CREATE South -- the do-it-yourself online media conference launched by our friends along the Grand Strand in 2008 -- is steaming toward a much-improved 2009 event on Saturday, April 25.Today is Donation Day, one of the high holy days of the CREATE South year.
Here's why I think you should care: CREATE South is one of the few remaining FREE conferences dedicated to the cooperative, inclusive, community-minded sharing of knowledge and insight. It's run by volunteers, it values self-motivated creators above rock-star tech-biz celebrities, and it promotes an egalitarian ethic of personal responsibility and empowerment that's so very needed in the world today. It pays for this by raising money from sponsors and individual donors.
So today, those of us who are helping out with the 2009 event are blogging and Tweeting and otherwise communicating how important this conference is to us and why we think it's worth your time and your money. There will be other days to donate, and plenty of opportunity to buy T-shirts and push a little cash into jars at the event, but today's the day I'm donating, and I'd like to encourage you to join me.
It's also one of the only organizations of its kind in South Carolina -- a grass roots network of people who value and understand online media. We're not trying to keep this knowledge to ourselves -- we want to spread it to anyone who wants to learn. Those of you who remember ConvergeSouth may be interested to know that the 2009 version is going to be a pay-attendance-only event targeting small businesses and entrepreneurs. I wish them luck, but from my perspective, much of the DNA of the original ConvergeSouth spirit has been passed from North Carolina to South Carolina.
Do you value that too? Then follow me over to the CREATE South site and make a small donation, right now, while you're thinking about it. Seriously: Five bucks not only helps out, it also sends a great message of support to the volunteers who make this thing go.