I’m Venessa (with an ‘e’) Paech (sounds like cake). I grew up in Australia’s Northern Territory, travel the world as much as life and work permit, and am currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
This blog is mainly about online communities. A place to put things for safe keeping and a place to find me. I hope you’ll find content that feeds your own practices, dreams or ravings.
I hold an MA in Creative Media with a research focus in digital ethnography from the University of Brighton (UK) and a BFA from New York University in Theatre. Because life’s a stage, after all.
Currently I’m the online community manager for Australia Post. Other roles have included Director of Content and Inbound for Green Hat, Australia’s leading B2B digital marketing group; Global Communications Manager for Envato; Senior Manager for Community & Content Strategy at Australia’s leading property media company REA Group (realestate.com.au); Head of Community at Lonely Planet; and Managing Editor of Arts Hub (one of Australia’s earliest and most successful start-ups).
I’m the co-founder of Swarm, Australia’s national conference for online community managers and I’m a speaker and educator on online communities, social media, content and our digital lives.
I’m a working choreographer and have been known to hit the stage to belt out some tunes here and there.
Keynote at Media140 Perth on Community Commerce
My passion for communities was firmed via many wonderful years participating in BBS, newsgroup and IRC groups in the early 90s. I’m a sucker for all things 1980’s, love a good board game, am a proudly curious wanderer…
Oh and you won’t find a bigger Back to the Future fan in the multi-verse. (No really. I became ordained just so I could perform a marriage of two fellow fans on the steps on the actual Clock Tower on the actual day Marty travelled to the future).
I love working with passionate, collaborative people who ask provocative questions and interrogate the status quo.
If you’d like to book me, connect with me, or learn more about my services:
Email me nessa.paech – at – gmail.com
Tweet me @venessapaech
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Opening proceedings at a Hack-a-thon for REA Group (with CEO Tracey Fellows).