my thoughts on the first #begoodbesocial

mugsWho thought being good and being social would be so tiring. I’m knackered after Wednesday night but also incredibly excited about what #BeGoodBeSocial can become. I had feared that having 50 people at the first event would mean it would become just another social media event¬† – pack ’em in, lecture to them and send them home. Instead, and these are Stuart Glen’s words not mine, ‘this felt different’. While we still had presentations and workshops, there was genuine collaboration and debate in that room. There were no ‘gurus’ preaching, instead there was an open and frank discussion amongst equals.¬† People shared ideas, they challenged things and I even know of two charities planning to work together as a result of the event.

While there was ‘an amazing vibe’ at The Melting Pot, words pinched from Steve Bridger this time, there was also a buzz around #begoodbesocial on twitter. People tuned in to the live stream and joined in the discussion via the hashtag – something that was facilitated brilliantly by our live tweeting team.

So, what have I learnt from the first ever #begoodbesocial:

– Scotland isn’t a poor relation to the rest of the UK when it comes to social media innovation, in fact #begoodbesocial showed we’re leading the way in many areas.

– Marc Bowker is tall, incredibly tall. I’m sure the man grows two inches every time I meet him.

– Don’t try to be the lead organiser for an event and film it and deal with the live stream. It cannot possibly work.

– People in the Scottish third sector are phenomenally passionate about the work they do and the role social media has to play.

– Prepare a closing statement and don’t rely on stealing signs out of toilets.

Lots of people have asked if there’s going to be another Be Good Be Social. Right now I need a weekend of relaxation before I give it serious thought. If the demand is there for another Be Good Be Social here’s what I think we need to consider:

– It should probably be in Glasgow this time to keep things fair. What do others think?

– It will be very difficult to find a venue like The Melting Pot in Glasgow. We need somewhere that doesn’t feel like a conference centre, that inspires people and, ultimately, that’s close to a major train station! Any suggestions?

– Was the format for the first event ok or does it need tweaked?

– Who do we get to speak or host workshops?

Some food for thought there, I’d love to hear what everyone thinks – whether you made it along on Wednesday or not.

Thanks to everyone that came along to Scotland’s very first third sector social media get together, I’d especially like to thank everyone who sponsored the event, volunteered on the night and helped shape it in the months of planning.

Hopefully, as Stuart Glen feels, what we witnessed on Wednesday night was ‘game changing’. I think it was Louise MacDonald, CEO of Young Scot, who said that we have so much potential to do more together as a sector. I really hope that #BeGoodBeSocial can help make that happen and I hope you’ll continue to be a part of it, whereever the journey takes us.

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