FW: Know anyone at LinkedIn?

From: Ray N.
Sent on: Sunday, March 9, 2008 12:55 PM

Hey Catherine & All,

 

Turns out Meetup will only send one at a time.

 

I’ll send the others separately.

 

Best,

 

Ray

 

 

From: Ray Nichols [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Sunday, March 09,[masked]:06 PM
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Subject: FW: Know anyone at LinkedIn?

 

Hey Catherine, Stephen, Stanley and all,

 

Although I live in New Orleans I joined your Meetup Groups yesterday.  We’re playing with LinkedIn as a social networking tool and are a little frustrated.  I’m having a conversation with my friend Brett Lemoine at LinkedIn about the concept as you will see below.  Please take a look at our discussion and consider helping us establish some partner chapters in New Orleans as we evolve these concepts.

 

The groups:        http://webdesign.meetup.com/509/

                                http://socialsoftware.meetup.com/24/

                                http://web.meetup.com/49/

 

Catherine – You might know my friends Fred Corle and Mike Hefner as both have experience in your field.  Mike lives in Lafayette, Louisiana and has been quite active in the community.  He is a past Chair of Goodwill Acadiana and the Lafayette Parish School Board.  He has been deeply involved in Lafayette’s remarkable growth and development for years.  Fred currently lives in D.C., but is close to Louisiana and is helping to organize the efforts described below.

 

I look forward to hearing some reactions to these ideas.  I’m thinking it might also be good to invite Brett and Stephen DeBerry to some of your meetings.  Stephen is a member of Friends of New Orleans and I understand he spends a good bit of time in your area.

 

At lunch yesterday, I ran into Rep. William Jefferson.  I told him of our ideas about the conference discussed below and this use of LinkedIn.  He was quite interested and asked to be copied. 

 

Fred Corle and Storm Cunningham hope to set up meetings in Washington soon to determine support for these ideas.  Paul Conway, Interim Director of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding has expressed strong interest in our work and others are joining in. 

 

Everyone mentioned is Bcc’d.  Catherine, Stephen and Stanley are the Organizers of the listed Meetup groups listed.

 

Regards,

 

Ray Nichols
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From: Ray Nichols [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Friday, March 07,[masked]:19 PM
To: 'Stephen DeBerry'
Subject: Know anyone at LinkedIn?

 

Hey Stephen,

 

Thought you’d enjoy the e-mail below.  It’s addressed to a friend, Brett Lemoine, at LinkedIn.  We are hoping they will give us a little support networking “ The Good Guys” active in rebuilding and revitalizing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.  I’ve encouraged this group to join along with several others.  Seems to have great potential, but as always, we need to define our needs.  Like your thoughts on this.  And if you know anyone at LinkedIn….

 

You’ll also notice Storm Cunningham’s Renewal Engine model.   His new book reWealth! is coming out in June and we are hoping to have a conference in October focusing on the opportunities inherent in the recovery, restoration and revitalization efforts.  We are getting positive reactions from academia, the construction and architecture communities, many in government, and the business community in general.  Laura Paul and I are having talks with the Horizon Initiative about taking a lead role in setting it up.  We are also having discussions around developing a number of Centers of Excellence focusing essentially on the factors in Storm’s model.

 

Pretty exciting stuff!

 

Best,

 

Ray Nichols
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For those unfamiliar with LinkedIn, click on the link above.  Scroll down to Contact Settings for more on the social networking concept.  Check out Karen Stephenson’s article.  She’s expressed interest is our situation and has some very good material on her web site.

 

From: Ray Nichols [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Friday, February 29,[masked]:22 PM
To: 'Brett Lemoine'
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Hey Brett,

 

Earlier you said LinkedIn needs to see a path to profitability when expanding into new arenas.  I’m sure you’ll find Mark Cuban’s weblog entry interesting.  Seems to me it’s really about positioning in the new environment offered by OpenSocial and the competition sure to evolve over the next few months.

 

When I invite folks to my LinkedIn network these days, I tell them we are assessing LinkedIn’s viability as a social networking tool among “The Good Guys” involved in rebuilding and revitalizing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.  I’ve spent a little time in Groups, but can’t really see how to stretch the feature to meet our needs.  It seems others have created complimentary Yahoo groups and encourage members to go back and forth somehow. 

 

Again, I don’t have a lot of time for this as we are busy rebuilding a devastated city and region without much government assistance.  And I’m just a dumb user without a tech background who remains over reliant on deeper thinkers than I am in coping with all this!

 

As Anshu Sharma states in the comment below, LinkedIn identities seem the most credible.  Most of my colleagues would never join MySpace and would be quite reluctant to join Facebook.  You’ll notice many are also hesitant to put much info into their LinkedIn profiles as they are unfamiliar with the media and have privacy concerns - along with significant concerns about a return on the time spent managing their profile.

 

Others, of course get it.  Kevin Pollard and I are working to put together some Centers of Excellence in New Orleans, for instance.   We are having a discussion with Storm Cunningham about merging Kevin’s Centers of Excellence model with Storm’s Renewal Engine model as an overarching vision of the opportunities offered by the Katrina/Rita recovery effort.  (Both models attached)  Here’s a visual:

 

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Key in making all this work is are strong connections among “The Good Guys” here and elsewhere who are likely to help in putting all this together.  LinkedIn has tremendous potential and I hope you guys will take an interest in helping us move this along.

 

As usual I cc’d some interested friends:  Bill Cahill, Kevin, Storm, Hal Brown, Virginia Miller, George Wentz, Robbie Evans, Angela O’Byrne, Marshall Truehill, Bill Hines, Bev, Pamela Senatore and Laura.  Like your thoughts guys!

 

The quote referred to above:

10. I agree that the value of Facebook (or any social network) is the trust we can place on identities. For this reason, I rate LinkedIn the highest. Facebook is next.
But I do think that OpenSocial API has galvanized the non-FB community and will pose a significant competitive pressure on FB. Which may be a good thing for everyone involved.
Remember that it is always hard to imagine what value added features will evolve as a result of this API. Just as, it was hard to imagine all the neat things that FB platform has enabled.

Interesting times. Chinese curse. You get the idea.

Posted at 9:01PM on Nov 4th 2007 by Anshu Sharma

Regards,

 

Ray Nichols
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