A Blogger, An Artist and an Advocate Walk Into a Bar

This weekend, I’ll be doing something rather cool (again) – presenting at Podcamp Pittsburgh 9 along with my friends and collaborators, Nina Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art  and Erin Gill Ninehouser of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN). 


Podcamp Pittsburgh

The theme of this year’s Podcamp is “Ignite

PodCamp Pittsburgh is a social, new media un-conference. PodCamp Pittsburgh is nothing without dynamic attendees and speakers who steer the content we cover each year. No two years are ever the same.

In 2004, PodCamp was built around podcasting, and as the event has grown across North America, PodCamp Pittsburgh has also evolved into a study of information sharing online and how it affects us in new and different ways each and every day.

In 2014, we’ll have a variety of sessions designed to give you a local source of creative inspiration. You’ll learn how to get started (or how to grow) sharing what you do with the world through blogs, social media, videos, and all other types of online media. You’ll find out what (and how to use) the latest tools others are using to accomplish awesome things. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to engage with other attendees and speakers who share your passion and drive, and may even inspire something in you that you didn’t know was there.

Our specific presentation will be a follow-up to the #ArtisticVisionPgh initiative – exploring the intersection of advocacy, art and blogging. As you may recall, I was a blogger artist for that project which led me to interview about a dozen local artists. These interviews brought up all sorts of interesting information about their health, individually and collectively. That brought Erin and PHAN into the project. Fast forward to the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and the PA Medicaid Expansion. Erin and Nina are teaming up to reach out to the arts community.

Lots of great ideas, lots of positive outcomes, lots of energy and enthusiasm to build a healthier community.

Who should come to our presentation?

  • If you want inspiration to fuse art and advocacy (or activism)
  • If you are interested in how to work with bloggers & social media mavens on your community project
  • If you have any question at all about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) no matter how obscure and arcane
  • If you want to know how an art gallery became a community service organization

Please join us. Podcamp is at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh. We’ll be in the University Center building 414 Wood Street. Our presentation is 2 PM in the room designated as “B” by the Podcamp organizers.

And be sure to check out the array of sessions – our friends from YaJagoff will be the keynote speakers and our friends from Pittsburgh Bloggers will be leading a panel discussion on the future of blogging in this region. Both will take place on Saturday.

This is my fifth consecutive year as a presenter. In the past, I’ve been part of a dialogue about political bloggers, a discussion on becoming social media superheroes, a debate about language, fairness and accuracy in the media and conversation around how LGBTQ community groups use social media. We aren’t handing you the keys to a secret kingdom, but inviting you to join us in these engaging conversations that will inspire you own work.

Podcamp is free, although you can be a VIP Sponsor (I am) to lend some support to the organization. The venue is very nice and accessible with convenient nearby parking and public transportation. It is a good opportunity to network. And they record everything so you don’t have to worry about missing a beat.

Follow #PCPGH #PCPGH9 and @PCPGH to keep up with the goings on. There’s a social event Friday evening, but I have a previous commitment so shout out to me on Saturday.

Podcamp Pittsburgh



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