Heather, Deb and Kevin have always lived and worked at the intersection of technology, culture and businessÂ and the art and complexities of social engagement both online and off.Â Â It all came together in 2008 when Kevin responded to Clay Shirky at a Supernova conference. Clay was saying that we didnâ€™t know why communities and conversations form and flourish. Kevin disagreed and so did Deb and Heather. If we live in an age of participatory media and culture, why is it we place so little emphasis on the art of the types of skills required to engage and collaborate in this new online world. Heather & Deb were in the room and had also been equally frustrated with the lack of the right word to describe this skill set as well as the lack of emphasis on these uber-connector types who bring life and humanity to the Web.Â None of the existing definitions seemed to work and they were also loaded with preconceived notions that didnâ€™t quite fit: community manger (community is served not managed), evangelist (too religious and too much about advocacy of an agenda or idea),Â organizer, host/hostess, geisha â€“ you get the idea.Â The best suggestion came from Teresa Nielsen Haden who suggested tummler!
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