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Who am I ?
I am a speaker on Collaborative and Social Media
topics since 2004. I participated in over 50 events, from the very
large public conference to the small corporate seminar; from Paris to
Buenos Aires, Taipei, Johannesburg, or Alexandria; in English or French.
user of Internet since 1992, I worked for a private company doing
internet-based decision tools in sustainable agriculture from 2000 till
Speaking is not a goal in itself, but rather an opportunity to share
stories, experiences and thoughts with other human beings. But this exchange has its root in your needs.
you looking for someone to explain to your audience what Wikipedia is ?
how it works ? the collaboration model ? the financial model ? want to
hear about all the challenges facing a world-wide, multilingual,
decentralized, volunteer-based project ? interested by the last rumors
in the Wikipedia-world ?
I can help you.
When I joined Wikipedia in 2002, it was essentially a totally unknow project, led by a group of 50 people working on an English-based project, with no money and no official structure. When I joined the board of trustees of Wikimedia Foundation in 2004, Wikipedia was still pretty much a confidential project except in the USA, the project was running on 3 servers and the Wikimedia Foundation was hardly more than a piece of document describing bylaws and a bank account with 20 000 dollars on it.When I quit the board in 2008, Wikipedia had become a very well-known website with over 10 000 000 articles in over 200 languages, and the Wikimedia Foundation hosted a top 10 most visited website, operated over 200 servers in several locations, had an office, over 25 staff members, an annual very successful fundraiser, was independantly audited, and ran on a budget of over 6 millions dollars.I have many stories to share with you... Just ask.
I am not kidding here. Most conference programs are quite masculine in
nature. Women speakers are not so numerous. Even less numerous in the
technology sector... And a rare occurence in the open source world...
I'll be happy to bring this little feminine touch if needed.
also been told that being from the x-generation (I am 41) was actually
a strong point as most speakers in new technologies tend to be much
younger, which sometimes is not so cool with an older audience. And since I
am on this, yes, my English is far from perfect, but I can bring a cute
French accent to the table ;)
Some recent public events
In the past few months, I have participated to events such as
* “Netizenship et Wikipedia”. Forumeculture. Lausanne in September 2010
* “La communauté Wikipedia peut-elle inspirer l’entreprise ?”. Université du Système d’Information, coorganised by OCTO and the Boston Consulting Group. July 2010.
* the Open World Forum in October 2009, for a panel on "the human factor in Open Source"
* The International Conference on Economics and Culture. Session "Culture and the New Economy : Creative Enterprises and Innovation". Barcelona. In May 2009
* The Global Humanitarian Forum. Panelist during the "Social Media" session. Geneva. June 2009.
* "Sales 3.0 : Sales Management & Sales Education Skills in an Interconnected World", GSSI : at ESC Clermont. Speaker and moderator. June 3-5.
* "Communicating human rights through technology". (in english) HURRIDOCS conference. Geneva, February 2009.
* "Partage et collaboration sur Internet : le cas Wikipédia" - Amitiés Françaises d’Anvers. Février 2009. Anvers - Belgique.
I also provide consulting services on issues related to knowledge management, collaboration tools, and online communities. If you are French speaking,
If not, please contact me and let's talk about your needs.