The Social Media Surgery movement has won one of the Prime Ministers Big Society Awards. I honestly am struggling to think of a more worthy winner. The easy-access, informal, simple formula is to me what a big society should be all about; giving community groups and active citizens the confidence to use the web in this setting is, I reckon, the only real way to do it. But then again I would say that – I run one.
But running one isn’t the full story with me and Social Media Surgeries. I’ve been a ‘patient’ too. Two years ago I was persuaded to go along to the Edgbaston & Harborne surgery as I was ‘the volunteer who fixed the computers and stuff’. About an hour and a half later my brain was pretty well done for, three main things were causing this particular meltdown:
- How exciting was this social media stuff for this kind of thing – look at all the amazing stuff we could do/change/make better. (I was there with The Crossway)
- Look at all this other stuff that I can find/do/get excited about through these networks – ‘what on earth is my twitter password?’.
- This surgery thing is quite cool. How does it work then? Oh – I see – wow, check that.
That afternoon was the start of a very exciting journey for me, that (among other things) has led to me running my own surgery, changing what my university would call my ‘ideal career path’, changing my perspective on a few very key things in the world, and most importantly of all – meeting some amazing people who make an amazing difference, and helping where I can.
That doesn’t really do the story-so-far justice, and one day I’ll have time to give it some more detail. But for now – I hope you’ve got a sense of what social media surgeries are to me – bottom line: A great way of helping people, and something that’s done amazing things for me.
If you haven’t already, please read this post on the Podnosh blog – it does a better job of explaining why social media surgeries are so important, and has some fab success stories.
All that remains is for me to thank Nick Booth very, very much. And also everyone who’s been involved in running a surgery – without all of you we simply wouldn’t have this. Thank you.