I 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.
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:
Inspirational speakers are great but provide few “hands on” tips for participants
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
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
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.
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 🇬🇧
LUIS SUAREZ 🇪🇸
MATTHIAS LORENTZ 🇩🇪
PAUL CORNEY 🇬🇧
SAMUEL DRIESSEN 🇳🇱
Little design choices that make Social Now such a great valuable event
Benchmark 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.
Talks offer practical ideas to improve work at Cablinc, a fictitious company very similar to your own. Some are presented as “day-in-the-life” narratives.
A Peer Assist with a Twist
Peers from real organisations offer advice to Cablinc based on their experience of implementing and launching new intranets and internal platforms.
Real Narratives of Business Life
Some organisations recount a typical day at work so that you hear of actual practices of improved communication, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
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.
Sales pitch free
Speakers 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.
The 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.
Debate & Networking
There 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.
Your Business Requirements
The business requirements you will see being addressed by the different companies, consultants and tools
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.
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.
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.
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.