September 9, 2009

Socialbrite’s night at NetTuesday

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JD LasicaLast night was the coming-out party for Socialbrite at the monthly NetTuesday gathering in San Francisco. About 40 people turned out for the event at PariSoMa, the coworking space at Howard and Tenth. Here are a half-dozen shots snapped by organizer Sarah Kennon and me.

And here is what the NetTuesday Meetup members had to say about the event.

A few notes from the evening:

• I kicked things off with a rundown of the Socialbrite team and the resources offered by Socialbrite, including the Sharing Center, Social Media Glossary, Web 2.0 productivity tools, directory of social media reports, guides to free photos, free music and free video footage, and directory of cause organizations.

• Jacob Colker, co-founder of the Extraordinaries, discussed the “micro-volunteer” opportunities using mobile devices in their spare time that people could sign up for. The Extraordinaries is now available as a free iPhone app. Socialbrite will publish a video interview with co-founder Ben Rigby soon.

• Schlomo Rabinowitz sketched out VideoCampSF, coming to BAVC Oct. 16-17. Two days of sessions can be had for just $65. (Register here.) The stellar lineup of instructors includes Melissa Rowley, Jen Myronuk, Katrina Heppler, Sukhjit, Markus Sandy, Adam Quirk and Bill Streeter (hey, I know all these folks!).

• Katrina Heppler outlined her promising new venture, envisionGood.tv. (She’s also begun contributing video dispatches to Socialbrite, like the one immediately below this post.)

• Michael Stoll and two of his staffers came by to fill us in on The Public Press (which will be getting a new domain name next month). The nonprofit publication provides noncommercial news for the Bay Area and has been raising funds for story pitches on Spot.us.

• I outlined the mission of the Public Media Collaborative, a group of Bay Area technologists, activists and bloggers who put on training workshops, chiefly for community organizations. Our next daylong workshop will be Oct. 23 in Oakland.

• Program manager Liberty Smith told us about the National Service Learning Clearinghouse. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

It was also great to see Hiroyasu Ichikawa again after meeting him at SoCap09 last week. Ichi, a writer-consultant who’s part of the Japan Social Entrepreneur Forum, recently launched NetTuesday Tokyo, with two meetups of about 30 people so far.

JD Lasica, founder and former editor of Socialbrite, is co-founder of Cruiseable. Contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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  • This is the second NetTuesday I attend, and I loved it! I had no idea Socialbrite is such a great resource. I was especially excited about the guide to free photos, since I'm a contributor to our nonprofit's blog. Also, the link to the free social media reports was incredibly useful.

    One thing I really liked about this event was the format, where JD presented and then a few other organizations gave brief presentations about themselves. I had heard Jacob Colker speak when he was a panelist on a forum called "$10 Philanthropy: Change for Change." His comments at this NetTuesday, in the more informal setting, answered some questions I had not been able to ask at the forum. Plus I got to meet him!!

    I confess I was tempted to stay home and eat dinner with my husband, but I am so glad I attended! It was both entertaining and educational. In fact, I brought my husband with me, and now he is really excited about Socialbrite and almost wants to leave his job to join the exciting world of social media in the philanthropic realm. :)