Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Social and Activism

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Build. Community Is Easy, Saving the World Is Hard

    by Kesah Schmitt, Mark Himmelsbach, Colin Wallis, Dave Dobbins and Scott Orn

    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.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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