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Suw Charman-Anderson

Social Technologist, Writer, Speaker

Location
Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Industry
Internet
Current
  1. Forbes Magazine,
  2. Ada Lovelace Day,
  3. Y Ffynhonnell Ltd
Previous
  1. Open Rights Group,
  2. Clwb Malu Cachu,
  3. Y Ffynhonnell Ltd
Education
  1. University of Wales, Cardiff
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Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine

Writer

– Present

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Background

Summary

I am currently seeking new clients in the UK and US.

Social Media

With a decade of social media experience, I am one of the UK’s social media pioneers. I have worked with many household names on the use of social tools for collaboration and communication internally, and to build customer relationships externally. I have a comprehensive understanding of strategy and implementation, with a depth of experience that is very rare.

I helped launch Indian news website FirstPost.com, a groundbreaking digital news service from the Network18 media group, and have produced long-term social media strategies for organisations as varied as Pfizer, The Public Catalogue Foundation and Chatham House. Other past clients include Deutsche Bank, Oxford University, Denbighshire County Council.

For businesses and start-ups wanting to add social elements to their products, I offer essential advice in social functionality design. I work with entrepreneurs to help them understand the implications of social functionality, and how technology encourages different behaviours.

Research

I have experience conducting original and desk research. I examined the use of social media in civil society for Carnegie UK Trust, and researched the media response to the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud for Chatham House.

Journalism

I have written about social media & technology for The Guardian, Libertine Magazine, CIO Magazine, .Net Magazine, Linux User & Developer, and Computer Weekly.

Publishing

I have worked with several publishing houses, including Edward Elgar Publishing, Watkins, and Gallic Books. I have spoken at a number of publishing events, including the Independent Publishers Guild Autumn Conference, IfBookThen, and The Writing Platform Fair & Conference.

I have been writing about publishing, self-publishing and crowdfunding for Forbes.com since January 2012, and am a contributor to The Bookseller’s FutureBook blog. I was also one of the judges for The Bookseller’s FutureBook Awards in 2013.

Experience

Writer

Forbes Magazine
– Present (2 years 11 months)Online

I cover publishing, self-publishing, crowdfunding and emerging business models for authors for the Forbes website.

Founder

Ada Lovelace Day
– Present (5 years 11 months)Online

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in technology, science, engineering and maths. With grassroots events held around the world and thousands of people writing and talking about the women who have inspired them, the day seeks to raise women’s profiles and highlight unsung heroines. Ada Lovelace Day 2012 will be held on Tuesday 16 October.

Social Technologist, Consultant, Writer

Y Ffynhonnell Ltd
– Present (10 years 7 months)Woking/London

I help businesses implement social media internally for communication and collaboration, and externally for nurturing customer relations. Services include:

- Social media strategy development
- Implementation, technology adoption and review
- Coaching, mentoring and training
- Community building
- Social functionality design
- Social media policy development

I have worked in a variety of sectors, including technology, travel, media, financial, management consulting, NGO and public relations sectors.

Past clients include: Network18, Chatham House, DSGi, Public Catalogue Foundation, Carnegie UK Trust, Oxford Astrophysics, Denbighshire County Council, Pfizer, NESTA, Dresdner Kleinwort, BBC, McKinsey, Oracle, Jackie Cooper PR, Holiday Extras, Edelman.

Technology writer

Y Ffynhonnell Ltd
– Present (11 years 8 months)

I have written for Forbes, FirstPost.com, The Guardian, CIO Magazine, .Net, Press Gazette, Linux User & Developer, amongst others.

Board Member

Open Rights Group
(1 year 5 months)

After handing over the Executive Director role to a full-time employee, I transferred to the Board, and to focus on long-term strategy, policy and communications.

Executive Director

Open Rights Group
(1 year 7 months)

The Open Rights Group, a digital rights advocacy group focused on British and European issues. As one of the Founders, I was responsible for bootstrapping the organisation, recruiting supporters and creating an infrastructure robust enough to withstand the explosive growth ORG saw during 2006.

During my time at ORG, I was responsible for:

- campaigning against the European Data Retention Directive
- submitting evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group's Public Inquiry into Digital Rights Management
- submitting evidence to the Gowers Review in Intellectual Property
- organising the Release The Music campaign against the extension of the term copyright protection given to sound records, (in the face of much music industry was lobbying)

I have done numerous press, radio and TV interviews, including Sky News, and have also spoken at events including Trinity College Dublin's legal workshops, Oxford Conference in Education, SHiFT, Xtech, Radiator, and RESfest.

Owner

Clwb Malu Cachu
(5 years 9 months)

Although Clwb Malu Cachu is still alive and well, I am not running it as a commercial venture, so I have closed this position.

Clwb Malu Cachu, (www.clwbmalucachu.co.uk), was launched in Jan 01 to provide free support for Welsh learners. The site has over 200 pages including grammar cheat sheets, short stories, book reviews, features and interviews.
· writing content in both English and Welsh
· website design and management
· organisation and creation of marketing strategy and materials

Founder, Get Fluent

Y Ffynhonnell Ltd
(2 years 4 months)

I started Y Ffynhonnell Ltd in 2002 in order to launch an internet start up, Get Fluent.

Get Fluent was launched in Aug 02 to provide e-learning material, in the form of 10 page worksheets, to adults studying Welsh.
· organisation and creation of marketing strategy and materials
· writing Welsh worksheet, plus briefs for a proposed French service
· liaison with translators, writers, designers, PR agencies and press/journalists
· website design and content management/creation

Freelance web project manager

-
(5 years 3 months)

Worked closely with clients to develop their brief, advise on content plan, edit and write content, design and build websites.

E-Learning Editor

Hutchison 3G
(3 months)

Part of a small e-learning team providing internal educational material.
· liaison with teams across the company and an independent content producer
· wrote course to teach Documentum Web Publisher to intranet users

Intranet Editor

Hutchison 3G
(3 months)

With the Interactive Communications team at Hutchison 3G, responsible for the intranet during a crucial changeover period from a centrally-administered HTML-based site to a self-serve intranet utilising Documentum Web Publisher.
· editing and writing intranet content
· assisting in troubleshooting implementation of Documentum

Project Manager

PricewaterhouseCoopers
(10 months)

Part of a 30 strong studio, covering print, CD-ROM and new media. Worked on several projects including Enlighten, an internal e-business awareness site.
· managing the editorial and research team
· writing and editing site content; liaison with freelance journalists
· writing content, functional and technical specifications
· internal advertising campaign: providing copy for ads, treatments for video producers and assisting in design of visual material
· working with technical team on design of collaborative authorship software

Freelance Music Journalist & Photographer

Melody Maker and others
(3 years)

Examples of my writing can be seen on suw.org.uk

Melody Maker
Features and interviews, including:
Diary of an LP - interview with Shed 7, Jun 98
View from the Crew - Pulp at Finsbury Park, crew interview, Aug 98
View from the Crew - Blur crew interview, Jan 98
A Week in the Life of Infectious Records - interviews with A&R dept, Oct 98

Total Production
Features and interviews, including:
Home Sweet Home - Stereophonics at Cardiff Castle, crew interview, Jun 98
Future Style Defined - Cosmopolitan Catwalk Show, crew interview, Jun 98
Pure Performance - Les Misérables in concert, crew interview, Sep 98
Return of the Persuader - John Barry concert, crew interview, Jun 98

Pro Sound News
News, 98/99

BBC Wales Online
Just Enough Welsh to Impress, introduction to the Welsh language, Sep 01

Skills

  • Social Media

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