Building 43!

Building 43 – I wonder what this is!

Everyone from Robert Scoble to Seth Godin seems to have mentioned it somewhere, somehow! .. The caption says – “a place for people fanatical about the internet.”

Anyway, I seem to be having a lot of Web 2.0 up my sleeves these days – I even went to Crossword and bought a book about Internet and New Media. It’s called “What Would Google Do?” .. abbreviated “WWGD” – by Jeff Jarvis, a journalist and blogger at BuzzMachine

Will post a review soon! 🙂

UnDebating @ UnConference

I attended my first UnConference at office today. Actually it was a series of UnConferences held at various locations. An initiative taken by the CKO and other Senior Management at the company – the event was a roaring success among employees at Kolkata in particular and all over in general.


What is an Un-Conference?

“An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants (generally day-by-day during the course of the event) rather than by one or more organizers in advance of the event. Those coming to the event can post on a wiki ahead of time topics they want to present about or hope others will present about. The wiki can also be used as an attendee list.”

Unconference - Gaping void


Registration for the event was in “true unconference style” by updating a Wiki on a Shared Workspace. People spoke on a variety of topics… from Formula 1 to Business and Web 2.0 … from Software Testing to the Sub-Prime Mortgage crisis.. from Tagore & the Arts to Bollywood! This was obviously as part of the PassionSpeak event where one could speak on ANYTHING under the sun that he / she wanted to speak about! There was also a MovieMaker competition and a Debate to conclude the event!

Personally, there were 3 positives from the event:

  1. I was a part of the team that won the debate: the topic was “Instant Messaging as a collaborative tool in the workplace reduces employee productivity” — and our team was asked to defend the topic! — We had a tough time preparing for it.. ‘coz we knew that the opponents were good.
  2. The Event concluded with a Presentation by the CKO on Knowledge Management (KM), Collaborative Technologies and Blogging! – Our CKO himself is an avid blogger and Blogging Evangelist!
  3. I met some amazing people.. made a couple of friends (and one enemy! – you know who you are!) 😉

EDIT: Although this has nothing to do with the post, I want to mention this purely for my own “records” – [I started my speech by mocking the MOTO YUVA commercial – “IM aaya.. aur aapka employee gaya“… which was received rather well by the audience – much to my surprise given that I have a low opinion about my sense of humor – thanks to my friends! – and ended with how the “Bunty’s and Babli’s” in the office would say – “Isko laga dala toh life Jinga-lala!:mrgreen: ]

To read about Unconferences in India, read this story which appeared in The Hindu.

The WHY’s, WHAT’s and HOW-TO’s of Blogging!

I’ve been quite enjoying the whole “Blogging” experience so far! It is an amazing (and amazingly fast!) way to connect. I had written in a couple of my earlier posts about Blogging (Of Blogging.. and about it! and An interview with a Blogger) and how it is changing the way Businesses speak to customers! Recently came across this amazing presentation on (which lets you upload & share Presentations online — It’s surprisingly simple to use and I’ve already seen some very nice presentations on the website.)

This particular presentation I came across is about Blogging — It has an approach which works.. Gets the message across in a very simple, straight-forward, no-nonsense manner. Will help you answer the following questions:

  • WHY you should blog?
  • SHOULD you blog?
  • If Yes, HOW?

Enjoy! 🙂

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