Monday, February 26, 2007

Veni vidi wiki………
Jimmy “jimbo” Wales, founder of wikipedia,10th largest site in the world was in Chennai for the wikicamp , India’s first wiki unconference.
25 FEB 2007, 7:10 a.m
9:15 a.m 300+ participants. Kiruba Shankar, a well known Indian blogger, podcaster and one of the main brains behind the event kick started the camp. There were famous wikipedians from U.S, Banglore and Chennai.
Then came Jimmy and talked about wikipedia, search engine project... There were workshops for wiki beginners, about media wiki and whole lots of topic related to wikis.
This is what Jimmy learnt from wikipedia project
A priori thinking is bad
Community is good
People are basically good
Guided chaos is unstoppable
A simple vision is good
Thats Jimmy, edit this page!!!!!!
No prizes for guessing who's laptop is this. Jimbo!!!!!
Everybody who attended the camp was supposed to sign the huge backdrop, Jimmy is doing his part
Jimmy loves WIKI
I also did my part
Me, myself and Jimmy!!!!
Thats Kiruba Shankar and Atul Chitnis
Lets see who is going to take the foto first, Me or Jimmy?
Team having dinner with Jimmy, Atul
Don't tell me you can not locate me, I am behind Jimmy, on his right side!!

The hero was, as expected by all, Jimmy Wales. He talked to almost all the guys present, posed for fotos, and gave autographs

And in the end, Jimmy Wales came, saw and conquered everybody's Hearts.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

It’s believed that all the Vedas, Upanishads, Aranyakas and all other great works of ancient world were result of collective effort and consciousness. The power of coming together and knowledge sharing was always relevant.

Something similar to this is going to happen in Chennai, on 25th of February, at Tidel Park.

Wikicamp!!!! It’s about knowledge sharing, Check for details

History is being repeated, Come, let's learn together.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Gandhi is suddenly remembered everywhere. Desmond Tutu receiving Gandhi peace prize, books are being published by Bapu’s kin, Satyagrahas are enacted, Corporate Congress men in Khadi silk are professing by the name of the man who shook the conscience of the Empire with a simple stick, is out of the blue a hot favourite.

As a student of Advertising, I would but like to be in awe of the "Mahatma" from another point of view. "The best communication GURU" ever walked on this planet. Even above management gurus like Peter Drucker or Philip Kotler, communications experts like Bill Bern Bach and David Ogilvy.

One of the finest examples showing the management skill of "Bapu" was the "Dandi" march organized by him. Instead of taking an easy route he preferred to walk and there by communicated all the way the message…. he started from his Ashram with a handful of his followers, handpicked and marched all the way to Dandi, halting in various villages, giving speech and mobilizing people.

By the time he reached the sea shore, half the world was waiting there. The rest half came with him of course….

Simple, yet so very effective…..

Shouldn't the loud marketing communicators of today learn a lesson or two from this man..?