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Tachl!s 2 Point Oh! – Went pretty well…

Last Wednesday we hosted Tachl!s 2 Point Oh! – a seminar on how to make the most use out of user generated Web content for your business, blog or non-profit. I was pleased with the turnout – 85 people despite the off the beaten path venue – which everyone seemed to enjoy. This was a very Tachlis oriented exercise. There was no discussion of politics at all – just a basic rundown of how to use Web 2.0 tools more effectively. I liked the fact that the participants were extremely diverse, pretty much representing all ideological and religious orientations. So why did I do it? Well, the folks I worked with I am certain had their own reasons. As for me, what interests me most about the Internet is how it facilitates conversation. To whatever extent this evening helped passionate people get their voices heard more effectively, to whatever extent the conversation has been improved, then that is the extent to which this evening was successful. I noted during my presentation that it’s a bad idea to run a program and be a presenter. This is probably true. I didn’t get to hobnob with as many people as I wanted to but still, it was awesome. A high tech conference in a 3000 year old city. That’s poetry man!

I wanted to thank Sasha for taking the video which will be posted soon. I wanted to thank Shani who saved our ass by doing registration. I also wanted to thank all our sponsors – Sun MicroSystems and Benjamin Pashkoff who knows a scary amount of tech stuff, Taglit Birthright Israel and the Schusterman Foundation’s The Center For Leadership Initiatives. I wanted to thank all the ROIers and Birthright Israel Alumni who showed up as well as everyone else who attended. Of course there were our partners as well, Jewlicious, I Thank Thee, Presentense and Web Ads and our Media partners who helped get the word out – Jerusalemite, Jerusalem Blueprint, eJewishPhilanthropy (Dan showed up with his wife even though they were both jet lagged – kudos!), The Jerusalem Post and Reader Impact Email.

Finally, special thanks to Ricky Ben-David, Benjamin Pashkoff, Aharon Horwitz and Ahuvah Berger who made it all look so easy and Akiva Fuld, without whom none of this would have happened.

The question now is, what’s next? The answer? I have no clue. We’ll see which way the wind blows and what people want us to do. I aim only to please.

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23 Comments

  1. froylein

    9/21/2008 at 4:49 am

    I serve to please.

    Dance for me, puppet.

  2. Joel Katz

    9/21/2008 at 5:14 am

    Couldn’t make it that night – looking forward to the videos.

    PS – Curious about http://ithankthee.com/

    Anyone have some news on them? thanks.

    Joel KatzReligion and State in Israel

  3. Dan

    9/21/2008 at 6:47 am

    Kol HaKavod guys; a job well done; Looking forward to the many encores!

  4. Jack

    9/21/2008 at 10:42 am

    I aim only to please.

    If ever there was an invitation to be kicked, that was it. 😉

  5. Batya

    9/21/2008 at 11:01 am

    It was interesting. I did learn something, but a lot of the stuff sort of went “over my head.”
    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2008/09/blogging-professionally-tachlis.html

    I was hoping for more.

  6. Rabbi Yonah

    9/21/2008 at 1:51 pm

    Take Tachlis on the road. That is my suggestion.

    Tachlis Berlin, Moscow, LA, and NYC

  7. Dan

    9/21/2008 at 5:00 pm

    Think of a certain cereal commercial from times past,
    “I like it!”

    and let’s not forget Montreal.

  8. ck

    9/21/2008 at 6:23 pm

    Ah Montréal. Je me souviens…

    No but seriously. That’s a bit nutso. It was fun hanging with everyone and all, but I don’t know that what we said couldn’t be figured out after a few Google searches…

  9. Batya

    9/21/2008 at 9:47 pm

    Actually, I expected more tachlis, details.

    ps I’ve tried to comment to this post before, but it seems that you don’t accept links in your comments, so I put the link as the website when signing in.

  10. themiddle

    9/21/2008 at 11:48 pm

    Batya, if you can’t do the html, simply enter the url into the comment box and it will come up as a link. I swear.

  11. Batya

    9/22/2008 at 12:20 am

    That’s what I did. I didn’t try anything fancy so early in the morning.

  12. Rix

    9/22/2008 at 8:33 am

    You are dangerous with that camera! Forgot you even took a pic…..

  13. ck

    9/22/2008 at 1:02 pm

    It’s a good pic Ricky! I can email it to you if you want to frame it or put it on your facebook or something..

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