Ben Meck, recent NYC transplant, describes his involvement with the global movement, Twestival, and why we should all attend. Tickets for Twestival can be purchased on the NYC Twestival site and the event venue address is 356 West 58th St. You can also follow the NYC Twestival hashtag.
Tell me a little about yourself and your background.
I am passionate about doing what I love and loving what I do. Social media opens so many doors socially and professionally – Twestival is a great example of how social media can open doors to make an impact on the world. New York City is a great place for someone with curiosity and passion – there are so many opportunities to get involved and make an impact. I own my own consulting agency for social media, web, and graphic design and work with clients on developing a social media presence and utilizing new technology.
What is Twestival?
Twestival (or Twitter Festival) is a global celebration of technology’s power to unite people and achieve social good. On February 12, 2009, the first Twestival Global was held in 202 cities around the world to support charity: water. Over 1,000 volunteers and 10,000 donors raised over $250,000, which charity: water used to construct more than 55 wells and bring clean water to 17,000 people. New York’s 2009 Twestival brought together more than a thousand people, raised more than $24,000 for charity: water, and brought a great deal of attention to a relatively new organization. On March 25, 2010, Twestivals will be held in more than 300 cities around the world, with every penny raised from ticket sales and donations directly benefiting the education programs of Concern Worldwide.
How are you involved with Twestival?
I organized Cleveland’s Twestival as part of the 2009 Global Twestival efforts and after moving to New York City, felt compelled to assist in any way that I could to make this city’s Twestival an amazing event. I am on of the lead organizers and have handled most of the logistics for this Twestival, aiding sponsors, planning schedules, and working to utilize the incredible talent on the NYC Organizing committee. And that translates into lots and lots of caffeine.
When and where is NYC Twestival?
Thursday, March 25th, 2010 from 7-11pm at Good Units in NYC.
Why should someone attend Twestival?
100% of ticket sales go directly to Concern Worldwide.
How are you using social media to promote your cause/event? What has been most effective?
Twitter! Twitter has the power to inform. By tweeting from @NYCTwestival we have been able to reach a massive audience; share ideas, information and get others interested in becoming involved!
What’s the most important thing you want someone to know about Twestival?
Twestival is organized by a group of talented and determined individuals who graciously donate their time and effort to produce a massive event supporting an important cause they believe in.