I am embarking on a roadtrip to serve a social good.
As I’ve grown older, making a difference has become more and more important.
How did this start?
Recently I spoke at the 140Conf, a conference held by Jeff Pulver (CoFounder of Vonage.com, and the guy who is responsible for VOIP (Voice Over IP — Internet-based telephone calls) being free, rather than billed per-call by the phone industries).
I met Jeff prior to the event for coffee and a chat. He was (is) an incredible person. He has a good sense of humor, and helps many people.
His passion for what he does, as well as his intelligence are both quite apparent. I decided I wanted to get involved in spreading the word about the uses of social media for other reasons than just marketing or being social. Jeff recently started his 140Conf Small Town as well, to spread the knowledge of what industries and individuals in those towns can do with these real-time technologies.
Basically, it’s how to leverage social media for social good. That’s a cause I can believe in! I’m not the only one, the mayor of Detroit is opening up the event!
I’ve used social media to connect with people, to connect other people with the people that have exponentially increased their business, with people that can solve their problems, to raise funds for a poodle that needed a $2,500 operation, and much more… the speakers at the 140 Conf have even bigger stories than mine.
So what’s this trip?
I am driving from Las Vegas to Detroit, then down to Kansas. I will be using Social Media (Facebook / Twitter / 4Square / etc) to announce my locations, and I will have Tweetups (get togethers at certain destinations, generally announced on Twitter). I am looking to spread usage of social media as a tool for social change, and business growth, while meeting characters. As I find characters, I will be filming their stories. I am also, as always, looking to connect with great individuals along my route.
If you caravan with me, you get in for free!
That’s right, Jeff Pulver agreed that anyone going with me to the Detroit 140Conf or the Kansas 140conf gets in for free. Tickets are generally $140, which is a bargain to see the panels and speakers that Jeff has lined up. I’ve never had a Caravan, and that would be rad!
What’s my Route?
I leave Las Vegas on Sunday morning, with pit stops in
Grand Junction, CO (Stop for the night here)
Grand Island, NE (stop for the nite)
Cedar Rapids, IA
Then of course Detroit, MI.
Tell Me Your Story!
I, like Jeff Pulver, am looking for characters. If you have a great story, are a character, and/or are using the internet to affect social good, then I want to know you! I want to meet you on my journey, and film your story.
Want to be a Couch?
I am also looking for people to Couchsurf with along the way. If you want me to stay with you, fill out the form at Crash My Couch.
I’m looking for characters, so if you got them, let me know! Use the contact form on my site, and let me know who they are …. especially if they are on my route.
Want to go to the 140Conf for free?
Just caravan with me! Contact me (on Twitter would be great: I’m at http://twitter.com/couchsurfingori), and let me know! We can drive together!
Where to have a tweetup?
If you know any places in those cities that would make for good tweetup spots, or own them and want the promotion, then let me know, and I’ll make sure we do it there.
Spread the Word-
Since I need to get the word out about my trip, get people interested in the tweetups (and decide where to have them), and of course to spread the word about the 140conf, I need to bring attention to this post. So, please post this on Facebook, Twitter, Social Bookmarking sites, StumbleUpon it, e-mail it to your friends, e-mail it to your enemies, forward it to reporters, forward it to bloggers…. just get the word out!
Thanks, and I’ll see you on the road!