What’s on tap

Aside from having to run to San Francisco for a quick meeting (no really, I like day trips to California) this is shaping up to be a great week. Why? Because Thursday night is just chuck full of good events.

I’ll be starting my evening at the kick off for the MIT Communication Forum Fall series. The Comparative Media Studies program and the Media Lab have come together to create the new MIT Center for Future Civic Media and Thursday night’s forum will ask the question. “What is Civic Media.” It’s going to be happening from 5:00 to 7:00 in the Bartos Theater at 20 Ames Street. I’m excited to see these two groups put their heads together around technology, emerging media forms and civic engagement.

The panel will feature:

Chris Csikszentmihalyi is Muriel R. Cooper Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.

Henry Jenkinsis co-director of Comparative Media Studies and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities at MIT.

Beth Noveck is professor of law at New York Law School where she directs the Institute for Information Law & Policy.

Ethan Zuckerman is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, and co-founder of Global Voices.

It should be terrific and will serve as a great beginning to what promises to be a solid series of events.

Later that same night – and not far down the road – will be the first Social Media Club meeting of the Fall. Business Wire is sponsoring a panel on the social media lessons learned by corporate America. In my role as the programming director for the Club, I helped pull this panel together and am really excited by the topic and the speakers. The only thing that bums me out is that I am going to be late; but there isn’t much I can do about that.

Here’s the panel line up for this event:

Steve Restivo, Director of Corporate Affairs, Wal-Mart Northeast, will discuss how America’s biggest retailer has started to put social media to work and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Dan Lyons, Senior Editor, Forbes Magazine and the man behind Fake Steve Jobs, will discuss how the lines of mainstream media and the blogosphere have blurred and how this impacts communications professionals and corporate PR. Dan is also the author of the forthcoming book “Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody.”

Josh Bernoff, Vice Principal & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, will address how the adoption of social media is changing the world or corporate communication. Josh is also currently co-authoring (with Charlene Li, also of Forrester) “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies.

Monika Maeckle, Vice President, Southwest Region, Business Wire, will moderate. Monika has been deeply involved in the development of Business Wire’s EON suite of services, a web only social media platform. Maeckle is also the author of many of Business Wire’s SEO tip sheets and blog posts.

Things will be kicking off on Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 at the Newton Marriott so be sure to come on down. You can find more details – and a registration link – on the Social Media Clubwiki.

Both events are going to be good so try to make it to one or both if you can swing it.

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