Month: May 2007

Friday required reading

Jeff De Cagna responds here to Shel Holtz’s The future of professional associations. Essentially, Shel argues that associations are being left behind by social media – that people are looking elsewhere for professional development and networking opportunities. Jeff’s argument, which I agree with, is that social networking and social media aren’t the problem; status quo thinking and a fundamental lack of innovation are.

I’m currently writing an article for Associations Now that emphasizes this very point and challenges the assertion that “best practices” are worth a shit. As soon as we can recognize that social media and web 2.0 present huge opportunities and not competition, the better off we’ll be.

ICANN Needs You For continued evolution

ICANN is apparently looking for a new chairman.

…responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like
.UK), as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols. Computers use these identifiers to
reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these
resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global
stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the
Internet's ongoing security and stability.

Vint Cerf must be too busy with Google to put in the time required. There is an interesting interview with him that I suggest you watch.