When I first moved to San Francisco’s Mission District three years ago, I couldn’t believe how much art and expression I saw on buildings, store fronts, and sidewalks — especially sidewalks. They are known for being boring and bland, but here, they have personality. Back on the east coast, the only thing type of art on a sidewalk I would see is hopscotch.
Donations continue to pour in to the Red Cross, Wylef’s Yele and other organizations to help in relief efforts in Haiti. As rubble is cleared out of the way and rebuilding Port au Prince begins, there’s a need to think and plan strategically. Haiti Rewired, a Ning Network created by Wired magazine, is a place to do just that. From their mission statement:
Each year, the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting is held in Davos, Switzerland. While invites to the meeting of leaders in government, finance, tech and entertainment are hard to come by, today it’s easier than ever to follow along from home, thanks to the World Economic Forum Ning Network. It acts not only as a hub for their other social media channels (YouTube, Twitter, etc), but also gives members an opportunity to discuss the same topics as forum attendees are discussing.
This morning, Ning CEO Gina Bianchini was part of a discussion on the growth of social networks, along with representatives of MySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington has a nice wrap-up that includes video, but most of us weren’t lucky enough to be in the room when the discussion occurred. Luckily, it doesn’t take being a CEO of a company or other VIP to engage with this topic — any member of the World Economic Forum Ning Network can contribute on the discussion forum.
If you’re an active Twitter user (Tweeter?) you’ve likely wanted to share a photo or video with your followers. And if you’ve found yourself in this situation you’ll know that you can’t upload to Twitter directly. Instead, you need to use another photo or video service where you can upload your content, and then add a link back to the photo or video in your tweet. On a phone, this can be something of a tedious process.
Music for Relief is a Linkin Park-founded Ning Network devoted specifically to raising funds for disaster relief and mitigation. Its members include artists, music industry professionals and fans who work together to create positive change. After learning of the Haitian earthquake, Music for Relief quickly mobilized to help. What they did was create an exclusive compilation of previously un-released music by artists including Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, The All-American Rejects, Enrique Iglesias and Lupe Fiasco, and put it up on a splash page that all visitors see before accessing the Ning Network, with a request to donate money to relief efforts.
(Photo courtesy of MIDEM(Net))
Greetings from France! We had a great session on Saturday with Pete Wentz of Fallout Boy and Friends or Enemies here at MIDEM(Net). The MIDEM(Net) Blog has a good write up of the session and, if you are a Network Creator on Ning, there were a few highlights worth taking a closer look at: