The SXSW Interactive Festival (scheduled March 12-16, 2010 in Austin, Texas) is a mega huge social media industry event. The final program is done through a combination of an open submission and community voting process. The panel picker process just opened — so you can vote yes or no for the panels you think are worthy of being on the program or not until Sept. 4.
The nonprofit presence at SXSW has been growing steadily over the past couple of years. In 2008, I was on one of the few nonprofit panels on the agenda. It was organized by Ed Schipul. At the end of that panel, we all hoped there would be a larger nonprofit presence on the agenda for this 2009. And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were many more panel proposals about or by folks who work with nonprofits and voting. Last year, many more nonprofit panels made it onto the agenda and there was even a nonprofit lounge hosted by BeaconFire.
So, let’s get out the nonprofit vote for panels at SXSW!
Last year, there was an event called “Social Media for Social Good” organized by Jeff Pulver that prompted quite a rich discussion on whether social media for fundraising and marketing can effect real on the ground change. There’s quite a buzz right now about whether or not “Slacktivism” doing activism online, all the time, can effect change. (There’s even a panel proposal for Slacktivism.)
These ideas inspired the SXSW panel proposal I submitted for 2010:
Crowdsourcing for Innovative Social Change
Social media builds buzz and raises money, but what about real, on-the-ground change? The Social Change Challenge will crowdsource innovative ideas from nonprofits to change the world. We’ll share big ideas for using social media for nonprofit program delivery and some good tips for crowdsourcing for social change.
The panelists include Holly Ross, NTEN; David Neff, American Cancer Society; Kari Dunn Saratovsky, Case Foundation; Amy Sample Ward, Netsquared; and Joe Solomon. And like last year’s ROI Poetry Slam, our session will be interactive, thought-provoking, and dare I say, fun! In addition, there’ll be lots of learning shared freely.