Social Media for Social Change Takes Off

A Great Event

Sm4sc This past Friday night I had the pleasure and honor of attending an event that represented what a small grass-roots movement can accomplish with some focus and a bunch of personal connections through social media.  At the Harvard Club in Boston, a gathering of folks initiated by the social media enthusiast community in both Boston and New York gathered for an evening to benefit JaneDoeInc., a non-profit organization focused on ending sexual assault and domestic violence.  With the help of sponsors and some passionate individuals the group sm4sc, Social Media for Social Change, kicked off it’s very first event by raising over $20,000.  Sweet.

Grass Takes Root

Back in late August I wrote, “I see this as a grass roots effort that can be spread to other cities as passionate people pick up the vibe.”  Just as any effort with social media, it requires commitment to make the first event a reality.  It will also take a long term push to make the movement into a continued success.  But if a start is an indication of the potential, Friday night’s kickoff of sm4sc can be just that.  The night had all the ingredients – A great turnout, an opportunity to meet some good people (many who I had previously only known through social media tools like Twitter), a beautiful location, some cocktails, and a series of genuine and passionate speeches about the purpose.  Not to mention some late night karaoke (which I avoided clearly to ensure no streaming video of yours truly got into the hands of my project teams at the office).

 

Of course, the effort ate it’s own dogfood – before, during and after the event.  See the respective blog, twitter account, Facebook group, Myspace group, and now the spread of the “sm4sc” tag in Flickr and elsewhere.  Great blog recaps and “Utterz” are popping up too.
Some Thank Yous

In the world of philanthropy there are many options to choose from – everything from donating personally to small causes to large, established organizations.  I am grateful to Rosetta (who recently acquired Brulant), the agency I work for, for participating as a silver sponsor.  I’m grateful to the other sponsors for everything from funds to great contributions for the raffle.  (I won a great messenger bag from Timbuktu and a pass to the New Marketing Summit, which I had Matt Knell draw another winner for since I was already attending).  While many individuals contributed to making the night a success, special recognition is deserved for four people:

Job well done.

The Sponsors
  
What’s Next?
See Gradon’s recap that says it all and sets the stage for future events.  If you are interested in planting some grass roots efforts in your city, take a look at sm4sc.com for more info.
Photo credit: pictoscribe via Flickr
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  • I commented on your August post, Adam, and I’ll comment again now: Thanks for blogging about this amazing event for I don’t know how else I would have found out.
    Err, I wound up hearing buzz from others but you were my first. Yay!

  • I commented on your August post, Adam, and I’ll comment again now: Thanks for blogging about this amazing event for I don’t know how else I would have found out.

    Err, I wound up hearing buzz from others but you were my first. Yay!

  • I am so excited to watch this movement grow.

  • I am so excited to watch this movement grow.

  • Meg

    Thanks so much for this post, Adam. Fantastic thoughts.

  • Meg

    Thanks so much for this post, Adam. Fantastic thoughts.

  • @Ari – As always I appreciate your feedback, thanks for taking the time and great to meet you at the event.

    @Trish – Same here, hopefully it keeps up the momentum.

    @Meg – Thanks for your feedback, it means a lot. Sorry we didn’t meet in person at the event but looks like you’ll be back in Boston soon.

  • @Ari – As always I appreciate your feedback, thanks for taking the time and great to meet you at the event.
    @Trish – Same here, hopefully it keeps up the momentum.
    @Meg – Thanks for your feedback, it means a lot. Sorry we didn’t meet in person at the event but looks like you’ll be back in Boston soon.

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