Slacktivism or Activism? Liking Our Way to a Better World
SIS Room 120 (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Some have suggested today's youth are a generation of "slacktivists". Activists in name only, using the "like" button and tweets as forms of protest. Is this generation of students less motivated to truly act than in the past? Or are they simply armed with different tools?
- Moderator: Tyler Gray, Social Media Associate, Bivings Group (@tylergray) - Tyler works as a Social Media Associate at The Bivings Group, a D.C. based website development and media monitoring agency. His background in online activism includes work with corporations, small businesses, non-profits and political organizations / candidates for local, state and national office. While a student at George Mason University (class of 09’), Tyler’s most memorable achievement was working with Students for Barack Obama to bring then Senator Obama to a rally at GMU one week before he announced his run for president in February 2007.
- Angelo Carusone, Campaign Director, Media Matters for America (@StopBeck) - Angelo Carusone is Campaign Director at Media Matters for America. He received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Fordham University in 2004 and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2010. During law school, Carusone founded the StopBeck effort. Organizing participants via social media, the StopBeck effort has helped hold Glenn Beck accountable by successfully convincing sponsors to cease advertising on Beck’s show.
- Christie Garton, Editor and Blogger, USA TODAY (@universitychic) - Christie Garton is the editor and blogger for USA Today’s "Kindness" community, dedicated to philanthropy and corporate responsibility coverage. An award-winning social entrepreneur for her work in founding a music volunteer non-profit at the age of 19, Garton is also founder of UniversityChic.com, an online magazine and community website for college women nationwide and author of best-selling guide for college women, U Chic: The College Girl's Guide to Everything. Garton graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kansas with a double degree in Business Administration and French in 2001 and then went on to secure her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2006. She lives in New York City with her husband.
- Asher Huey, New Media, New Partners (@asherhuey) - Asher Huey is a new media political consultant based of out Washington, DC. He has a background as an organizer and works to use online tools as organizing resources. He is a graduate of American University. To learn more about asher: newpartners.com/about-us/asher-huey.php
- Sarah Kessler, Reporter, Mashable (@sarahfkessler) - Sarah Kessler is a reporter at Mashable, a top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. Before joining Mashable in 2010, she was the editor-in-chief of global education magazine Abroad View. Her articles have appeared in Sierra Magazine, Inc. Magazine, CNN.com, and USAToday.com.
- Josh Koster, Managing Partner, Chong and Koster (@JoshKoster)
- Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director for Online Advocacy, Center for American Progress Action Fund (@drdigipol) - Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D. develops and implements Social Advocacy strategy at the Centerfor American Progress and CAP Action Fund. He founded and convenes the InternetAdvocacy Roundtable; teaches course on internet politics at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown,and American Universities; blogs at TechPresident.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and KStreetCafe.com; serves on the boards of directors for E-Democracy.org and EnlightenedCitizenry; and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Information Technology& Politics and the Journal of Political Marketing. He taught the world’s first internetpolitics course at George Mason University in 1995. Find him on Twitter, Sledeshare.net,YouTube, Facebook, and across the web at DrDigipol.
- Megan Yarbrough, Online Campaigns Associate, M+R Strategic Services (@misshealth) - Megan Yarbrough, public health advocate, is an Online Campaigns Associate and Social Media Guru at M+R Strategic Services, where she works with nonprofits to develop effective online advocacy campaigns. Prior to joining M+R, she helped manage the youth advocacy program at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. She is a graduate of American University.