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Interview Highlights: Dreamers Adrift and the "I Exist" Collection

The following is a summary of an interview with Julio Salgado regarding a project with the Center for Civic Media at MIT on the role of Media and Technology in Social Movements.

About Julio Salgado and Dreamers Adrift

The Internet Didn't Make Trayvon National News, But It Did Sustain the Story

Updated with industry benchmark petition conversion rates (4/11/12) and illustration by Lyla Duey (8/18/12).

Rough illustration of how the Trayvon story took off

For weeks, the only Trayvon Martin coverage I saw was on Twitter, where every progressive I knew had shared a link to the petition. Eventually, I saw more media attention around the story. This led me to form a hypothesis that people talking about the story online, and specifically, linking to the petition, kept the story alive long enough for the national media to pick up on it.

I looked into all of the data I could find, including some provided by, and found out that my hypothesis was incorrect. But the story of how Trayvon Martin became national news, weeks after his death, is still a revealing portrait of our media.


The Event

Jay Rosen's Three-Layer Journalism Cake


Social Responsibility in Family Business, Christian Microcredit, and Monster Shops

This is the third page of livenotes from a panel I was on in Elizabethtown College on Corporate Social Responsibility. You can find the main index here:

I was a speaker on the second panel, which focused on more intimate, and in my case, scrappier organisations. Cristina Ciocirlan, a business professor at Elizabethtown College spoke about the role of family owned businesses in society. Then, Jeff Rutt of Keystone Custom Homes spoke about Hope International, a Christian microfinance organisation.

Cristina pointed out that there's a gap in the CSR literature, which tends to focus on fortune 500 companies. People often assume that family businesses can't have the resources or the ability to develop a socially responsible strategy. Data is also hard to collect. Cristina wants to disprove the naysayers and encourage us to pay attention to family businesses.


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