You Get to Choose the Conversation About You

Wherever you go, there you are Wherever you go, there you are. I always liked timeless wisdom.

It's a good reminder that you get to choose the conversation about you. And it is an honor to continue the conversation and catch up with members of this community to see what they're up to.

To me, this goes beyond finding links between ideas, searching what people have in common, and developing lasting friendship and interest in each other, no matter where we come from, how tall or fuzzy we are, or where we're going.

Seeking to weave networks of experience to me means connecting people.

Networking is a process through which we enable who we are to be activated — with empathy, compassion, and respect.

Connections we have made

It is with excitment that I report back to you on members of this community. I caught up with a few of the people we met more than a year ago here to see what they are up to now — one year or eighteen months later. Here's what they said:


Christa Miller — you'll remember her work with law enforcement agents

Cmmheadshot What I am most proud of: in keeping with my original "About You" interview, I'm very pleased with the way a co-authored research project has turned out.

Last summer I was approached to assist with a study on how police in three English-speaking countries use Twitter, and you can find the result here.

The study has gotten a lot of attention, and I expect to be co-presenting with my co-author, Laura Madison, at the Police Leadership 2011 Conference in Vancouver, BC in April.

Our findings have many implications for police-public/media relationships, crisis communications, reputation management, and we'll be talking about how to translate them into action.


Brian Driggs — you probably interacted with him also by way of his thoughtful and frequent comments. He's been steering communities since 2002

BrianDriggs Gearbox, is a vehicle focused on others: Sometime in August 2009, you approached me for an 'About You' interview. That was such an exciting experience, I felt I needed to share it with my predominately automotive community. By October, Gearbox Magazine was in business, seeking out gearheads around the world, and sharing their stories.

In the year+ since, I've found it's more than just sharing people's stories, but about connecting people and ideas. It's about all the ways those things we have in common help us to better understand (and benefit from) our differences. And it's my life's work.

Gearbox has grown from a simple, one-man affair, to a team of eight genuine-article gearheads located across the country and around the world. Where there was once a single "channel," there are now five, serving more than 10,000 unique visitors every month. We haven't made a dime yet, and we have no immediate plans in place to do so. Every time we come up with something valuable, we end up sharing it or giving it away for free.

Still, we know we could do more good in the world if we had more time and resources, so I guess our big, exciting news – aside from rapid growth and helping hundreds of people feel more valuable – is that we feel like we're pretty close to being able to make a little money this year (so we can help more gearheads). Ironically, it seems like a lot of our ideas evolve from conventional marketing fare, only minus the selling part. For us, everything is about "Helping gearheads build high performance machines & lives."

Your making me feel like I mattered, inspired me to do the same for others. Unimaginable possibilities.


Kelly Rigotti — when we met, Kelly was working on her graduate thesis project

KellyRigotti Since finishing my thesis project on the effects of language and culture on use of social media and receiving my master's degree (with honors), I have decided to hang out my own shingle, as it were.

I began working full time as a consultant in early November and feel very lucky to be able to do work I love, with colleagues, partners and clients I appreciate.

I help people, non-profit associations and companies of all different sizes create effective web presence using online branding, marketing, communication and community building.

My tools of the trade include blogs, Facebook, newsletters, email campaigns or Twitter. I am based in Grenoble France, but am starting to work with clients in Seattle WA as well.


Colleen Wainwright — when we met, I learned that her story was in the center of Jim Collins' three circles, and she remained true to her promise:

ColleenWainwright While I may never top my last project—a year-long, self-imposed sabbatical—for heft and size (not to mention lunacy), I'm going to give it a try this year with a fundraising project to celebrate my 50th birthday.

I can't go into details just yet, but rest assured that it will fully adhere to the Jim Collins standards for goals—Big, Fat, Hairy and Audacious. Especially hairy.


Caroline di Diego — Multi Faceted Entrepreneur ~ Designing Success (more accurate title:-)

INCLINEDESIGNers It’s amazing what a difference two years make. Here is a micro brief on some of the things we covered back then and more lessons learned on Bank-On-Rain, a small and nimble not for profit.

My Architectural Design Career (a parallel career), has been “closeted” temporarily. I am focused on an Italian Speedboat restoration Barn Find Riva, and a new company emidaASIA in the mobile payments space.

I never did get to meet Guy but have met many interesting, enlightening people with whom I am communicating and collaborating every day.

No angel did contact me for narration or anything else; I guess I had clarified your title for the “About You”, with my comment at the end of your post 🙂

No day goes past when I don’t learn a great deal through the many Social Media interactions; and this is especially true for Bank-On-Rain.

We were approved as a NPO last summer, and not without difficulty on account of using “Bank” in our name. Our strategy is to stay small and nimble. I believe we can move faster and have a higher number of effective projects going on, if we act as a “consultancy” to other not-for-profit organizations and endeavors. As organizations grow they often lose agility, sometimes because of overloaded administration responsibilities (cant be helped); but by partnering with such organizations we can help move projects along faster and more effectively.

Our acceptance into the peer water group (PWX) was a very exciting partnering, and we look forward to doing projects with other organization members in the group and other global organizations with the same or similar missions.

I am currently designing a corporate sponsorship opportunity for our first Bank-On Rain “intern”. The selection process will be baased on a competitive progression between applicants. Each candidate will propose solutions to real issues related to the Bank-On-Rain mission and the education of rainwater collection, storage & sustainable business.

The experiential education opportunity will be awarded to the winner; the best solutions will be showcased on ourBank-on-Rain blog. The Bank-on Rain intern experience will provide the chosen candidate with a mentor-based career and life opportunity, as well as exceptional exposure for their career goals.


You can look back a year from now and also see your plans realized. Start working them now. You get to choose what kind of conversation you want to have.

[image courtesy of Jurvetson]

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