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#SocialGoodDebate | Social Media for Social Good: Hype or Hope?

Join the Centre for Social Innovation & Be Social Change for  the first #SocialGoodDebate Social Media for Social Good: Hope or Hype?

Social media is transforming social change. Now, more than ever, people can learn about and participate in pressing social issues from all corners of the world. But is it really making a difference? Is social media enabling us to take meaningful action? Or is it lulling us into a false sense of engagement that displaces real impact?

Join us for a rousing debate on the REAL impact of social media on social change. The forces of Hope will face the forces of Hype - only one side can prevail!

{Drinks and snacks will be provided!}

***Note: This is a paid event. Please secure your ticket here.


6:00-6:30 PM - Doors Open
6:30-8:00 PM - Debate
8:00-8:30 PM - Networking

Join the conversation on Twitter with #SocialGoodDebate
@csiSL | @besocialchange | @susanmcp1
@AriaIrene | @sloane | @Mlsif

 Take a stance. Tweet to tell us if you're team HOPE or HYPE.

Our Debaters Include:


   • Susan McPherson - @susanmcp1
Susan is a serial connector, passionate cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. Recently, she launched McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Triple Pundit and Forbes and has 20+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, Sustainable Brands, and Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy's Summit. McPherson founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and serves on the boards of Girl Rising and the PVBLIC Foundation.

   • Aria Finger - @AriaIrene

As Chief Operating Officer of, Aria oversees the business development, finance and campaigns departments at, the national not-for-profit that empowers millions of young people to take action around causes they are passionate about. Finger is also the Founder and President of TMI, a subsidiary agency of, that advises brands and organizations on young people, technology & social change. Aria earned a BA in economics and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, loves vanilla cupcakes, and thinks that The New Jim Crow should be required reading for anyone interested in social justice.


   • Sloane Davidson - @sloane
Sloane is a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and writer who focuses on the intersection of technology and social good. She is the Founder of Farsight Media, a strategic communications and marketing consultancy and also The Causemopolitan, a blog that encourages giving back. Recently, she wrote and published The Giving Manifesto. Her professional expertise includes 12+ year in marketing, business development and fundraising. You can also find her on Twitter.

   • Micah L. Sifry - @Mlsif
Micah is co-founder and editorial director of Personal Democracy Media, which produces the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference on the ways technology is changing politics, and, an award-winning blog on how politicians are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. He is a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found in 2006, and also serves on the board of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of six books, most recently Wikileaks and the Age of Transparency (OR Books, 2011), and in the spring of 2012 he taught "The Politics of the Internet" as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He is currently finishing his seventh book, on why the Internet has not changed politics as much as was expected ten years ago, which will be published in early 2014.

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