1. Hi Laurel,

    First off – I LOVE Armano’s ripple diagram. It’s spot on with how I’m viewing the space right now, in fact I showed it off in a client meeting just the other day.

    RE WOMMA: I know the WOMMA guys very well, my employer Converseon have been governing members and I liaise with them regularly.

    I think they’re a smart bunch of people and their ethics code and ‘Honesty ROI’ are industry leading.

    I’ll drop some contacts there a note about you – you’re assessment is correct and they don’t know what they’re missing without you.

  2. By the way, ignore #4 bloggers that don’t link to others. They aren’t part of the ripple and not connected… mean, but true.

    Which as you refer to, is why a lot of these organisations are redundant. They are often not needed, as there’s an informal, organic organisation already out there.

  3. Laurel,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a bit and I think your response to the club was well-done. The point of social media is the power of the individual to make an impact. I work with a French lady who strikes me as your counterpart in Europe (http://www.rollingtalks.com/). Like you, she’s done a lot to show the impact of social media in European politics and industry.
    I look forward to your continued impact.

  4. Hi Paull, thanks dear *hugs* but not sure I want to be a member of a ‘community’ that excludes the power of the individual (and my friends). But thanks for offering!

    @dirk agree. ’nuff said. 🙂

    @ Linda great link! About Rolling Talks shall keep my eye on it. 🙂

  5. I’ve been having the same conversation as you with WOMMA. And like you and Rafiq Phillips, don’t get their position.

    Obviously don’t get it. Is it just that they want to be a powerful governing organisation we throw our money at? If so, what are we really going to get in terms of membership benefit? Because the list isn’t that compelling if it’s not ultimately about people.

    Individuals are by far the most powerful component of word-of-mouth; failing to get this suggests a failing in WOMMA’s understanding of its own purpose.

    Oh, and while I offered myself up for the SMC board, I scratch my head a little, too. Just do stuff.

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