What if we — your local public broadcaster and science museum — and those of you who are the local blogging experts got together and learned how to use Social Media to bring back that great American tradition of the community taking charge of its own problems?
What I find interesting about this group is how much they're using social media. They have a blog, a mini social network (ning based), and use Twitter. However, they rely [on] these tools to complement interaction in the real world. We'll see if this collaboration between a traditional news organization, museum, and area residents will indeed usher in a better community through the help of social media.
Nov 16, 2007 Columbus Social Media Cafe blog posting
WOSU and COSI hosted its first blogger meet-up this evening at WOSU@COSI. It truly was a fascinating evening.
Using the Open Space meeting format, this community of very passionate people discussed a wide range of topics addressing the Question: What can we do together that we cannot do alone to change this community using social media tools?
For a headline summary of the topics, you can visit our Twitter page. See some additional photos in our Flickr group.
We also took video that we’ll have posted on You Tube and Facebook as well as this blog.
A few of the many YouTube videos related to the Columbus Social Media Cafe :
Embedding the Columbus Social Media Cafe's Twitter feed, so you can get an idea of what issues they're thinking about.
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At the top of this page, I said this had nothing to do with preserving COSI Toledo. Well, what if some kind of social media cafe was created in Toledo/Lucas County, and the first activist project was to create a plan to make private funding a sustainable way to keep a hands-on science museum in the Toledo area?
The pathetic, feeble-minded way to solve a problem is to run to the taxpayers, begging for money with a levy. Surely, metro Toledo has more intellectual talent than that. I'd like to think so, anyway. But apathy is probably a major obstacle to finding reasonable solutions to a problem. If this area wants to be a leader in biotechnology and/or alternative energy, then where's the intelligence to solve problems without the #1 solution being to raise taxes?
on Nov 28, 2007 at 09:25:45 pm
on Jun 29, 2009 at 04:57:36 pm
It is not socialism, its idea sharing and creation.
My offer still stands to help plan an "unconference" of this magnitude. I personally want to plan an independent media unconference as well.
"The pathetic, feeble-minded way to solve a problem is to run to the taxpayers, begging for money with a levy. Surely, metro Toledo has more intellectual talent than that. I'd like to think so, anyway. But apathy is probably a major obstacle to finding reasonable solutions to a problem"--- can I get an amen.
posted by jdmsbyrd
on Nov 29, 2007
at 10:35:51 am
tomtom - shame on you!
This isn't about socialism simply because the word 'social' shows up in the discussion.
I think it's interesting. The issue isn't getting everyone together to share ideas, though...it's getting the commitment from people to actually follow through and dedicate time and energy to IMPLEMENTING the ideas. That's where such efforts tend to fall apart.
I like the two topics that jr has suggested and would participate as time and my other commitments allow.
This is really interesting!!!! We have two possibilities: WGTE and WBGU. If we do both, we're regional right from the start. And, The Center for Regional Development is housed at BGSU. What's the next step?
Dec 18, 2007 Columbus Social Media Cafe blog posting that pointed to a Dec 13, 2007 San Francisco Chronicle article about the top U.S. cities for blogging. :
Here’s the Top 10 list from Nielsen Media Research:
1. Austin, TX (15% of adults going on the Web to read or contribute to a blog in the past 30 days)
2. Portland, OR (14%)
3. San Francisco Bay Area (13%)
4. Seattle (13%)
6. San Diego
7. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 8. Columbus, OH
9. Nashville, TN
10. Colorado Springs, CO