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I loved BarCamp Nashville or How you helped two impoverished schools

BarCamp NashvilleBarCamp Nashville (BCN) was a huge success. The organizers seriously kicked butt this year. When Marcus asked me what I thought about the second BCN, I told him that our little baby is all grownS up! It’s true too, it’s amazing to see how the little unconference that could has risen from the depth, darkness and heat of the Exit/In.  The Sommet Center was a perfect location, it even had air conditioning. :-)

It was incredible to reconnect with so many awesome people, and it was equally great to meet loads of new folks. BarCamp continues to draw people together from every walk of life, all with technology in their hearts and heads.

The talented speakers really ran the gamut, I wish I could have attended more sessions. Instead, I kept finding myself caught up in deep conversations in the halls over coffee and drinks (thanks Sitening).

Speaking of drinks, it was fantastic to hang out with so many friends afterward at Mulligan’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Robert’s and Layla’s. I don’t get out much at night, so it was a blast catching up over beverages other than coffee and juice.

My presentation (which I will post here soon) included a mission to ask our friends at BarCamp and beyond to help a school teacher pay $411 for alphabet literacy packs for her high poverty Pre-K2 class. I am thrilled to announce that together we met our goal. I sincerely want to thank everyone who contributed:

Kathleen Kirby
Rex Hammock
The UTP Corporation
Timothy Choate
Cyber Star
Allen Fuller
Gavin Richardson
SEO by the Sea
Beth Kanter
Scott Monty
Scot Justice
Kevin Mason
Cyclonic Consulting
Jeffrey Sass
Lizzie Keiper
Michael Bertoldi
Bill Seaver
Tanglewood Ventures
Robert Henley
Christian Grantham
Connie Crosby
Dana Franks
Shanna Zannini
Joshua Smith
L. Enterprises, LLC
30 Days to Business
Holly Morgan
Cian O’Donovan
Stephen Horton
Meredith Bennett
James Webster
Caleb Garner
C.C. Chapman
20-Something Marketing Forum
David Barger

Together we proved that micro-philanthropy is possible. I hope we all learned how we can use microblogs like Twitter for the greater good. Special thanks to the folks who were kind enough to retweet my (and other’s) requests to help make my mission a success.

The total amount needed was $411.00 and I received $466.00, we exceeded our target by 12%. Unfortunately, PayPal charged $23.76 in service fees. I’d love to hear suggestions on how to bypass service fees for philanthropic missions like this in the future.

The first transaction was last night for $261.00 to Donors Choose, the second today was for $129.59 (someone else had contributed directly) and it completed her request for the alphabet literacy packs.

I had $75.41 remaining and chose another high poverty class in Tennessee to contribute to. The remaining money went to Mrs. M’s Let’s Become 2nd grade Authors program. She’s still seeking $199.00, if you would like to contribute please click the link above and donate directly.

Thank you all for making BarCamp Nashville such an amazing experience. I hope to catch up with you guys over breakfast this Thursday if you’re in the neighborhood. Cheers.


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  • Great work Dave! Have you investigated ChipIn? I know that by making a payment to ChipIn through my PayPal account, I have a fee to pay to PayPal, but I'm not sure what the recipient of the ChipIn funds has to pay. You may also want to contact Beth Kanter @kanter because she has likely tried it all and can give you the skinny on what you're after.

  • That's pretty awesome.

  • Thanks Adele. I actually used ChipIn, but still had to pay the service fees.
    I should mention that *I* didn't have to pay it, it automatically was paid
    from each payment. Beth actually contributed to it, she was the one who
    inspired me after her session at Gnomedex.


  • I agree. BarCamp 2007 was great fun, but this was something even better. It was great to see so many folks involved and having a good time. Great job by the volunteer crew!

  • I'm so happy to see that this was a success! So awesome to see social networking used for such good. :)

  • It was great seeing you Lizzie. Hope you can make breakfast soon :-) Cheers.

  • happy i could contribute. thanks for yours and everyone else's work in barcamp. its hard to compare experiences from last year to this, so much has changed, both have been excellent and something my wife and i look forward too.

    glad i was able to help contribute to the cause as well. early child education is my thing. so i know its importance

  • Well thank you so much for contributing. It was a blast this year, the
    organizers did an excellent job.


  • Sweet! We made it. Great idea Dave.

  • Well done, Dave!

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