The times are not just a-changin’, they’re a-revolutionizin’! As social media becomes increasingly present in our everyday lives, a major democratic cultural shift is underway. Through the power of relationships, sharing of experiences, and organizing online, previously marginalized voices are pouring into and shaping public conversations like never before.
But serious change will not happen on its own. Despite the increasing presence of a diversity of voices and faces, the Internet isn’t fulfilling its disruptive potential; more often than not, it’s simply replicating and amplifying inequality and segregation. The good news? The fundamental building block common to every social movement is the power of the narrative. Your story… and your willingness to share others’ stories with your networks… can mean the difference between progressive change and perpetuating the status quo. We need you here, building and mapping your relationships, sharing your experience and creating pipelines of empathy and trust that will change the world.
This book is a blueprint for understanding why and how this medium of exchange works, and how our personal stories and daily experiences comprise a profoundly political picture that leads to social action and social change. Through a fun and accessible exploration of the intersection of philosophy, psychology, sociology and technology, it looks at how an historical convergence of forces has constructed a platform of immense possibility. Finally, the book offers concrete strategies and advice for both individuals and organizations looking to engage in this digital extension of our humanity. It shows, quite simply, how YOU will change the world.
“When Deanna Zandt writes that sharing is daring, she expresses the logic of the age, where a shift from hoarding to sharing can provide incredible social leverage. Think of ‘Share This’ as a manifesto for social engagement, and as a manual for positive change.”
Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus; faculty member, ITP at NYU
If you are an activist or a concerned citizen and you are new to social media, start with Share This! Deanna Zandt has deep knowledge, broad experience, a knack for clear and simple explanation, a talent for storytelling, and a wonderfully engaging voice.
- Howard Rheingold, author of “Net Smart: How to Thrive Online” and lecturer, University of California Berkeley and Stanford University
Deanna Zandt is right on target–social media is a new frontier for social justice. The world may indeed be a better place if we all tell our stories authentically and fearlessly and listen to one another with open hearts.
Deanna Zandt has a techie’s brain and an organizer’s heart. With this book, she shows us definitively (and entertainingly too) how our personal stories can do more than fill out our consumer profile. Together, they say, we can change the world. Deanna shows us how we can come together in a whole new way, right now.
Share This! is the book I wish I had written. Zandt writes with incredible knowledge, easy humor, and profoundly touching stories. If ever you needed that nudge to convince you that the web has fundamentally changed the game and that your participation is an important part of it, this is the book. I’m recommending it to everyone I know.
Progressive media activist and ‘geek grrl’ Deanna Zandt has been surf- ing the social media wave practically from the start. Whether you’re looking to get your feet wet or want to dive in, Share This! shows not only how networked media is changing society but how we all can join in and make the most of it to help change the world.
Sick of hearing about how social media is changing everything? Deanna Zandt knows what you mean–and yet she’s found a way to transcend the cynicism and remind us that beneath the hype, some- thing amazing is happening as we build our digital lives around what still matters most: relationships.
Share This! is a book that everyone from tech novices to old hands will enjoy. Zandt hits just the right note with her accessible and witty prose–this book is bound to change the way you think about social networking.
Deanna Zandt has a unique talent for bringing clarity to the too often jargon-y and confusing discussion of how new technology is changing society. Share This! is a must read for anyone wanting to understand how to navigate the new hyperconnected world of media and activism.
Zandt’s book is like a celebrity cooking show…it breaks down the ingredients of social media successes into basic and easy-to-understand ingredients. You will finish reading this manual with the amazing feeling of ‘I can do this!’
With media, technology, and politics having essentially merged, all activists for justice need to update their attitudes and their skills. This book by social media maven Deanna Zandt has just the right mix of the why and the how to convince the skeptical and equip the fearful.
Deanna Zandt thinks big, arguing that social media won’t just change how we talk but how we live. Part analysis, part guidebook, Share This! offers a creative, ambitious view of a truly organic political landscape hinted at, but never really pursued, by the new political establishment.
Share This! combines common sense, technically savvy how-to, and a grasp of the way in which human beings and technology come together and sometimes apart. Deanna Zandt is a first-rate guide for the 22nd century.
June 3-4: Speaking: Personal Democracy Forum, New York, NY
Thursday, sometime between 10am-1pm: Talk: “Can the Internet Fix Politics?”
June 7, 5pm: Launch party sponsored by Revolution Messaging
Omni Hotel @ America’s Future Now (Congressional Room B), Washington DC
2500 Calvert St NW, Washington DC (Red Line to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan)
After party (6:30pm-?) at Open City, 2331 Calvert St NW (1 block from conference hotel)
RSVP at the Facebook invite.
June 8: Paneling/book signing, America’s Future Now, Washington, DC
Workshop: “Social Media Jeopardy!”, 9:30am-10:40am
Booksigning, right outside the workshop: 10:40am – 10:50am
June 9-10: Keynoting, workshop: Making Media Connections, Chicago, IL
Wednesday: Workshop: Tell Me What I Need To Know: Social Media. 9am
Wednesday: Reception for “Share This!” and “Beyond the Echo Chamber.” 6pm
Thursday: Keynote: Storytelling and Strategy in the Digital Age, 8:45am
Thursday: Panel: Social Media, 11am
June 17, 7pm: Rooftop Tech Talks, Brooklyn, NY. Free beer! Woo! See the Meetup page for info.
June 18, 7-10pm: Launch party: Donnybrook
35 Clinton St (corner of Station St) New York, NY. F or J to Delancey/Essex
Noshy food served; cash bar with lovely drink specials
RSVP at the Facebook invite.
July 8, time TBD: Reading, Moon Stone Art Center/Robin’s Bookstore. Philadelphia, PA (details TBD)
July 20, 6pm: San Francisco Launch Party, Benders Bar & Grill.
Sponsored by AlterNet.org! Light appetizers will be served.
806 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA. RSVP at the Facebook invite or on the Eventbrite page.
July 21, 7pm: Reading, Books Inc (Marina location), San Francisco
July 22-25: Paneling, party and book signing, Netroots Nation, Las Vegas, NV
Panel: Thu, Jul 22, 3pm: So You Wanna Rock on Social Networks
with Baratunde Thurston, Cheryl Contee, Veronica Arreola, and Susan Mernit
RSVP at the Facebook invite
Book signing: Fri, Jul 23, 10am. Location TBD. Party: Fri, Jul 23, 6:30-8:30pm Masquerade Suites; Room TBD.
Sponsored by AlterNet, Firedoglake and the Women’s Media Center.
Featuring Lizz Winstead and co-hosted by Amanda Marcotte
Wine & beer served; 1st 50 attendees get a free AlterNet tshirt RSVP at the Facebook invite
July 28, 7pm: Reading, Barnes & Noble, Binghamton (Vestal), NY.
2443 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY
After-party thrown by the notorious Gus & Rachael Zandt (aka, My Parents) at Pizzeria Uno (right there in the Town Square Mall) RSVP at the Facebook invite