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 virtual ethnography from the University of Brighton (UK) and a BFA from New York University.
Currently I look after global communications and PR for digital marketplace Envato, whose 6 million member strong community is one of the most remarkable I’ve ever worked with.
Other roles include 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 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 sing in a band or two when they let me.
Keynote at Media140 Perth on Community Commerce
My love of technology began with tabletop space invaders, and my passion for communities was firmed via many wonderful years participating in BBS, newsgroup and IRC groups in the early 90s.
I love connecting people, weaving relationships and helping people tell their stories (particularly those whose voices struggle to be heard). I also love working with passionate, collaborative and action-biased people with big ideas.
If you’d like to book me, connect with me, or learn more about my services:
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet me @venessapaech
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Opening proceedings at a Hack-a-thon for REA Group (with CEO Tracey Fellows).