Ever heard of Gamification? Want to know more? There’s an event in West Michigan next week: http://bit.ly/LtJxOe
What a month it’s been. I lost and gained a national speaker for aimWest. I almost lost a dear friend, and got her back. My dog lost a giant growth on her mammaries. Lucky I still have her too.
It’s been a hot and cold month in Michigan, but the hots have been really hot and the colds manageable. Not so with the events. Losing the USAF, as a speaker, for aimWest was really tough. I had to scramble. Gaining the Navy was awesome – if you’re near Grand Rapids MI tomorrow, you should plan on coming. Cmdr Servello of the US Navy is an awesome speaker. I am in 2 people’s debt because of it. But it doesn’t bother me. Almost losing my friend Donna was a huge mental drainer. Taking in the dog wasn’t difficult. I’m doing trade for the surgeries and she’s doing wonderfully.
There are various and sundry other things that happened, including some very cool things and some not so hot events. I’m not going to get into them today, however. Next month, I’m hoping for some rest and a complete lack of craziness. Wish me luck?
Every year, in Grands Rapids, MI, a local tech genius speaks on future trends that he predicts will happen in the next 5,10,15 years. aimWest has hosted Keith Brophy for 10 years. Keith predicted that cars would be driving themselves w/in 15 years. Now we’ve all heard about Google’s efforts with this regard, but what about this guy: http://t.co/FcO83BVG <-A Blind man driving!
If you missed me out at GRSM or aimWest, you missed a couple of great event in West MI. I’ll be blogging about them over at my Posterous site. If you wanted to view the GRSM event, that’s up on ustream. And the aimWest one will be posted somewhere for membership to view. GRSM was on how HigherEd does Social Media. aimWest was Raising an Entrepreneur.
If you did make it out to either – what was your favorite take away?
Last night was aimWest’s “What has happened to journalism” – the refined title from “What the hell happened to journalism in the US?” – which was the working title we on the board used. In case you missed it, there will be a video released by WZZM TV 13 this Saturday – I’ll post a link when I have it. The panel discussion centered around how Social Media has affected changes in legacy or old media. Panelists included Tim Mak of Politico, from DC; Laurie Cirevello of The Rapidian, in Grand Rapids (A hyper-local publication of citizen journalists); and Stanton Tang the news director for WZZM.
You can read thoughts and twitter posts during and after the event here: https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23aimwest
If any of you were there last night, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Actually even if you weren’t there, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what the H happened to Journalism.
Ok – go.