The monkeys are coming…

Monkey typing

Originally uploaded by Jemima G

It’s nearly over! As you might know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, or if you’ve ever had the misfortune to bump into me after a hard day’s graft, for the past two years I’ve been working on a book looking at social media at work.

It started out with a focus on leadership…and then morphed a bit – because you can’t look at “leaders” without taking “followers” into account as well.

So it’s turned out to be a bit of a socio-cultural, anthropological snapshot of the contemporary workplace, with some practical business stuff and future-shaping trends thrown in. All looked at in the context of the digital/ social media/ Web 2.0 revolution.

The title is “Monkeys with Typewriters: myths and realities of social media at work” and the publication date is 1 December. There’ll be a launch event at Cass Business School on 9 December.

Why the monkeys? Well, it was probably Andrew Keen who got me started on that. He warned that monkeys with typewriters are authoring our future. And the more I looked into the monkeys with typewriter idiom, the more I liked it.

Because, of course, we are the monkeys!

13 replies on “The monkeys are coming…”

Congrats Jemima,

I learned so much from getting to do your transcriptions…so much amazing and valuable information contained within all those interviews. I’m so looking forward to the wisdom you extract from them and the narrative that you’ve pulled together! Hope to see you soon! x

[…] Earlier today, I had the great pleasure to speak with London-based author Jemima Gibbons about her terrific new book, Monkeys with Typewriters: Myths and Realities of Social Media at Work from Triarchy Press.  If you’re at all interested in the profound impact of social technologies on organizations and their leaders, then you will definitely want to add this book to your list.  Not only is Monkeys very readable and engaging, it is filled with invaluable insights from both Jemima and the more than 50 thought leaders she interviewed during her research.  Plus, it’s got a great title! […]

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