Creating an exchange at the Exchange – Part II

Last night, I made the following post.

I spent some time today reflecting on last night’s event. I discussed the event and my post on the event with some fellow bloggers. I then exchanged some e-mails with Susan Bird, the hostess of the event, and at the end of our exchange, she said “Would love you thoughts, sometime, on how we could build on all of this…collectively.”

Then it dawned on me what I was missed in last night’s post.

By having us bloggers at the event, we took the conversations that started over dinner, and moved them to a new forum. Most dinner conversations end, and nothing becomes of it. By allowing last night’s dinner conversations to continue, in the blogosphere, we are keeping the conversations alive. We are providing the platform on which we can build on all of this.

The trick is now to get the rest of the dinner participants to come to our blogs, and to start a conversation in these spaces. The conversation is now public. It is searchable, and therefore finable. Some new people can find our conversations and enrich them some more.

My firm, BSG Alliance, espouses this belief in open dialog. Our executives and thought leaders blog on the topics that matter to them. We cover topics such as: what is an Next Generation Enterprise (NGE), outsourcing and off-shoring, project failures, customer experience, generation Y, recruiting, and financial services and IT. We encourage our co-workers, customers, and friends to join the conversation, further a dialog, and ultimately find a better solution to the original question. The whole foundation of the next generation web is predicated on a collective sharing of information in a peer-to-peer type fashion that recognizes few barriers and hierarchies, except maybe one of expertise or insight.

In the Financial Services markets, in particular, the idea of being so “open” is anathema to our culture. Much money is made on Wall Street, and on he NYSE by knowing how to play your poker hand better than the next guy. I applaud Susan and the folks from Wf360 who had the foresight to invite bloggers to this clubby institution we call home here on Wall Street. By introducing these folks to these rich new social media tools such as blogging, tagging, linking, and RSS, we can exponentially add new voices and new insights and increase our understanding of the markets we’re charged to help track for our clients.

I have confidence that Susan will bring the participants from last night’s event into the blogosphere. Once there, they can start commenting on what the dozen or so of us bloggers began here. They can push the conversation to new depths. They can draw in new thought leaders. The virtuous cycle will then continue.

Again, thank you Susan for triggering the conversation. And, I hope you don’t mind that I took it out of the 1.0 forum of e-mail and brought it into the open in a 2.0 blog.


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