Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

This interactive session is based on a key theme in the book, The Networked Nonprofit (http://www.bethkanter.org/the-ne...), co-authored by Beth Kanter.

We will explore how nonprofits can unleash the power of social good by transitioning from stand-alone institutions to networks energized by abundant resources in their ecosystem. In order to do this, they need to work with free agents, hyper-connected individuals who are passionate about social change, but don't work within institutional walls.

Free agents use social-media channels like Facebook and Twitter and can create social movements in the palms of their hands. They organize supporters, raise attention to important social and political issues, seek donations, and organize supporters to walk, run, shout, protest, and vote, things that were once done mostly by nonprofit organizations. The free agents do it when and how they please, making them distinct from and more powerful than traditional volunteers.

But free agents are smashing headfirst into nonprofit fortresses—organizations with high walls and wide moats that work very hard to keep insiders in and outsiders out. Our session will explore how and why this needs to change. Kanter will bring together a group of highly visible free agents working on important social change causes, including those in Middle East, and representatives from different nonprofits for a lively discussion with the audience.

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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Beth Kanter

Let's talk about networked approaches & social media for training and capacity building for the nonprofit sector that leverage learning and impact.

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Danielle Brigida

I work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@USFWS). I’m looking to learn & laugh. Interests include: nature, animals, science, and technology.

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Jessica Dheere

cofounder of @smexbeirut & marto @monajem bio from Twitter

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Mark Horvath

Just a hardly normal guy trying to navigate through an abnormal world by helping others. Founder @invisiblepeople & @wearevisible. Watch http://bit.ly/s6lP13 bio from Twitter

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  • Mark Horvath
  • hugh garry
  • Jake Brewer
  • Jed Sundwall
  • Jenn Howard
  • Jessica Dheere
  • Beth Kanter
  • Charles Klein
  • Kyle Wiens
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  • Patrick Harrington
  • Noland Hoshino
  • TH Schee
  • Erik Michaels-Ober
  • Shelley Cook
  • Yesenia Sotelo
  • Danielle Brigida
  • Sean Steinmarc
  • Martijn Verver

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011


Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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  • The Networked Nonprofit

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