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.
(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:
While most of Ning is working on new features in our Palo Alto office, our CEO Gina Bianchini is in Cannes, France, for MIDEM, the world’s largest music conference. She’ll be joined on stage tomorrow by Grammy nominated musician, activist and entrepreneur Pete Wentz to discuss “Social Media Strategies for Fan Engagement,” with Billboard Magazine’s International Bureau Chief Mark Sutherland moderating. Their keynote conversation at MIDEM will take a look at best practices and provide an in-depth look at what’s next for artists and their fans in social media.
Ed note: Today’s post comes from Becca Martin, the creator
of Live Here Oak Park, a Ning Network dedicated to the Chicago, Ill
suburb of Oak Park. When she’s not Ninging it up, Becca
enjoys meeting her members around town and discovering new local
businesses and restaurants to write about. If you’d like to write a
guest post, please let us know in the comments below!