The Power of Modern Community #CMAD

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On Air: 05:00 - 06:00 EST (GMT-5)
Monday, January 27th, 2014


Discussing the ‘The Power of Modern Community‘ with authors and guests. What does Barack Obama’s re-election campaign have in common with a dusty box of black and white photographs found in a Cardiff studio? The answer is something that we are all a part of – communities. Explore examples from across the world which demonstrate that social media is a hugely powerful tool when it combines with physical communities, spurring action, amplifying a message, organising movements; becoming truly transformative.


Ben O'HanlonBen O’Hanlon
Online Community Manager at VisionsLive Online Community Manager at VisionsLive

Online community manager; develops social strategies that identify opportunity and the processes needed to respond to them. Creates growth and contributes to the success of others. Monitors, leads and facilitates discussions that create and derive value for participants and stakeholders within online spaces. Background in technical support and online media marketing.

Connect with Ben on Twitter at @IamBenOHanlon or on Google+.


Maliza BooysenMaliza Booysen
Managing Director at SoMoLo Communications

Maliza has been involved in social media on all levels from 2006, and experienced some of the most dynamic shifts in social convergence in South Africa since then. As Managing Director of SoMoLo Communications, it is her main goal to assist brands and businesses with their understanding of local competitive markets and engagement with target audiences on social and digital levels.

Connect with Maliza on Twitter at @malizab or on Google+.

Marc ThomasMarc Thomas
Journalist & Publisher

Marc Thomas is a magazine publisher and journalist based in Cardiff. He publishes Plastik Magazine and other community-based magazines for different groups. He writes mainly about design and culture, and has contributed to Monocle, The Guardian, Offscreen Magazine and Smashing Magazine among others.

Connect with Marc on Twitter at @iammarcthomas or on Google+.

Hannah WaldramHannah Waldram
Community Manager, EMEA at Instagram and Author

Community Manager, EMEA, Instagram. Co-author of Connected: The Power of Modern Community.

Connect with Hannah on Twitter at @hrwaldram or on Google+.

Ed WalkerEd Walker
Digital Development Editor at Trinity Mirror

Ed Walker is founder and editor of a hyperlocal news website for the city of Preston, Lancashire, UK. It’s called Blog Preston and is read by over 30,000 Prestonians a month. For his day job he is Digital Development Editor at Trinity Mirror, working with digital editorial teams on special projects and publishing initiatives across some of the biggest brands in UK regional publishing. He’s recently adopted a dog called Bruno from the Dog’s Trust. He’s still working out whether this is a good idea.

Connect with Ed on Twitter at @ed_walker86.

Mark VangMark Vang
Social Media Mentor at

For over a year, Mark managed a variety of LinkedIn groups with a combined membership of 700,000+. He now manages a small private Google+ community and acts as the hangout host for community “hangouts on-air” where members discuss a variety of topics including the use of social media for business.

Connect with Mark on Twitter at @chmod777mark or on Google+.

Discussion Questions

  1. How useful do you think offline events are for online communities?
  2. What do you think is the best way to handle people who don’t want to be as involved as others?
  3. Do you think ‘more’ is better?
  4. What do you think makes a good ‘call to action’?
  5. Would you rather be listening or doing?
  6. How would you reward value?
  7. Do metrics define success?
  8. How can you use an established community to develop an idea?
  9. What social media training have you offered or taken part in?
  10. How open and transparent should we be when using social media?

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Sherrie Rohde

Community Manager at Magento
As the Community Manager for Magento, Sherrie connects people with resources and with each other, and, since she’s just a bit passionate about the topic, she also co-produces a weekly broadcast for community professionals called #CMGRHangout. An ENFP, Sherrie is obsessed with innovation, terrified of status quo, and motivated by adventure. 
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