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Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW!


The  SXSW Interactive Festival (scheduled March, 2012 in Austin, Texas) is a mega huge social media industry event.  The final program is selected through a combination of an open submission and voting process.   The process has opened – so you can browse and vote  for the nonprofit panels you think are worthy of being on the program until September 2, 2011.

And, if you’re thinking your organization can’t afford to send you to the conference,  there are scholarships available for nonprofits folks.   Check out the information and application process here.

There are over 3,000 panels available for voting and 149 in the nonprofit section.  For 2011,    I’ve submitted a panel titled “Making Social Media Measurement Sexy” with a dream team of colleagues Danielle Brigida, Frank Barry, Wendy Harman, Jon Dunn, and David Neff.   Hope you’ll consider a vote for our session.

For the past four years,  I’ve designed and facilitated panels on social media and nonprofit topics that were fun learning experiences and well documented.   In 2008, we wore funny hats to go with the theme of our panel. The following year, I organized an Nonprofit Social Media ROI Poetry Slam where panelists delivered their presentations as poems.    In 2010, did a crowdsourced session on crowdsourcing.  Last year was a global discussion about free agents with remote colleagues in the Middle East.

There is a fantastic list of nonprofit focused panels submitted by other colleagues in the sector.   Here’s a couple  I hope you’ll vote for those as well:

Turning Online Donors Into Change Investors
Geoff Livingston,  Peggy Duvette, Brian Fujito, Stacey Monk, Robert Wolf

Let’s Talk Video for Social Change
Mark Horvath, Invisible People TV

Hashtags and Non-Profit Community Development
Devon Smith

Under the Social Good Hood
Susan Gordon, Causes and Robert Rosenthal, VolunteerMatch

Social Media Boundaries: Personal/Personnel Policy
Amy Sample Ward, NTEN

Epic Fail! When Social Good Goes bad
Chad Norman, Blackbaud

Positively Inspired Change Campaigns
Stacey Monk and Tom Dawkins

Social Media for the Non-Sexy Cause
Peter Panepento, Chroncile

Be a Design Superhero: Vanquish the Wasted Pretty
Eve Simon, Lawrence Swiader, Traci Sym, Maria Giudice

Web ROI: It’s not dollars, it’s (common) sense
Lynn Labieniec & Marissa Goldsmith

101 Social Media Tactics for NonprofitsMelanie Mathos and Chad Norman, Blackbaud

No brochures: digital storytelling for nonprofits
Joe Lambert, Digital Storytelling

The Hills Are Alive With Social Data
Danielle Brigida

Smokey Bear TweetUP
Blogger OutReach Programs
YWCA Safety Siren
Seafood App and Yelp:  The Future of Social FoodMacho Man is My Community Manager

In addition see, Eve Simon’s list

Have you submitted a nonprofit panel to SXSW this year?   Share the link, title, and names in the comments.


8 Responses

  1. Jenny Green says:

    Beth, do you know how many non-profit panels in total will be chosen?

  2. Beth says:

    Hi Jenny: I do not know, but last year all the nonprofit panels were in the same location – a social good campus.

  3. Jenny Green says:

    Thanks Beth. I’m looking around at various different social media conferences to see which ones have more than just the one ‘token’ non-profit panel. This one looks like it may have many, and that’s great.

  4. Thanks for your post, Beth!

    Please vote for my panel, Changing the World: A Little Change At A Time:

    There are numerous micro-giving sites around, including ours (launching later tonight). We’ve been researching this space since 2007 and have seen an explosion of micro-giving services. Giving in this way is easier and more accessible to the masses, but does have its drawbacks.

    We’d love your support in bringing some of the best and brightest minds in this space to SXSWi for a thoughtful, frank discussions about this revolution in philanthropy.

  5. Hi Beth! Since a lot of non-profits are focused on reaching teens, I wanted to let your readers know about our panel as well – Reaching Teens On The Digital Streets. We’re going to focus on ways to connect with teens using social gaming/social media. Hope to see you again soon.


  6. Awesome list, Beth!

    Here’s my panel submission:

    “Change Makers: How Nonprofits Create Change Online”
    with Frank Barry of Blackbaud, Robert Rosenthal of VolunteerMatch, and Cate Conroy of GiveForward.

    Would love votes and any feedback!

  7. Annie Lynsen says:

    Thanks for the love, Beth! We’re really looking forward to seeing Danielle Brigida and David Connell speak at “The Hills are Alive…With Social Data.” We need all the votes and comments we can get!

  8. Thanks for the shout-out, Beth!