Twitter, community and raising money for a local charity – what better way could there be to spend a Thursday afternoon in March? I can’t think of many things, which is why I am encouraging all of Qatar to come together on Thursday, March 24, 2011 for the country’s first Twestival.
Twestival (or a Twitter-festival) is a single day, global movement that uses the power of social media to organize offline events that engage the community around a local or global cause. Since 2009, more than 200 cities have held Twestivals, raising nearly $1.2 million for charities (137 different ones to date). It is definitely time for Doha to be one of those global Twestival cities. Twestivals alternate years between raising funds for a local charity and a united global charity. 2011 is focused on local charities.
A team of volunteers (including myself) are working to organize the Qatar Twestival – every Twestival event is 100% volunteer. We are in the very early stages and are considering things such as location, topics, entertainment, sponsors, marketing and what charity a Qatar Twestival should benefit.
Do you have ideas for the 2011 Qatar Twestival or are you interested in being a volunteer? Good! Get in touch with the organizers by tweeting @dohatwestival or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @brianwez. I’ll definitely be posting more about Twestival as the planning advances. Let’s all get together to organize one of the most successful Twestivals in the world!