How can communities have a real world impact?
We’re entering the post social media age. While the past 10 years got us all excited about the ability to connect and interact with people from around the world, the key platforms are established today. And so are the ways we’re using them for: resulting in a culture of media consumption and self-representation driving maximum impact for advertisers and zero impact on the real issues that define the world we live in right now.
What the social media age has left us though is an incredible stack of tools and technologies. Within minutes we can create websites, groups, surveys, campaigns and events, start causes, join causes, communicate, follow, share, find and connect with like-minded people from around the world.
Movements like #metoo and #NeverAgain have showed us the impact that happens when people come together over a shared purpose. Countless other initiatives, from local neighborhood projects to global initiatives like the Obama Foundation, use the democratization of digital tools and technologies for social change.
Anyone can start a movement or a community today.
What we’re missing is the right understanding and education of how we can use these tools to create a real world impact.
- How can we use digital tools and technologies to connect people more effectively?
- What are the skills and resources needed to start a movement or community today?
- How can participatory initiatives create real change in the world we live in?
- What are the technologies and platforms of the future that facilitate real world change?
Further reading: Why we’re doing a Summit on Community Leadership
We’re looking to bring people together over a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise and professions to solve these burning questions.
Activists, technologists, marketers, communication specialists, strategists, researchers, organizers, founders, CEOs, professors, investors, philosophers – people who bring people together to create a real world impact by using the tools and technologies available to us now and in the future.
Are you one of them? Then send us an application and tell us why you should be a part of this conversation. Attendance will be invite-only and limited to 75 people to ensure we have high quality interactions.
About the host
Severin is a co-founder of co-matter, a platform that explores what makes communities thrive. He most recently built EyeEm’s community of 22 million photographers, co-initiated Copenhagen’s Techfestival and founded a cycling club called Friends of Velocity. Severin is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on community leadership and culture, sharing his thoughts and experiences with global organizations and universities. He likes cycling, sleeping and reading the newspaper on a Sunday morning.