Egypt: Social media as a life or death proposition

Simon Mainwaring / Community / 4 years ago

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Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians, many wearing bandages from from days of street fighting, turned out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday for what they are calling the ‘Day of Departure’, a nationwide cry for the immediate removal and prosecution of Hosni Mubarak who has ruled the country for 30 years. This story is now larger than Egypt and the Arab world, as international news coverage and social media has broadcast the escalating violence around the world, time and again featuring Egyptian citizens dying and risking death in order to have their message heard and for regime change to become a reality. Egypt is widely considered the litmus test for what will happen in the rest of the Arab world, but the importance of social media in its political transformation is larger than that. The use of social media in Egypt is a dramatic demonstration of a clash of cultures – of the old and new, of violence and peace, of the past and future. Or a noted Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey wrote in a tweet from Tahrir Square today:

One group is peaceful and uses technology, the other is violent and uses rocks to smash your head. Which side do u wanna take? #jan25

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, questioned the activist value of social media in The New Yorker in late 2010 asserting that social media are ineffective tools for serious social transformation. His much-debated article, entitled “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted,” argued that social media creates little more than “weak ties” between people warning “Weak ties seldom lead to high risk activism.” By comparison, Gladwell cited the activism of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, which required considerable mental strength and mutual commitment among the groups of black protesters who staged restaurant sit-ins and protest rallies, often under threats of violence and even death. Gladwell maintains this position in regard to the protesters in Egypt and Tunisia writing:

“Surely the least interesting fact about them is that some of the protesters may (or may not) have at one point or another employed some of the tools of the new media to communicate with one another. Please. People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented. They did it before the Internet came along.”

Despite Gladwell’s disinterest, the courage of protesters in China (over the suppression of the Nobel prize winner Lui Xiaobo), Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan, to face violence and then share their story using social media is important because of the scalable connectivity it enables. While Gladwell is right to assert that social media is largely used to exchange trivial information, it is a mistake to limit its transformative potential to the worst excesses of its current practice, denying that technology and the dynamics it enables will mature and grow along with its users, especially in dramatic circumstances such as the protests in Egypt.

So to answer such critics such as Gladwell and Foreign Policy writer Evgeny Morozov, here are six levels of activist empowerment social media enables:

1. One-to one interaction between individuals connecting via Facebook, SMS, or Twitter, irrespective of time, distance, or delay. As Clay Shirky writes:

“We are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race. More people can communicate more things to more people than has ever been possible in the past, and the size and speed of this increase…makes the change unprecedented.”

2. Groups of people using social media to form communities, congregating around shared values, whether they are focused on a politician, cause or brand, such as we see in Egypt.

3. Connections between people across platforms, as conversations around shared values and ideas migrate tirelessly from one network to another and amongst different groups. As Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture wrote in response to Gladwell silo-ed understanding of social media:

“We do not live on a platform; we live across platforms. We choose the right tools for the right jobs. We need to look at the full range of tools a movement deploys at any given moment–including some old fashion ones like door-to- door canvassing, public oratory, and street corner petitions, to understand the work which goes into campaigns for social change.”

4. Dialogues that go on between governments and citizens, or between brands and their consumer communities, using social media.

5. Interactions between the private sector, governments and non-profits, often with consumers or citizens as intermediaries.

6. The commingling of the virtual and real worlds through the parallel universes constructed within social games and virtual worlds. For example, the use of virtual goods within Zynga’s Farmville game on Facebook to raise funds for earthquake victims in Haiti.

By offering these six levels of engagement, social media provides a complex and deep infrastructure perfect for the activist processes of social transformation—which include information acquisition, knowledge development, transfer and sharing; ideation and thought leadership; empathy and emotional connection; and the spread of credible ideas that inspire cognitive dissonance. These tools are accessible to everyone, available 24/7, infinitely scalable, real time and free. As Twitter co-founder Biz Stone succinctly wrote in response to Gladwell’s article, “Lowering the barrier to activism doesn’t weaken humanity, it brings us together and it makes us stronger.”

As more people use social media to tell the story of the future, the wants and needs of more people will be reflected. Like all technology, social media is neutral but is best put to work in the service of building a better world. This week that involves the tragic loss of so many lives in Egypt as its citizens take to the streets to draft a new chapter in the their history. Their courage, sacrifice and story should not be dismissed or diminished for in the mutually dependent global community we now live in, or what I call a We First world, their story is our own.

Do you believe social media can accelerate social change? Or do you see its importance on par with all other media?

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  3. Greg Satell says:

    Simon,

    Sorry to be harsh, you don’t have the first clue what you’re talking about (and for that matter, neither has Malcolm Gladwell). It’s obvious that you’ve never experienced a revolution, so why do you feel that you have anything to say on the matter, much less advise would-be revolutionaries.

    I’m sure you have actual areas of expertise, you should focus on them. Revolutionaries already have people to advise them (Thank you George Soros!).

    Again, sorry to be harsh and I’m sure with all of the crap about this stuff going around I’m just taking it out on you. I’m sure also that your intentions were good, albeit serious misplaced. I have actually experienced a revolution and, trust me when I tell you, you’re a bit off here.

    – Greg

    1. Greg, thanks for the input and yes, you are absolutley right. I have never
      experienced a revolution. So myself and other commentators are trying to
      understand the role of the areas we do know which may be technology or
      marketing or media. My comments come from speaking to experts in the field
      (again, some of whom have never directly experienced a revolution), what we
      see and read in traditional and social media, and from talking to people on
      the ground in Egypt (my wife is Egyptian). Please share any insights you
      might have from your direct experience. they would be invaluable. Thanks,
      Simon

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      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      Recent Articles in Mashable and AdAge

      The 7-Stage Evolution of a Socially Responsible Consumer
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      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
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      What is We First?

      We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
      intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
      that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      Recent Articles in Mashable and AdAge

      The 7-Stage Evolution of a Socially Responsible Consumer
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      How Digital Tech Can Help You Become a More Socially Responsible Consumer
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      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      Well, today is the day! After almost four years of work, my first book ‘We
      First’ is now available. I am so excited to share this with you and invite
      you to order a copy for yourself and your colleagues of friends. The book
      offers you enormous value in the following areas:

      How does a business use social media to build its profits and brand
      community.

      How do regular people use what they buy and social media to have a positive
      impact on our world.

      How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
      social change that can build a better world.

      My hope is that We First will enrich your business and personal life. Our
      world desperately needs new ideas that can improve the lives of others and
      ourselves. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing the message.

      Watch the brand new We First Launch Film: ‘We-defining Me’
      http://www.vimeo.com/24580586?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

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      A free We First white paper on the ‘7 Keys to Brand Positioning in the
      Future.’

      A free podcast on ‘The Future of Ad Agencies.’

      A free podcast on ‘The 7 Stages to Becoming a Tech-savvy & Socially
      Responsible Consumer.’

      Plus 10% of the book price will be donated to ‘Girl Up, a campaign of the
      United Nations Foundation.’

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      get instant access to ten free videos about how to use social media to build
      your community, profits and positive impact.

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      What is We First?

      We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
      intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
      that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

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      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      If you have ordered a copy, THANKS! We’d love for you to please share this link with your friends and communities.

      There are many benefits to buying this book today:
      1. If you’re part of a company, you will learn how to use social technology to drive profits.
      2. If you’re a concerned consumer, you will learn how to use social media to have a positive impact.
      3. And, everyone will learn how to use social media to build a world we want to live in.

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      It’s the last day of the launch week for We First, and we really need your support today, because with a little help, we’re hoping to reach the bestseller lists next week. So, if you haven’t already, please order your copy of We First today by clicking this Amazon link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.

      If you have ordered a copy, THANKS! We’d love for you to please share this link with your friends and communities.

      There are many benefits to buying this book today:
      1. If you’re part of a company, you will learn how to use social technology to drive profits.
      2. If you’re a concerned consumer, you will learn how to use social media to have a positive impact.
      3. And, everyone will learn how to use social media to build a world we want to live in.

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      I can’t believe this is the last day of the launch week for We First. I started working on the book 4 years ago, and I’ve been really encouraged by the response of companies about the greater role they can now play in scaling positive change. I wanted to ask your help one last time on this last day of the launch week of the book. 

      My hope is to make this conversation one of the most important issues for business today. That’s why I would so appreciate if you order a copy or even better yet copies of We First today. This way, the sales can contribute to the best seller lists that will then keep this conversation top of mind with an even broader audience. 

      So, thanks for your support this week, thanks for your patience on all of our emails and thanks for helping us over this final hurdle by ordering your copy today. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.  And remember, 10% of all proceeds from the purchases of We First will be donated to ‘Girl up,’ a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

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      I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We
      are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to
      the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector.
      Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

      #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

      #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

      #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

      #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
      …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business
      Books of 2011 so far.

      This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
      here at We First, a huge thank you.

      _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
      non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
      important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
      that non-profits face.

      Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
      critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
      effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
      earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
      non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
      contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
      one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
      to their advantage.

      The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
      community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
      before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
      normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
      effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

      _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
      be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
      cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
      on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
      others working in the same cause category.

      _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
      need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
      thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
      on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
      the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
      and engaged online community.

      _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
      for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
      make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
      Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
      are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
      framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
      for-profit brand.

      _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
      any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
      Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
      to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
      in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
      through a series of natural disasters.

      _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
      the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
      difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
      world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
      donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
      to help them reach their goals.

      The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
      they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
      easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
      results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
      and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
      First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
      action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
      drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

      _Featured reviews of We First:_
      [2]Social Media Drives Social Change and the We First Community
      Links:
      2.

      By Melissa Rowley
      [3]Book: We First: How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media To Build A Better
      World
      Links:
      3. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-230-11026-7?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d32cacc983-We_First_Newsletter_July_15_20117_15_2011&utm_medium=email

      By Beth Kanter

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      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
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      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
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      #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

      #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

      #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
      …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business Books of 2011 so far.

      This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
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      _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
      non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
      important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
      that non-profits face.

      Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
      critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
      effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
      earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
      non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
      contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
      one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
      to their advantage.

      The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
      community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
      before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
      normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
      effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

      _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
      be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
      cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
      on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
      others working in the same cause category.

      _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
      need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
      thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
      on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
      the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
      and engaged online community.

      _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
      for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
      make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
      Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
      are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
      framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
      for-profit brand.

      _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
      any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
      Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
      to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
      in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
      through a series of natural disasters.

      _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
      the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
      difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
      world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
      donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
      to help them reach their goals.

      The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
      they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
      easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
      results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
      and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
      First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
      action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
      drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

      _Featured reviews of We First:_
      [2]Social Media Drives Social Change and the We First Community
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      2.

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      [3]Book: We First: How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media To Build A Better
      World
      Links:
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      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
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      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
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      of a We First world.
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      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
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      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
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  5. [...] commentators such as Brian Solis and myself have argued against the off-hand dismissal of social media by Malcolm Gladwell, Evgeny Morozov and [...]

  6. [...] commentators such as Brian Solis and myself have argued against the off-hand dismissal of social media by Malcolm Gladwell, Evgeny Morozov and [...]

  7. [...] commentators such as Brian Solis and myself have argued against the off-hand dismissal of social media by Malcolm Gladwell,Evgeny Morozov and [...]

  8. [...] commentators such as Brian Solis and myself have argued against the off-hand dismissal of social media by Malcolm Gladwell,Evgeny Morozov and [...]

  9. [...] commentators such as Brian Solis and myself have argued against the off-hand dismissal of social media by Malcolm Gladwell, Evgeny Morozov [...]

  10. Thanks, Langston. You are right, social media scales and accelerates change
    that can only ever be created by people. Thx.

  11. [...] commentators such as Brian Solis and myself have argued against the off-hand dismissal of social media by Malcolm Gladwell, Evgeny Morozov [...]