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BCSMC Back in Stourbridge: Tuesday 16th February, 6.30pm

February 4, 2010

At the January Black Country Social Media Cafe it was agreed that the even months would be more informal evening events, and the odd months daytime panel discussions. As such we are returning to a Stourbridge pub for the February Black Country Social Media Cafe:

Old Crispin Inn, Church St, Stourbridge. Tuesday, 16th February 6.30 pm.
[Google Maps]

The general consensus last year was that social media and beer are extremely well-suited, and the previous event in Stourbridge brought out some locals who wouldn’t have made it otherwise. So if you’re interested in social media, like beer, or just want to know what it’s all about, come along and join us.

If nothing else Stourbridge Town branch line has the best train in the world, so you may as well leave the car at home and have a pint or two.

Don’t forget the date and topic of the March Social Media Cafe are already set: A panel discussion on How Local Government is Using Social Media.

Tuesday March 16th: How Local Government is Using Social Media

January 25, 2010

The Black Country Social Media Cafe is a place for those interested in social media to get together and share ideas. You don’t have to be a blogger, a podcaster, or a Twitter member to come along, just be interested in how these technologies can work for you. The March event, hosted at Light House, will also include a panel discussion on local government use of social media.

Social media services, such as Twitter and Facebook, provide new opportunities for local government to communicate and collaborate with the local community. Not only enabling councils to broadcast information, but providing spaces for councils to engage in conversations with their stakeholders.

For the March event we have put together a panel of three local government officers, each of whom is responsible for the social media offerings at their respective councils. They will discuss both some of the innovative ways local government is using social media, as well as its potential for the future.

As with all our panel discussions, there will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their opinions on the use of social media in local government. Whilst the main discussion is expected to last for about an hour, there will be the usual informal networking afterwards.

Thanks to Light House who are providing the venue for the March social media cafe:

Tuesday 16th March, 2.30-4.30pm

Seminar Room, Light House Media Centre

Chubb Building, Wolverhampton

[On Google Maps]

This is a free event, and no tickets are required. Whilst we expect there to be plenty of room, if you are travelling from further afield and want to be guaranteed a seat you can always email info@davidstuart.co.uk and let us know you are coming.

First BCSMC of 2010: 19th January

January 18, 2010

It’s been a long time coming, but the first Black Country Media Cafe of 2010 is tomorrow:

2:30pm -4:30pm Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lock Works Bar, Light House Media Centre

Chubb Building, Wolverhampton

[On Google Maps]

As well as the usual talking and mingling, this month’s cafe will also focus on the future plans for the cafe.

From previous excursions of BCSMC around the region, and responses to The Future of the Black Country Social Media Cafe post, we have found that everyone wants something different from the cafe. Some want a return to  afternoon panels, some want evening socials; some want us to move around the region, some want us to stay in the same place.

At tomorrow’s meeting we will try to come up with a solution that will please as many people as possible. I will be proposing:

1) Odd months – Panel discussions in the same venue each month (possibly Lock Works). The panel discussions have provided the opportunity for the cafes to be more than just a networking event, with everybody learning something.

2) Even months -An evening social event moving around the region. Moving around the region has given us the opportunity to meet a host of people who wouldn’t have made it otherwise.

3) The BCSMC moves from the second week of the month, to the third (as it has this month). We have just been clashing with other events (especially Brum Bloggers) once too often.

If you want an input into the future of the Black Country Social Media Cafe, or have some ideas for future panel discussions, please come along to the Lock Works tomorrow afternoon. If you can’t make it – don’t worry- you can keep up with all the proposals and give some feedback by following the #bcsmc hashtag on Twitter.

Anyone for Social Media Cricket? 28th Dec. Walsall

December 18, 2009

Just as you think social media is over for another year, the Black Country Social Media Cafe are having one more – very informal – meet-up:

Social Media Cricket, 28th December 2009, Bar Sport, Bridge St., Walsall. 10 am – 3pm.

[Google Maps]

If you like to watch cricket, drink beer, or just want to discuss how Jesus could have used social media, feel free to come along and join us.

Be warned, however, after a few beers it is highly likely that I will start a lecture on the role of my great-grandfather as the thin edge of the 20-20 wedge.

The Future of the Black Country Social Media Cafe

December 10, 2009
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Last night was the last Black Country Social Media Cafe (BCSMC) of the year, with a Christmas feel provided by roaring open fires and the toasting of crumpets provided by @Cybrum. The end of one year and the start of another seems an appropriate time to start a discussion about what people want from the BCSMC, if indeed they want anything at all. Over the past year we have experimented with a couple of formats: structured talks during the day, and informal gatherings down the pub in the evening. Meetings have been held in Wolverhampton, as well as in Walsall and Stourbridge. We’ve had as many as 25 people turn up, and as few as six.

So. What do you want from the BCSMC? Feel free to leave a comment.

Log Fires and Real Ale: BCSMC back in Wolverhampton

November 30, 2009

After two months on tour the Black Country Social Media Cafe is returning to Wolverhampton for the final meetup of the year:

Wednesday 9th December, 6.30 pm, The Great Western, Sun Street, Wolverhampton.

[Google Maps]

[Photo courtesy of Matthew Black]

The Great Western is a great pub next to Wolverhampton train station with great beer, open fires, and the opportunity to toast your own crumpets if you bring some.

So, if you are interested in the possibilities of social media, and want to meet like-minded people in convivial surroundings, then come along and join us for a pint or two.

Nb. In case you are wondering why it is being held on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday, our Tuesday slot has been stolen by the dastardly Derby Social Media Cafe.

BCSMC in Stourbridge: Tuesday 10th November, 7pm

November 3, 2009

After last month’s Black Country Social Media Cafe in Walsall, the general consensus was that social media and beer are extremely well-suited. Therefore month’s social media cafe will once again be an evening event in a pub, although this time it’ll be in Stourbridge:

Old Crispin Inn, Church St, Stourbridge. Tuesday, 10th November, 7pm.

[Google Maps]

As the Black Country SMC made its name with its world class speakers on various social media topics, we have decided to include a bit more structure at this month’s event with a round table discussion on the future of social media: What comes next?

So if you’re interested in social media, like beer, or just want to hear @danslee talk about routers, come along and join us. If nothing else Stourbridge Town branch line has the best train in the world!

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