I discussed Social Media for Social Good at a City of Sydney Talk on 27th June 2012.
It is an important issue. There are many decrying social media for increasing isolation and disconnection between people.
Social media can be used as a force for social good and social inclusion. Social media is not just about ephemeral amusement, it is also an important way to harness forces for social change and social innovation. In short, it is an excellent platform for activism.
Many people are using social media to create platforms for change around the world and here in Australia.
Probably the example of this that is closest to me is Social Innovation Sydney. Started by three women about two years ago, we’ve hosted events that have connected hundreds of change makers with each other. Our goal was to use social media to find people who are interested in social innovation, and then to hold events that got the change makers together in real life.
We’re not the only ones doing it. Some other good local examples of social media for social are listed in my slide deck below.