Category Archives: Community Feasthouse

variety of lectures, presentation, riffs and media appearances about social web tech, community building, entrepreneurial start-ups, grassroots marketing and culture

Community Roundtable Podcast @TheCR ~ Building Communities of Community Managers

In May, 2010, i was a guest on Community Roundtable Podcast with Jim Storer and Doug Haslam and shared many tactics used to build HootSuite through my role as a marketing/community guy. Here it is for the record and archive:

You can download the Community Roundtable Podcast with Dave Olson or listen onboard:

Blurb: 

The Community Roundtable has partnered with Voce Communications to produce a new podcast series, “Conversations with Community Managers.” In this series, TheCR’s Jim Storer joins forces with Voce’s Doug Haslam to speak with people from a variety of industries about their efforts with community and social media management.

Episode #9 features Dave Olson, Marketing Director for HootSuite, which helps people and companies track, monitor and manage their Twitter communities.
Podcast highlights include:
  • How the traditional title of “Marketing Director” translates to online marketing, customer service and social engagement
  • Turning metrics into meaning by realizing the personalities behind the community members
  • Tips on community: making members feel like they belong and are contributing, and that they are being heard and acknowledged
  • Stories about communities in the 1970s, enabled by “ditto machines” and other pre social media technology (the roots of Dave’s current personal projects are found at http://www.uncleweed.com/)
  • An example of a company (SubPop records) that started their community building in the pre-social media era (pre-Internet, even), and evolved it into the age of Twitter
  • Adding value, context and storytelling vs simply “attracting a crowd”

Community Building On The Poor Boat – Naked Marketers podcast, 2010

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might i suggest this artwork for a forthcoming Naked Marketers episode cover ;-).

After debuting with a guest recording for the Naked Marketers direct from the Social Media Clubhouse Party bus at SXSW with John Biehler, I joined 2 of the hosts – Pete Wright and Dane Christensen – of this straight shooting marketing conversation podcast a few weeks later.

Give a listen to: Naked Marketers ep 5, On the Poor Boat

After a roadshow for my day job to Seattle, Austin and Toronto, we had plenty to talk about community building plus practical anecdotes demonstrating about the importance of content, creativity, inclusivity and sincerity in your social media powered outreach efforts.

Also laughed with co-host Dane Christensen about some college day community building projects including the Long Hair’s Club at at community college in Utah and his efforts to fenegle a travel scholarship to Northern Voice conference. Go Listen!

Note: While i share remarks about my day-job, my opinions are my own and should not be confused with official company information.

Episode Blurb:

Ep 06: On the Poor Boat

{snip} Our guest on the show this week is the one and only Dave Olsen, community wrangler from HootSuite, who fills us in on just how to build a compelling and effective community and social marketing campaign on the cheap.

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Boots on the Ground at SXSW –  Naked Marketers podcast, 2010

Are you on the bus? Photo by @johnbiehler
are you on the bus? photo by @johnbiehler

My pal Dane Christensen of Strike 10 media (@altadane) and his cohorts create a podcast called “Naked Marketers” described thusly:

“We are the naked marketers. Hosts Pete Wright, Megan Strand, and Dane Christensen and guests are dedicated to pulling back the veil on marketing ridiculousness and folly, and helping communicators develop a strategy that is both effective, authentic, and fully awesome.”

Give a listen to Naked Marketers “Boots on the Ground at SXSW

I was happy to oblige his request for a report from the streets of Austin Texas during SXSW.

I was delayed a few days as i basically lost my voice in the dry air and loud parties but i hopped on the Social Media Club party bus and recruited my pal (and SXSW speaker and ace photographer) John Biehler to help tell the story.

Topics range from bar-b-q and beer to marketing and locative check-in software apps.

The set-up is great as they offer a “caution this podcast is in Canadian” disclaimer off the top. Hope you manage to get the nuance and bear in mind, this was recorded on a brightly coloured converted school bus stockpiled with Molson Canadian beer and a batch of social media renegades.

Here’s their description of Boots on the Ground at SxSW Interactive with Dave Olsen from HootSuite Released Mar 19, 2010

“Direct from the technicolor party bus in Austin comes this SxSW update from our friends Dave Olsen and John Biehler. If you weren’t able to make to Austin for the event this year, check out what Dave and John have to say and then mark your calendars for this time next year, so you can join us for some beer and BBQ in Texas! Dave is a community wrangler for our favorite social media tool HootSuite, and you can find him on Twitter @DaveOHoots. John Biehler is an e-biz analyst and freakishly awesome photographer, and you can find him on Twitter @JohnBiehler.”

Subscribe to Naked Marketers podcast in iTunes

Citizen Media Making at Vancouver Olympics on CBC Radio 1 – Olympic Outsider #29

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Listen: Citizen Media Making at Vancouver Olympics – Dave on CBC Radio One – Olympic Outsider #29 (.mp3, 5:40)

On a busy night during the Olympics, i headed over to Canada North hospitality house with a group of True North Media House documenters. Tagging along was a CBC crew including the charming reporter Heba Hani (sp ?). I was included in the finished CBC Radio 1 piece which focused on media-makers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

This created an interesting scene as i was interviewing “Singing Goose” while a circle of TNMH folks documented the interview, then CBC audio crew and With Glowing Hearts film crew documented the documenters and the hosts of the hospitality house looked on with wonder and happiness.

Subscribe: Olympic Outsider podcast feed

Questions + Answers from the Hero Dossier – Feasthouse Podcast

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Questions & Answers from the Hero Dossier (7:33,.mp3)

At Fresh Media conference at W2 Arts + Media Centre, participants riff a spontaneous blurb about a hero from a Dossier of Importantcy in a workshop about storytelling + podcasting by Dave Olson (AKA Uncle Weed).

Features Samuel Pepys, RMS Carpathia, Amber Case, Thomas Paine, J. Garcia, Mudhoney, JJ Rousseau, Geoff Berner, Ed Abbey, The Numbskulz, DH Lawrence, Tin Tin, HD Thoreau, Jer Crowle, Bev Davies, Gary Snyder, Vaclav Havel, Lou Reed, Cory Doctorow, Dr. Seuss, Dead Kennedys, Theo Van Gogh & Derek K. Miller, Gillian Shaw and other personal luminaries liberated from an envelope. Thanks to @shermanscorner for tunes.

More about Podcasting:

What’s Wrong with the Canucks? Canucks Outsider on BC Almanac – CBC Radio 1, 2009

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What’s Wrong the Canucks? – Canucks Outsider on BC Almanac, CBC Radio 1 (21:24, .mp3, 10MB)

With the Canucks mired in a futility streak, BC Almanac invited me down for a chat on the popular CBC Radio 1 afternoon radio show “B.C. Almanac” on Jan. 30, 2009. I’ve appeared on a the show before along with On the Coast, and really enjoy going to the Ceeb and sharing my punditry with my fellow Canadians.

During this segment, I fielded calls from Canucks fans around BC (Penticton, Nanaimo, Fort St. John … ?) including 85 and 87 year old gentlemen who both brought good conversation and veteran savvy. Topics included coaching, Pat Quinn, Sami Salo, Ryan Johnson, Mats Sundin, chemistry, mediocrity, and psychology.

My amigo Bread the Producer recorded the segment and one of the production crew snapped a photo of Mark Forsythe and I chatting during an on-air break.

Are You Worthy? Publishing from Greeks to Geeks: Recap – Wordcamp Whistler 2009

Analog stuff at WordCamp Whistler by Miss604
Analog stuff at WordCamp Whistler by Miss604

Gist

I was pleased to present at WordCamp Whistler 2009 organized by my good pals Duane & Dale (of Brave New Code) and John and Rebecca (of sixty4media).

My spiel was called “Are you Worthy?” or ‘history of publishing from Greeks to geeks’. I also previewed my upcoming Moose Camp and Northern Voice presentations a wee bit.

Audio

Are you Worthy? DaveO’s spiel from Wordcamp Whistler (.mp3, 56M, approx 51:00)

Blurb

The mighty power of web publishing should not be taken lightly. Traditionally, for stories to reach an audience required navigating layers levels or publishers, printers, editors, distributors but with WordPress, anyone can spread stories to a worldwide audience, instantly, for almost free. Awesome! But do you deserve this power? Of course you do – as long as you make something remarkable.

To make your work rise to the top requires diligent honing of your craft – from writing to photography. Writer and documentarian Dave Olson (AKA uncleweed) will offer reasons to push yourself to create art, as well as share practical methods for finding inspiration and following through to publication.

By exploring other forms of grassroots publishing, and exploring real-life WP examples, you’ll leave with a keen sense of your place in the history of personal expression, and a renewed vigour for making your best stuff ever.

Video

Kris Krug shot video of the whole presentation and posted it in a playlist in 5 segments for your viewing convenience – Video of Dave Olson Presentation – NerdCamp Whistler 2009 – huge thanks (will post the collection is a separate post).

Kris’ blurb:

‘From Greeks to Geeks’ or ‘Are You Worthy?’ http://uncleweed.com/ Dave Olson (@uncleweed) gave a mind-blowing presentation at NerdCamp Whister (AKA WordCamp) about censorship, copyright, content creation, history, beauty, art, and the internet. These 5 videos are the 5 10 minute segments from his talk. If someone wants the pieces to string together please let me know and I’ll get them in your hands.

Tweets/Blogs 

The folks really seemed to enjoy the schtick and highlighted favourite bits in Twitter reactions and blog posts. Here’s a sampler:

hummingbird604: @uncleweed ‘s conceptual Venn Diagram of the intersection of Awesomeness and Audience is here http://bit.ly/8IoN (expand)#wcw09 Jan 25, 2009 01:06 AM GMT

Miss604: @uncleweed just used the word “douchebaggery” #wcw09 I think he’s everyone’s hero at WordCamp Whistler at this point Jan 25, 2009 01:00 AM GMT

nataliesisson: No 69 is my player number and it just came through for me as I won some excellent poetry from @Uncleweed at #wcw09 being attendee 69! Jan 25, 2009 01:13 AM GMT

arieanna: Powerpoint can kiss @uncleweed‘s ass #wcw09 http://twitpic.com/16v8i Jan 25, 2009 01:14 AM GMT

gnb: #wcw09 @josiejose‘s reproduction of @uncleweed‘s venn diagram: The intersection of Awesomeness and Audience http://is.gd/h73M (expand) Jan 25, 2009 01:11 AM GMT

baronmunchowsen: not enough bands make colouring books anymore. That’s too bad. @uncleweed killing it at #wcw09. awesome. Jan 25, 2009 12:50 AM GMT

ericaha: ‘Anybody who has a story should be telling it.’ @uncleweed wcw09 Jan 25, 2009 12:42 AM GMT

Miss604: @uncleweed #wcw09 “instead of HTML and markup, I was using scissors and glue” Jan 25, 2009 12:45 AM GMT

ColleenCoplick: @uncleweed quote “Ulysses was all over the motherfuckin’ bit torrent”. BEST QUOTE of #WCW09, hands down. Jan 25, 2009 12:31 AM GMT

WordCamp Whistler is Live | Fearless City
24 Jan 2009 by raincoaster

And Dave Olson knitted together Aeschylus, Jack Kerouac, Guam, mimeographed punk fanzines, ice cream, heroin, and art in his presentation.

snickerdoodles: Word Camp Whistler
24 Jan 2009 by kerry macleod

Here is a photo and poem from today’s final speaker Dave Olson. One of the few I actually followed and understood completely the whole time. He had real props like books.

Random stuff from WordCamp Whistler 2009
25 Jan 2009 by John

Dave Olson ended the day with his talk and had the entire audience hanging on his every word. He invited people to sit up front and close since he wasn’t using the projector…and lots did. It was a great session to end the conference

Photos

Heaps of shots (see Uncleweed + WCW09 on flickr) in my new toque and riffing from the mighty tomes hidden in the suitcase.
Awesome fisheye shots by John Biehler, lord of the gadgets and a few more faves:
Thanks to all you came and listened. See ya next gig. 

Beers, Seabus and Fave Podcasts – Feasthouse podcast

In response to Dave Delaney (davemadethat.com)’s meme-like inquiry about favourite podcasts – What are you listening to? A podcasting meme – I sit on the rocky banks of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet drinking a St. Ambroise beer and extol a list of faves podcasts with reasonings and anecdotes about each.

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“What podcasts do you listen to?” podcast (.mp3, 7:07, 6.6.MB)

Dave’s instructions told me to tag 5 people but that sounds kinda heavy so comment and chime in if you want – no big whoop.

Uncle Weed on Dopefiend.co.uk’s Dopecast

Regular listeners of Choogle on With Uncle Weed have likely got to know my British counter-part The Dopefiend – we’ve recorded a few shows while i visited him and Max Freakout in London and a trip to the seashore in Brighton, then he and Dopegirl allowed me to return the hospitality with a long North Van visit which resulted in a heap of podcasts including visits with Herby, a true herbsman, hunkered down in a boutique grow room.

Current listeners know that Herby fell into some dicey situation with the law and on the newest Dopecast, i discuss Herby’s situation and the importance of knowing your rights including understanding probable cause, your right to an attorney, and why to shut up when the cops starting yapping!

Go grab Dopecast142 and Subscribe to the whole Dopefiend network even in iTunes or give a listen below:


On this week’s episode of the Web’s Favourite Cannabis Podcast, the Dopefiend talks to Canadian Cannabis Crusader Uncle Weed about the difficult situation featuring Canadian grower and Dopecast favourite Herbie, forced to spend his weekends in jail thanks to an increasingly tough stance on Cannabis taken by the Canadian authorities, why it’s not as easy as it may sound to some, and why it’s yet more evidence of injustice in the war on drugs.

The Dopefiend then talks to Uncle Weed about the case of Dopecast listener Snoogins who was busted on a marijuana paraphernalia charge, and why it’s important for all stoners to know their rights and to exercise their civil liberties, and also gets his views on the continuing debate over abuse vs experimentation and his thoughts on the recent Big Chill gonzo extravaganza, knowing your own limits and how you have to decide what constitutes abuse on your own terms, whether there is any value in Nitrous Oxide or MDMA, and how important ritual and careful planning is to a successful entheogenic experience.

Download this episode.

Talking happyfrog and Greening Planet Earth – Evolution Radio, 2008

Nick Kempinski from Evolution Radio 107.9 (run by students at BCIT) interviews happyfrog.ca’s Community Manager Dave Olson for the Planet Earth show.

Topics include the ways happyfrog helps green businesses and organizations, ways to get involved in greening the planet, as well as Dave’s background as a traveler, writer and activist.

Hop into Dave Olson talking happyfrog on Planet Green show on Evolution Radio (3:02, 5MB, .mp3)