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Each Thursday between 11:30am – midday I have a small slot on Ballz radio as part of Ian F’s ‘The Business’ show. I discuss the latest things that are happening in the digital space – social, tech and cool and interesting sites or campaigns.
Here is an archive of all my previous shows.
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This is the first time since the news of Mandela’s failing health that I’ve felt compelled to voice my feelings.
Over the past week I’ve actively avoided the news reports and tweets and commentary surrounding the Mandela family. This afternoon on a group friend whatsapp chat I asked for a precis and my friend Sarah gave me a quick summary.
I am angry. I am sad. I am disappointed.
In short, I think that the Mandela story is a sad circus, I know Madiba’s imminent passing has bigger ramifications, but this, this is not how the story should end.
This does not honour or respect or acknowledge what he fought for. This is not how we anticipated we would feel when the final credits started to roll. I’m know I’m not alone, my social media feeds are littered with South Africans, who instead of feeling respect and quiet sadness, are expressing anger and disbelief.
For someone who played a most critical role in showing the world who South Africa is and who we have (and can) become….this, this is not as it should be.
I will try to ignore the media and the travesty that this has become and rather focus on the memories and the moments that personify my South Africa and my Madiba.
Strange perhaps, but at a time like this my brain sings: ‘Free Nelson Mandela!’ – a song that I sang with huge gusto at age 9 when I was in the UK (where I was born)
Did I sing it because it had a catchy tune? Or because I knew his story had some significance? Or because perhaps I felt that I would one day be in South Africa, voting for the first time at age 18 in 1995 and witnessing the transformation he aided?
The reason doesn’t matter, the message is the same – sadly, the circumstance is different.
Love n light Madiba.
I adore this parody of fashion and hipsters and all things arty farty. It is beautifully shot and Lizzy is hilarious.
At the end of last year I had to opportunity to chat to Arye Kellman on 2OVRadio as part of a tech segment that’s hosted by Cerebra. It was a chilled weekend show and we played some music and chatted about social networks, mobile stuff and generally about where this is all going.
It was fun. It’s a 30 minute clip but there are songs inbetween….
Listen to the clip here
We were exposed to a lot of good social media campaigns in 2012, both locally and internationally.
I really liked this round up of the 10 best social media campaigns of 2012 (they are all international campaigns.) I especially enjoyed ‘Dumb ways to die’ – catchiest song ever! And the ‘Dollar Shave Club’ is genius, both the ad and the concept. Check out the full list here. (via econsultancy)
….in a digital world.
I really liked this preso on Slideshare, it uses the dirty word ‘Engagement’ and focuses a lot on what people ‘really’ want when it comes to brands. A concept I think we often lose sight of, we think people want to interact a lot more with our brands when all they actually want is a good quality product.
Take a look – there are some useful key points here. If you take away anything – let it be the wise comments on UX and the importance of user focused experiences.
I love finding amazing ‘stuff’ on the web.
The Happiness Islands site by Coca-Cola is mindblowing, it’s made up of a few ‘sitelets’ (aaaaw cute!)
Play games, have fun and get lost in it for a while, it’ll make you happy
So the news is out, from 2 April I’m moving on and taking a position with well respected social media comms agency, Cerebra. I’m scared and excited, but most of all I’m ready for a new challenge and I’m keen to see what we can do!
For the past 5 years I’ve been doing my own thing, during the past year I did a lot of cool stuff with Mike from retroviral. I’m keen now to move on and learn something new and tackle the challenges.
Here is the official press release thingy
Cool infographic (via Dreamgrow.com)