Social Media Week Review / Social Media Strategist speaking at Social Media Week 2013

Social Media Week   Healthbox Bloomberg

Between 23-27th September 2013 the annual (occasionally bi-annual) Social Media Week took place. Over the course of the week leading thinkers and businesses in the sector hosted and spoke about the sector and often within their vertical of expertise. 

Nokia was once again Social Media Weeks headline sponsor with Chinwag (in the UK) managing and facilitating the official programming, marketing, PR and logistics. This year 8 cities took part and more than 25,000 attendees participated in and attended events.  Speakers ranged from Richard Branson to Larry King.

James Norris (of Social Media Strategist) spoke at three events in London over the week. The first was hosted and ran by Social Media Strategist’s software ‘DeadSocial’. This event ‘Death, Digital Demise & Our Digital Legacy’ welcomed a range of differing speakers looking at end of life within today’s connected world. Here is a video from the event:

The next day James spoke at Bloomberg’s London stage for Healthbox’s Panel Discussion ‘ Healthcare Marketing, Pulse Found’. This addressed a range of subject matters and challenges that marketing within the healthcare sector can raise. 

Healthbox at Social Media Week

DeadSocial then supported Lawrence Darani’s existentialist workshop ‘what is it about death that scares us?’. This was a fascinating look into how we can live on through an existentialist perspective. This was heavily influenced by Irvin D. Yalom's works.

As always the events and workshops during Social Media Week were top notch. It was great to see some old faces and meet some new people breaking into the social and digital sector. I would like to congratulate Sam Michal and the rest of the Chinwag team for providing an amazing program and successful series of events. 

Social Media Week, London 2013

Social Media Week

During Social Media Week 2013 Social Media Strategist will be running a flagship event that addresses social media, communities and digital legacy.

‘Death, Digital Demise, Community & Digital Legacy’ expands some of Social Media Strategist's ongoing research and development in this area and in the advancing own "DeadSocial software".

 DeadSocial is the social networking tool that enables us to say “goodbye” posthumously to our friends and family. This allows us to say to leave a legacy and bring closure to our social networking accounts in our own unique and individual way.

‘Death, Digital Demise, Community & Digital Legacy’ is an event aiming to explore society’s changing attitudes and behavior in relation to ‘end of life’ and mourning. It will be examined from the context of todays’ connected world from a number of differing perspectives. The event will feature as part of ‘Social Media Week London’ (SMWLDN).  This year’s SMWLDN’s theme is: ‘Open & Connected reflecting on the global impact of social media and its role as a catalyst in driving cultural, political, economic and social change’.

Digital Legacy - DeadSocial

Death, Digital Demise, Community & Digital Legacy has been tailored to investigate the role of social media in relation to end of life and how death and bereavement is being disrupted by technology. This will occur through a series of reflective and thought provoking presentations. The evening will commence and finish with networking, music, drinks and nibbles.

Event Speakers

James Norris is the CEO & Founder of DeadSocial & CEO of Social Media Strategist Ltd. DeadSocial is the social networking tool that enables us to create a series of messages. These are saved and then only distributed across the social web (currently supporting Facebook & Twitter) upon death. James will give an overview as to how death, grief and preparing for death have changed as a direct consequence of social media.

Jon Underwood founded Death Cafe in 2011 based on the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Death Café’s are places where people talk openly about death and loss in a non-judgmental setting. Tea and cakes are served as standard. Death Cafes attract people from walks of life, nationalities and creed. Since 2011 there have been nearly 200 death cafes across the globe.\

Dr Aaron Balick will explore death in today’s digital society referencing Freud’s work in relation to mourning, grief and time. Dr Aaron Balick is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist who provides one-to-one psychotherapy in London. He is also BBC Radio 1′s resident psychotherapist on Sunday night’s ‘The Surgery’. Aaron will explore death and grief from a multitude of different perspectives in relation to our fragmented yet connected world.

Stuart Arnott founded Mindings to help those suffering from dementia and loneliness. Mindings is a tablet application that helps those who may feel lonely and venerable receive media from various social networks, SMS etc directly to a tablet or connected device. The content is then displayed in a simple and clear way. Stuart will probe why technology is often overlooked as a way to combat loneliness, dementia and end of life care. Stuart will provide practical advice on how one can combat this based on the experience he has attained.

Lawrence Darani is a terminally ill adult philosopher & existentialist. His teachings and methodologies are largely inspired by Irvin D. Yaloms approach to Death. Since being diagnosed with a lung disease Lawrence has focused many of his workshops around “what specifically is it about death that frightens us”?  Lawrence taught the BACP Diploma in Counselling at an East London College and is an experienced counselor who runs his own practice. Also as an ex Community Worker. He has run many workshops on community empowerment and currently runs his own training company Bread & Roses.

Jack Rooke is a young artist who attempts to dissemble death and grief through spoken word.  Jack will deliver a short piece in-between each speaker’s session. Jack delves into the exploration, confusion and disruption that death and fear can have on one’s life. Jack’s work draws on his experiences from his memories as a child to experiences gained as an adult. Jack is a resident artist at the Camden Roundhouse, an ambassador for the male charity CALM.

Hosts, Drinks & nibbles

This event has been organised and by curated by DeadSocial. Death and end of life is often overlooked within the digital realm, the objective of the event is to evoke awareness and evoke digital enlightenment.


‘Death, Digital Demise, Community & Digital Legacy’ will take place in the main hub at the Camden Collective. This collaborative working space provides desk space for a number of innovative startups, businesses and creatives.

Drinks and nibbles for the event will be supplied by Levertons Funeral Directors. Levertons are one of London’s oldest Funeral Directors in the UK and established by John Leverton in 1789.

Tickets will be available from this page from here on the 13th August. Tickets can be attained by clicking here

Press wanting to attend should email info (at) for further information and be first to attain high quality images from the event.

Literature  from the National Council for Palliative Care & Dying Matters will be freely available. Dr Aaron Black’s latest book; The Psychodynamics of Social Networking (released during Social Media Week) will also be on sale.

You can find & share this event on Facebook & stay up to date with developments via Twitter

DeadSocial Event - Social Media Week

Social Media Week London #SMWLdn

It is now 'Social Media Week'. Social Media Week is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. It will host over 1000 events worldwide between now and the 30th Septeber.

I will be attending Social Media Week London's opening reception (Monday 24th September), Integrating social media – Some best-in-class examples (Wednesday from 7pm) and the SMWldn closing party (Thursday 27th September) as well as the events below:

Social Media Week events

There are still spaces for many of the upcoming events in London and across the world. The full list of Social Media Week London events can be found here. (The hashtag for Social Media Week London is #SMWLdn