It’s VRM Weeks on the West Coasts

… of both Europe and the U.S., that is.

Got up at 5am this morning in Mountain View, Pacific Time. It was easy because my body is still partly on East Coast time (8am) and GMT (noon). That’s because I’m still fresh from London, and more VRM conversations than I can count — in addition to the excellent VRM Hub event (part of Unlocking the See-Saw*) held at Sun’s facility there, which got started for me when I walked out of the Monument tube station and stright into Geoff Jones, with whom I promptly went off to a pub. Alec Muffett shot video of the whole thing. More at Peter’s post, and  here.

It all continues starting this afternoon at IIW2008b, at the Computer History Museum (Shoreline &101). There are more meetings before and after, then a Public Media BarCamp in Santa Cruz from Friday to Sunday. VRM will be in play there too.

THEN, I’m off next week to Amsterdam for the VRM Event there.

Meanwhile, here are VRM posts by Peter Parkes, Jonathan MacDonald, Richard Muscat and Graham Saad. There are more, but no time to find them right now.

Meanwhile, a nice paragraph from Steve Bowbrick of the BBC:

User data is a valuable asset but it’s one that belongs to its subject – that’s you. Without wishing to wander too far off topic, Mark’s plan also hooks in nicely with the wider trend away from old-fashioned CRM (‘Customer Relationship Management’) to its much groovier, network-native successor VRM (‘Vendor Relationship Management’). In a VRM world your personal data is your own and you share it only with those you trust: VRM systems will allow you to rent your data to businesses who want to sell you stuff and withdraw it whenever you feel like it. It’s appropriate for the BBC to build a user-centric, VRM-style data infrastructure.

* Adriana explains more about the UK events in her comment below.

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  1. Doc, the videos and Peter’s post you link to here are not from the conference. They are from a VRM Hub evening that happened the week before on 30th October. As you know, I set up the regular monthly VRM Hub evenings that take place every last Thursday of the month. I just started to experiment with the format and now have speakers on a particular VRM-related topic. More here: http://www.vrmhub.net/2008/10/vrm-hub-evenings/

    I also organised the conference you came to last Monday as a larger VRM Hub event called ‘Unlocking the see-saw’. The videos that I asked Alec to record are still being processed – we have about 4 hours worth of recording, which will have to be converted and edited somewhat. Will let you know when those come out or you can find out here: http://www.vrmhub.net

    To add to the collection of post-conference links, here is also my summary: http://www.vrmhub.net/2008/11/unlocking-see-saw-conference-follow-up

    From my perspective, it was a lot of work to organise it all, get speakers, venue, find sponsors, set topics & agenda and run the day, not to mention the speakers’ dinner the night before, but it seems it was worth it in the end. I am not a conference organiser and don’t want to get stuck in that groove but I realised it is one of the best ways to reach people with my ideas and to get them onboard.

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