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Support the New York Twestival


I’m proud to announce that I’ve been asked to be an “ambassador” for the New York Twestival. I’m hoping to see you at the Twestival on Saturday, September 12th, at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still only $20 for a limited time.

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BUT, What’s a “Twestival” you ask?

From the Global Twestival Site:

A Twestival or Twitter-Festival is a global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short timescales, which bring people offline for a great cause.  Twestival is run 100% by volunteers and independently from any not-for-profit; although the organizing teams do work closely to outline an achievable and measurable fundraising target.  Twestival also sets out to identify key skills of volunteers and match these with the needs of the cause; particularly communications strategy, tech integration and social media training.  Twestival Local takes place in cities around the world : 10-13 September 2009.

The first Global Twestival raised money for Charity:Water.

In New York, Twestival will benefit CampInteractive, a local non-profit that empowers at-risk, inner-city youth through the inspiration of the outdoors and the creative power of technology. In otherwords, they take kids, teach them to use digital tools, take them on outdoor adventures and let the chronicle the events. Then the kids come back and create slide shows, videos, and other media. See their Sailing Adventure for an example. Seems like a great way to teach new skills and digital literacy, as well as story telling, as well as getting kids outdoors and away from home for the summer. I can’t wait to meet the CampInteractive people and learn more, as I show off my incredibly bad bowling skillz at Twestival on September 12th. Hey, I’m taking one for the team by bowling, so you can show up and support the cause!

See you there?

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The shift in privacy in the online world

Social Media Camp 2009 at Roger Smith Hotel

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thanks to Jolie O’Dell of ReadWriteWeb for taping this piece from my discussion on Personal Branding at Social Media Camp. In this segment, I discuss the evolution of worrying about having embarrassing pictures on Facebook.

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My Cousin Matt – Hope for early onset Parkinsons

Read the story, and check Matt’s blog Matt’s Journey, to follow the story further.

Parkinson’s case offers glimmer of hope for future research | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

Parkinson’s case offers glimmer of hope for future research

08:46 PM CDT on Friday, August 15, 2008

By JEFFREY WEISS / Staff Writer

DALLAS – Matthew Greenstein is living a story about illness, failure and a chance at redemption. He’s also an example of how, in an era when medical research is mostly about crowds of scientists and millions of dollars, a little luck might still make a difference.

Some of the details of his life are like an anti-lottery ticket: Matt has Parkinson’s disease at an age — 32 —when almost nobody has it. He has psychological issues that require medication — but most of the medicines are either bad for people with Parkinson’s or not strong enough to treat Matt’s problem.

But here’s the kicker: A couple of months ago, right after his Dallas psychiatrist prescribed his one remaining choice of medication, Matt’s Parkinson’s got a lot better.

And, finally, I’m proud of Matt for having the guts it takes to tell this story.

If you know someone with Parkinson’s, please pass this story on. Maybe they can learn something, or be helped.

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Not all Dark Chocolate good for you…drat!

Found this article on the Cardiophile’s blog, after checking him or her out. He or she subscribed to my Twitter feed, so I figured I’d check his profile. Interesting use of twitter – teaching people how to be heart-healthy in 140 characters at a time. I applaud it!

All ‘dark’ chocolate not good for heart

As flavinoids taste bitter, some companies remove the flavinoids from dark chocolate to make them taste better. All that remains is fat and sugar and there is no health benefit whatsoever.

Oh well, I guess I should probably throw out all those Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses I bought for Pam…no, on second thought, that might be bad for the rest of my health and well being.