I love how Twitter helps make things actually happen.
Last night Jay Rosen put out three tweets about a forum looking for young, networked women who are using mobile to change the world. I knew without following the link that, at 45, I didn’t fit the bill but I thought that Liz Azyan and Leah Lockhart fitted the bill perfectly so I tweeted then. Lo and behold when they checked it out one of them was too old at 35!
This morning saw a flurry of activity between us, with a few others joining the conversation, all aghast that apparently digital women are washed up by 35. Needless to say we are having none of it. It’s the same as every other job or profession – you may be quicker to learn, find it easier to keep up with the latest tech and be an early adopter but what makes a role shine is having someone with a bit of life experience who is willing to learn.
So that then led to a whole Twitter conversation about mentoring and how it’s not just about the experienced person mentoring the inexperienced – it’s also about the younger person mentoring the more experienced in the latest thinking. This has been a recurring conversation with Leah and me and one we’ll probably keep having. But then something lovely happened – a bit of fortuitous serendipity if you will.
I’m going to London for a Socitm Better Connected seminar in May but when I go to London I try to add value and do other worky things while I’m there. In the past this has included visiting FutureGov to talk about the Casserole Club, visiting the Cabinet Office to talk about nudge, visiting Neil Wholey at Westminster Council to talk about measuring sentiment and catching up with my Future Leaders mentor David Holdstock. When I go down I stay with my lifelong friend who is Head of Digital at AgeUK and we talk about digital exclusion, social media, school days, France and general cerebral nonsense. Now that I’m a facilitator on the Social Media and Online Collaboration community on the Knowledge Hub I thought it would be a wheeze to visit Michael Norton who knows all things KHub but who also works for David Holdstock. I was hoping for a meeting with Michael and a social with David so I tweeted Michael to see if he’d be around that day. Within minutes there was a meeting pencilled in with Michael, Liz Copeland and Liz Azyan, then later the night out was set-up. By the afternoon Michelle Rea had me booked in for a chat.
Anyway I gave Michael a call to see what we could get out of the meeting and I mentioned the idea of a skills database on the KHub for mentoring opportunities. Turns out he’s been working on something much better and he’ll give me a walk-through at the meeting. Instead of a database it’s benchmarking so you benchmark yourself then identify someone who’s at the level you want to be at and approach them to be your mentor. It sounds like a plan so let’s get to work and make this happen so that no other 35-year-old needs to feel past it again!
So now I’m excited about my trip. I’ve put the call out on Twitter to another couple of people I want to meet up with and I’ll have to email another who’s a virtual Luddite.
Today I have learned:
- no matter what the technology, there will always be room for serendipity
- car racing games are always rubbish without a proper steering wheel
I always sing ‘My mother was a sailor’ – don’t know why.
Home made baked beans
1 packet of chorizo, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 tins chopped tomatoes
2 tins beans, borlotti, canellini, pinto, your choice
1 tsp black treacle
Method: Heat a deep pan and fry the chorizo till crisp and the orange juices are starting to escape. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook for 5 minutes (you can add a little oil if it needs it).
Add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add the beans and cook for another 10 minutes.
Add the treacle and black pepper then check and adjust the seasoning. Serve with thick buttered slices of sourdough toast.