Speaking

I like talking to people about things I’m passionate about.

I regularly talk at conferences and events both large and small, public and private, in the UK and elsewhere, on subjects including (but not limited to) digital engagement, social media, online community, the changing face of journalism, creative collaboration and consumer experience.

As part of my consultancy work, I have also run workshops and internal sessions for companies, organisations or other groups of people who want to understand more about the social web.

I’ve been a specialist guest on a number of local, national and international radio programmes, too, both in the UK and elsewhere, talking about everything from list-making to love, and from censorship to Second Life.

If you are looking for someone to come and speak at your conference or event, about digital publishing, online community, cultural or social media topics, please get in touch. I’m happy to give presentations, or participate in or moderate panels, as well as facilitate workshops.

I’m based in London, but as you can see from the extensive event list below, I’m happy to travel.

Event/OrganiserDateLocationFormatTopic
The Story 20142014/02London, UKOn-stage host/compere
VirComm 20132013/03London, UKKeynoteThe A-Z of community
The Story 20122012/02London, UKOn-stage host/compere for whole event
United Nations Human Rights Day2011/12Geneva, SwitzerlandSpeech + panelSocial media and human rights
MediaOn2011/11Sao Paulo, BrazilKeynoteThe changing media organisation
King's Place Festival 20112011/09London, UKLecture
MagNet Annual Conference2011/06Toronto, CanadaTwo workshops1. A Business Case for Blogs
2. Building Your Blog Audience
BBC Social Media Summit2011/05London, UKWorkshop
Future Everything2011/05Manchester, UKPresentationRobots/Editors/Strangers/Friends: exploring some of the ways that attention and social patterns influence the way we discover, consume and curate content online.
Measuring Engagement Workshop, RJI2011/05Columbia (Missouri), USAWorkshop[upcoming]
Internet World2011/05London, UKKeynote[upcoming]
Fundació Escacc. lecture series on digital journalism2011/04Barcelona, SpainLecture
Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University2011/04New York, USALecture + workshop
Social Media Academy: Journalism in a Social Media World2011/04London, UKPresentationThe people-powered media revolution
ROOSdagen2011/03Ermelo, NetherlandsKeynote + workshop
University of Westminster, journalism department2011/02London, UKLectureJournalism + social media
University of Missouri, journalism department (study abroad program)2011/02London, UKLectureJournalism + social media
Launch of Leeds Community News Hub, Trinity University College2010/11Leeds, UKKeynote
City University, journalism department2010/11London, UKTalk + panelCommunity management in a news context
British Council Lecture series2010/11Athens and Thessaloniki, GreeceLecture + presentationLecture: "Is the internet making us more sociable?"
Presentation: "Social media in news contexts"
Science Museum workshop on co-curation 2010/10London, UKKeynote
Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo (AHO2010/10Oslo, NorwayLecture
Media Trust training: Cultivate your online community 2010/08London, UKPresentation
Arts Marketing Association conference2010/07Leeds, UKPresentation + PanelPublic Engagement: to control or not to control?
Digital engagement + social media training for Al-Masry Al-Youm (through Guardian Foundation)2010/07Cairo, Egypt3 day workshop
Com­ment inté­grer les inter­nautes dans la chaîné de pro­duc­tion de l’information ? AFP + Wan-Ifra (World Asso­cia­tion of News­pa­pers and News Publishers)2010/06Paris, FrancePresentation
WAN-IFRA Iberico summit2010/05Madrid, SpainPresentation
NPOX Labs: XML Amsterdam “Journalism and new(s) media” 2010/05Amsterdam, NetherlandsKeynote + lab mentor
Internet World 2010/04London, UKKeynote
Media140/International Festival of Journalism 2010/04Perugia, ItalyPanel
UNICEF Fundraisers Forum2010/03Madrid, SpainKeynote
Guardian Changing Media Summit 2010/03London, UKPanel ModeratorCreating communities and cultivating value: The art of effective, connected social media
Workshop on Users, usability and user-enagement based on e-Research, and Web 2.02010/01Oxford, UKPresentation
XMediaLab: Amsterdam: Public Media 2009/11Hilversum/Amsterdam, NetherlandsKeynote + lab mentor
Association of Online Publishers Annual Digital Publishing Summit 2009/10London, UKPanel
Web Experience Excellence2009/10London, UKPresentation + workshop facilitationGen Y and Beyond: Customer Experience in a Web 2.0 World
IFRA Expo/WAN-IFRA (World Associal of Newspapers and News Publishers)2009/10Vienna, AustriaFocus session speaker
Online Communication Summit (European Communication Directors Association)2009/10Amsterdam, NetherlandsDinner speakerHow to approach the Online Community – a report from both sides of the wall
BBC/Reuters institute for the study of journalism event: the rise of social media and its impact on mainstream journalism 2009/09London, UKLecture + Panel
Interesting 20092009/09London, UKPresentationThe social history of drinking, and the rituals that surround it
AmbITion symposium: Do they Arts speak digital?2009/07London, UKPresentation + panel moderatorSocial media & the arts
The Royal Institution of Great Britain: Cafe Scientifique 2009/06London, UKLecture + hosted discussionAre technologies making us more or less social?
WebForum Norway2009/03Oslo, NorwayKeynote
Webstock2009/02Wellington, New ZealandPresentation
Media092009/02Sydney, AustraliaKeynote
Association of Online Publishers (AOP) event2008/12London, UKEvent chairDeveloping communities around content – practical advice and case studies on adding value through an engaged user base
Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media 2008/12Manchester, UKPresentation
UXNet meetup2008/10Oslo, NorwayLectureCommunity, conversation and collaboration: how digital publishers are making media social.
Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2008/10Cambridge, UKPresentation + panelFacebook, Friendship and Social Interaction
i-Level Client Conference 2008/10Brighton, UKPresentation +panelCommunities, conversations and collaborations : how digital publishers are making media social
EyeTravel International Show2008/10Munich, GermanyPresentation
Women & the Web conference2008/09Leeds, UKKeynote + panelSocial Media Matters (or Today I had a Cheese Sandwich: why I want to tell you and why you should care)
Social Media Forum2008/09Hamburg, GermanyPresentation
Arts Marketing Association Annual Conference 2008/07Newcastle/Gateshead, UKPresentationBreaking the Fourth Wall: using social media to interact with audiences.
NMA Online Marketing Show2008/06London, UKPresentation
Booksellers Association annual conference2008/05Brighton, UKPresentation + panel
Don't Panic Guide to Social Media2008/05London, UKPresentation
HICKTech2008/04Owen Sound, CanadaPresentation + panelConnecting with distributed audiences
UNICEF Fundraisers Forum2008/03Istanbul, TurkeyKeynote + workshopGrowing communities from audiences
XMediaLab: Virtual Worlds2007/10London, UKMentor
Virtual Worlds Forum2007/10London, UKPanel
The Media Guardian Changing Advertising Summit 2007/10London, UKPanel chair
AOP Online Publishing Conference2007/10London, UKPresentation + panel
NGOs Digital Awareness Training Day2007/09London, UKPresentation + panel
Oxfam Media Training day2007/05Oxford, UKPresentation + workshopThe social internet revolution
NMK Forum2007/05London, UKPanelMedia, Publishing & Advertising: Old guard, new tricks.
Innovation forum: Soapboxes in cyberspace2007/05London, UKSpeech + panel
Women, Business and Blogging Conference2007/04Leicester, UKKeynote + panelWhose Web is it anyway?
NESTA Connect: Collaborate to Innovate2007/01London, UKPresentation + panelThe rise of social networks
New Media Knowledge: Beers & Innovation2006/11London, UKSpeech + panel