Help Us Talk About Social Equity
Note: The prompt for the April 2nd blogging event has been announced. More info is available on the event page.
Have you ever heard of a group blogging event? It goes like this:
- A prompt question and event date are announced to the public on the host website
- Bloggers write their response, include a link to the prompt question, and schedule their post to publish on the event date
- On the event date, all blog posts publish and the host website maintains a list of participating blogs and bloggers
I’ve run a few of these group blogging events in the past, and they are always very interesting. The quality of results depends a lot on the quality of the prompt question, so coming up with a great prompt is always the biggest challenge.
These are some of the benefits I’ve seen from these events in the past:
- The event helps to coalesce and define the borders of a given online community
- This helps “introduce the community to itself” in a formal, organized way that most members find fun and interesting
- The topic of the event tends to dominate the dialogue of the community, through both blogs and social media, for several days (sometimes longer)
- This groundswell of coverage and debate on the prompt can create a viral interest in the topic – which can be an enormous benefit to a worthy, underdeveloped topic within the community
Finding the right question
With the help of our friends at the urban accelerator Tumml, Meeting of the Minds is organizing a group blogging event for April 2nd on the topic of social equity (see Wikipedia for a worthy, underdeveloped definition of social equity). How do future cities address the challenges of the urban poor? And how can we start thinking about that today?
As I said before, the greatest challenge for us is finding the right prompt question – and we’re hoping you might be able to help us.
The best prompt has these defining attributes:
- It elicits a strong response from the reader
- It is not a leading question
- Similarly, it has no “right” answer – it could generate a wide variety of valid responses
By way of example, allow me to show you a successful group blogging event that included an excellent prompt (in this case on the topic of illegal file sharing within the creative class):
To a Mother Concerned About File Sharing – MusicianWages.com
Leave a comment below
As I said, we’d like your help finding the best prompt question for our group blogging event. I encourage you to leave your ideas in the comments below, or, if you prefer, to write to me using our Contact page (all messages from the contact page come directly to my inbox).
Thank you so much for your help and we look forward to including you in our April 2nd event.
Director of Communications
Meeting of the Minds