Erica Schlaikjer

About Erica Schlaikjer

Erica Schlaikjer is the Creator and Curator of Benevolent Media. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @benevolentmedia and @eschlaik.
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SXSW: #GivingTuesday Scales Up

#GivingTuesday has no corporate headquarters. No official staff. And no single leader. And yet, in 2013, the online donation campaign has amassed 10,000 partners in all 50 states, received 1.2 billion media impressions, gained 1.2 million Facebook likes, and generated 500,000 tweets. The social media support has translated into real dollars, producing an average online […]

SXSW: What Does It Really Mean to “Engage”?

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of SXSW 2014. This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It seems appropriate that I forgot my cell phone, my laptop and my camera’s memory card when I attended a session on “Human Connection: The Ultimate Digital Currency” at the SXSW Interactive festival this week. I was very […]

SXSW 2014: Participant Media Celebrates Storytelling for Social Change

Hollywood changemaker Participant Media is here at SXSW to prove that storytelling can make money, drive social impact and be entertaining—all at the same time. The award-winning entertainment company is best known for producing films like Lincoln, An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc. But over the past decade, it has grown its reputation as a multimedia powerhouse […]

SXSW 2014: TakePart Creates Bingo Game for Socially Conscious Events

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of SXSW 2014. TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, released this handy guide to socially conscious events and destinations at SXSW–in the form of a bingo game! Post pictures of the recommended hotspots using the hashtag: #sxswbingo And check out all of Participant Media’s social […]

The Benevolent Guide to SXSW 2014: Interactive

  The annual SXSW (“South by Southwest”) festival of music, film and interactive media descends on Austin, Texas this Friday, March 7. The 10-day schedule of events is jam-packed with performances, discussions, presentations and networking. I’ll be there with press credentials to cover the inspiring madness for Huffington Post Impact and Benevolent Media during the […]

The Color of Love: Showing Support for Marriage Equality

Even if you had no idea about today’s historic events at the U.S. Supreme Court, you’d be blind not to notice a movement swelling online. In the nation’s capital, oral arguments began yesterday on California’s Prop. 8, which amended the state Constitution to ban the right for same-sex couples to marry, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which […]

International Women’s Day: Gaining Momentum

Happy International Women’s Day! The global movement was created to inspire women and celebrate their achievements worldwide. The commemorative occasion originally started in the United States as a way for female laborers to demand shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Now, people all over the world are organizing thousands of events, including political rallies, business […]

For Valentine’s Day, D.C. Artists Reflect on Love

For our February community event, we’re hosting The Loving Market to support local nonprofits in Washington, D.C. dedicated to love-themed causes. It includes an online auction, pop-up shop (with a scheduled panel discussion and craft-making activity), art exhibit and evening reception, all to benefit Becky’s Fund and Break the Cycle, which both advocate for freedom from domestic violence, and […]

Film Review: In “The Square,” the Revolution Will Actually Be Televised

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim‘s riveting firsthand account of the Egyptian revolution, “The Square (Al Midan),” took home the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at […]

New Film Shows Girls Rising from Plight to Power

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” “Educate girls, change the world.” That’s the simple and powerful mission of the new documentary film and social action campaign Girl Rising, which was […]

Filmmakers Take a Stand for Social Justice

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” What would it take for you to put everything on the line? At the Sundance Film Festival’s Filmmaker Lodge, a panel talk called “Taking […]

Register for 2013 Media That Matters Conference

Media that Matters is an annual conference presented by the Center for Social Media in Washington, D.C. It is designed for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communications leaders, funders, and students who want to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter. The theme of the 2013 conference is “Measure for Measure,” focusing on […]

Winners Announced for $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition

CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” Spanish director Rafel Duran Torrent took home the $100,000 Grand Jury Prize […]

Meet the Filmmaker: David France

This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read “The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Fesitval.” When journalist-turned-filmmaker David France set out to make a documentary about the early days of the HIV/AIDS activist movement, he didn’t intend to start […]

The Benevolent Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

Ah, Sundance. The premiere indie film fest, where people all over the world descend on Park City, Utah to partake in the parties, the talks, the free swag, the networking, the snow bunnies, oh yes, and the movies. This year, we are keeping our eyes peeled for films and panels that explore ways to drive […]

Telling the Story of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Her name is Jyoti Singh Pandey. The 23-year-old female medical student was brutally raped by six men on a private bus on her way back from watching a movie in New Delhi on December 16. She died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. The crime has sent India and the world […]