I’ve been involved in a number of events over the last few years, most notably I was lead organiser of Glasgow’s first Twestival Local and, more recently, I was lucky enough to be part of the sounding board for Scotland’s first Media 140 event. Undoubtedly the success of those events inspired us to start thinking about a third sector social media event in Scotland – somewhere charity professionals and social entrepreneurs could learn, debate and connect. After some frantic planning, with a sounding board made up of third sector types more talented than I’ll ever be, Be Good Be Social was born. We’ve put together a pretty inspirational line-up of speakers and each round of tickets has sold out within hours – we’ll be releasing a handful more the week before the event. Overall I’m fairly chuffed with the way #BeGoodBeSocial is panning out.
We took a bit of a risk planning this event – what if we hadn’t shifted any tickets or what if people thought our line-up was crap. Thankfully neither of those things have happened and, in a round about kind of way, that’s thanks to #NFPtweetup. Way back in November 2008 Rachel Beer and a bunch of other like-minded folks got together at The Coach and Horses pub in Soho, London, to have a natter about social media for social good. 8 events on, the NFPtweetup has evolved in to something huge, showcasing some ground-breaking digital campaigns and providing charity social media types with a space to connect both on and offline. So, had there been no NFPtweetup would we have taken the plunge and organised Be Good Be Social? I’m not so sure.
NFPtweetup…we salute you!