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Social Media for Social Good presentation – BCACL 2012

June 6, 2012

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Jules and Aaron had a great time presenting to about 60 people at BCACL on all kinds of social media and why it’s important to support each other to become citizens of the online community.   We looked at ideas about what gifts people with disabilities might bring to those communities, and why they need us, and what challenges there might be in getting and sustaining access, and what the roles of organizations might be in supporting them.   Perhaps the most fun part was at the end when we talked about how people make fun of us: “Are you tweeting a picture of your pie again?”  “Did I really need to know you’re at Starbucks?”  Just the night before a group of Executive Directors came upon us walking home and said they had been concerned about whether we were okay as we hadn’t tweeted anything for a whole hour!    So we got our new social media friends to help us generate a list of what we might say when people make fun of us.

All in all, out of the presentation at least one agency went on Facebook, and about 25 started up twitter accounts.   Feedback was great – we were told that we made it all really accessible and not so scary, and that people had a different sense of why this might be important to themselves, their organizations and to social justice movements.

Our presentation is downloadable at SlideShare – in fact, it’s just been upgraded as one of the most talked about slideshare presentations on Facebook, with almost 600 views in 4 hours!   We’ve been asked if we’d consider travelling to other organizations and doing this workshop, and we’d love to talk to you if you’re interested in that.

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