuinely unique and useful in that it calculates fuel efficiency, tracks the proximity of a highway rescue organisation, and can be used as an emergency hazard light – so what’s the fuss?

Well, the new Coalition Government has recently laun…

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