Mantra for 2008: Giving Back

When Holly and I decided to (re)join forces, fire up the factory, and unleash Shiny New Toy on the world, we rooted our principles on many of the same principles found in the open source software community and the emerging – make that exploding – world of social media communications.  Like those two outstanding communities, we value the sharing and exchange of knowledge and information. 

In fact, plenty (if not all) of our success can be traced back to the knowledge we have gained from the communities we inhabit online and offline.  The blogs we read, the software we use, and the though leaders we have come to know in recent years have all played a critical part in shaping how Shiny New Toy plays with others.

However, you can only be a good citizen and be part of community if you are contributing to it.  At the beginning of 2008, I personally felt like I was doing too much sponging without giving back.  Thus, I made a conscious decision to do what I could to do more.  My mantra for 2008, one that I have on instilled upon Shiny New Toy, is to give back. 

Return the favors.  Share the knowledge.  Contribute.  Give back to gain more. 

So how exactly is Shiny New Toy giving back?  Our recent Solstice Unplugged party at Gray Whale Cove was one example.  We’re also working with the Society of New Communications Research and Social Media Club – two wonderful non-profit organizations full of incredible thought leaders.  Though leaders that have provided us so much.  And we’re actively working on a project for the WordPress community.  More on all of this in due time.

It’s always exciting to be part of something.  But it becomes even more rewarding when you try to put as much into it as you are getting out of it.


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  1. [...] with a 2008 mantra of "Giving Back", we wanted to throw our cards on the table and put together our kind of party.  Not [...]

  2. [...] I’m proud to be able to call the the two Social Media Club founders, Kristie Wells and Chris Heuer, my friends.  In the social media world (and in life), they are a dynamic duo.  For that matter, in any world they make a killer pair…like Sonny & Cher, Riggs & Murtaugh, or Bert & Ernie.  Even like mac & cheese. Over the past few years, Kristie and Chris poured their hearts and minds into Social Media Club.  Attending SMC events in the bay area has provided me a wealth of knowledge and a countless number of positive relationships with industry leaders and peers.  So when I received an email from Chris asking me to participate an interim board of directors to help guide the club’s strategic direction and goals, I was incredibly humbled and honored to be included in a group of 42 industry leaders asked to step forward and lend a helping hand. After all, it’s fits with my 2008 mantra of Giving Back. [...]

  3. By Welcome to WP Screencasts - WP Screencasts on August 16, 2008 at 12:21 am

    [...] When we formed Shiny New Toy earlier this year, we talked a lot about all the people we have learned from over the years.  Included in that discussion was the community of people involved with WordPress.  Holly and easily agree that our favorite online community are the developers, designers, hackers, and evangelists involved with the WordPress software.  That community has shared so much knowledge and has never hesitated to share their knowledge with anyone interested.  It’s a big factor (in fact it’s probably the biggest factor) in making WordPress one of the best solutions for publishing content onto the web.  Holly and I felt a desire to do more to participate in this community and so, we came up with the idea of WP Screencasts another effort in our continuing meme of  ”giving back.” [...]

  4. [...] When Holly and I formed Shiny New Toy earlier this year, we talked a lot about all the people we have learned from over the years.  Included in that discussion was the community of people involved with WordPress.  Holly and easily agree that our favorite online community are the developers, designers, hackers, and evangelists involved with the WordPress software.  That community has shared so much knowledge and has never hesitated to share their knowledge with anyone interested.  It’s a big factor (in fact it’s probably the biggest factor) in making WordPress one of the best solutions for publishing content onto the web.  Holly and I felt a desire to do more to participate in this community and so, we came up with the idea of WP Screencasts. It’s another effort in our continuing meme of  ”giving back.” [...]

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