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#4good brekky – a place for Adelaide changemakers to meet

Update: Thanks everyone who came along to the second #4good brekky! The next one will be held from 8am on Friday, 30 September at Big Table in the Adelaide Central Markets on Gouger Street. Hope to see you there!

If you’ve ever chatted to me, or read my blog, you probably know that I love to connect people. I do it in my work as TACSI‘s Connector/Communicator… I do it in my volunteer work, I do it for fun (like when I was online matchmaking through 100 dates!).

So it’s no surprise that my latest idea is a new way for people who do good stuff to meet each other. #4good brekky will combine a bunch of my favourite things – breakfast, great coffee, and conversation with people who have great ideas & are working to put them into action!

There are a lot of great meetups already happening in Adelaide, (hello NetSquared! hello Socadl!) but I’m hoping this meetup won’t just be technology/social media people (much though I love them and certainly identify as one of them!). When chatting over this idea, Katy from Connecting Up commented to me that she really needs to spend time with her “hands in the dirt” doing stuff to make social change happen and she wants to connect to other people like that, and I totally agree. So please, help me spread this invitation online and offline to people who are doing good stuff in Adelaide. Renew Adelaide, I’m looking at you! Radelaide, I’m looking at you! Format, I’m looking at you!

Inspired by the wonderful community building of Kate Kendall who started #socialmelb brekky in Melbourne, #4good brekky will happen before work on a Friday morning. For many of us, meetups during work hours just aren’t doable – and swapping ideas when you’re freshly caffeinated in the morning can be a really inspiring start to the day!

If this sounds appealing, pleas come along for a coffee or brekky before work! The first #4good brekky will be on Friday, 5 August from 8am at Big Table at the Central Markets.

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Why Google should allow anonymous/pseudonymous names on Google+

Here’s some feedback I just submitted to Google about its seeming decision to enforce a “real name” policy on Google+.

Hi there,via a couple of friends of mine who are using Google+, I understand that Google is starting to enforce a “real name” policy for Google+. I’m really disappointed if this is the case.

Many people online choose to use pseudonyms to keep their professional life separate from their personal life or hobbies. Or they are trying to protect themselves from abuse. As a woman who’s written about feminism online and received anonymous hatemail and death threats for doing so, I would like to preserve my right to post under a pseudonym to keep myself safe in the real world and if I choose, so I’m not identified as a woman online in places where it might not be safe to do so. I don’t believe that getting rid of anonymity online will stop bad behaviour like the abuse and death threats I’ve received. I do think that getting rid of anonymity and pseudonymity online will make it easier for people like myself to become targets of abuse and potentially put us in danger.

Quoting from the Geek Feminism blog post on Pseudonymity:

“Persistent pseudonyms (those used over many years and perhaps across multiple sites) can accrue social capital and respect just as “real” names can, and be subject to the same social pressures towards civil behaviour if the community has a strong culture of respect. Without a culture of respect, real names won’t help. With it, real names won’t matter.”

Thank you for listening to my feedback, I hope you will change your policy and allow anonymous and pseudonymous accounts on Google+ (which. by the way, I’m loving so far). Cheers!Sarah Stokely (my real name!)

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