I was fortunate enough to receive a ticket from my COM 400: Social Media U Need 2 Know professor, Dr. William Ward (@DR4WARD), to attend the afternoon disscussion panel on Monday entitled, “Shifting the Global Consciousness.” Sitting in the audience of some of the most influential peace keepers of todays world was a rewarding and emotional experience. I could feel the passion from each panelist has he or she spoke about issues such as violence portrayed in video games and educating the younger generation to find their inner peace. I actually teared up at the end as I watched Liel Kolet and The Voices of Peace Choir perform a heartfelt song.
Although the tone of the afternoon discussion panel on Monday was serious, Ann Currry kept the audience alive by making humorous comments and joking with some of the panelists. The Dalai Lama also joked a lot with with the panelists to lighten the mood. Laughter filled Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center multiple times.
During the panel, I spent most of my time live tweeting. Unlike some of my classmates, I didn’t find it distracting. I think live tweeting is a good way to keep people who weren’t at the event informed. It’s nothing new for my class #NewhouseSM4 for to trend nationally or globally, so we were that excited about the event hashtags trending nationally. What was new for us was the impressive analytics: #CGPDemocracy & #CGPGlobal, the two discussion panel hashtags—generated over 2 million impressions and reached 400,000+ followers; #OneWorldConcert, the concert hashtag—1,500 tweets generated 6,607,287 impressions reaching an audience of 3,265,552 followers throughout the day on Tuesday. By using social media, we were helping the Dalai Lama spread peace and happiness throughout the world.
Below is a link to the #storify I created on the event.