About Social Now

AnaNeves-2013-600x600I am Ana Neves. I’m an experienced knowledge management consultant and owner of Knowman. Year after year, I have been carefully crafting and perfecting Social Now to keep it as valuable, relevant and surprising as when it was launched in 2012.

In this page I will share why I ventured into doing something like this and I will proudly present the wise people who have been advising and encouraging me along the way.

Have a look at the design details which successfully help to meet your objetives of leading your team to successfully address your business challenges.

Social Now 2019’s main topic is Developing Digital Leadership. You can read why I chose this topic and register to attend Social Now 2019 to hear and debate why digital leadership is key, what does it mean to be a digital leader and how enterprise social tools can help.

MOTIVATION  .  ADVISERS  .  FORMAT  .  CASES

Why I Created Social Now

Or what I believe people miss in other events

Previously as a knowledge manager and more recently as a consultant I realised there are two types of events:

  • those committed to having fantastic inspirational speakers to set the vision, and
  • those featuring successful experiences of implementation.

However, after hearing from attendees and clients of mine, I came to understand that:

  1. Inspirational speakers are great but provide few “hands on” tips for participants
  2. Cases are most often biased and hard to dig into because there isn’t much time for debate and no one wants to probe into the work of those who have been brave enough to motor ahead
  3. It is unlikely that you see much from collaboration spaces and enterprise social platforms (because of privacy and access) so you don’t get a proper feel for what enterprise social tools, collaboration platforms and (social) intranets are all about
  4. Very often the sponsors influence the content and claim time for their marketing spiel.

All combined, it is hard for a participant to get a true sense of what enterprise social tools are about, how they support work, what are the pitfalls and clever tricks, or what sets tools apart from each other.

ADVISORY BOARD

The wise people who offer their time and knowledge to help keep Social Now relevant and of great value to all
ALVARO CABALLERO 🇳🇱
ALVARO GREGORIO 🇧🇷
ANA SILVA 🇵🇹
EMANUELE QUINTARELLI 🇮🇹
Lee Bryant
LEE BRYANT 🇬🇧
Luis Suarez
LUIS SUAREZ 🇪🇸
MATTHIAS LORENTZ 🇩🇪
Paul Corney
PAUL CORNEY 🇬🇧
Samuel Driessen
SAMUEL DRIESSEN 🇳🇱

The Details

Little design choices that make Social Now such a great valuable event

Inspiring Keynotes

Nadim Habib at Social Now 2018Benchmark and stay ahead. Feel the pulse of the present and get a good sense of the future: it will guide your strategy and keep you ahead of the competition.

Engaging Storytelling


Tools are demonstrated live as narratives of work at Cablinc, a fictitious company very similar to your own. You will collect many ideas you can borrow and adapt.

Real Narratives of Business Life

13881903763_6124068156Some organisations recount a typical day at work so that you hear about actual practices of improved communication, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Debate & Networking

Chilling out after day 1 - 2015There is plenty of time to debate and network with all the clever people attending. Be careful: sun, wine and great food may be in close proximity.

Tools
in Action


You have to see it to believe it! That is why you will get to see exactly what enterprise social tools look like and how people use them at work.

Experienced Panel

Panel of professionals - 2014The panel will consider the business, the IT and the user angles to ask questions and highlight key aspects to consider when choosing a tool or analysing more digital ways of working.

Sales pitch
free

Samuel Driessen showing flags - 2014Speakers are not allowed to get into sales pitch mode. Participants can flag any vendors who start losing the plot. Tool vendors are here to inspire with better work processes, not to sell.

Practical Masterclasses


The pre-event masterclasses will provide practical tips and further insight into those topics which have been worrying you for a while.

Your Business Requirements

The business requirements you will see being addressed by the different companies, consultants and tools

Get value from digital transformation efforts

Digital transformation efforts do not produce results without generalised and strong digital leadership behaviours. Find out why digital leadership is important, what does it mean to be a digital leader and the how enterprise social tools can help.


Accessing Critical Knowledge

Staff and partners require access to the knowledge they need to do their job. That means having tools and processes to capture and retain that critical knowledge but also to make it easily available to them, wherever they are, whenever they need it. This is a requisite of ISO 9001:2015.


Internal Communications

Important top-down messages need to reach every staff member, as quickly and intact as possible. Equally, channels are required to promote transparent and quick communication between all hierarchical levels. Remote work should not mean isolated work.


Collaboration and Cocreation

Make it easier for people to share knowledge, work together, make decisions together, cocreate documents, etc.


Project Management

Build better teams by identifying the right people for the job. Create easier project communication and reporting processes. Improve a shared view of project work and promote ongoing habits of joint learning.


Training and Development

Speed up the onboarding process. Promote continuous learning. Recognise people’s knowledge and their willingness to share it. Know your people and get maximum value from their knowledge.


Innovation

Crowdsource ideas, evolve them collaboratively, gather feedback, evaluate them and track their progress. Make innovation exciting, transparent and a rewarding experience which everyone sees as part of their job.


Retaining Critical Knowledge

Organisations are realising that many of their staff members are soon retiring, taking away expert knowledge critical to the business.