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Smart Aid: Social Media and the 1millionshirts Debate, Vote For This as panel idea for South by Southwest (SXSW)

19 Aug

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.

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1 Comment

Posted by on August 19, 2010 in opinion, Other Stuff

 

One response to “Smart Aid: Social Media and the 1millionshirts Debate, Vote For This as panel idea for South by Southwest (SXSW)

  1. Ladygoodwood

    August 26, 2010 at 4:28 am

    You know, one thing that always gets up my nose, why is the 3rd world only ever deserving of the stuff we are about to throw out? Why does it have to be ‘used’ T-shirts? I saw a campaign on blogs recently about sending your ‘old’ shoes to Haiti and yet another to send your ‘old’ reading glasses to India. How patronizing can you get?
    Isn’t is so much better to say ‘buy a T-shirt’ to send to wherever?
    Some years ago as part of a research project in the UK, I looked at how Charities were portraying themselves in terms of dignity for the service user. How many of us would like to be ferried about on a bright red bus that is emblazoned with ‘Sunshine Coaches – provided by the Variety Club of Great Britain’ down the side. How nice to know that over-paid celebrities are letting everyone know that they care so much about disadvantaged kids, that they provide them with a bus that further adds to their ‘less than’ status.
    For me , a fundamental of charity is about giving people dignity. Sending them a used T-shirt is not dignified on either part.

     

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