Monday, February 9, 2009

A Twestival for Tweeple


As they walk into the coffee shop, Adam and Jon can barely conceal their excitement.

Even before their first java that morning, these guys are bubbling over with enthusiasm.

"You won't believe what we're pulling off now. It's called a "Twestival". We're taking grassroots networking to a whole new level".

A "Twestival"?

"That's right, it's a global charity event being organized through Twitter. And Moncton is just one of more than 100 cities around the world hosting these Twestivals. All proceeds are going to Charity: Water, a nonprofit organization that aims to bring clean, safe drinking water to more than 1 billion people in developing nations who need it".

Adam MacDonald and Jon Reid of Spheric Technologies are twipical of Twitterites all over the world, inspired by what will unfold this Thursday, February 12, 2009. Sparked by a single conversation on Twitter, "Twestival" will bring together local Twitter communities to socialize face-to-face while raising money for a charitable cause. All Twestival events are organized by volunteers and 100% of the proceeds will be used for building wells and other water delivery projects, which can cost from $4000 to $12,000.



More info on Charity: Water can be found at http://www.charitywater.org/.

“This event, will demonstrate that social media can be a catalyst for social action,” explains Jon Reid, director at Spheric Technologies Inc. “Twitter has had an amazing effect on my personal and business network. I would love everyone in my local community to experience the same.”

It may not surprise you to learn that Jon and Adam's company, based in Moncton NB, has engaged in other compassionate capitalist efforts including creating a pro bono website for the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton and investing $5,000 on Kiva.org to support small businesses in developing countries. Last year, Spheric received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from BDC in recognition of the company’s charitable endeavors. More information on Spheric can be found at http://www.spheric.ca/.

So if you're in the Greater Moncton area this Thursday and want to experience a "Twestival" for yourself, here are the deets:

WHAT: Twestival, Moncton
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12
WHERE: The City Grill, 130 Westmorland St., Moncton
TICKETS: $5
Info: http://www.amiando.com/twestivalmoncton.html or http://www.twestival.com/

Who knows, you might run into some other fascinating tweeple like Adam and Jon.


"I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man"
HENRY DAVID THOREAU


http://www.seamlessbrand.com/

3 comments:

Heather A. Spencer said...

Gair,

Looking forward to the Twestival - are you going to be there? Would love to see you!

-Heather

Gair Maxwell said...

Actually have another committment that night out of town ... I wonder what the folks who can't attend on Thursday can do to make up for it ... hold a Twestivus perhaps?

Heather A. Spencer said...

Absolutely! I'm sure we can arrange something at the gate some night soon ;)