I had the pleasure of attending the 2gether08 conference yesterday;. It was a conference designed for new media types and those with a social agenda to get together and examine ways of using digital to drive social change, play, and entertainment for good (for a more detailed break down of my likes and dislikes head over to inoted).
Examples of the kinds of discussion were:-
web 2. 0 developments to provide people with the tools they need to re-engage with local government
Using Facebook to drive Coca-cola towards using their distrubution networks to address infant mortality through distributing re-hydrations salts (1 in 5 children in Africa will die before the age of 5 from dehydration!) This is a campaign that is already working – join the Facebook campaign and read the blog.
I had a great time but I left feeling a bit low. I sometimes feel – no, most of the time I feel – like I am the only Christian in the Village. Are there conferences like this going on elsewhere and I am just missing them? I know there is the Churches Media Council but frankly I am not clear on what they do and their social network hasn’t launched yet so I am not sure who I would “meet there”. At any rate, none of them were at this conference. Jesus said we should be in the world not of the world – it’s pretty difficult to be in it if you don’t engage with it.
Am I the only Christian working in a new media agency? Surely not. Send me your blogs – I want to read them! Let me know if you have any interesting work related conferences or if you too feel like you are languishing as a lonely grain of salt in new media/tv/advertising and are worried about losing your taste – or not!