Week 5: Giving Hearts Day strategies.

I don’t talk about this week’s work; instead I share some of the social media strategies we have been using with the Consortium and African Soul, American Heart.  I’ve got more I could say, and I’d love to discuss what you are seeing here and on social media with the groups you are following.

Week 3: Let’s be a community (and study how others build community)!

This week’s video is pretty much at 6.5 minute pep talk, encouraging you to join our Facebook Group, or talk to each other on Twitter, or interact.  Social Media for Social Good and Strategic Social Media can help you do those things, as well as study how our local nonprofits are trying to do those things.

Week 2 video: the long and short forms in social media

The video elaborates on the reading and writing tasks for this week.

MLK Day, #northofnormal

Here is my blog attempt to promote the MLK Day event, raise some questions about the City’s commitment to this event, and prompt some thought on #socialmediaforsocialgood

Kevin Brooks

The Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Fargo, ND is #northofnormal.  The King legacy sometimes feels like a textbook legacy, although a few residents I know of have powerful connections to the Civil Rights movement. The late John May and local basketball legend was a kid living in DC during the March on Washington; Rebecca Knutson’s father joined the march on the Pettus Bridge in Selma.  Many local activists are deeply inspired by King’s work, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary continuations, but the city as a whole, and specifically the City Government, has been #northofnormal when it comes to embracing the event.
I didn’t discover the MLK Day celebration in Fargo until 2014, which is disappointing because it launched in 2002 and my good friend and mentor Larry Peterson was recognized in 2004.  I need to take some responsibility for being oblivious; my community engagement didn’t really deepen and…

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Launching English 457, Social Media for Social Good, 2018 style.

Every time I teach this course, I try to improve my screen casting.  I’m going to try and add more text to my videos this time around, but I’m open to feedback. What would you like me to do / cover in my weekly screencast?

Perfect post recipes to be played with.

Like most recipes, this infographic on how and when to compose / post social media provides a great set of instructions that can be altered, juiced up, toned down, as needed.

Getting started by getting dark.

As I prep Electronic Communication for the 2018 spring semester, and consider all the online platforms I am asking students to use, all the time I am asking them to spend on screens rather than with people, I can’t help but wonder: just because I call the class “social media for social good,” is social media really good for my students?

Orge Castellano paints a dark but well-considered picture: “Social Media Giants are Hacking Your Brain–this is how.” Can we resist? Can we implement the tools in a way to build a house we want to live in? Let’s think about the course that way and see what happens.