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Help me find a Videographer for America’s Camp!

Some of you may know I attend America’s Camp every year. It is a camp for kids who lost their parents on 9-11. But it is not a grief camp – it is a wonderful place, filled with positive energy. The kids have been changed for the better having had the camp. It is truly a life-changing experience. And one of the ways we capture that experience is with a yearly DVD that captures the moments we shared at camp.

In previous years, a super team has helped us take videos, and we’ve had a professional edit done to create DVDs for all campers. This year, our videographer can’t attend, and our backup has fallen through. So I’m turning to my social media friends to help me find a substitute.

The assignment: Spend a little more than a week in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts taking video shots of kids doing activities, and doing evening events. Capture the video and put together a rough cut for the last night of camp. When not capturing video, there’s a fantastic staff and great kids to meet and interact with.  You can bring your own video equipment. This is not a flipcam assignment – (sorry Flip and Kodak types) – we’re expecting corporate or wedding level equipment, ability to shoot inside a bunk (lower light) and experience at parties, events, etc.

Note: You’ll have to have some references, and you’ll need a doctor’s approval on your physical and a background check (all camp staff has this).

The tough part? We start arriving at camp this Sunday! The 15th. August. Now! We’ll take you as long as we can have you, but the assignment is through the 23rd at night – camp ends on the 24th.

We’ll feed you and give you a bunk, bedding, and lots of snacks. Power, some net access, but don’t expect your phone to ring – we’re in the countryside! We’ll pay for your bus ticket or gas to get you to camp from a reasonable distance away. But there’s no compensation – we’re all volunteers at camp.

If you can do this assignment or know someone who can  – please contact Howard Greenstein ASAP – tweet @howardgr or email publichoward via Gmail.

Thanks so much for helping me recruit for this wonderful camp.

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Tasty Toronto

This past Tuesday, I attended a Blogger event for a “Taste of Toronto” put on by Chef Mark Tafoya and Jennifer Iannolo – The folks behind the Culinary Media Network. I arrived and quickly met the folks from Porter Airlines Taste of Toronto Event 5-4-10 who would soon become my benefactors – but more on that later.

I was served some sort of amazing lamb chop that just melted in my mouth. Then I saw chef Mark,who let me know about a Mixology demo about to start.Taste of Toronto Event 5-4-10

Entering the mixology room, I saw Jennifer, and she introduced me to the mixologist Rob Dvorchik from  from AME Restaurant, who whipped up asian-inspired cocktails. I had a sip of the ginger-based gin concoction, really great.
Taste of Toronto Event 5-4-10

Then it was back to the main room, where I spoke with the lovely woman from the Intercontinental Toronto Centre. Seems they’ll be giving loaning guests iPads with which to navigate the Toronto streets and learn about the local sites. This four-star hotel is right in downtown next to the Metro Toronto convention center. I’ve been inside before but never stayed there. That won’t be a problem, though because…

As I quickly chatted with some of the other Toronto attraction folks, the Porter Airlines people told me about a contest they were running. I had to add a photo of myself with their mascot, Mr. Porter, to their Porter Airlines Facebook Fan page.

I did so, then had my friends “like” the photo on Facebook. The person with the most likes won. And that, my friends, was me.

So, blogger disclosure time, I’ve won a trip to Toronto on Porter Airlines, and I’ll be staying 2 nights at the Intercontinental. I’m quite excited about this, and so is the wife! (Nice mother’s day gift, at the last minute too!)

Congratulations to Mark and Jen for putting on a great event. I enjoyed my taste of Toronto, and I can’t wait to visit the real thing again soon for a full bite of the city!

Taste of Toronto Event 5-4-10

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SMC Clubhouse brings Social Media Club people together

Social Media Clubhouse SXSW It’s been quite incredible living in the Social Media Clubhouse. Not quite unlike living in the “Real World” house or on a movie set. There are many interesting folks, always events going on and cameras to look at (or avoid.)

Our SMC Clubhouse bus is quite the hit downtown taking people to the house in the daytime, and to the parties at night.

As a resident and beneficiary I’d like to thank all our sponsors and everyone who has visited to be part of our panels or part of the greater Social Media Club discussion.

The real value to having the house was as a gathering place for those who work on or support Social Media Club. I’ve met great people from SMC chapters all over the country and some from Europe, and am proud of the enthusiasm and creativity from each of them. We enabled them to share their ideas, network and engage with each other in person, and they can then take their conversations online as our new site goes live. If you are from one of the SMC chapters, write in the comments and tell us what you got out of our SXSW experiment.

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Are You for Real? From the Startup Toolbox

From my recent column on the Start-Up Toolkit

When we meet people in person, there are often clues as to the person’s identity, and sometimes there are real life tokens of identification. But when we connect online, those clues often don’t exist, leading us to wonder if the person is really who they say they are? What makes a merchant or a connection online real?

The article has lots of tips on how to show that you’re really you online. I just wanted to let you know that yes, I am  really the same person as the one who writes that column. This is my personal site. You can find more about my work at the Harbrooke Group site.

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Welcome new readers

I’ve recently taught at a class, been on a panel, and have more panels and classes coming in the next few weeks. So, I wanted to make sure there was something somewhat fresh here on the front page.
If you’d like to read a few articles I’ve written,

Business Development via Social Networks
Use Live Connections to Leverage Virtual Connections, to Gain new, important Live connections

are both good ones.

This is my personal blog. If you want to know more about what I’m thinking in Business, you can read the Harbrooke Group Blog. You can also check my column at Inc. Magazine’s Startup Toolkit Blog. There’s a link on the right side of this to my Facebook Fan page where I link to many of the articles I write. There’s also a link to my upcoming classes at Learning Annex and NYU.

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