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I'm curious what you think about the community building possibilities of Facebook groups, as opposed to pages. It's been my experience that the new groups can support a busy, active community, and the way that each person's 5 groups are displayed in the side bar now kind of does an end run around EdgeRank which has traditionally been one of the problems with Facebook (do your people even SEE your posts?)
Hi Beth - I want to call out the notion of "effectively deliver a 3D presentation in a 3D space". Too many people just use powerpoint in virtual worlds. It wasn't effective for people in the real world and it seems to be less effective in virtual worlds. If we're giving a talk about the future, what's the future of presenting in mixed/virtual realities going to look like? That's a really great question and I applaud you for being interested in it. In a virtual world where we can cause more or less anything we can imagine to come out of our inventories and appear before us, why not do it in presentations more often to make a point? Yes I know, lag and all - but it takes just as long to rez a slide, really. And why not use some of the creative mixed reality expressions that artists are using in business settings? We are living in the future, why not live in it? Now, on to the nonprofit issue. I think crowdsourcing and transparency is a particular way to engage nonprofits with youth who can potentially become changemakers. I believe that there are a lot of young community organizers, most of whom are operating now outside the world of traditional nonprofits because they feel disenfranchised by the institutionalized structures of traditional nonprofits. While certainly not typical (most are very attentive to the demographics of race and class on social networks), I've literally met some who take grassroots social network use to such an extreme don't understand that they have to organize their protests off facebook, because there's a whole demographic that doesn't use it. These youth need training in some ways, but in some ways we need training to engage with them, and we need to learn to let go, like you said. And by the way, I write this at 27 having experienced the inside of some very corporate nonprofits, and also having been involved in some radical community organizing training - and seeing the beauty and power of social media, as well as old media. I see both sides here. -Katherine
I work with quite a few nonprofits but the main one that uses a lot of social media is GimpGirl http://www.gimpgirl.com. Our community rules because we are a crowd of women with disabilities who use social media in unique ways to personify our unique spirits, and we get together and meet once a week to do co-counseling and support, and keep connected throughout the week using social media. Our secret to success in marketing on the social web is really actively participating in the Twitter community: it's been great for us in terms of outreach to people outside the women with disabilities community and in terms of getting new members.