collaboration

11 best practices for working with an editor

11 best practices for working with an editor

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review makes the case for adding an editor to your content marketing team. As I note in that post, Content marketing will only deliver on its promise if it’s good enough to deliver customers–that’s why improving the quality...
5 ebook features that tap the power of social note-taking

5 ebook features that tap the power of social note-taking

Peter Meyers has a useful blog post on 3 ways to improve ebook note taking over at O’Reilly Radar. As he points out in his post, note-taking is one of the ways in which print books still kick the ass of digital books, since they allow you to “[j]ot notes...
The 8 stages of professional commitment: social media edition

The 8 stages of professional commitment: social media edition

I’ve recently crossed the commitment threshold. Not the romantic commitment threshold — heck, that’s easy, considering how little software is required (usually). I’m talking about the professional commitment I make to each project I take on,...

Get visual inspiration from Pinterest

I’m trying out Pinterest, which I’d describe as a social bookmarking system for images. You create “Pinboards” of images you like, and “pin” items onto the board when you spot something you like online. The site’s default...
Discovering family through a social media crisis

Discovering family through a social media crisis

My latest blog post for Harvard Business Review tackles the challenge of surviving a social media emergency. It was inspired by what turned out to be a minor emergency: the earthquake that rattled most of central Canada yesterday. As it happened, I was in Ottawa at...
9 questions to ask before starting a nonprofit technology project

9 questions to ask before starting a nonprofit technology project

This is part two of a three-part post. Part 1 looks at the opportunity for academic collaboration with the nonprofit tech sector. Part 3 offers a starter pack of nonprofit technology resources. Many organizations with technology expertise, available volunteers or...
Collaboration on nonprofit technology in academia and beyond

Collaboration on nonprofit technology in academia and beyond

I’m currently attending the International Digital Media and Arts Association’s annual conference, which primarily draws academics who work and teach in digital media. This afternoon’s panel on Innovations in Teaching/Learning: Public Service/Civil...
How the social web can nourish your most personal relationship

How the social web can nourish your most personal relationship

When you work on something really hard together and enjoy the successes and challenges with each other, and then get through it not just whole but stronger—you realize how blessed you are, how much love you have together. That sentence could describe my feelings about...

Twitter monitoring to strengthen your team

Last weekend I added a search on “@robcottingham” to TweetDeck so that I could track the comments on Rob’s Northern Voice keynote. (BTW, if you aren’t using TweetDeck to keep track of your Twitter pals, I highly recommend it; like many people I...
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