Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Accenture Global CIO Forum

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Foush just arrived in Washington, DC, to speak at the Accenture Global CIO Forum. The theme of this year’s forum is IT Matters: Shaping the Future of the Enterprise. While many aspects of social media/digital communication have been handled by the Marketing and Communication teams within organizations, its increasing importance within strategic planning is making many CIOs stand up and take notice.

Rahaf will be on a panel discussing the implications of these developments on the CIO’s role and hear the insights of some of the other panelists including:

  • Elizabeth Hackenson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Rob Webb, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hilton Worldwide
  • Richard Williams, Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer, AstraZeneca

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Collaboration Tools for Innovation

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

While collaboration tools have been around for a while, recent developments in social networking are rapidly changing the collaboration space, which is becoming a critical component of the productivity and innovation capabilities of organizations.

Collaboration Tools for Innovation is the topic chosen for the April 9 session of the YTA Business Innovation group. John Myers, VP and General Manager of Communications Solutions Group at Open Text will be the speaker for this session. He will demonstrate some new solutions and frame the discussion about collaboration tools in the innovation context.

The session is held 12 noon to 1:30 PM at the Regus Business Centre, 15 Allstate Parkway, 6th Floor, Markham. Attendance is free but you need to register at the YTA web site:

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Training 2010 Conference & Expo

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Training 2010 the premier event for workplace learning is taking place February 1-3, 2010 in San Diego, CA. Rahaf is one of the select group of keynote speakers at this conference.
Training 2010 covers the core areas of workplace learning: design, assessment, development, and management. Conference highlights include Stephen Covey, author of  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Economics of Trust; Steve Harper, author of The Ripple Effect, an exhibition of learning technologies as well as 36 case study presentations. Fresh from her participation in the World Economic Forum’s summit at Davos, Switzerland, Rahaf Harfoush, author of the book Yes We Did: Strategic Insights and Social Media from the Campaign that Changed History will be speaking about implications of social media for building a brand.

40th Ruby Gala Dinner

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Communicate. Inspire. Build.  These are the tenets of the 2009 Biannual Convention of the BC New Democratic Party, which will be held in Vancouver at the end of November. To commemorate the past 40 Conventions the 2009 Convention features the 40th Ruby Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday November 28th.


The keynote speaker is our own Rahaf Harfoush, author of “Yes We Did” who will be talking about the changing face of social media and how these tools can be used to achieve organizational goals.


The Foush in Argentina

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), an international organization founded in 1996, is the main representative body of the online advertising industry in the world. This international non-profit organization is dedicated exclusively to promoting the use and to maximizing the effectiveness of Internet advertising.

The IAB Argentina chapter, founded in 2001 by 22 major organizations in the online advertising industry in Argentina,  brings together publishers of Internet content, advertisers, advertising agencies, media, ad networks, research and audit firms, interactive agencies, technology companies and other organizations committed to the development of marketing and Internet advertising .

IAB has currently more than 300 active member companies in the U.S. alone, and  has also presence in Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Holland.

Rahaf will be the keynote speaker on November 16, 2009 at the IAB Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Canadian Business Leadership Forum

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Now in its sixth year, the Canadian Business Leadership Forum shares first-hand accounts of successful strategies and leadership initiatives that teach attendees new skills and innovative ways of thinking.

Organized by Canadian Business Magazine, the day-long program will be held on October 21, 2009 at The Carlu in Toronto and is aiming to inspire, motivate, and help deliver competitive advantage to organizations. The Foush is a featured speakers at this conference. More details on the speakers lineup can be found here.

Rahaf will be also signing her book Yes We Did on location.

First Intelligent Communities Summit

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Over the past 20 years, Moncton transformed itself from a blue-collar town with an uncertain future to one of the most diversified and fastest growing metropolitan centers in Canada. The success of its transformation is entirely due to its focus on the Broadband Economy, and how all stakeholders have collaborated to leverage technology for community development.

The hard work of the past two decades was recognized earlier this year when the Intelligent Community Forum in New York named Moncton one of the 2009 Top Seven Intelligent Communities in the world. In fact, the Canadian Province of New Brunswick has been identified by the Intelligent Community Forum as a best practice model. This year, two New Brunswick cities, Moncton and Fredericton, are among the 2009 Top Seven Intelligent Communities.

Now Moncton is host to the First Intelligent Communities Summit, where participants will share best practices and brainstorm on the next steps in leveraging technology for community development. These next steps will be designed to help businesses and communities weather economic storms, prosper and improve quality of life.

Rahaf will be the keynote speaker at the Economic Club of Canada luncheon on October 7th. The presentation will be followed by a book signing event for Rahaf’s book Yes We Did.

The Foush in Spain Again

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The Foush will be delivering the keynote speech at the Fundación Telefónica Conference on July 9, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. The event attracts over 150 representatives from politics, institutions, Internet and media.

The conference is part of the Cycle Fundación Telefónica: “Ten concepts that are changing the future”, which covers a range of topics ranging from economy to education adjustment in adapting to technological change. This initiative complements the  publishing of the collection  Fundación Telefónica including books and studies on topics ranging from technology, to society and strategic foresight.

Questions to the keynote address can be submitted in person as well as through Twitter, and simultaneous translation is provided.

Commerce Virtual Worlds

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Last week Helix Commerce International invited a select group of guests (including Manara) to a breakfast event at the Cricket Club in Toronto to share some of their research and findings on commercial use of virtual worlds and launch their first report on the subject, based on over 2 years of research on 27 companies using virtual worlds.

Helix CEO, Cindy Gordon, provided an interesting overview about Canada’s latest ranking in innovation among OECD countries (we ranked 13 out of 17, which is a D!) and some thoughts on how to support a revival of innovation leadership in North America. Then Kathryn Gibson presented a live demo of the newly launched Helix Innovation Center in Second Life (SL) with a brief guided tour to a number of business properties as well as a sophisticated jazz club in that virtual world. Kathryn is the virtual world Ninja at Helix and has designed an impressive space for the Helix Innovation Center. You can read her blog or follow her on Twitter or better by seeking her outstanding avatar in SL.

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In the discussion we learned of several technology initiatives underway, most of them at the pilot stage and exploring various social media applications for building communities including virtual world presence. Major Canadian corporations involved included Rogers, a couple of Canadian banks, and investment firms.

Not many people think of virtual worlds when speaking of social media. Judging by the serious investments being made by a number of technology heavy weights (IBM, Intel etc.) it is safe to predict that this space will witness increasing importance and growth in the near future.

Stay tuned for more as we delve deeper into this aspect of social networks.

YES WE DID Book Launched

Monday, June 8th, 2009

On June 4, 2009 the Rotman School of Business hosted the launch of the book “YES WE DID – An Inside Look of How Social Media Built the Obama Brand” written by our very own Rahaf Harfoush and foreword by Don Tapscott.

The event was sold out with over 450 people filling the Fleck Auditorium and the balconies above it.

After introduction by Alex Manu and foreword by Don Tapscott (Adjunct Professors at Rotman co-sponsoring the event), Rahaf presented highlights from her book including the 7 lessons learned from her experience as a volunteer at the Obama campaign headquarters that could be applied to the corporate world. A Q&A session was followed by a book signing session and a reception for attendees.

The event was tweeted live by several people in the audience. If you’d like to read what people said about the presentation and the book just enter #yeswedid in the twitter search field on your browser or twitter application.

The book is now available at major book stores as well as online on Amazon.