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Forum One Communications Announces 2008 Online Community Event Series: The Antidote to Large, Anonymous Technology Conferences


Dialog-driven event series features community and social media experts sharing knowledge on trends, opportunities and best practice in collaborative environments

San Francisco, CA – Jan. 9, 2008 -- Forum One Communications today announced their 2008 Online Community event series. The series is focused on helping organizations understand how to create value through online communities and social media. The events are focused on connecting community professionals in intimate settings and fostering conversations around strategy and best practice.
“I attend events primarily to connect and share lessons learned and ideas with fellow attendees.” Said Sean O’Driscoll of Microsoft, who manages the MVP program for Microsoft’s community influencers. “The shared expertise and intimacy that Forum One events provide, relative to other large scale conferences, have made them can’t miss events for me.”

Forum One events bring together an outstanding group of online community professionals, with past participants representing industry (, AOL, Apple, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, others); leading online community groups (, MEETUP, Motley Fool, BabyCenter); non-commercial organizations (World Bank, PBS, American Academy of Pediatrics); media (BBC, Univision, Hearst); philanthropy (Gates Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Omidyar Network) and many others.

The Forum One events series for 2008 includes:

Online Community Unconference East 2008
February 21, 2008 in New York - The Online Community Unconference East is the east coast of location of our Unconference series. The event is an Open Space gathering of online community practitioners - managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors - to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities.

Mobile Communities Unconference
March 20, 2008 in Palo Alto - The Mobile Communities Unconference focuses on social experiences on the brings together strategists, community hosts, device manufacturers, service providers, and content developers to discuss the emerging opportunities and challenges that mobile communities present.

Online Community Business Forum 2008
April 14 - 15, 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico - The Online Community Business Forum is an invitation-based event for online executives to gather and discuss the intersection of business strategy and online community.

Online Community Unconference 2008
June 18, 2008 in Mountain View, CA - The Online Community Unconference is our west coast gathering of online community practitioners - managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors - to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities.

Online Community Summit 2008
October 9 - 10, 2008 in Sonoma, CA - The Online Community Summit, in it’s 8th year, is the exclusive gathering for thought leaders in online collaboration gather to discuss best online community and social media ideas for the future.

Marketing & Online Communities 2008
November in New York City (dates to be confirmed in February 08)
The Marketing & Online Communities conference will explore current practice and innovative case studies that focus on the intersection of marketing and online communities.

The Online Community Roundtable Series will continue to be hosted throughout 2007 by Bill Johnston of Forum One. This popular, invitation-based quarterly gathering is held in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Limited speaking and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Forum One Communications is an online strategy and development firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Forum One partners with influential organizations, providing business strategy, online communications, user experience, and technology expertise, to respond to some of the world’s most pressing problems.


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