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  • Envisioning a Better World Together at SXSW 2013

    by Derek Lackaff

    Scheduled to take place in Austin in March 2013, the SXSW Visioning Assembly will be a collective dialogue with a large sample of SXSWi participants. Based on the Agora Process, developed by the Icelandic startup and political grassroots communities and used successfully in two National Assemblies, the Visioning Assembly combines elements of crowdsourcing and brainstorming on a large face-to-face scale with realtime collective feedback. Previous participants have characterized an event as one of the most beautiful, empowering, and fun events they have ever experienced.

    In this session we will explain what the Visioning Assembly process is, share the interesting history of its development, and discuss why it is a perfect match for SXSWi -- audience participation will be expected!

    Why should SXSW Interactive host a Visioning Assembly? SXSW Interactive brings together the most interesting people in the world of interactive media. Across dozens of stages, fascinating people address the most important (and most fun) topics in this wide-ranging field. A great session often has the feel of a great concert, with huge (or occasionally intimate) audiences sharing passion, energy, and new perspectives. Some of this audience interaction is captured in whispered discussion and via backchannel hashtags. The Visioning Assembly will allow this collective intellect, knowledge, and energy to be captured and directed towards a common good.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon C, AT&T Conference Center

  • Tech Superwomen: Mentors and Mentees, FTW

    by Nilofer Merchant, Ekaterina Walter, Cathryn Posey, Margot Bloomstein and Leslie Bradshaw

    From the New York Times to Glamour Magazine, a universal question continues to percolate - why are women underrepresented in the tech industry? Explore the role mentorship plays in building a stronger and more inclusive community, while expanding opportunities for women to ascend to leadership roles. Panel discussion will examine the impact of women mentoring women, the positive results of enriching this community and the importance of empowering such partnerships. This panel will also look at the role men can and should play to open more doors for women in the industry. Engage, contribute and participate as a mentor or mentee! Help build a stronger, more inclusive tech community.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

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  • Making Stories: Libraries & Community Publishing

    by Nate Hill, Michael Porter, Char Booth, Amy Buckland and Amy Buckland

    Good libraries are community-minded, technologically-aware, devoted to increasing access to information, and interested in preserving the local cultural heritage. Good newspapers aggregate and curate information for their readers, prioritize the local population, and are the record of a place, a time, a citizenry. Both believe they must tell stories for everyone, not just themselves.
    Libraries have experience with media production, and are already a known community resource. Supporting communication within their community falls within the library’s mandate to increase access to information. Building on the “maker” ethic, how can libraries help their communities make their own news, write their own stories, publish their own histories?

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

  • Philanthropy Is Not the Future of Journalism

    by Nicole Hollway and Janet Coats

    While donations play a key role in community support and engagement, the writing is on the wall regarding how much government, private and foundation funding will continue to be available to public media. As media that exists to serve the public, often the mass reach required to compete for the media dollars available for banner advertising is at odds with serving the public mission. We will look at specific examples of nonprofit news organizations developing mission-supported revenue streams, integrating donor relationships into marketing and advertising, and considering revenue streams that are separate from and/or compliment their mission.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Creekside I & II, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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  • Radio-Free Yoga: Self-Realize x Social Enterprise

    by Diane Ferraro, Seane Corn, Jessica Durivage, Waylon Lewis and Vikram Gandhi

    No sticky mat necessary, though we'll address sticky situations arising from poor online social media manners and how to heighten our collective consciousness as upright citizens of the social media community through the lens of the yamas--the five universally ethical disciplines of yogic philosophy that govern how we interact with others. Transcending creed, country, age and time, these include non-violence, truth, non-stealing, continence, and non-coveting. We'll explore how online social media's far-reaching platform coupled with the implementation of the yamas breeds powerful potential for personal growth and philanthropic progress. No matter the model, the domain, or the product/mission/vision: the tipping point that will bring home humanity’s collective blue ribbon in advancing positive social change is perhaps best liberally paraphrased in the words of Krishna in the yogic text, the Bhagavad Gita: 'You have a voice and a purpose. For Pete’s sake, use them.' As online bodhisattvas-in-training minding our Ps and Qs and setting our integrated intentions toward information, news and POV dissemination, together we can, in the words of Gandhi, be the change we wish to see in the world. We'll share wellness tools to support you while you’re off saving the web wide world and explore the value added to both the person and the populace in bringing mindful media to the masses, one heartfelt hashtag at a time. Don’t worry, we won’t make you chant (well, maybe we will).

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Lone Star, Omni Downtown

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  • Multiple Personalities–Not a Disorder but the Norm

    by Benjamin Smithee, Thomas Marks, Elizabeth Sartin and Amy Parnell

    In today’s online social world, most people maintain several different social profiles that span across friends, business networking, online dating and entertainment/lifestyle. One person’s public persona on each of these different types of social sites could be vastly different than the information they will share on the others. What are the psychologies and mental models at play that provide a preconceived notion of what personal information should be shared in different contexts? What challenges does each profile team face in overcoming such pre-existing beliefs?

    Discuss why online social users create unique personas between these different sites, why the content that is shared across these different communities can be so dramatically different and what challenges the social media industry faces in regards to contending with fundamental human psychology. Particants on this panel include leads from Match.com, LinkedIn and TripIt.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Longhorn, Omni Downtown

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  • Feel Rich: Health is the New Wealth

    by Quincy Jones III, Crystal Wall, Slim Thug, Shawn Ullman and Paul Wall

    Forty-time platinum, multi-Grammy and Emmy Award winning producer and digital guru Quincy Jones III (QD3) has turned his attention to a new creative movement: the creation of a health and fitness culture born from the urban and hip-hop community's respect for music, movement and entertainment.Feel Rich is health on your terms, fitness in your own style, and food choices that make sense on the streets where you live. The company promotes health by showing how it will make your game better, Your concerts livelier, Your grades better, Your hustle stronger. In a short few months the company has grown into a powerful movement with community and artists support. The company's mission statement is: To make every hood in the world healthyThis panel will discuss and explore the cornerstone of this new culture, promoting fitness and healthy living as the way to take your life to the next level.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

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