Sunday, April 18, 2010


There has been a lot of talk this past year about the shifting, seismic landscape of social activism, thanks largely to social media. But what people (including me) attending this past week's Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England didn't count on was that this seismic activity might one day become literal.

I cannot pronounce Eyjafjallajokull yet, but the Iceland volcano has grounded most of us here in the UK. The Skoll conference ended Friday but the entire Skoll World forum is still here -- and many of us are trying to turn this stranding into an opportunity. Fellow Skollers, getting in touch with TED, pitched the idea of a TEDxVolcano conference in London tonight, and I'm headed there now, to The Hub in King's Cross, to see how the power of social networks and social media are leveraging circumstances for the better.

Watch this space for a report.

--Marcia Stepanek

(Flickr photo of volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland)

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