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Social Spoken: Cisco’s Summer Poetry Series

The Network: Cisco’s Technology News Site” worked with Ironbound Films to produce a series of original poems written and performed by some of the best spoken word poets in the world.  All performances were filmed at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan. This introduction video explains that the poems focus on the real life uses and impact of the network on our daily lives.

Our first poem/video will run this Friday, June 24 and a new one will run each Friday for 10 total weeks. We hope you have a great summer and we hope that this series gives you a little entertainment and a little different way of learning about the power of the network in our lives.

Our first poet is Aneta Brodski.  Aneta is a deaf poet whose poem describes how she can “speak” to her family in Australia using the power of video.

“Aneta?” her aunt in Victoria, Melbourne asks.  “How are you speaking on the phone?”

Aneta responds: “I don’t speak, but this is the magic of technology.  Speaking for me.  Visually.”

Please tune in each Friday for our summer poetry series.  Here’s our line-up of great poets:

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5 Tips for Community Managers on Surviving the Holidays

Recently Mashable posted an article on 5 common ‘Community Killers’. Since December marks the season of giving, here are 5 Tips for Community Managers on how to survive the holiday season.

1.       Be prepared for the holidays! While this typically means running out to get extra gifts for unexpected guests, for community managers, you can prepare for the holidays by understanding there will be a drop in participation. With in-laws visiting, holiday door busters and an overwhelming rush to deck the halls, your members have their hands full. Acknowledge this busy season and don’t be disappointed if your dialogue isn’t so lively.

2.       Silent Night(s). Community members will most likely be juggling holiday parties, school plays, and vacation days during this busy time. Make sure everyone is on the same page and set some ‘quiet hours’. Alleviate some holidays stress  and let them know it’s okay to be offline.

3.       Deck the Halls. While members are preoccupied with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, use this time to review your community.  Have members been asking for new enhancements? Explore your space and, if you need an update, get it in while members are dreaming of sugar plums dancing in their heads (Hopefully you can do this during #2’s silent night).

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