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Philly Net Tuesday July 7: Activist Communities in the Midst of Social Media

As warm weather settles in, nothing’s more refreshing than a flight of Net Tuesday Summer Ales. On tap we have:


  • July 7: Communi-Lager: Activist Communities in the Midst of Social Media with Chris Bartlett. (More below.)
  • August 4: Homebrewed Rumination. We’ll be using a modified version of our Extreme Makeover: Web Strategy Edition format with Philly NetSquared’s own website: phillynetsquared.org. Together, we'll identify specific steps we can take to enable the growing Philly NetSquared community to use our website as a place to connect with, learn from and inspire one another to realize each person's dreams and each organization's objectives.
  • September 1: Portal Pilsner. Change.org. Network for Good. Razoo. And many other sites are out there, committed to using social tools help nonprofits achieve their mission. How do you sort through the clutter and use these sites to advance your own cause?

Join us at our Net Tuesday Summer Ales, where we'll sit back, relax and explore ways social technology can help organizations and individuals advance social change in Philadelphia. First up, on Tuesday, July 7: Communi-Lager! Chris Bartlett will present Activist Communities in the Midst of Social Media. He'll share how he has used the tools of the trade -- social networks Twitter, Facebook, Stickam, and Ning -- to create a series of communities that support his community organizing. He'll engage Net Tuesday participants in an inquiry about how we can use these tools to build community, strengthen social networks, and bring about powerful change in our communities. Key ideas for the night:

  • The importance of connecting others -- and not only yourself to others -- as a strategy for social network organizing.
  • The timeline for face-to-face -- how to bring about in-person connections that strengthen online ones.
  • Pitfalls of online organizing-- fitting your strategies into your overall plan for getting things done.

Most importantly, Bartlett will facilitate a conversation among participants to hear what is working for all of us. If Twitter (and other social media tools) are in fact transformative, we'll hope to hear some stories of those transformations.

Chris Bartlett is a gay men's health community organizer from Philadelphia. He directed the SafeGuards Gay Men's Health Project in Philadelphia for ten years, and has acted as lead consultant to the LGBT Community Assessment in Philadelphia, a project that gathers data about LGBT communities in order to make recommendations regarding community organizing, health, housing, and economic development. He co-facilitates the Gay Men's Health Leadership Academy, a national meeting of leaders in the field of gay men's health and wellness, and has helped to convene the Gay Men's Health and LGBTI Summits. Most recently, he has received support from the Arcus Foundation to develop a strategic plan for LGBT leadership development in the United States. Community organizing through social media is his greatest current passion and commitment.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I attended this meetup because I thought it would be a good introduction to building communities off the typical websites, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I felt like the presentation started off on a good path, but quickly dissolved into an almost hour-long discussion of how-to use Twitter. While I understand Twitter is "the" outlet for social media right now, it wasn't supposed to be the main topic of discussion. I attended the Twitter for non-profits meetup and found it quite repetitive.

    July 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good general thoughts; from his first several slides I was thinking, "This could apply to any group, like a religious congregation." That's not to dismiss what he was saying; I hadn't really thought to apply the term "social network" to such groups. The leap for me is in how you then USE the techno toys in the service of the social network, rather than the social network being the excuse for playing with the techno-toys.

    July 7, 2009

  • theszak

    July 6, 2009

  • theszak

    How limited have been key people of gay men's health leadership in their advocacy for preventing new infections?... Have enough people died yet for us to now try asking "Let's get tested TOGETHER BEFORE we have sex, for A VARIETY of STDs." Sexual health checkups reduce ambiguity and can be like anything else POTENTIAL sex partners do together.

    July 6, 2009

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