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  1. 1. Read, Write, Act : Social Networking for Social Change TIES 2008 Scott Schwister [email_address]
  2. 2. What comes after Web 2.0? <ul><li>Web 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Read-only </li></ul><ul><li>Read-write </li></ul><ul><li>Read-write- act </li></ul>
  3. 3. Digital Youth Project Released November 2008
  4. 4. HANGING AROUND <ul><li>Youth use online media to extend friendships and interests. </li></ul>
  5. 5. MESSING AROUND <ul><li>Youth engage in peer-based, self-directed learning online. </li></ul>
  6. 6. GEEKING OUT <ul><li>Youth turn to specialized knowledge groups with the goal of improving their craft and gaining reputation among expert peers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Geeking out? Really? <ul><li>Yep. Really. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation and recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>Adults are not necessarily the resident experts. </li></ul><ul><li>Adult-youth relationship: “co-conspirators” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Friendship-driven vs. Interest-driven
  9. 9. Social action as geeking out? Socializing  Social Action
  10. 10. A new face of activism <ul><li>“ The idea of real-world change is the most important factor overlooked by critics of social media. The goal of cause-related social media is not to limit awareness to the online world but to use the platform as a tool to reach the masses.” </li></ul><ul><li>Naomi Hirabayashi, Memo to Our Parents: We Do Care </li></ul>
  11. 11. Millennial activists are <ul><li>&quot;Young people, ages 15-29, who practice a nascent model of civic participation that combines immersion in social causes, idealism, digital fluency.” </li></ul><ul><li>Allison Fine </li></ul>
  12. 12. Millennials Changing America <ul><li>Alex Steed’s cross-country tour </li></ul><ul><li>Goal of project is to “paint a comprehensive and diverse picture of what millennial activists think, look like, and how they function.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. What does social action look like? Write a letter. Hold a food drive. Sign a petition. Donate to a charity. Tutor a student. Organize a poster campaign.
  14. 14. What could social action look like? Write a blog post . Promote a food drive on Facebook. Sign a petition online . Donate to a charity via a ChipIn widget. Tutor a student through . Organize a YouTube PSA campaign.
  15. 15. Cause-oriented social networking sites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>DoSomething </li></ul><ul><li>Causecast </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Causes </li></ul><ul><li>SocialVibe </li></ul>
  16. 16. Wait a minute. Socialization = Social Action
  17. 17. More cause-oriented sites <ul><li>Protect the Human - Amnesty Intentional </li></ul><ul><li>Idealist </li></ul><ul><li>Taking IT Global </li></ul><ul><li>iEARN </li></ul><ul><li>WiserEarth </li></ul><ul><li>zyOzy </li></ul><ul><li>Global Youth Action Network </li></ul><ul><li>The Point </li></ul><ul><li>NetSquared </li></ul>
  18. 18. Widget activism
  19. 19. Student-teacher projects
  20. 20. Project Global Cooling <ul><li>Raising awareness about climate change through student-organized Earth Day concerts, video PSAs, blogs, and other creative work. </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Seoul, Melbourne, Honolulu, Bangkok, Beijing, Santo Domingo. </li></ul><ul><li>Brainchild of Clay Burell </li></ul>
  21. 22. Project Global Cooling <ul><li>Project Global Cooling site </li></ul><ul><li>Melbourne Ustream </li></ul><ul><li>Bangkok Ustream </li></ul>
  22. 23. Life Round Here <ul><li>Cross-cultural awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Global collaboration with multiple schools </li></ul><ul><li>2007 project </li></ul><ul><li>Participation open for 2009 project </li></ul><ul><li>Brainchild of Chris Craft </li></ul>
  23. 24. Students for Barack Obama <ul><li>Civic engagement </li></ul><ul><li>SFBO website </li></ul>
  24. 25. Team Shift Happens on Kiva <ul><li>Kiva - social entrepreneurship and microlending to alleviate poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Karl Fisch : “Give until it feels good.” </li></ul><ul><li>Team Shift Happens on Kiva </li></ul><ul><li>The Pay It Forward Challenge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lend $25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send a gift certificate or two to a friend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spread the word </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Implications for educators <ul><li>Adults should facilitate young people’s engagement with digital media. </li></ul><ul><li>Adults have a role to play in interest-driven learning as models and peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational institutions need to keep pace. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Final thoughts <ul><li>Teachers can facilitate projects in which students engage in social action. </li></ul><ul><li>Cause-oriented social networks represent a new way to connect students to others who share their interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Old-school networking still works to find and create classroom collaborations. </li></ul><ul><li>To fully understand interest-driven networked learning, we need to be co -conspirators engaged in pedagogy of collegiality. We need to be part of the network. </li></ul>
  27. 28. What’s next? <ul><li>Join ReadWriteAct on Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Resources, links, peers </li></ul><ul><li>Grouped by cause </li></ul><ul><li>What are your ideas? </li></ul>
  28. 29. Thanks to Alec Couros for sharing social justice resources , and Clay Burell for planting the 3.0 seed.
  29. 30. Contact Scott Schwister [email_address]
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