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Presentation: The Obama Way – Using Online Social Networks to Promote Your Cause

For Fundraising Day 2009 (which coincides with Earth Day), I gave a primer on how President Obama used online social networks (among many communication tools) to empower supporters and raise an incredible amount of public funding for his 2008 election campaign.

In particular, I focused on the idea of producing remixable media, so fans/supporters can produce their own variations, take ownership of the idea and ultimately help spread the cause.

AFP social networking panel
Click to see high-res panorama of our fundraising through social media session @ Statler Tower

KaraKane of Medaille College kicked things off with some social media definitions and concepts (see her slides), while AJ, founder of BuffaloMe.com, talked about how organizations could establish presence online and integrate social media practices with their marketing communication mix. I’ve put some of the audience questions at the end of my Slideshare presentation for future reference.

This event was kindly hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professional (WNY Chapter).

BarcampBuffalo: How it went… a narrated slideshow (voicethread)

Thanks to the WNYmedia folks, I totally enjoyed Barcamp Buffalo. You’ll see and hear why from my voicethread above.

I decided to use Voicethread to show Buffalo News journalist, Michelle Kearns, how she could take her trans-media story DVD project a step further. Voicethread makes multimedia storyboards accessible (embed anywhere) and collaborative (allow viewers to add audio/visual comments).

BarcampBuffalo #1 panorama
Barcamp Buffalo panorama captured using the iPhone

If you prefer, higher resolution photos are available in my BarcampBuffalo flickr set. Also, WNYmedia has produced a promotional video with clips from this Barcamp.

BarcampBuffalo: @jhsu’s LiveStreamMonitoring + @MikeCanz’s Codeswarm (Visualization)

As a sneak peek at BarcampBuffalo, UB undergrad and web developer Joseph Hsu of josephhsu.com demos his prototype Live Stream Monitoring webapp written with Ruby on Rails. Yes, he says it’s an untitled work.

It’s very alpha right now, merely aggregating information streams (kinda like RSSfeed.me). His next phase would be to process these streams in order to abstract our personal social web behavior / trends. Ultimately, it’s to become a form of social intelligence dashboard.

As you can tell by now, there’s a small visualization trend going at this Barcamp. Kicking things off was @MikeCanz’s Codeswarm demo as shown above (it’s open source). Since the crowd consisted of business folks as well, much of the conversations highlighted concerns about these tools being more frivolous than functional. Often heard was “what’s the point of this?”.

I argue that if we frame ideas in terms of monetization, we’d be extremely short-sighted. By the time an idea becomes obviously millable, it would be way too late. Instead, I believe that visualization tools provide a crucial way for to us humanly graze from the increasingly denser information environment we live in today.

Historically speaking, lots of popular web services we use today came by accident, including blogger, twitter, Youtube, flickr, just to name a few! Just look up their origins on Wikipedia.

BarCamp Singapore 3: a truly socially constructed experience


Photo by the incredibly ramblinglibrarian

Inspired by the ramblinglibrarian, I’d like to share my experience in virtual attendance of my first BarCamp, namely BarCamp Singapore 3.

Organized by Preetam Rai (who also shares his experience), and helped by many others including @claudia10, @shenheng, @cneil, the event had over 200 registrations, with just over 150 participants by lunch time. Many of my friends presented, including the ramblinglibrarian on “Publishing your music online“.

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SOLsummit2009: Mindmelding with fellow edu-digeratis…


I’ll probably share the audio or video after I’ve actually presented this…

Thanks to Alexandra Pickett, Associate Director at SUNY Learning Network, I’ve been sponsored to speak at SLN SOLsummit 2009 held in Syracuse, NY (a good 2hr 21mins drive).

What’s SOLsummit about?
The SLN SOLSummit, sponsored by the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), is an annual SUNY-wide conference specifically for online instructional designers, directors of online learning, and those interested in online learning environment support, services, and best practices.

What will I be doing?
Besides listening to edu-digeratis including Alex Reid, Shannon Ritter, and George Siemens, I’ll be giving a visual journey through “Leveling Up Students with Blogs: Engineering Active Learning through Game Mechanics”, which I’ve previously only written about. Here’s my talk’s abstract:

Feb 26th, 2:30 – 3:30 SUNY Campus Showcase III:
Kevin Lim, Cyberculturalist, doctoral student in Communication at the University at Buffalo

Leveling Up Students With Blogs: Motivating Active Learning Through Game Mechanics
One challenge of using blogs as educational tools is encouraging students to engage in these public forms of active participation. For students to receive the full benefits of the class blogging experience, they must internalize the goal of intellectual interaction.

To encourage these social interactions, an innovative pedagogical approach in the form of Amy Jo Kim’s game mechanics (2006) can be applied as a viable framework to student blogging communities. This framework also allows educators to achieve both specific and emergent learning outcomes.

This presentation presents the authors’ implementation of gaming mechanics with blogging pedagogy, and will allow educators to observe how learning outcomes were met.

As both authors (Derek Lackaff and I) were each instructors of similar introductory Communication courses (COM125) held on different continents within the same semester, this experience provided for a unique opportunity to compare the adoption of blogs and game mechanics under different cultural contexts.

But wait, there’s something for you…
It’s obvious that not everyone who’s interested in online learning design can be here, so Alexandra has made it a point to be very visible with our pedagogical exchanges.

First, there’s the agenda online, then there’s the @SLNSOLsummit on twitter, photos on flickr tagged summit2009, and best of all… our presentations will all be shared online via this public SOLsummit2009 Slideshare group. Enjoy!

Update: Alexandra is also streaming live video from SOLsummit 2009 via Mogulus.

Bar-Bar-Barcamp, have you any tools? (Singapore + Buffalo)

Goku discovers his new bar-bar-barcamping powers...

There seems to be undying affection for the upcoming Dragonball movie, which might explain the whooshing stars and Buffalos I’ve been seeing of late (j/k).

BarCamp Singapore III
Date: Sat, February 28, 2009
Time: 9:15am to 6.30pm
Location: Ngee Ann Polytechnic Blk 27, Level 2, 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489

I’ll be joining my fellow Singaporean netizens in diffusing (not so) life-changing knowledge on life online and off. Through the satanic magic of Skype, I’ll give you “Aiyoh… if only you listened!”.

In this tragically funny and environmentally low-cost presentation intended for small businesses and non-profits, I talk about the importance of listening in an increasing louder social web. I’ll chat about the philosophy behind why sharing online seems essential to us as humans being.

Not unlike the recent PRSA panel I participated in (See Part 1 + Part 2), I’ll use the recent Michael Phelps vs. Kelloggs meme to demonstrate the basics of using social media search tools to give users the ability to be omnipresent online.

Be sure to check out the full line-up of presentations in this day-long multi-track mental floss. If you’re new to the social web scene, see if you recognize anyone from this long attendance list.

BarCamp Buffalo I
Date: Tues, March 3, 2009
Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm (3hrs)
Location: Pearl Street Brewery (See Google map)

Glad to see Buffalonians organizing their first ever Barcamp! On Tuesday evening, Pearl Street Grill will play host to three hours of tech and social media sharing. Given that are already 18 folks presenting, each presentation has been planned go between 5 to 15mins. Think of it as speed braindroppings!

The Who’s Who of Buffalo’s tech activism scene will be there, and I’m particularly interested in the hyperlocal services which might help propel Buffalo out of its economic death march.

By hyperlocal, I mean news coverage of community-level events that’s beyond the lens of mainstream media, yet afforded by the web’s low-cost distribution of geographically niche information. Granted, this hyperlocal idea could be nothing more than hype, but it is worth drinking in a mental desert. If I were a local philanthropist or even a venture capitalist, this event could be a great opportunity to find great tech ideas worth investing in.

Meet Yongfook, Joel Postman, and Melvin Yuan @ BlogOut 2009

BlogOut! 09

Ah yes… I happened to be in Singapore for the first BlogOut back in 2007 (humor), so it’s nice to see this social media event running along for 2009.

What the heck is a BlogOut?
According to The Digital Movement, “Blogout’09 aims to help make sense of the social media landscape in Singapore. Essentially an event to celebrate bloggers’ independent voices, emergent forms of social, web technology and to create change for their organizations, communities and society”.

Whew, a mouthful I know, but I guess the point to give a bang for your buck. Unlike the upcoming Singapore Barcamp 3 (which I’ll talk about soon), this event has a more professional vibe to it, and it consists a corporate (i.e. March 6th for S$120) and public track (i.e. March 7th for S$0). BlogOut’09 will be held at the Singapore Art Museum, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 (See Google Map)

How I know each of these fellas…
Jon Yongfook: I’ve been following this handsome lad’s blog/lifestream for a long time, and I recall his personal story of how he came to be (I need lessons from this guy). Being half-Singaporean Chinese and Half-British, it’s fun to watch his life in Chuo-ku, Tokyo… even when he blabbers about in his Youtube videos like this one:

Joel Postman: I remember my friend @KeithBurtis telling me how he was trying to help BestBuy (@BestBuyRemix) get onboard the social media train, so I went in search of a book that covered all that. I think it was the Russian socialist typeface on Joel’s blog which drew me in to buy SocialCorp off Amazon. Keith probably knows most of the stuff in there, but it helps provide a framework for corporations to integrate social media into their communication mix. At BlogOut’09, Joel will be talking about “Communications Inside Out”, which is based on the final chapter of his book. He’ll explain how there are five key shifts in perceptions about what social media is, and how it behaves:
* Speed–>Brevity
* Managed Participation–>Chaos
* Letting Go–>Taking Back
* Engagement–>Doing Business
* Wild Wild West–>Civilized World

Melvin Yuan: Got to know Melvin Yuan as a ridiculously thoughful public relations gentleman in Singapore. Together with Ben Koe, they ran ScoopAsia, a journalist’s online wire for all things press releases in Asia. He’s now the director of the Digital Strategies Group (Asia) at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. If you ever see him, he enjoys talking about this word he coined up called Omnifluence. Also, I apologize on his behalf: It’s been exactly one year since he updated his blog! Oh, a real record breaker he is! ;P

Too Much Information… just how do I get to BlogOut’09?
Just register here for details!

UPDATE: Looks like Joel Postman had to share a word or two as well… ;D