SXSW Interactive – Quick Recap of Days 2 & 3

Well, I’m still in Austin and just wrapped up day three of the panel portion of #sxswi. These last couple of days have been packed full of some of the most passionate, useful information I have encountered in a very, very long time.

It is incredibly refreshing to see that so many of the people I have heard speak are sincerely committed to creating real communities and solving complex problems through interactive mediums. I have to admit I was really overwhelmed with the realization that I was sharing a collective space (granted it was a huge space, but at least we were in the same geographic location) with some of the most innovative minds in the world.

Rather than spend hours typing out 20 boring overviews of the panels I attended, I’m going to leave you all with some of the most salient key points from just a couple of these panels.  Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share more info on specific panels I found really useful and worth discussing in greater detail.

I’ll also provide you with links and twitter names, so you can learn more about these projects on your own time!

1. Scott Heiferman – Meetup.com/@heif/http://scott.heiferman.com/

Scott hosted an inspiring panel called ‘How to Spark a Movement in the 21st Century’.

Key points for consideration:

  • A movement is not a campaign, not a trend, not awareness or even an action. It’s a feeling – its momentum – it begins and ends with big change.
  • What you want is accidents, serendipity. You want to see leaders emerge, lead your followers to lead andwatch what happens after they connect and share stories.
  • Be everywhere, be engaged and connect with other like-minded people locally.
  • Use online to get offline
  • Get followers and fans to get behind a movement. Get them connected globally and then get them to meet locally.
  • Set up situations that create opportunities for individuals to take responsibility and engage in leadership. Empower your community.

2. Ze Frank – http://www.zefrank.com/ & @zefrank

I learned about who Ze Frank was through another channel I follow on YouTube – VlogBrothers.  I honestly had no idea he was as inspiring, compassionate and thoughtful as he was during this panel. His transparency and realness were incredibly endearing and reminded all of us, I’m sure, that we are not alone in feeling anxious and scared about sharing our thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.

One great point Ze brought up was in reference to how we need to be a little more patient and forgiving of ourselves when it comes to creative ideas.  He mentioned that we don’t know where the ideas come from, so we have to be patient and let them reveal themselves.  “Recognize that there is an element of creativity that requires patience. You have to be patient with yourself.

Really, this song says more than I ever could about the real inspiration of Ze’s panel discussion: Songs You Already Know: Scared

Here’s a photo of Ze as a unicorn.

Ze Frank SXSWi 2010 - Photo Courtesy of Iman Saqr

Ze Frank SXSWi 2010 - Photo Courtesy of Iman Saqr

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