Crowdsourcing Change: Applied Use of the Social Web

This event will be broadcast online live, beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern.

Crowdsourcing Change is a highly participatory event where attendees (the crowd) provide constructive feedback and advice to help three “social changers” who are using — or trying to use — the social web to advance their cause or project.

Join us in Philadelphia

We’ll start gathering at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street in Center City. Light fare will be available, and RSVPs are appreciated for planning on Meetup or Facebook.

Join us from anywhere, online

The event will also be streamed live, with a Twitter backchannel discussion, so participation and feedback can come from anywhere. More information about the streaming and backchannel.

Our three Crowdsourcing Change projects

We’ve lined up three terrific projects with which to share our collective wisdom.

Each presenter will display their website and share their objectives. Then the crowd — that’s you! — will participate in a facilitated discussion about how various social web tools and strategies might help them achieve their objectives. It’s a fun format for learning, sharing and potentially making a significant contribution to some important causes.

Our three projects represent local, national and global perspectives:

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

Presenter: Jo Elkes, Capital Campaign and Development Coordinator

Better known by the acronym PAL, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia provides free educational, athletic and cultural after-school programs in a safe environment. PAL believes these experiences enable youth to become successful productive citizens. All PAL activities are supervised by Philadelphia Police officers, to help foster positive relationships between youngsters and the Police Department.

Questions PAL would like our crowd to address include :

  • How do we expand our presence and increase user interaction on Facebook?
  • How can we get young donors to participate in our mobile text-to-give campaign or other social fundraising options?

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Presenter: Joanna Brenner, Public Awareness Associate

FIRE wants students to be able to learn and think for themselves. Its mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at American college campuses. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process and religious liberty. FIRE combats censored speech with more speech and uses social media as a powerful weapon to spread the word.

Questions FIRE would like our crowd to address include :

  • How can we get new members from our existing social networks, and get our online community more directly involved with our activities?
  • What should we use for monitoring/analytlcs?

AIDS Policy Project

Presenter: Kate Krauss, Executive Director

The AIDS Policy Project believes the time is now to find a cure for AIDS. The project pressures lawmakers to fund AIDS-related medical research as well as provides opportunities for researchers, advocates and others to share information, brainstorm and collaborate in a worldwide effort to eradicate AIDS.

Questions the AIDS Policy Project would like our crowd to address include :

  • What are good tools to foster collaboration within the international research and academic communities?
  • How can we use social media on a global scale to change the way people think about the AIDS pandemic?

This promises to be a unique and interesting event. Please join us in person, or online!

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