What's the best thing you'll see at SXSW 2012?

What's the best thing you'll see at SXSW 2012?

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Every March, the world heads to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW), the film, music, and interactive superfestival. And while SXSW is still a full seven months away, its smart and fervent followers are already making plenty of noise. So many promising panel proposals have already rolled in, the event organizers have asked their global community to help decide which to feature. That’s where you come in.

In 2012, Changemakers is hoping to host two interactive panels on open growth and creating brand-aligned social change. But we need your help to do it. (More information on the panels after the jump.)

If you’re a fan of Changemakers programming and would like to see us in Austin this coming spring, let the world know with the 2012 SXSW PanelPicker. The PanelPicker allows the community to have a significant voice in what they want to see, hear, and experience; the votes and comments account for about 30 percent of the decision-making process for available programming slots.

Getting involved is easy: Simply create a PanelPicker account, click the link in the verification email, and show us some love by voting our proposals up and leaving a brief comment.

PanelPicker is open for voting and commenting until Friday, September 2, 2011. See you in Austin!

★★★

RIP Crowdsourcing - Introducing Open Growth

Speakers: Benjamin Wald, chief executive partner; Alexa Clay, knowledge and learning manager; Jon Camfield, technology strategist

Description: All entrepreneurs live and breathe a core set of principles that propel them to success. From Adam Smith’s insights into specialization to emerging concepts of Lean Thinking, rapid iteration, and Zen entrepreneurship, philosophies provide vital frameworks for entrepreneurs to approach value creation. In this panel, we explore leading entrepreneurs’ underground philosophies, paying specific attention to the disruptive Open Growth philosophy being pioneered in the field of social entrepreneurship. Moving beyond crowdsourcing, Open Growth reflects the next frontier for fostering entrepreneurial community and marketplace.


Create Brand-Aligned Social Change

Speakers: Delyse Sylvester, co-director of community; Tito Llantada, managing partner

Description: How can your company attach its profile to a transformational trend? By rejecting CSR for a co-designed experience with consumers that involves them in creating and disseminating the brand's social strategy. Ashoka Changemakers® has helped companies like Nike and National Geographic accelerate their sectors and activate communities around their brand. During this workshop, you will learn how to: form long-term, values-driven relationships with consumers; build communities of problem solvers around your brand's core assets; and move consumers from a point of awareness to one of action. Ashoka Changemakers has run more than 50 community-driven, global competitions with partners including Google, eBay, Nike and National Geographic, which have sourced 10,700 innovations and leveraged $600 million in funding.

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