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PBEVENT Speaker Announcement : “The Power of We”, Social Media for Social Good

July 24, 2014 By

We all lead busy lives, but social media is ramping up as new age volunteerism. Doing good helps grow your blog, engages your readers and supports important causes. But how do you get started? What works? And what are the watch outs?

Blogging for social good has always been part of the PBEvent program, but this interactive workshop will explore best practices from both a blogger and NGO (Non-government organisation) perspective.

Come and join in the discussion with our fantastic panel, share your ideas and activity as we acknowledge that random acts of kindness are good. But coordinated blogger acts, are absolutely awesome.

emmastirlingEmma Stirling

Workshop facilitator Emma Stirling is a blogger at The Scoop on Nutrition and highly experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian who specialises in nutrition communication. She is a World Vision Blogger Ambassador and volunteer board member of Nutrition Australia. You can read her recap of social good at the 2012 Problogger conference and World Blog Action Day here.

You can follow Emma on Twitter


Eden Riley

Eden Riley is one of Australia’s most well-known and established bloggers. Writing since 2007 about life, death, cake, children, step-parenting, addiction, cancer, and recovery on her blog, Edenland.

Edenland was named Best Blog in Australia 2012 by the Australian Writers Centre. Ranked 10th in the American Babble Top 100 Mom Bloggers list, and was a Voice of the Year in 2011 at the worlds biggest social media conference for women, BlogHer.

I kept writing …. and found myself.”

Eden has also found herself interviewing then Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Kirribilli House. In April 2012 Eden travelled to Niger in West Africa to write about the food crisis for World Vision.

After the recent suicide of her brother, Eden plans to stick around and conquer Australia’s slam poetry scene. “I desperately need something in the pipeline, to keep me moving. My blog has helped shape the person I am today.”

You can follow Eden on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Carly FindlayCarly Findlay

Carly Findlay is a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance.

She’s written for many publications including The Guardian, Daily Life, Mamamia, Frankie magazine and BlogHer. She’s used her blog to write about her skin condition, Ichthyosis, as well as promoted causes such as Love Your Sister and Donate Life.

Carly received the 2010 and 2013 Yooralla Media Awards for Best Online Commentary for her body of disability focused writing. She also won the best personal blog category for Kidspot Voices of 2013, and the 2013 BUPA Health Activist award for Positive Life Change. She’s also been a finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Blogging about such personal subject matter has led to many opportunities for Carly, including building strong friendships and networks with others affected by Ichthyosis and facial differences, and speaking locally and internationally to doctors, academics, activists and school children. She’s also had an influential role in changing disability education for taxi drivers.

You can follow Carly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Stephen EllisStephen Ellis
Manager, Channel Innovation. World Vision Australia

Stephen is passionate about all things digital and an active member of this space.
He has worked with World Vision Australia for a number of years and currently leads the Channel Innovation team. This encompasses innovation and online influencers from various disciplines including Celebrity Ambassadors, Social Media and Vision Artists. Prior to his time at World Vision, he has spent time both consulting and leading digital teams in a number of different fields. Stephen has had key involvement with the World Vision Blog Ambassador program since its Australian launch in 2012.

You can follow Stephen on Twitter or find out more on his blog.

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