Yesterday had a great thrill to visit the White House, take pics and meet President Obama. Yes, it was thrilling!
I was one of a handful of people invited to the first ever White House Tweetup. (Note: If you want to read my moment-by-moment Tweeting, check out my Twitter page @alisonwoo.)
But being with a group of cool, digitally connected people made me think...what if we took this ball and ran with it? Clearly the big issue of the day is jobs and the economy. What if each of the "tweeps" (that's Twitter people, people) went back to their local communities and held Tweetups to talk not just about the problems but maybe start to brainstorm solutions about what everyone can do to start getting the economy moving forward again.
Clearly, there are a lot of issues when it comes to jobs and the economy. Many of them are interlinked. A hint of some of the topics that came up yesterday included:
- Creating jobs
- Sustaining jobs
- Helping entrepreneurs with start-ups
- Building a stronger economy
- Helping veterans
- The need for better education
- Finding support for teachers and students in classrooms
- Sustainability issues
- The need for technology and innovation
This idea doesn't even have to be limited to the original "tweeps" who attended the event. This could be done by anyone, anywhere.
I'll put myself out on the line and say I'm going to start today to start arranging groups in NYC (my hometown), Charlotte, NC (where I've lived for the last nine years) and Princeton, NJ (my new hometown.)
In the coming days, weeks, months, I'll use this space to share ideas, best practices, etc.
It's so easy to feel like the problems we face as a nation are so overwhelming and what could one person do to change that. But if we band together...aka Tweetup...maybe we just may find some solutions. At the very least, we should try! Isn't that what enlightened democracy is about?
Alison Woo. Digital Strategist. Co-author "How to Say It: Marketing with New Media" Penguin, 2008. E-mail me at woo at alisonwoo dot com. Follow me @alisonwoo.