Let’s Get Social for Social Good #12hourFamine

This is the text of the presentation I gave at the #12hourFamine event organized by World Vision Philippines on Septemer 29, 2012 at the Sky Dome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City Philippines.


12 hour famine

Knowledge is power…. almost!

Do you know who Johann Gutenberg is?

He’s the guy who invented the first ever Printing Press!

Thanks to his invention, we’ve got newspapers, books, and flyers, which you probably just dump everywhere.

But guess what, the Gutenberg Printing Press enabled the faster dissemination of ideas, thoughts and information! Mass media was on steroids!

The Printing Press helped a lot in birthing Great Britain’s Industrial Revolution, and a little later, the Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation. Johann Gutenberg revolutionized the world in the 2nd millennium.

Yes, you have Gutenberg to thank for the publication of your textbooks.

How about Sir Tim Berners Lee, do you know him?

He’s officially the inventor of the World Wide Web! Can you imagine a world without the Web, or Yahoo Messenger, or Facebook?

Unthinkable right!

Sir Tim Berners Lee is doing what Gutenberg’s printing press did in the 1400s. The spread of ideas and information has become crazy!

We’re swimming in a sea of information. As Lourd de Veyra said:

Hindi ko na siguro kailangang sabihin kung gaano kayo kapalad na mapabilang sa henerasyon. Nabubuhay kayo sa mundo na wala ka nang karapatang maging tanga, maging mangmang. Dapat may maglabas ng ganyang slogan sa advertising, “BAWAL MAGING TANGA.” Nagtatampisaw tayo sa baha ng impormasyon.

Knowledge is power. But today, we are swimming in a sea of knowledge information. Good ideas are everywhere!

Knowledge is *almost* power. However, it’s action that generates real power!

Sync, don’t Sink.

Believe it or not, I only learned how to swim in the murky waters of the UP Diliman pool! When I first dove in the water I felt like sinking.

For many of us who go online daily, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with information. I read blogs, I keep up with Twitter, Facebook, and lately with Tumblr and Linkedin.

And then, there’s Pinterest, YouTube videos, Instagram, Klout, and thousands of other blogs waiting to be explored!

Whew! It’s easy to SINK in this torrential flood of information!

But what am I talking about, most of you are digital natives! You can easily navigate ten open browsers of Internet Explorer, excuse me, Google Chrome pala!

Here’s a question, though. Is your ONLINE life in SYNC with your offline life?

Or somehow, is something lost in translation?

For some introverts, the Web is a great place to become an extrovert. Some folks are just plain shy if you talk to them face-to-face. But when in the Web, they suddenly transform into this talkative, can’t-shut-up-person.

Some kids even become bullies online.

Guys, don’t forget your manners. Your social media profiles are public documents that almost everyone can see.

Simple Social Media rule: Don’t stink!


Think before you click. ‘nuff said!

Remember those viruses that spread like wildfire on Facebook? I know, guys, that pictures and videos of ladies clad in skimpy bikini are very tempting to click and watch. But hey, the spammers and hackers know that, too. And they’re out to get you.

Don’t be gullible! Before you believe every single thing, please verify that.

Here’s another thing, don’t be lazy!

For a lot of students, these days, the process of writing an assignment is simple.

Step 1: Wait for the night before the deadline.
Step 2: Google the assignment. Or logon to Wikipedia.
Step 3: Highlight relevant passages.
Step 4: Ctrl + C
Step 5: Open Word. Ctrl + V
Step 6: Put name in the document.
Step 7: Ctrl + P

Guys, guys, there’s such a thing called plagiarism. And one of our senators even got involved with that problem a few weeks back. Plagiarism is plainly a symptom of laziness. And in this life, you can’t get by if you’re lazy!

If you’re online, use your brains! It’s not for sale. The more you use it, the better it gets!
Now go tweet that!

Click. Click… Boom!

Here’s the video of Social Media Revolution, courtesy of Eric Qualman of Socialnomics

Great Power = Great responsibility!

The Internet and Social Media offers great power to those who wield it. How will you be responsible?

How can you be responsible online?
Tweet your answer

Do HARD things.

I borrowed this from the book written by Alex and Brett Harris, where they challenge teenagers to do something meaningful in helping change the world! I will share some case studies of young people who used the Web and Social Media in addressing some of the needs of the world!

Did you ever take a Instagram’ed your food last night?

I’m not here to blackmail you about how you lucky you are that you have food on your table last night. Which you are.

But let’s take a look at some ways to help bring some social good through social media.

Support a Cause.
Blog about Social Good. (Yes, you can make money by blogging, and there’s a lot of bloggers doing that. We lack bloggers from your generation who are raising social consciousness.)
Use Twitter and Facebook in promoting Social Good.
Shoot people! I don’t mean with a gun. But with a camera.

Some case studies:

Flow Galindez blogs about entertainment and advocacy at AngsaWariKo.com. He’s a big supporter of the World Food Programme.

JJ Lizarondo of Hop-E Foundation. He captured the story of Mary Rose gathering food from the hills of garbage in Payatas, Quezon City. He highlighted the difficulties they face, then posted the video on YouTube and Facebook. The support came in from many people all over the world. Mary Rose was able to study, and she and her family managed to build a house, too. JJ has been featured in ABS-CBN’s Ako ang Simula in Bandila.

Ryan Hreljac of RyansWells.ca. Even when he was very young (at six years old), Ryan Hreljac saw the difficult situation of children in Africa. That prompted him to raise some money to help build wells in Africa. Today, his organization is doing great in helping bring clean water to Africa.

Here’s the Prezi of my presentation. It’s not powerpoint. It’s Prezi. Google that if it’s the first time you’ve heard about Prezi.