It’s a shame to let the twitter stream go to waste. So when looking for ways to recap my experience delivering a talk on Zero Waste at SXSW, the twittstream seemed like the perfect way to tell the story.
It all starts with my last two tweets before getting started:
robotchampion Prepped and ready for 1230 #zerowaste talk, props, surprise guests, and even activism!
robotchampion Talk is just moments away, use the #zerowaste hashtag
As we get started eight folks chime in with GoWalla and Foursquare check-ins and general announcements about it beginning:
steveblackmon #zerowaste — at Zero Waste: The Future of Green http://gowal.la/s/4rK2
JessiO At the #zerowaste session in 8A. (@ Austin Convention Center w/ @ramon_deleon @benedictwong @leahjones) http://4sq.com/8RQqOx
YannR next #zerowaste … the future of green @ sxsw
sustaining Settling in at the #zerowaste session; looks like a diverse crowd and a lot of Austinites!
Then, I launch into my intro attempting to explain #zerowaste, but here is what they crowd hears/tweets:
GREENITED On average Americans create 6 pounds of trash per day per person. #zerowaste #sxsw
createthegood At #zerowaste, @robotchampion is talking about companies like @WholeFoods that are reducing the amt of trash they send to landfill. Saves $.
accooper1 Change the size of the compost (largest) recycle & landfill (smallest) bins to help change behavior #zerowaste #sxsw
createthegood #zerowaste is diverting from landfills… composting, recycling… – @robotchampion #SXSW
Ok, so either I was extremely captivating and no one cared to tweet, or I talked way too fast and folks only had time to tweet major snippets?
createthegood Next speaker is Beth Ferguson from Austin… Her design thesis was on solar charging stations for electric vehicles & bikes. #zerowaste
agreenerlifeorg At the #zerowaste panel being impressed with people’s ingenuity.
Blocks8 Look for the solar recharge stations that look like 1950’s gas pumps around Austin #sxsw #zerowaste
createthegood One audience member said they saw it last night and there was a line. People are digging it. #zerowaste // Now I wanna go snap a pic!
LisaRedShoesPR did not know about the retro-fitted 50s style gas pumps as solar charging stations for bikes, laptops around… #sxsw #zerowaste
sustaining Beth Ferguson’s design for a solar electric charging station incorporates 1950s gas pumps to make energy consumption visible. #zerowaste
craftyb RT @createthegood: Henry Ford’s wife drove the first electric vehicle. #zerowaste #whoknew
I chime in with an important fact that a few tweet about:
changeorder The greatest new energy source is energy reduction. #zerowaste #sxsw
Then our next speaker, Jason Aramburu, starts off with a zinger:
brianfit Clean coal? Oxymoron! #zerowaste
brookebf Rechar doing project in Houston ship channel w waste wood fr hurricane ike gen pwr & fertilizer reduce landfill #zerowaste #sxswi #housxsw
After Jason’s talk I go off on compost, which seemed to set off a flurry of tweets:
createthegood A lot of people in the room raise their hand saying they compost. Me, I’m learning. #zerowaste #SXSW
ericavandenberg “Farmers call compost black gold” #zerowaste #sxswi
KuraFire Compost is the new black gold. #zerowaste
Amy begins her part:
createthegood Next up, @sengseng (aka “Steve’s woman”) She’s talking about the girlfriend’s perspective living with someone who lives #zerowaste lifestyle
kirbstr #zerowaste victim or guinea pig 🙂
createthegood . @sengseng‘s first reaction was that #zerowaste is impossible in today’s society #SXSW
accooper1 Waste is just a bad habit not a lifestyle #zerowaste #sxsw
createthegood Even just bringing a water bottle or your own cup helps reduce the paper generated. – @sengseng #zerowaste #SXSW
createthegood Changing food habits was one of the biggest challenges. @robotchampion & @sengseng shop at farmers markets mainly #zerowaste #SXSW
LisaRedShoesPR Re-think what constitutes a meal … #sxsw #zerowaste eat things from farmer’s markets.
Amy hits the tweet bingo with the most folks re-tweeting her lines/quoting her. Then a questioneer brings up the crucial question with perfect timing and saving me from the awkward transition to it. What are the online resources for zero waste, food, etc.?
LisaRedShoesPR take note of the #slowfood movement. #sxsw #zerowaste
createthegood To find your local farmers markets or locally sourced food, one resource is http://www.localharvest.org/ #zerowaste #SXSW
LisaRedShoesPR check out eatwellguide.org for farmer’s guide market #sxsw #zerowaste
Finally, the session winds down with announcements and lots of folks with new ideas:
kirbstr #zerowaste comment on the waste of the swag bags, but they are a revenue source for smaller biz but #sxsw is cutting down on paper wastes
MelissaSavcic Great talk about #zerowaste at #sxsw There needs to be more ‘green’ lifestyle conferences!
KuraFire IFixit.com is aiming to be a Wikipedia for fixing your own hardware (like broken iPhone screens). #zerowaste
KuraFire “Reduce first, Reuse second, Recycle third. Now a fourth one: Rethink.” #Zerowaste
floridagirlindc My fave from #zerowaste panel at #SXSW: @sengseng‘s “Look at the faces of people in supermakret vs people at farmers market. Who’s happier?”
the007way #zerowaste www.soldesignlab.com Been considering an elec scooter but I have nowhere to charge it at present. Just got rid of car.
- 6 rave reviews and 2 critiques (here, here, I followed up personally with each critique)
- During the 60 minute session:
- — there were 51 ReTweets
- — 204 Tweets using the hashtag #zerowaste
- — which is 3.4 tweets/minute or about a tweet every 18 seconds
- 1 Live Streamer
- 3 Live Note Takers (by YannR, cwcinc, and benrigby)
The Ending, My Favorite Tweet
AeroSuch Lots of sandals & composters at #Zerowaste. Great insights into solar recharge, bio charcoal, and savingmoney/calories/trash #habits #sxsw
Just to round out the story, here are some links I googled from the event:
– The Talk Submission to SXSW
– Early 2009 post promoting the topic
– PopTech Blog about the talk
– Navstar Blog (by me)
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