Just over 10 years ago we held our first BrainJam in San Francisco under the banner of the Web 2point1 Unconference. There were a lot of reasons for that, some very specific to the time, but mostly related to my desire to inspire others to self-organize to build communities, to create a positive change in the world and to live their life’s purpose. To prove that we don’t need a lot of money or ‘power’, to make a difference, just inspiration to take action, together. In fact, then, as now, I believed that We Are the Solution. Our power is inherent inside us all, so when we connect and help each other, our power grows exponentially.
You may know that BrainJams became Social Media Club, and 9 years ago we hosted events around the world on our way to reaching 350 cities and millions of people. Now we are doing it again, and very fortunate to be co-presenting with European Ecommerce Conference . So if you are coming to the conference, live in Bilbao, or nearby in Spain, please join us from 1800-2000 on the evening of Wednesday 18Novemeber at Sala 4. Palacio de Euskalduna. Bilbao, Spain. Join us and help usbreathe new life into the original #SocialGood unconference. Back then, as now, we see the power of a connected society as an invaluable source of good for social change, if only we can discover the people, ideas and resources we need to make the impact we desire in our noble pursuit.
Going beyond the origins of those first BrainJams, we now have a set of community collaboration tools to support participants before, during and after we gather together. With a combination of Slack and Will Someone, you are able to discuss important issues with our community, ask for the help you need to create the change you most want to see and stay on top of all the things others promised to do for you, and all the things you promised to do for them. In so doing, we are creating a community focused on manifesting more real world change then we are in simply talking about them. The time for action is now, are you ready to take it?
What is the noble pursuit of We Are The Solution? That we can find more ways to change the world for the better through cooperation and collaborative problem solving then we can through oppositional politics. That we need to slow down to understand our commonalities and see our common humanity before fighting over our differences. That together, WE are the most powerful force on the earth, and WE can do anything we put our minds to doing.
United we stand, divided we are falling. Let’s get back up, let’s help each other stand up and let’s walk arm in arm into a better tomorrow. What it is, is up to you…