Connections, Ideas and Emotions

It’s Conference Season


11th October 2009 (Ayden’s Birthday) – Six Months Blogging, two years on Twitter, three years on Face Book, four Years on LinkedIn.

I’m still nowhere close to being a social media “expert” or “guru”. But I do have some views and personal insights (Who am I ? Check the About “Building Better Connections” section). I’ve been doing some practical sessions  (speeches, workshops, consultancy) in the third sector on the subject of Social Media over the last 8 months.  I’ve been speaking to the public sector and civil service too, getting to know folks in that sphere. Finally, of course I’ve met with a good handful of private sector (profit focused) organisations too. There are some great people with some great ideas and case studies in all the sectors, but not really any experts/guru’s yet IMHO.

There is definitely a very healthy appetite to learn about Social Media in all the sectors, so 140Characters.co.uk has a “reason to exist”, which feels very cool I have to say.

Even better, industry peers and conference organisers have placed their trust in me to share my views and insights at various conferences during October and November 2009. Here they are in date order:

16th October 2009 LikeMinds

Exeter Devon, I can’t wait to speak outside of London: Just £35 a ticket ( #LikeMinds )

I’ll talk for 20 minutes on “Organisational Change” and be a member of a 40 minute panel discussion. Thanks Scott Gould

23rd October 2009Social Media in Business

London – Under £200 for a full day conference  (discount codes around on Twitter #SMiB09)

I will be introducing the conference and being the “anchor man” for the day. Thanks so much Chris Hambly

October 26th 2009 Media140

Brands + Advertising,  London Under £100 (promo codes on Twitter #Media140) for a full day conference.

I’ll be taking part in the panel debate about Trust & Brands. Thanks for the invite Ande and Kate

Novemeber 17th 2009 140Character Conference

The O2 in London.

I’ll be a “character” really looking forward to that.

Thanks very much Jeff Pulver #140Conf

If you can get to any of the events, please please come and say hello, it would be brilliant.

If you can’t make anyof the  events, defo watch this 🙂


Author: darenbbc

DAREN FORSYTH Founder & CEO 140Characters.co.uk Daren Forsyth is the Founder and CEO of 140Characters.co.uk, a new venture dedicated to creating and promoting social change via strategic social networking across the corporate, governmental and nonprofit sectors. The company is based in London, England. A 15-year veteran of the digital media arena, Forsyth has earned the reputation of an energetic, dynamic and innovative business leader. A self-proclaimed evangelist for what’s possible when communications technology is employed to bridge brands and organisations with their publics, Forsyth believes that 140Characters can both tap and leverage the growing demand and need for productive alliances between the communities. The company will embrace basic social-media dynamics, as well as tools as simple as home computers, to connect diverse networks within a strategic design. The goal is to offer an unprecedented medium to collect, synthesise and generate the shared ideas, knowledge and feelings that, as a body, can effect change across broad sectors. Prior to launching 140Characters.co.uk , Forsyth served three years at the British Broadcasting Corporation in a variety of executive-level business posts, beginning April 2006. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Business Development Manager in the Future Media and Technology division. There, Forsyth established the BBC's strategic partnership with Microsoft, orchestrating the meeting between Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, and the BBC director general, Mark Thompson. In addition, he created partnerships with IBM and was actively engaged in the BBC Archive and iPlayer projects. In late 2007, Forsyth was tapped by officials and seconded to become Director of Innovation and New Media for the Media Trust. The Media Trust is a UK, broadcasting industry-supported charity that promotes communication between the voluntary sector and the media. Over the course of his tenure, through early 2009, Forsyth shepherded a host of critical digital media initiatives, including an alliance with prestigious Siemens, which donated servers to the charity and helped update the technical infrastructure of the organisation. Before joining the BBC, Forsyth was a key player in the digital startup revolution. From 1996 until its sale in 2005, he was Founder and Managing Director of the highly successful Fernhart New Media, which he built into one of the UK’s most dominant digital TV and Web agencies. Now, returned to his entrepreneurial roots with 140Characters.co.uk, Forsyth is excited by the potential of his creative new venture. Daren Forsyth has been profiled in numerous business and industry publications, including: New Media Age, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. In 2004, the UK Government recognised Forsyth as a “Top 100 Pioneer of the First Internet Decade.” Forsyth is available to conduct workshops for corporations and nonprofit groups; to speak at corporate events, digital summits, public relations and marketing conferences, and news-industry meetings. He is also a facilitator for assisting governmental agencies in effectively engaging and communicating with their constituencies via social media and new technologies.

4 thoughts on “It’s Conference Season

  1. Pingback: Like Minds – Collaboration Over Innovation – alikeminds.org

  2. What? You’ve had an internet blog for six whole months? 😀

  3. Hey Daren!

    I would say that I did come and say hello but you came down and sat next to me so thats kinda you saying hello to me!

    It was lovely to meet you and I loved your talk – especially the end! Music makes stuff better lol.

    Do you know if the video clip (when I ran up behind the camera man and was pulling faces!) is going to be posted online somewhere?

    Han 😀

  4. I think it was Gabe Mac @gabemac that shot the video. Lovely to meet you. 🙂

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