A couple of weeks ago I was asked to take part in a social business round table organized by IBM and involving several other bloggers including Peter Gold and Jon Ingham. It's really good to see the whole idea of social business being taken more seriously by more companies and at a higher organizational level. As I say in the video which IBM made as part of the event, (embedded below) essentially every company is a social company because companies contain people and people are by their very nature social! Social tools and technologies offer a fantastic ways to unleash the power of people and collaboration within businesses and I feel very strongly that it's time for HR to step up to the mark and start facilitating rather than blocking this. With that in mind I'm really looking forward to chairing the CIPD's first Social Media in HR conference on the 7th December. There is a fantastic line up of speakers and I'm sure there will be much interesting debate on the day.