This week we held a barcampnfp workshop as part of Social Media Week. A group of around 50 people from across the non-profit sector and digital industry came together to work out the next big things for doing good using social media.
We came up with a ton of good, bad and ugly examples of social for good campaigns. I particularly remember this campaign by Refuge which featured a beauty blogger highlighting domestic abuse and the Trial by timeline example from Amnesty.
Moving on from the shared inspiration we started to hive mind ideas for how to achieve real world impact using social media – putting aside any silos that might currently exist. Naturally, we could have carried on for much longer… but here’s a few of the things we came up with.
Plus here’s a storify of the day.
I’ve been involved in barcampnfp for about a year and a half now, once as a helper and twice as the London lead organiser. Every time I learn something new, or more accurately, lots of new things.
There’s something special about an unconference format which means you learn something every time no matter whether you’re a newbie or old hand. Often it’s something I didn’t even know I wasn’t aware of. That’s why I’m really excited about tomorrow, not for what I know is going to happen but what I don’t know.
We’ve got some brilliant people on the participants list and lots of plotting of ideas for sessions already happening on the hashtag.
Last week was the second London Barcampnfp. As one of the co-organisers I don’t want to say too much as a few of our lovely participants have already done a much better job than I would:
- @b33god on Paper hack
- @Charitychap on being a newbie to unconferences
- @LondonKirsty brilliant Storify of the day.
- Fellow organiser @PresleySylwia gives her thoughts on the day.
[I'll keep adding to this list as new posts appear]
My key take-out is; get the right people together and wonderful ideas are inevitable. But we need even more people, including more non-charity people as well next time!
So please spread the word, February 2013 here we come…
That’s the principle of Barcamp non-profits. A time and place for people with a particular interest to come together to share learnings and come up with new ideas.
I volunteered to be an organiser just before Christmas and now the event is just around the corner (17 Feb 2012). So I met with a few of the other organisers (Amy, Nick and Sylwia) to confirm the basics.
Once we finished chatting about tea, coffee, biscuits and whiteboards (the important stuff!) we couldn’t help stirring up a few potential ideas for the day. I won’t give anything away – but I will say I’m confident it’s going to be a great day!
So … over to you to make sure I’m right. Bring your challenges and gems of learning and be prepared to share.
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