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Passion for social issues has been an American ideal from the start. For hundreds of years, foundations and nonprofit organizations have been forming groups to provide support, comfort, and solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Dialogue and subsequent action happens when dedicated people rally together in communities - live or virtual - to impact health issues, advance social causes, and make the world a better place.
With the ever-changing landscape of new digital community-building platforms, these socially responsible groups are taking advantage of new technologies to reach and engage their audiences. The panel will uncover the organizational strategies of community building, maintaining engagement over time, and uniting a group of people who may have never met face-to-face. From helping people quit tobacco to establishing support groups for rare diseases and supporting healthy lifestyles, each organization approaches community engagement in a unique way. Come hear the successes and set backs of community building that strive to bring social issues to the forefront and address them in modern ways.
Social media gives celebrities powerful new ways to mobilize millions to get involved in social causes – but it’s easy to get it wrong. On World AIDS Day 2010, Alicia Keys and a number of A-listers “digitally died,” calling on the public to resurrect them by donating $1M for HIV/AIDS initiatives. Was asking celebs to stop tweeting the best way to fight AIDS? Or was Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign a better approach, asking celebs and everyday people to use their social graph to address LGBT intolerance and bullying?
Experts from media, non-profits and an actual celebrity will explore these and other cases that illuminate the power and pitfalls of using celebs for social good. Through the session, you will hear their insights on when, why and how to effectively engage talent to advance social causes -- as well as rookie mistakes to avoid. Join us for a discussion that will help you effectively harness the power of celebrity in your next digital pro-social campaign.
by Christi Woodworth and Erin DeRuggiero
We'll take a close look at best practices for working with verified facebook and google+ apps to drive philanthropy and increase fan loyalty. How do you increase online giving, what are the do's and dont's for contests around charity, how does a brand measure the value of engagement? We'll take a closer look at forecasting trends in social app engagement and micro-philanthropy with some of the country's leading brand marketers, nonprofits and social agency thought-leaders.
Previous Speaking Experience for Moderator Erin DeRuggiero: DMA 2010 Panelist "Loyalty Leaders Tell All: Harness the Power of Cause Marketing," Digital Hollywood Panelist: Brand Stewards, Social Cause, and the Brands that Make it Work.
Targeting: Brand Marketers, Agency Executives, Strategists, Creatives and Media Planners
by Dan Shine
Over the past year Worldchanging has undergone a transformation. Now partnered with Architecture for Humanity, Worldchanging is moving beyond the abstract advocacy that Bruce Sterling criticized during last year's closing session, and is focusing on evaluating the impact of real-world projects that are being built today. This panel will look at the efforts of Worldchanging and other organizations to figure out which projects are really having an impact.
9th–13th March 2012