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Clay Shirky

by Toby Bell  |  March 2, 2011  |  3 Comments

Later in March, I will be in Los Angeles for Gartner’s Portals, Content & Collaboration (& Social Media, & Mobile, & Context) Summit. You should be, too. As conference chair, I do a number of things to help promote the event – but haven’t mentioned it here. Given all the topics I’ve covered in posts, it stands to reason I’d avoid connecting this content to the more mature research I’ll present there on ECM or Case Management or Web Content Management. Nevertheless, I will do so… and count on being an informed participant in many discussions with attendees.

Sadly, in other areas I fall short. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview our keynote speaker Clay Shirky. The resulting podcast showcases two flattering things about Clay and two unflattering things about Toby that I couldn’t in all good conscience correct either through masterful editing or Auto-Tune.

Clay’s positive traits: expressive and insightful
Toby’s negative traits: monotonal and noncontributory

The good news: the event is nearly at-hand and thus the podcast has a limited lifespan unless otherwise syndicated. The better news: Clay’s giving the keynote address and should be masterful. Later in life I hope I forget this moment of humiliation, and thus encourage only comments that don’t do further damage to my self-respect.

Here’s the Gartner PCC Summit Link: gartner.com/us/pcc
Here’s the Podcast URL:Ā  http://www.gartnerinfo.com/pcc9/PCC_Promo_V2.mp3

Category: cloud  somewhat-serious  strategic-planning  

Tags: auto-tune  case-management  clay-shirky  ecm  gartner  web-content-management  

Toby Bell
Former Research VP
8 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Toby Bell is a former vice president in Gartner Research, responsible for a range of document and content management technologies for the High Performance Workplace group. Some key areas of coverage include vendors and trends in the enterprise content management (ECM) marketplaceā€¦ Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Clay Shirky


  1. Aaron says:

    Dude is brilliant, but you hung with him Toby. Thanks for the conversation.

  2. Toby Bell says:

    Thanks, Aaron. It all goes back to preparation (or lack thereof). Lesson learned, though. I appreciate the kind words.

  3. Nathan Sloan says:

    Toby im having a bit of trouble subscribing to this RSS feed. Is there any other ways to get updates from this blog?



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