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e-Festival of Ideas

Vibewire’s wonderful online youth conference, e-Festival of Ideas, opens this week. I feel privileged to have been invited to contribute to the e-Festival as a guest panelist on the topic of ‘Social Media Making a Change?’

We’ll be looking at how social media can drive social change; how online media tools and applications impact poverty, climate change, unemployment or violence and if they do how can we truly measure it. As well as the important question of whether or not social media users exist in a bubble of their conversations with each other. 

I’m in great company, as Tasha Judd and Stacey Monk will also be contributing to the week’s discussions and debates. Click the shiny red lightblub below to join in with the e-Festival.

geek + heart = social innovation

Not long until the call for ideas for the wonderful Social Innovation Camp Scotland closes. Friday 22nd May to be precise.

Essentially the SIcamp weekend is all about using the net and technology for positive social change. They need the help of a huge range of people – from software developers through to business experts, from digital media lawyers to people with expertise in solving social problems – to help make the selected ideas a reality.

I could waffle on all day about how great an idea SIcamp is but the nicely animated video below does a far better job of explaining the concept.

I just need to think of an idea now…