June 16 marks the 100-year anniversary of the founding of IBM.
To celebrate this event, the company is running a year-long global initiative to engage with business leaders, academia, clients, and local communities. IBMers are asked to volunteer their services to the community under the Celebration of Service. Icons of Progress chart the significant innovation IBM has brought to many walks of life. Events are being organized across the globe to bring together the IBM ecosystem to commemorate this auspicious milestone.
We are opening this blog on developerWorks as one avenue to share stories and activities from the IBM Centennial. You may use this in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or any of the other social networks where you have a presence.
In order to post to this blog, follow these easy steps:
- Join this group (you will be prompted to create a developerWorks account if you don't already have one)
- Create a new blog entry using the appropriate tag (see below)
- Click 'Publish' when you are done and share the link (particularly with any people/organizations you reference)
Channels on this blog supporting the Centennial:
Celebration of Service
IBM's Celebration of Service honors employees, retirees, families and friends in their commitment to volunteer service. If you are actively involved in the Celebration of Service, write a post to explain more about what you are doing and the organization you are helping. This can take the form of a write-up, posting of photos, videos, or any other creative way in which you wish to tell the story.
If, like me, you occasionally suffer from writer's block, you could start by answering these questions and see where that leads...
Why did you pick a particular organization?
What did you expect to get from your contribution?
What actually happened?
Who did you meet, what did you see?
What did you take away from your involvement in the day?
What can people do to find out more or get involved themselves? (remember to provide a link!)
Make sure you use 'celebration_of_service' as one of your tags.
Remember that in addition you can share any photos you have on the IBM100 site (see the link half way down on the left).
If you are involved in an event to mark the Centennial, use this blog to promote the event and explain what you are doing and provide details on how people can attend. Following the event, post any content you have - photos, video, or a good old fashioned write-up.
Use the 'centennial_event' tag to group this content.
What IBM means to you
In the span of a century, IBM has grown from a small business that made scales, time clocks and tabulating machines to a global enterprise with more than 400,000 employees and a strong vision for the future. The stories that have emerged throughout IBM's history are complex tales of big risks, lessons learned and discoveries that have transformed the way we work and live. Do you have a story to share? Perhaps a unique perspective on the 100 Icons of Progress that have shaped the company and the world.
Use the 'what_ibm_means' tag for these posts.
Learn more about the IBM Centennial
The IBM 100 site contains a wealth of information on the importance of the Centennial and the activities that support it.