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I'm disappointed that there aren't more comments and input from us - especially from the quieter members. Please step up and be part of the change.... and I'm sure at this stage he'd prefer a wide selection of short submissions, so relax, there is no need to give up an afternoon of watching Olympic 'stuff' to produce 3 pages of carefully researched work for scrutiny.

Just tell it like it is !

Moving on but still on topic... It's not my place to do it - but a posting in fb along the lines of

might just win back a few fb Émigrés. I already suspect that the jungle drums are beating and that rumours are circulating, so would it not be opportune for a message or messages to be more formally delivered there - especially when many of them are still members of Ecademy -albeit virtually inactive here.

Most of us having been banging on about change for years but now we have it - only some of us are embracing it, others don't seem to know what to do with it. Like most opportunities it's best to grab it with two hands when it presents. That way you get a chance to be part of the solution.

So please start spreading the word or perhaps even put a blog together.

Where else could you get such chance to influence the chairman of what now has the potential of being a world leading enterprise ??

edit: apologies for the white space - it looked ok on the preview ;-)

Angus Whitton


"The truth is always positive..... however unpalatable it seems!"

Angus Whitton

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Ann@we both needed to concentrate on building our own businesses. I fully understand Ann, but somehow I sense that this time things will be different. ;-) Terms of engagement and suchlike... Angus

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Ann Andrews CSP

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couple of comments here everyone: Angus - I was an unofficial country leader here in NZ for a couple of years along with John Seaman - we gave many many hours of our time to organise breakfasts and a monthly training event to teach people how to use ecademy and other social networking sites. In the end we realised we were spending hours of our time for very little response and sadly decided we both needed to concentrate on building our own businesses. Thomas and Penny - don't go - your input is incredibly valuable, however, you have done your bit. Take a breather. I'm building an online business also and know how much it has cost me in dollars and time - and I haven't had to take the flack that you guys have taken - how you kept going I just don't know. My hat off to you both. And to Lyndon - I've always believed in business there are 3 types of business skill: 1. The creator - as in Thomas and Penny 2. The maintainers - this is when the systems are in place and the creators can step back to do more creating (our high yellows) 3. The re-energisers - the people who come in and inject new life into something because as we've all seen, Thomas and Penny and their team, have had to be 'maintainers' and that isn't necessarily their skill - working out of our natural talent will seriously drain us. Lyndon - let us know how we can help you breath new life into this very special space - we are here for you - ann

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Ann Andrews CSP

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All I ask is that you remember not everyone lives in the UK??? Some of us live much further afield - ann (New Zealand)

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Nic Oliver

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I hope for a platform that takes the best aspects of Facebook and LinkedIn and adds its own unique flavour to the recipe. Oh, and that understands social media better than Facebook does (which still insists on working in broadcast mode from the top).

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Gordon Wheaton

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Good blog Angus. I enjoy Lyndon's blogs. They are a good, entertaining, educational read. He provides good business tips Regards Gordon

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Demos Flouri

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I can feel already and see that Lyndon is getting stuck in and wanting to make this happen. I have a good feeling that things are about to turn around for this network.

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Lyndon Wood

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If you are all reading my Ecademy Vision also posted some on this thread, you will see total focus, total direction, total dedication to making it all happen. The message and positioning is very clear with an emphasis of attracting new members to contribute and build for everyone. Ecademy will be the place to be for business to do business and for everyone to share knowledge and gather to bring the social aspects into play thus not wanting to lose the human capital that has been built so far but enhance its performance and subject matter to far greater things and to benefit everyone. The latest cutting edge technology is being applied you will be pleased. Lyndon

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Lyndon Wood

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Hi Guys I see my name being passed around here so thought after reading the threads I would first of all put £100,000 that I will be here in 12 months and 14 month time, thats the bet right? whos in? Secondly Tim you are correct in conventional businesses that when it is in distress, and Ecademy is not in distress by the way at all, Yes change the top and key players every time. In the Ecademy business it is very different because of what it is. What we have now is Thomas, Penny, William who are vocal on here and who did a fantastic job getting it to a certain stage which was a leader at one point in its life, who has achieved that to start? Together we make a great business, why well because Thomas has great vision and combines perfectly with my and my vision, Penny has some great things to say and add to help you guys and girls, William is a fantastic advocate and one of the best advocates I have seen and we all need that. And me well guess what ! I am the one that will make this a profitable business. So all in all we have a great combination to make up what will be the best business model where everyone involved will have a win from it and everyone being you Tim as part of the community and Ecademy. Its been fun so far and 4 days in I have taken so many comments, observations, ideas, gripes, negatives and more on board. Not everyone will follow not everyone will like the future Ecademy but one thing is for certain it will work and it will win and it will succeed and succeed for everyone. My passion and I know Thomas and Pennies is to help business grow and grow profitable. So Ecademy will become more towards doing business but keep the community feel at the same time. The magic is getting the balance and thats our aim. All taken in Tim and I love the frankness and keeping things real too many people talk crap in life so keep contributing mate. (dont forget to place your bet if your in :) L

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Tim O'Donnell

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I agree

that there are som blogs that they comment upon which are active but there are others which aren't. You can easily do a search to see these. Apart from whether you find their blogs interesting or not, the Powers have their own culture, as each of us do, and this has helped to alienate some members and motivate others. They and their culture are responsible not only for creating Ecademy but also bringing Ecademy to what it is today which, in my opinion is not a strong position. There has long been the discussion between Business or Social and I do not think trying for a roughly 50-50 split is working. As is is Ecademy is not a place for business people and is used by many for a more social site. yeah I know the same few people might keap in and deny and contradict this but a simpel analysis by Lyndon will show him who he here and what they are doing. If Lydon or Thomas want to make Ecademy more of a success I would suggest that go for a much more business weighted community.

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Tim O'Donnell

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Angus

Not so long ago we hailed the arrival of Daniel and Jeremy as the new management and the new saviours of Ecademy, with Thomas and Penny still on the scene. Now we hail the arrival of Lyndon as the new management and the new saviour of Ecademy, with Thomas and Penny still on the scene. Any of the members who have left or are not around so often would see no change if they looked in. If you want to change a company you change the key players. A harsh reality.

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John L. Evans

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What is Angus doing?

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

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Has he said anything interesting yet?

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Fraser Hay

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Frankly, he seems to be a savvy committed to the task individual. :) I also note the people are being offered the "chance" to "advise" the new chairman. That perhaps might be perceived that the new chairman wants free advice and I'm sure thats not the intention per say. Having said that, in all serious, it may pay perhaps to contact the original minority shareholders and get their thoughts as to why they think ecademy failed first time around, and even consider paying them for their input - it could prove invaluable. It could also prove wise to take a step back from those close to the coal face that have been involved in 2 transfers of the assets and perhaps meet and chat with some of the original members and founding blackstars that havent been so active and get their thoughts and feedback. There are hundreds, even thousands who were all once passionate about Ecademy in the past, that have since gone on to pastures new and taken their "experience" of ecademy with them, but their profile may still remain on the site. Some I suspect may have been pushed, some simply left, and some just didnt see any point in returning.... ..earlier in the year Thomas quoted 3000+ paying members in a blog, Ive heard him quote 650,000 + registered members. Its going to perhaps be a challenge in reengaging with 500,000+ of those... ...but even at £100 / 1000 names to rent out, and at 10 rentals a year, you could have quite an intangible asset value on all those names, (that was previously sold for a £1.) Whether its old, current or new members, I suspect that all their needs remain constant, its just the means of how you're going to engagewith them and satisfy those needs - that have changed and will change. Onwards and upwards Lyndon.... ...you don't know how big it could get, if you get it right. wishing you well. Fraser

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Robert Craven

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Early days... Rome wasn't built in a day etc etc RC

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Lyndon Wood

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Excellent and well said Angus. I am reviewing and prioritising the build scope this weekend with a target date that will be met :) of early January maybe even December who knows. Phase 1 will be fantastic with an ongoing development program certainly for the next 12 month and the beyond. Think I will buy into a software development business the amount its costing me it would make sense. More shared on the developments in my group Ecademy Vision later today 650k registered users but it seems only 10k active ones. Target will be set and shared too Thanks again for your support mate well appreciated L

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Georgina Lester

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I agree too. ..... but I have also been interested to note the comments that seem to have a very definite self-interest at the heart of what is being requested. I don't know whether it is just my imagination or not I have not being able to follow threads of conversations properly in the last couple of day as email alerts have been very chaotic and nothing is arriving in order..... however ...... I personally would like to see more of ..... "Ask not what Ecademy can do for you but what you can do for YOUR Ecademy"We have a fantastic resource here and in the spirit of true collaboration, what could we do as individuals to achieve collectively? By the way ....... I thought that your white spaces was just adding to the drama of your suggestion..... I was convinced anyway! ;)

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Andreas Wiedow

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Naaah, don't worry, he has an excellent response rate, check here >>>>> And all that with two major influencers such as the Olympic Games and Summer holidays.

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William Buist

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Well said Angus, I agree entirely.

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