People Powered: Technology and the Revolution

SXSW Description

The people-powered revolution, fueled by the Internet and technology, is changing everything — especially the worlds of activism, media and policy. Today, the conversation about the Internet’s role has never been louder or more distributed.

Activism, media and policy always have worked together. But thanks to the tools we now have and will continue to develop, their speed and influence are limitless. New technologies that strengthen the people-powered movement are emerging every day, giving individuals the tools they need to be heard.

Join us for a discussion about the latest technologies and how they are bolstering this revolution by empowering people to shape activism, media and policy.

Initial Thoughts

A lot of this session was about real activism versus slacktivism which has been a discussion topic more than once in our household. Social media has made it super easy to “help” the world but is slactivism REALLY helping? Is clicking a mouse really helping? Lots of great conversation in this one.

Key Takeaways

  • Real Activism vs. Slacktivism – those who just push buttons and donate to not feel guilty, signing petitions, copy/aste status updates, etc.
  • How do we measure the social impact of generations? How do we measure the impact of social activists? What does success look like? We need to define a measurement.
  • Can we measure things that go viral?
  • What are the platforms and tactics to push social change for next year?
  • Should the government be more transparent? Would that be good or would it just cause more problems? (Who really trusts their government?)

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Date & Location

Monday, March 13, 2012
Austin Convention Center
Theme: Better Tomorrow

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