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Northern Voice Day 2 – A Recap

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Last week I attended the Northern Voice Conference – Canada’s blogging conference.  While attending, James Sherrett and I took some detailed notes to share with the One Degree Community.
These shorthand notes represent what was presented at the conference.  For ease-of-use, I have formatted them with the Session Name, Presenter, its Big idea and a ha moments, as well as links mentioned in the presentation.

Day 2

Keynote: Making Change Happen

Anil Dash from Six Apart

Anil started the session with the statement "Blogs have Changed My Life".  How?  Two key qualities of blogs: Persistence and Awareness.  These together create a Relationship between blog author and blog reader – an outcome that was not possible with Web 1.0. Persistence: the idea that something you create has lasting value. So much of our communication is ephemeral.  A date stamp on a blog = a social contract — I will be at this place again.  There is value in providing content that will be viewed more than once (think about how kids watch the same movies over and over again). Awareness: notification that something is going on, but notification with control (e.g. RSS .. I can control when I get my information).
My favourite observation: "The technologies that delight people are the ones that give them more control."
Audio for Making Change Happen

Session: Social Media for Social Change / User-generated content for social change

Jason Mogus

Kate Dugas

Opening question: What do people want to get from this session?

* How do you keep people engaged in social topics?

* How to avoid cargo cult activism?

** how to make sure the advocates know something about the issue

* In what domains does online activism work?

* what are the difficulties in making social change happen?

* where do you find funding for social change projects?

* see some good examples of things that have worked / continued working

* politics, war and the media

* how to integrate user-generated content into corporate experience?

* grassroots storytelling and how it can be integrated
Jason Mogus

* social media will change how change happens

* in organizations where the funding and decisions are made the change is not happening anywhere near as fast as it is online

* but it is starting to happen

* participative media is starting to change the way that social campaigners approach campaigners

* old school

** think of policy, decision makers

** build a flashy website to send representatives an email

* new school

** how can the pros who want to run campaigns add participation into it?

** people are searching for more meaning

** how to get them involved

* organizations are nervous about what’s happening

* the ways they communicated in the past are eroding and their influence is waning over time

* organizations and institutions are afraid of what’s happening because they don’t have a monopoly on participation now

* Jason thinks that we all don’t yet know what’s happening or what will happen

* social change still really happens in old school ways

** policy change

** massive consumer change

** value change in society

* most fundraisers still raise most of their money through vast fundraisers dinners and other old-school ways

* 2 models of social change

** inside game: you talk to the insiders (executives, politicians) to get them to change big decisions

** outside game: you target the mass to create a grassroots movement but is noise alone enough to create change?

* organizations change slowly and people change slowly

* a lot of the questions brought up in the beginning may be answered through plugging into old school practices in new school ways

* Q: do you make a disinction between social change and charities

** Jason: makes a good distinction between social service and social change

** either make change in the system (social service) or change the system (social change)
Kate Dugas

* introduction of Vancity’s ChangeEverything.ca website

* there was a big concern about moderation when they first launched the site

* they had done a lot of work seeding the conversations online

* they found they didn’t have to moderate the discussion at all

* the practices of the community became the norms without pruning

* Kate told the story of Got Hats — in the span of 24 hours they delivered all kinds of warm clothes to Vancouver shelters during a cold snap

* lesson: when it comes to action you have to ask for action

* you can’t just put information out there and hope people will take the initiative on their own

* once the idea caught on it took on a life of its own

* the event had some spillover effects that inspired other people to take action
4 Phases of social change (from Jason Mogus)

# grounding and visioning

* how does it align with your values

* how is it sustainable

* who has funding for it

# creating a plan

# executing to a high level

# feedback loops to keep it rolling

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Northern Voice Day 1 – A Recap

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Last week I attended the Northern Voice Conference – Canada’s blogging conference.  While attending, James Sherrett and I took some detailed notes to share with the One Degree Community.
These shorthand notes represent what was presented at the conference.  For ease-of-use, I have formatted them with the Session Name, Presenter, its Big idea and a ha moments, as well as links mentioned in the presentation.

Day 1

All sessions were recorded and the recordings can be found through the Northern Voice page on Podcastspot.

Day 1: Northern Voice Moosecamp, where almost all sessions are available as podcasts and with notes in a wiki format.

Social Media and the Dispora

Roland Tanglao

* with greater diversity of experience available how can people connect with their communities?

* an investigation of how personal identity is fostered by social media technology

** in particular, how Philipino cultures all over the world have embraced blogging

* discussion on how our personal relationships are becoming more mediated through social technologies and how that can change them

** people have relationships with people that are deep and rich yet they’ve never met in person

* knowing someone becomes independent from meeting someone

* observation: we all have such diverse backgrounds that there are fewer standard, shared stories

* discussion of the conflict, negotiation and confluence of personal identities between the stories we collect and tell about ourselves and our inheritances — race, language, location all become changeable

* Roland brings up the notion of co-option — how people can play at being something they don’t believe that they are — he lived in Germany and could answer the phone in German so well that anyone on the other end believed he was German — so was he German? He never felt German.

* the person who first tells the story / who names the names is the first mover and they’re the first to tell the story so they have a responsibility to tell it correctly

*Overall* great session, reinforcing my belief that the best training for understand and dealing with online communities is a broad liberal arts background mixed with a technical / tool capacity

Audio for the session.

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Liftoff – Mesh 2007

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The Mesh Conference Blog announced today details for the Mesh 2007 conference. With keynote speakers Michael Arrington – founder and editor for Techcrunch.com, Jim Buckmaster – CEO of Craigslist.org, and Richard Edelman – CEO of Edelman Co. (as well as others) poised to speak, this years MESH conference will be exciting and enlightening.

At $400 dollars the conference is on par with others of similar quality, but the line-up is great. Go ahead and sign up. And if you are a student and think the price may be too steep, you’ll be happy to know there is a heavily discounted student price of $25.

The 2007 Mesh conference takes place on May 30-31st. For more information head over to the MESH Site.

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B2B And The CMA: A Preview

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How does famous Canadian environmentalist David Suziki fit in with B2B Marketing?

Click through the jump to find out why the CMA thinks he does.

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