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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 […]

The Pitch: Faith in Action DC

This post is part of “The Pitch” series, which follows up with socially conscious creatives who submitted to the inaugural Benevolent Media Pitch Night competition in November 2012. At the event, held in Washington, D.C., 13 different projects and organizations presented 3-minute proposals on how to use storytelling and design for social good, for a chance to win funding […]

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 […]

New Website Collects Ideas to Improve the World

Have you ever wanted to see current or  potential  innovations for poverty or the environment without having to do a lot of researching or reading?  Have you ever thought of an idea and wanted to tell the world about it and get  feedback?  How it could be different was founded for these purposes – to […]

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 […]

Art, Booze and Media: The Sustainability of Craft Beers

This article is part of our coverage of the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. It originally appeared on Triple Pundit. At the Net Impact conference in Baltimore, craft brewmakers discussed how their industry is taking leadership on sustainability and community development, in a panel discussion on Cases and Beer: The Sustainability-Focused, Community-Involved Brewery. One of […]

The Benevolent Guide to South by Southwest (#SXSW)

  The annual South by Southwest (“SXSW”) festival kicked off in Austin, Tex. on Friday, March 9. We perused the online schedule to look for sessions that have to do with storytelling or design for social and environmental good. If you’re in town and interested in blogging about one of the events, contact Editor-in-Chief Erica Schlaikjer: erica […]

#SMW12: The Secret Sauce to Social Media Fundraising by #Give2Max

  Benevolent Media is an official blogging partner of Social Media Week in Washington, D.C. (#SMWWDC). To learn more about social media for social good events worldwide, read our Benevolent Guide to Social Media Week (#SMW12). Is it time to nix your annual appeal and just send out a tweet? Not necessarily. Geoff Livingston of […]

#SMW12: Who Was Really Behind Internet Blackout Day?

  Benevolent Media is an official blogging partner of  Social Media Week in Washington, D.C. (#SMWWDC). To learn more about social media for social good events worldwide, read our Benevolent Guide to Social Media Week (#SMW12).  Audience member Yiming Roberts said she had hoped to hear more about the “backstory” and a “nuts and bolts” account at […]

#SMW12: Twitter and Democracy

  Benevolent Media is an official blogging partner of Social Media Week in Washington, D.C. (#SMWWDC). To learn more about social media for social good events worldwide, read our Benevolent Guide to Social Media Week (#SMW12). A few floors beneath an original, sepia and yellow copy of the U.S. Constitution, panelists from the left and […]

#SMW12: Quotables from #SocialMediaProblems

  Benevolent Media is an official blogging partner of Social Media Week in Washington, D.C. (#SMWWDC). To learn more about social media for social good events worldwide, read our Benevolent Guide to Social Media Week (#SMW12). At Blue State Digital‘s inaugural Social Media Week event, “#socialmediaproblems: Digital Challenges and Opportunities for Real World Movements,” NYU […]

#SMW12: How One Microgiving Campaign Produced Macro Results

  Benevolent Media is an official blogging partner of  Social Media Week in Washington, D.C. (#SMWWDC). To learn more about social media for social good events worldwide, read our Benevolent Guide to Social Media Week (#SMW12).  It all started with a fun bet. Alli Houseworth, a social media strategist and the former communications and new media […]

The Benevolent Guide to Social Media Week (#SMW12)

Social Media Week kicked off on Monday in cities around the world. We’ll be covering a few of the events in Washington, D.C. We combed through the worldwide schedule to highlight sessions that have to do with storytelling or design for social and environmental good. WASHINGTON, D.C. #SocialMediaProblems: Digital Challenges & Opportunities for Real World […]

The Social Media Promise: Community, Conversation, Connection

  Last night, the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. hosted the first in a series of “Social Media 4 Social Good” events, featuring interviews of the “strategists and entrepreneurs who are using social media to make positive contributions to the world.” Host Monica Gray interviewed Vice President of Communications and Public Relations Aaron Sherinian of the UN […]

A Business Perspective on Advanced Social Media for Nonprofits

Highlights from the 2011 Benevolent Media Festival: On Monday, November 7, Benevolent Media hosted a panel discussion with three local nonprofit leaders working to inspire social change through social media. Advanced Social Media for Nonprofits View more presentations from benevolentmedia. For an overview of the panel discussion, read this excerpt from “What B2B Sales Innovators […]