"Social Media for Social Good" Event Recap - Photos, Tweets, & More
On Thursday the 27th of Januray the Social media Club Silicon Valley chapter kicked off our first event at the PayPal campus in San Jose. Even with short notice and little advertising we had a great crowd. The founder of Social Media Club, Chris Heuer, kicked off the event with a few words and his hopes for the new chapter.
"Social Media for Social Good" was out topic and it drew an experienced group of panelists to share their experiences using social media and related technology to achieve social good for others in their communities.
Toss in a great moderator for good measure and you have the following line up of folks on stage:
- Colt Briner, vice president and general manager of Democrasoft and co-creator of Collaborize Classroom. Colt Briner has been working to create technology for a better society since 2003. He also volunteers his time as a director at the Virtual Country Foundation, a California-based nonprofit exploring ways to use technology to improve democratic participation in businesses.
- Chris Wilder, executive director of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. Chris is an avid social media user who regularly blogs in support of the foundation’s important work on behalf of Santa Clara County’s largest public hospital.
- Stephanie Woehrmann, actress, press director, teacher, social media aficionado for El Teatro Campesino. Resident Musical Director of El Teatro Campesino since 2006, she has produced, written and composed many musicals, plays and actos for El Teatro Campesino.
- Judy Chang, Senior Manager of Vertical Markets for PayPal.
- Charlie Treadwell is Corporate Affairs Marketing manager in Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.
Each panelist brought their own unique perspective and experiences. A few had never really used social media very much previous to trying to use it to make a change or support their community organization. A few highlights of what was discussed:
- - Social media has changed the way social good organizations raise money, mobilize supporters, gather ideas, and solve problems
- - The power a video has to communicate is tremendous, especially when organizations take the time to learn how to produce it effectively (See: http://www.flipfprgood.org)
- - In many cases, being connected through social channels has helped those with like minded ideas more quickly and effectively connect to support a cause
- - Beyond the big guns like Facebook and Twitter, there are a number of other online tools that organizations are using to connect and work together (such as winksite.com).
For additional highlghts in the form of some of the tweets shared from this event please go here: http://storify.com/secretsushi/social-media-for-social-good-event
A huge thank you goes out to PayPal for hosting the event! We hope they invite us back soon. Stay tuned for our next event to be announced on this blog in coming weeks and via out Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/smc_sv ) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/SocialMediaClubSV ).