October 19, 2008
I loved BarCamp Nashville or How you helped two impoverished schools
BarCamp 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:
The UTP Corporation
SEO by the Sea
L. Enterprises, LLC
30 Days to Business
20-Something Marketing Forum
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.