Net Tuesday, December 7: Crowdsourcing Change -- Applied Use of the Social Web

We've lined up three terrific projects with which to share our collective wisdom. The way it will work is that each presenter will show their website and share their objectives. Then the crowd (that’s you!) will participate in a facilitated discussion about how various social web tools and strategies might help them achieve their objectives. It’s a fun format for learning, sharing and potentially making a significant contribution to some important causes.

We’ll start gathering at 6 PM at the Friends Center (1501 Cherry Street). Light fare will be available, and RSVP’s are appreciated for planning. Not in Philly? Or can’t make it downtown? Watch the live Internet stream at http://phillynetsquared.org/live, and contribute your questions and comments via our Twitter backchannel (hashtag: #phlnet2).

Our three projects represent local, national and global perspectives:



Police Athletic League of Philadelphia
Presenter: Jo Elkes, Capital Campaign and Development Coordinator

Better known by the acronym PAL, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia provides free educational, athletic and cultural after-school programs in a safe environment. PAL believes these experiences enable youth to become successful productive citizens. All PAL activities are supervised by Philadelphia Police officers, to help foster positive relationships between youngsters and the Police Department.

Questions PAL would like our crowd to address include:


  • How do we expand our presence and increase user interaction on Facebook?
  • How can we get young donors to participate in our mobile text-to-give campaign or other social fundraising options?

Find out more about PAL at: http://www.phillypal.com


Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Presenter: Joanna Brenner, Public Awareness Associate

FIRE wants students to be able to learn and think for themselves. Its mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at American college campuses. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process and religious liberty. FIRE combats censored speech with more speech and uses social media as a powerful weapon to spread the word.

Questions FIRE would like our crowd to address include:


  • How can we get new members from our existing social networks, and get our online community more directly involved with our activities?
  • What should we use for monitoring/analytlcs?

Find out more about FIRE at: http://www.thefire.org/


AIDS Policy Project
Presenter: Kate Krauss, Executive Director

The AIDS Policy Project believes the time is now to find a cure for AIDS. The project pressures lawmakers to fund AIDS-related medical research as well as provides opportunities for researchers, advocates and others to share information, brainstorm and collaborate in a worldwide effort to eradicate AIDS.

Questions the AIDS Policy Project would like our crowd to address include:


  • What are good tools to foster collaboration within the international research and academic communities?
  • How can we use social media on a global scale to change the way people think about the AIDS pandemic?

Find out more about the AIDS Policy Project at: http://www.aidspolicy...


This promises to be a unique and interesting event. Please join us in person, or online.

Special thanks to our sponsor, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

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