Renowned for its philanthropic efforts and projects globally, Kimse Yok Mu Foundation hosted a workshop themed “Social Media for Good” in Athens. In attendance of the event in cooperation with University of Athens’s Media and Communications were numerous students, academics and leading NGOs. The foundation has concluded the workshop series in the run-up to Social Media For Good Conference, May 14-16, 2015, in Istanbul. The previous workshop venues included universities in Japan and Poland. University of Athens students in particular, academics and NGO leaders showed a significant interest in the 2-session conference.
Speaking at the “The Scope of Philanthropy “ session, the chair for New Technologies workshop Prof. Michalis Meimaris said underscored the significance of a well purposed and active social media use. He also said it is important to know its national and international limits.
Dr. Onder Cetin of Fatih University, Istanbul, discussed “From Philanthropy to Altruism: Classic Approaches, Comparative Trends and Challenges;” the psychologist Manos Hatzimalonas of Filotimo Idrima, “Modern Trends and Challenges in Social Altruism;” sociologist Pavlos Georgidis “Rural Communication;” Ada Alamanu of Klimaka “Electronic Mapping of Housing Scarcity.”
Dr. Erkan Saka of Bilgi Unversity, Istanbul spoke on “Social Media for Good: Its Promotion, Verification, Cooperation and Raising Awareness” including examples from Turkey and around the world.
Next, Aleksandros Theodoridis of “We can,” Dr. Eleni Reveka Staiu of University of Athens Media and Communication Digital and New Technologies Chair and Killi Kiki of the country’s prestigious economy and technology daily Naftemporiki discussed “Social Media and Crisis Management.”
Dr. Erkan Saka of Bilgi University spoke to Cihan: “We are here as a part of pre-conference workshops for the conference “Social Media for Good” to be held in Istanbul in May. Similar events took place in several other countries too. We encourage university students to design and submit their projects for the conference. This event actually came out of a need to promote the conference and encourage students.”
Manos Hatzimalonas of Filotimo İdrima said their company aims to get people to be “filotimo” meaning “ to be honest and helpful to yourself and others.” They also seek to promote the Greek culture and promote solidarity among people. “We want to see concepts like democracy, philosophy and altruism become a reality and promote them around the world.”
Dr. Cetin of Fatih University said, “One of the sessions on social media in the conference will be dedicated to university students. They will be able to propose their projects on how to use social media for good and how to reach out to more people in an efficient way.”
Anthi Histu, a student from Journalism and the New Media, said, “These events are very important as they help promote communication and cooperation between Turkey and other countries.”
Actively engaged in humanitarian aid and development projects in 113 countries around the world, regardless of race, ethnicity, faith or gender, Kimse Yok Mu Foundation attaches a particular significance to social media platforms. It seeks to encourage more academic studies and new technologies and believes in social media power to reach out to more people in the fastest way possible.
“The International Conference on Social Media for Good” to be held in Istanbul, May 14-16, 2015, aims at systematizing and improving existing models on social media, suggesting new innovative approaches and practices, using their effectiveness in enhancing goodness and philanthropy, and resolution of social problems.
25 submissions out of over 250 from around the world will be presented at the seven-session conference. The foundation had earlier hosted the International Conference on Philanthropy and Peacebuilding too.
Excerpted from the article published [in Turkish] on Bugun, 30 March 2015, Monday