When you see how the Arab world was radically changed by the nature of social media (and the lack of knowledge by many in power about what could happen) you have to appreciate what is taking place in #gcc2012. I will continue to reblog posts from those who are active in this mode. I have said it before but change only comes from the bottom up and this is one way to do it.
Originally posted on We Your People, Ours the Journey:
Monday night was magic.
We had our first Twitter Chat for #DreamUMC, the conversation born out of the strong desire to keep shaping the future of our denomination in the wake of General Conference. You can read the full archive of the chat here, or you can view bullet points of answers to the questions we discussed (and some unofficial demographic info) at the facebook page.
First of all, wow! There were 171 people tweeting, and many many more I know who were “lurking,” or as I call it, actively listening. We sent 1,272 tweets, not including retweets. That’s a lot of conversation in an hour! Although dominated by younger voices, the conversation spanned generations, came down fairly even on gender representation, included voices of clergy, laity, and folks between the two, and crossed the U.S. pretty well. We have some work to do yet on inviting the voices of persons of color and reaching out to hear our siblings in the movement from around the world. But there is a lot of energy for movement and hope in this body.