The Smart Aid Initiative panel idea to South by Southwest (SXSW) for their 2011 Interactive session made the first cut and is now out for public vote.
Organizer: Saundra Schimmelpfennig, Good Intentions are Not Enough
Here’s a summary of our proposed panel:
In April 2010 a project was launched to send 1 million used t-shirts to Africa. The project was well-intentioned, but it was also based on several classic aid mistakes. Its social media profile was high enough that it caught the attention of aid professionals who blog. Within the course of just two weeks over 60 blog posts were written about the project from an incredible range of people. The ongoing and heated debate finally lead to an international round table with people from ? continents participating. It also caught the attention of TIME magazine who covered the debate in their online edition. Somewhere between a case study and a debate, the panel will discuss the outcome of the debate, and what was learned from it, from the aid blogger and social venture points of view. It will also discuss some recent initiatives attempting to harness the power of social media for social good.
If you’re interested in seeing this topic make it to SXSW please take a minute and vote for it on the panel picker.