You see, Stowe has been an inspiration to me for quite some time.
I love his mantra:
"I am made greater by the sum of my connections - and so are my connections".
It's such a powerful expression of the power of the network; of the value of nodes connecting and the subsequent interaction; of none-of-us-is-cleverer-than-all-of-us. I quote it liberally, in presentations, online and in my book (The Power of the Network).
We met for a curry in London, a good few years ago - while I was still at emap/Bauer. We built on that in New York when we both spoke at Widget Web Expo there in 2008. I started writing the occasional post for his /Message blog.
We hit it off. We believe in the same stuff. He's wise. And good fun.
We've kept the connection live.
So it's fantastic to know a man of Stowe's global standing (he coined the term social tools in 1999, for example) believes enough in what we are doing with 90:10 that he wants to join us.
Every one of our consultants is someone I know and personally trust. And by implication those who join up trust me (and by association 90:10).
They also happen to form a constellation of stars with unparalleled knowledge and expertise.
We get to call on wonderful minds and they get to call on us - and we tell the world we trust each other.
If you don't know Stowe, find out more about him, and the rest of the 90:10 crew, here.