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Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt

Your Participation Gives Me Credibility – A Community Advocate Thanks Her Community

Today I received the honor of being named a member of the newly created Advisory Board of  Somesso , a “recognized neutral platform for corporate stakeholders to explore, share and apply the tools and thinking necessary to benefit from the potential of social media.” You can hear founder Arjen Strijker, speaking of Somesso in this podcast).  One could say my participation in Somesso began with a serendipitous meeting with blogger/analyst David Terrar, during the 2006 SAP Sapphire Event.  Three years later, David introduced me to Arjen and Somesso, and got me linked up with some very excellent thinkers and movers and shakers.

But the truth is I owe this recognition entirely to you, my much loved SCN community, and wish to extend a tremendous thanks to each of you for the community engagement experience you all provide me with here daily.  It is the quality of your participation that gives me any credence as a community advocate.

Arjen Strijker has proved a “class act” in creating corporate social media events in Europe combining top talent speakers (list too long to mention here) with classy think tank venues in places like London, Zurich and Barcelona.    While I was an American Evangelist in London at Somesso last May, ranting about Leading a Stakeholder Community, I was fortunate to meet Stowe Boyd (stoweboyd and the /messengers) a fellow ranter who spoke of: Unmarketing and the ‘Webful Brand’

“If brands are to have any juice in this new online future, those that are advocating them will have to drop all the mass media shouting, and move past the ‘markets are conversations’ trivialization of the web, too. Their representatives will have to roll up their sleeves and do something, shoulder to shoulder, aspiring to make something in the world, collectively with us, not just selling us the parts.”

That was in May 2009.  In November 2009 I returned again to Somesso in Zurich where friend and fellow SAP Mentor, Dennis Howlett, caught me speaking about How to Kill an Online Community .  I also met there with Anne McCrossan (Visceral Business) who spoke about Collaboration in Finance. I found Anne a powerful and articulate speaker in her own right and learned she is also an active member of Seth’s Godin’s invitation-only online community. 

So now a year after meeting Stowe Boyd, I found myself today in Stowe’s Social Business Edge event in my own, NYC.  Because of the international #ashtag crisis, one of my other favorite Somesso speakers, Lee Bryant, needed to be teleported in from London to do his session in video format.  I’m looking forward to further postings around Stowe’s speakers today, but you can see many of Arjen’s Somesso contents in slideshares and video recordings at

Anyone interested in online collaboration and the future of communities of practice would do well to take some time to listen to practitioners, community advocates, and critics discuss the challenges.  I found it very inspiring that today at the event,  ZDnet Dion Hinchcliffe commented to another participant, that you, SCN, are the living, breathing instance of what other communities aspire to be, in terms of passion and presence.

(cross-posted from my personal blog )

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Congrats Marilyn.
      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider
      It is truly well deserved - you are indeed a COMMUNITY Advocate.
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      Former Member
      This is a really great achievement Marilyn! And a well deserved one!

      I think you're probably a key reason why the SCN Community has evolved into probably the best of it's kind...Keep moving!

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      Former Member
      Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!
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      Former Member
      Good for you, Marilyn, well deserved!
      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Congrats Marilyn, this is well deserved. They must be as proud to have you on board as we are proud to count you as a Community member.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Great to see you recognized in this way, Marilyn!
      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      Hi Marilyn, this is great news, great recognition - for a great woman.
      All the best,
      Author's profile photo Bhanu Gupta
      Bhanu Gupta
      This is a great achievement, and you deserve it so much 🙂
      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Blog Post Author
      The recognition is yours.  Like a proud parent, I just get to hear all the compliments to your abilities.  It is such a privilege to serve here.
      Author's profile photo Graham Robinson
      Graham Robinson

      Congrats Marilyn. I don't know what a mentor is but I know one when I see one - and so do Somesso

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      Former Member

      Hearty congrats marlyin !! And yes you are the right choice for you are here to support us always ..