7 posts categorized "Video"

April 23, 2010

Why am I at the @AfricaGathering in Washington, DC ... and why I need your help - #agdc #omidyar

OK, so this time I'm flying at 35K feet, and despite the ash cloud, I'm over the Atlantic on my way to Washington, DC to be part of the team at The Africa Gathering.

Why am I doing this … ?  Let me explain, but ...

Firstly, let me tell you about AG (Africa Gathering).  It was started 1 year ago (with its first anniversary this Saturday 24th April) by Edward Scotcher (@chiefmoamba).   His intention was to bring people together who have a passion to help Africa, at all levels.  He saw the benefits of giving them a place to share, grow and develop their ideas.

Quite a simple idea, but most of the best ones always are.

The first "gathering" was in London (Birkbeck College, Uni of London) a year ago and Ed was expecting the turn out to be 10 or 20 people max.  However what happened was quite amazing:  over 120 people turned out!

What Ed realised is that there was no singularity for people to share their ideas about celebrating African ingenuity.  Moreover, bearing in mind most of the best ideas to help Africa come from Africa, there was no on-line community that could support this need as well.

What Ed spotted, and what clearly was needed, was one place where people could go to share their ideas.
Africa Gathering was born.

Since then, Ed formed a partnership with Marieme Jamme (@mjamme).  They both have the same hopes for Africa and Africans.

The first event was a "proof of concept" and so now onto the second.

October 2009 was my first outing for AG.  It was a two day event, the first day bringing in businesses to network and see opportunity in the fold. The second day provided a "showcase" for some amazing people who are making brilliant and significant positive changes in Africa.

The day was "topped off" by a visit from Emmanuel Jal who told us of his story from being a boy soldier to the quite incredible man he is today and his struggle to bring quality education to the youth of Africa. Something that he himself never had.

His story had a profound effect on me personally and inspired me more than just about anything I have ever heard before.   The stories I listened to that day … well, let’s say I was proud, very humbled to be able to "do my bit" for all these people that are making a difference and who show such incredible leadership.

And it's still going.  December 09 saw AG in Nairobi, May 10 - Paris, July  - London - but here, right now Washington DC.

The billing for this event is as strong as ever.  The speakers will be none the less as inspiring and AG is on a roll.  Even at one year old AG is making a difference to Africa.

A baby making big steps!

And this is why I need your help to help them - all the people involved in AG need your help.
You see, we need all this effort to get "passed around" the web. We need the "noise level" to be turned up to "11".  Without this the journey will take longer.

My role in AG is to monitor what is happening on the web, and so far what I've seen is great.  Presently,  I can see very little "noise" coming out of Africa, but it's growing, and I can see some prominent people in Africa starting to flex their muscles on the web.

And there is a reason for this - it's YOU.   Because you are "sharing" and writing, they are beginning to see this - and because of this, they're getting more enthusiastic about the web and its potential to facilitate positive change in Africa.

The best ideas about Africa are born in Africa.  Ed had the idea to give those ideas a voice through AG.   Both the on-line and off-line events will make these ideas happen - and they will …. because they already are.

We could do so much more if you could help us. This weekend we will be sharing a whole host of media to the web, from Twitter to YouTube.   Can you help me/us/Africa by sharing this media out?

You never know, there could be someone somewhere with the key to a great idea.   There could be a connection - but without you delivering the connected(ness) some of them may never know.  You really can make a difference.  A small ripple can amplify into a tidal wave on the social web.  Can you play your part in creating a digital swell?

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  It’s a privilege to be here this weekend and I'm going to enjoy myself and share it all.   You can follow Africa Gathering on Twitter @africagathering and the #agdc hashtag.

African proverb:  Your success is my success.

Regards N

March 17, 2010

The Internet of things

March 16, 2010

LOL, apparently I'm the answer.

Please let it load - it's worth it. N

March 05, 2010

Surrey Social Media Tribes - a video

Welcome ...

You can read more here.

February 27, 2010

Blackstars at San Francisco Airport.

Regards N

February 08, 2010

How to create great web video content ...

How to create great web video content – next course date: 6th March


It is no secret that we live in an age of “information overload”.  With more material being loaded onto the web in one day than someone would have been exposed to in an entire lifetime 500 years ago, there can be no doubt that we are entering the era of the “attention economy”.

The explosion of new types of information online can be seen as a blessing and a curse. We both enjoy and drown in news, blogs, tweets, podcasts, photos, videos and interesting FaceBook pages. And the problem is only going to get worse, as more and more people discover the social web and start adding to it.

Therefore, human attention is now a scarce commodity, and, as business owners, we need to understand how to earn it.  This involves being in the “attention marketplace”, being relevant, being up-to-date, and providing consumers with something valuable in exchange for their attention.  This will keep them coming back for more.

Self-publication on the web allows us to create visibility and credibility, but this will only lead to profitability if our content stands out from the “noise”.

This training day is all about empowering you to create compelling web content, using the medium of video.

As a former BBC cameraman, this is a subject close to my heart and I have a lot of specialist insights to share with you.

This training day will show you how your compelling  video content can help you become a thought provoker, communicator, and connector on the web so that you stand out from the crowd.


  • Discover how video web content “humanises” your business and facilitates people getting to know you and trust you.
  • Discover how this can drastically shorten the sales cycle!
  • Find out how to link topical items and issues in the news to your area of expertise.
  • Discover how being “social” with no business angle gains you new contacts and clients.
  • Learn how to think laterally to see content in everything you do.
  • Learn how to be your own evangelist and share your passion for what you do.
  • Learn how to create such compelling and engaging video content that you become the “go to” person for your area of expertise, product, or service.
  • Learn how, by sharing anything you consider valuable, you gain credibility.
  • Learn how being “you” on-line is your greatest advantage.
  • Learn how connecting and advocating others can also provide content.
  • Learn the five biggest video blogging mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Learn how video blogging on your area of expertise, industry, product, or service sets you apart as a thought-leader.
  • Learn basic camera operation skills.
  • Learn how specific technologies speed this process up and help you distribute and aggregate your videos on the web.


As this training course is all about content, I will also be including the filming of a professional video blog or website introduction included in the price of the course.   This will include coaching from a former TV presenter on how to present yourself on-camera to the best of your ability.

Most people charge a minimum of £300.00 for a professionally shot video (when taking into account a professional set up, equipment, editing, and being hosted on a professional platform).

Therefore, at £399, including the training AND your video to take away with you, this training day represents excellent value for money.

As I will be focussing a lot of individual attention on delegates, there are only eight places on this course.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Course content:

  1. Introduction to using video on the web.
  2. Check your tech – camera equipment.
  3. Basic camera skills
  4. Creative use of video blogs – content generation and ideas.
  5. Presentation skills
  6. Distribution and aggregation of your video.
  7. Record your video!


Next course date: Friday 6th March

January 28, 2010

The Meme That Will Never Die: Hitler Debunks The iPad