In the beginning…

Alrighty then…we all have to start somewhere. The purpose of this site is to catalog my work around Samaritan-Web, which will become part of my doctoral thesis surrounding the social applications of network science and collaboration technology. I welcome input from anyone interested int he space, but I reserve the right to reuse any comments posted on this site which do not already have copyright protections. In most cases I will be sure to contact the author for permission – but I may use comments anonymously.

My background is in business – I have a BA in Marketing and an MBA in Technology Management, but the bulk of my career has been in technology in senior project, product, and program management roles. Since 1997, I have been involved in several companies and side projects involving collaboration technology – from ad hoc, web-based collaboration tools to fully-integrated supply chain collboration solutions. I have been fascinated by the developments in this space over the past decade. I have also been interested in finding ways to give something back to society.

And that is where Samaritan-Web came from. While there are philanthropic entities and website, such as VolunteerMatch and Network for Good (which is powered by VolunteerMatch), I believe there is an opportunity beyond these tools and websites to reach people. The underlying premise to my work is that people want to help people – but unless it is easy for people to find service opportunities, they won’t necessarily seek them out. Existing tools are fine for people looking for opps, but I am interested in finding ways to make it more viral – using network science and collaboration technology to push knowledge of these service opportunities out to a broader audience.

That’s it, in a nutshell. More information coming soon. Please feel free to share your thoughts and work in this area, or to contact me directly at

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.