We are almost 1 week removed from Future Midwest 2010. I can’t tell you how much of a joy it’s been to read the other recaps and thoughts from bloggers in the area throughout the week. One thing is for certain, if the goal of the organizers of Future Midwest 2010 was to educate, inspire and motivate the attendees…mission accomplished! The overwhelming themes I’ve been reading are about taking this energy and excitement beyond just a 2 day conference and making it a part of every day life in metro Detroit.
If you haven’t read a blog about Future Midwest, here are four you can choose from:
Soul Excursion (@bryanwillmert)
Detroit Moxie (@becksdavis)
I’m Working On It (@beckyjohns)
How to be Amazing, and Take Over the World (@CAGarland)
You may ask, “So Patrick, what did you take away from Future Midwest?” Well…a lot!
- I got a lot of great quotes (which I share later this week).
- I received confirmation that what I believe about the social web is true…customer focus and building relationships always wins.
- I once again realized the true value of the social web is getting to meet the people I’ve interacted with online in person!
- Detroit and the Midwest can come back because of the amount of talent and smarts that I saw at the Royal Oak Music Theater on April 16 and 17
- This technology is here to help bring us back to the roots of business…relationships.
- The value of online community is research…finding out the questions we didn’t even think to ask (Thanks Ben Smithee for that one!)
The greater challenge will be the “what’s next” that I mentioned above. How can we make an impact now and carry this momentum forward? It will take passion, hard work, and an idea that the area can rally around. That’s where I think you can help. Stay tuned later this week as Bryan Willmert and I propose an idea to Detroit’s tech community. We’ve all talked and blogged about making a difference. Now is the time to take you up on that.
Have a great week everyone!
P.S. If you attended Future Midwest, the organizers are seeking your feedback. Click here for the survey!