#GivingTuesday is underway across the world today. #GivingTuesday is a global day that empowers people to connect to great causes at a time of the year when many are looking for ways to give to charity. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday encourages families, communities and companies to come together to give something more, establishing traditions of generosity.
Now in its second year, Giving Tuesday is inspiring over 8,000 companies, nonprofits and countless individuals to give during the holiday season. The movement has garnered participation and partnership from a number of Weber Shandwick clients ranging from Join My Village and QVC to Unilever and Bank of America.
Weber Shandwick is partnering with the United Nations Foundation to spread the word about organizations doing great work, making 2013 the year of the #UNselfie, and all things #GivingTuesday! We created the digital tool kit and much of the social content for the campaign.
This post was authored by Mbessin Sonko.
Weber Shandwick is the global agency partner for the BSR Conference 2013: The Power of Networks. Our Social Impact team will be sharing insights from the conference here on this blog.
Yesterday I mentioned the importance of focusing your conference take-aways to make the most out of your experience.
This morning’s breakfast presenter at the BSR Conference 2013, The Power of Networks was Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Future. Of her many thoughtful and moving comments, these three on education stuck with me.
The world as a classroom – Marina spoke of creating a disruptive, socialstructed movement to decentralize education (along with government and the way we work) and expand learning in a way that no organization can do. She shared the example of HyperCities a research and education platform where you can use your phone to travel back in time to explore the history of buildings and city spaces in an interactive environment.
Moving from episodic to continuous learning – Maria spoke enthusiastically about how content as a commodity leads to continuous learning and the rise of extreme learners. These are learners that are interested and motivated to soak up all resources available to them at any given time. Shespoke of the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which provide interactive user forums to build communities of extreme learners.
From institutions to learning flows – Maria spoke of learning no longer being confined to a place or an institution, but a flow. A river that you can dip in an out of. She referenced leafsnap, a free mobile app where the curious can take photos of leaves and visual recognition software can help identify tree species. Amazing. No hike will ever be the same.
This idea of open data as a means to move our work, learning and governance from institution-based to citizen-controlled was more breathtaking than the pastry bar. Maria asked the room, what idea have you fallen in love with this week? I think I just found it.
This post was authored by Megan Torres.
Weber Shandwick is the global agency partner for the BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward. Our Social Impact team will be sharing insights from the conference here on this blog.
Privacy in the digital age is a widely debated topic these days. Various pieces of legislation have circulated in the U.S. House and Senate. Fortune 500 companies have asserted strong positions for or against regulation and numerous academics have debated the issue in their classrooms. Privacy in the digital era, especially with the emergence of social media outlets, was the topic of Friday’s I3 Presentation by Jeff Jarvis is an Author, Writer, and Professor of Journalism at City University of New York. Jeff has spent countless hours debating this issue with students, colleagues, media professionals and business leaders worldwide.
A few thoughts based on the discussion:
Privacy: There is no doubt that technology is changing the way we interact with one another, the way we consume information and the way we assert our purchasing power. Privacy is, by Jeff’s definition, the ethics of knowing someone else’s information and the responsibility of doing, or not doing, something with it. Companies and individuals should be held responsible for not stealing or abusing the personal information they have, protecting it (think banking and personal identities) and giving someone access and control over their own information.
Transparency: In the digital age, companies and individuals have countless opportunities to publicly share their thoughts, views, and activities. And, companies and individuals want to share. Sharing in such a public way makes transparency incredibly important. Companies need to be transparent with the information they are collecting on customers and what they intend to do with it. Transparent relationships between companies and individuals can exist in our era-of-sharing, and can:
- Enable relationships between companies and consumers to be created and improved
- Leads to trust between businesses and individuals
- Enables the wisdom of the crowd
- Finally, transparency creates collaboration between companies and individuals alike
The takeaway: Jeff is a firm believer in transparency, the power of the internet, and a transparent approach to managing big data.
by Shelby Watts
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