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Stuart McIntyre at Social Connections VII (Nov 2014)

Change agent, strategist, consultant, technologist, author, blogger, podcaster.

My work

Stuart McIntyre at Social Connections VII (Nov 2014)I am a community strategist working with organisations worldwide, focused on enabling change within the Enterprise, through the values that underpin Social Business – transparency, sharing/collaboration, authenticity, and trust.

I am excited about the application of new behaviours, structures, and technologies to help change and disrupt the traditional beliefs, processes and work practices within organisations.

I am a director and co-founder of Fostering Community, a small but perfectly-focused software consultancy based in the UK, helping my clients to develop online communities inside and outside their corporate boundaries.

With expertise that straddles the worlds of technology and business consultancy, I personally work on short- and long-term engagements with organisations requiring high levels of skill and experience, particularly around the areas of strategy and user adoption. If you are looking for a key member of your team for a potential roll-out of an online community or any aspect of digital workplace technology, please get in touch.

Change Agents Worldwide

I am honoured to be a member of the Change Agents Worldwide network.

Never before has the pace of innovation and individual empowerment been more dramatic, exhilarating, and simultaneously demanding. Change Agents Worldwide is a network of progressive and passionate professionals, specialising in Future of Work technologies and practices. The network is designed to function as a cooperative, where value is realised by every node in the network. As the network grows, the benefits compound exponentially.

We believe change is coming fast to the Enterprise. We believe in the principles that drive the evolving web: chief among these are transparency, sharing/collaboration, authenticity, and trust. We are excited about new behaviours, structures, and technologies that will fuel healthy, productive disruption to industrial-age beliefs, taxonomies, and processes. We share a passion for introducing change to large institutions that results in a step change in productivity, higher engagement, shared experiences, innovation, and growth.


Alongside good-friend and partner-in-crime Darren Duke, I used to co-present a weekly podcast, This Week in Lotus. A regular ’roundtable discussion of all things social, collaboration, technology and community’, we reviewed the week’s news, discussed new product announcements from IBM’s Collaboration Solutions brand, talked to experts from around the community, and generally did our best to raise the profile of our favourite technologies!

After 112 episodes, Darren and I recorded the final episode of This Week in Lotus a couple of years back.  I certainly haven’t lost the podcasting bug and I’m mulling over a number of options for what comes next…

Community Events

I am also the founder of Social Connections – the IBM Connections User Group. Started way back in 2007 as a LinkedIn group, this community of individuals with a passion for IBM Connections has grown to be more than 2,000 strong. In 2011 it was felt that this group would benefit from a regular opportunity to meet face-to-face, and so I now help to organise a 6-monthly event run by the group. The first one took place on 4th July, 2011 in London, with subsequent events in Cardiff (December 2011), Dublin (June 2012), Amsterdam (November 2012), Zürich (June 2013), Prague (June 2014), Stockholm (November 2014), Boston (April 2015), and Stuttgart (November 2015).  Planning is now underway for Social Connections 10 (Toronto) which will take place in June 2016.

In addition to hosting Social Connections, I am a keen supporter of user groups and community events around the world, having spoken at UKLUG, ILUG, NLLUG, BLUG/Engage,  DanNotes and SUTOL. Of course, IBM Connect (formerly Lotusphere) plays a significant part in the calendar, and I’ve been blessed to have been selected to speak on a number of occasions, as well as hosting Birds-of-a-Feather sessions and completing the gruelling challenge of SpeedGeeking! In addition, I used to host the popular (though now dormant) Lotusphere Blog and Lotusphere Podcast sites.


In 2011, I was elected to serve on the board of the OpenNTF open-source community. As a long-time supported of this great not-for-profit venture, I was honoured to have a small part to play in the organisation, as it goes about its aims of supporting Lotus/ICS developers, sharing of knowledge, and enablement of the community.  I stepped down late in 2012.


I have been a keen (some might say prolific!) blogger since 2006, running sites such as Collaboration Matters!, the Connections Blog, the Quickr Blog, the Symphony Blog and the LotusLive Blog as well as the aforementioned Lotusphere Blog. Knowledge-sharing is a key objective of these sites, to pool experience gained from the work that I do so that it is available to all that seek it. If nothing else, I regularly find my own posts (and therefore solutions) in searches for information I have forgotten over the years.

I’m often been delighted to receive books and products to review on the site and via the podcast.  If you’d like me to assist with inform others about your products, please let me know.

This site (stuart-mcintyre.com) is an attempt to rationalise many of the sites mentioned above as we move forward with new brands and products, and therefore some of the older sites will disappear over time, but my passion for blogging is undiminished!

Get in touch!

As you can hopefully tell from the above, I firmly believe in the power of both community and social collaboration. I’m delighted that you’ve found this site and look forward to speaking with you in the near future. Please do get in touch via the Contact page on this site, or via one of the many social networks listed on the sidebar – I’d be thrilled to meet you.

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