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  • Zero Strategist 3:12 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Reflections On A #4Change Twitter Chat 

    Last week I facilitated the #4Change global twitter chat with Tom on Cause Fatigue. It was an awesome one. When the chat ended I was left with what I have just call in the past “the feeling.” The purpose of this article is to explore exactly what that “feeling” is and why it is important.

    Describing “The Feeling” of A Great Twitter Chat

    When I participate in or moderate a twitter chat that has gone well I experience a range of emotions which I will attempt to describe here:

    Convergence - Diverse and distributed individuals coming together to make something common happen in real time.

    Discovery - The exploration of ourselves, each other, our thoughts, common issues, topics, information, links, articles, books, videos and other resources which are not always know by any one individual, expert or practitioner.

    Conversation - Intense, thoughtful, deep conversation about something which is of interest.

    Connection - Forging lasting connections because of meaningful interactions around common actions.

    Collaboration - The contributions of individuals to co-create something together, which is otherwise not possible.

    Serendipity - The experience of encountering “randomness” or “pseudo-randomness” (I don’t think they are random at all but that is for another article), the bridging of degrees of social, societal, organizational and global separations.

    Openness – An open door through a relatively open platform, though which any peer can step at anytime. All opinions welcome, wanted and valued.

    Rich Discussion – When participating in the face to face chats with different sized groups there are certain physical limits. With the microblog medium it is possible to participate in multiple conversations or conversation threads at once. The conversation can converge, diverge and re-converge whenever it needs to. A more rich conversation can happen where once it was limited physically.

    Learning - Often times when joining in a microblog chat (or any meeting for that matter), people think or believe that they may already know a good deal about a subject or topic. But through the virtual convening of eclectic individuals, perspectives and backgrounds in open conversation a greater truth, knowledge or experience has the potential to reveal itself to all.

    The feeling that I have described above is the not like any other feeling I have experienced in life. To be completely honest it can indeed be quite compelling, borderline intoxicating. It is this overwhelming sense of so many “things” mashed together that it becomes a nearly nonsensical and indescribable emotional mashup. But the first time you feel it, you just know somewhere deep inside and something changes in you forever. It is a sense of awe and amazement, the one you first experienced as a kid discovering the world.

    Your “reality” is not the same as it was before feeling that (social media working). You don’t look at things or think about things the same way that you did before. The mind begins to race with the possibility of change on a much grander scale then imagined in previous moments. The ideas come in waves like tsunamis, time becomes some elusive thing that you need more of to make so much more happen. Something is working and happening on a higher level that was not really possible before these social web technologies emerged and took flight on the Internet a half a decade ago.

    Why I Participate In #4Change Microblog Chats

    Everyone has their own reason for joining different events, conversations and happenings both virtual and real. The reason I participate in the #4Change Twitter Chats (microblog chats) is because of two things which I know to be at the heart of social media and social change:

    1. The Feeling (As described above)
    2. My Peers (#4Change team/fellow tweeps)

    Disclosure – This article has been cross posted to Zero Strategist

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    • Amy Sample Ward 10:24 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much for taking the time to really articulate what I think many people, on the 4change team and off, feel when they participate in the #4change chats. What's great about your break down of the elements is that when I read through them I think of many other things – facilitating a session or an event, running an innovation workshop, and so on – that create similar versions of “the feeling.” It is exhilarating to be part of something :)

      I'm so happy that the 4change chats and the collaboration of the project have helped foster such a feeling! Woohoo!

      • Zero Strategist 12:45 am on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You are welcome Amy! I thought it was important to capture a the feeling when it was sweeping over me. The versions you mentioned are so true, I get a similar one when I teach social media / enterprise 2.0 bootcamps, have an intense conversation about the future of the social web or participate in rad BarCamps. :)

        Woot! Looking forward to more of these experiences…

  • amysampleward 6:05 am on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Challenges, Community, Competitions, Innovation, , SXSW Interactive,   

    Vote for 4Change at SXSW 

    Vote Here!

    Vote here!

    The #4Change crew threw in an idea to the SXSW Interactive conference for next year and we are excited to make it happen, will you help us?!

    VOTE HERE

    or read on to learn more….

    Our Panel Idea

    “Competition > Innovation > Change: Examining Competitions For Social Change”

    Organizations, foundations, even individuals are creating social innovation competitions, hoping to drive social change projects and solutions into the global marketplace.  What are these new competitions about—are they working? How do we—innovators, entrepreneurs—know what’s going to make real-world impact and where do we start? Let’s discuss: join us!

    Here are some of the questions we hope to answer (or at least ask!) in the presentation:

    1. What are social innovation challenges?
    2. Why are challenges important? What need do they serve?
    3. What are the different types of competitions and which work best in driving change?
    4. How can challenges/competitions be used to discover, support, and accelerate social change projects and solutions?
    5. Do social innovation competitions spur real world impact?
    6. Does the success of competitions rely on the judges or the prize money?
    7. What’s required to create competitions that will generate real innovations?
    8. How can challenges support collaboration between projects?
    9. How can communities or groups start their own challenges to solve local issues?
    10. What’s the future of how we use challenges to drive social change?

    How to Vote

    Visit SXSW’s PanelPicker page here and give us a thumbs up!

    Voting will open on August 17th and close on September 4th – so be sure to vote today!

    About SXSW Interactive

    SXSW Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. Join us March 2010 for the panels, the parties, the 13th Annual Web Awards, the ScreenBurn at SXSW Arcade, the Film and Interactive Trade Show and Exhibition, Accelerator at SXSW and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.”

    About the #4Change Team Presenters

    The panel is comprised of the #4Change team, a group of individuals collaborating to propel the social media for social change conversation forward via monthly Twitter-based chats.  Competitions for change is an important topic to the #4Change community and a Compendium of Competitions has started growing. More at http://4change.memeshift.com

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