The Boston Marathon is one of the best known sporting events of the year. However, almost exactly one year ago, two homemade bombs, planted close to the finish line of the race, killed three people and wounded 260 others. This year we pay tribute to the victims and remember the shocking events that unfolded during the aftermath where an entire community of unconnected individuals came together, not only just in support of those that had been affected but also to help apprehend the people who were responsible. During the days and weeks that followed, we witnessed an extraordinary level of self-organization as social media yet again demonstrated its power in helping to support traditional methods of news reporting and information and evidence gathering. This year I am proud to be among one of the 25,000 runners participating in the 2014 Boston Marathon to honor those effected and to support a non-profit that I am extremely passionate about. The Boston Marathon is a unique race and is the world’s oldest annual marathon, ranking as one of the world’s best-known road racing events and one of six World Marathon Majors. This will be my fifth marathon and my first Boston, and I am incredibly honored to be participating this year as part of TeamInteractive — together with some of our industry’s technology elite. Joining me on Monday are early Twitter investor and General Partner at Spark Capital Bijan Sabet; Partner at Redpoint Ventures Ryan Sarver; co-founder of Foursquare Dennis Crowley (who was one of the runners who was unable to finish last year due to the bombings); together with our inspirational Team Captain Craig Meisner; and incredible trainer Chris Heuisler of Run Westin. In addition to honoring the victims of last year’s tragedy and the wonderful Boston Strong community, our team is also raising money to support CampInteractive, a non-profit that provides access to technology education to underserved youth. CampInteractive (CI) is an organization I have supported for more than eight years, while serving on its board for the past 6. CI is inspiring the next generation of tech leaders in underserved communities throughout the US. The mission is very close to me as I believe passionately that we are all striving for the same thing in life. So, why should I have a better shot at success than someone from an underserved part of New York, Boston, or any city around the world? Regardless of your background, wealth, ethnicity, or economic status, CI instills in us the idea that we can achieve extraordinary things in life as long as we push ourselves further than we ever thought possible. Whether you are one of the students, a volunteer, a member of staff, a board member, or someone running the Boston Marathon, you are part of the CI community. I am running Boston because I believe that that I have an obligation to push myself and strive to achieve more so that I can help others do the same. We’re just at the beginning of our journey to bridge the economic, digital and social divide that exists in our society and I am proud to be part of this amazing team. Please support us by making a small donation here, or by helping to spread the word by sharing this. Thank you for reading.
Toby Daniels is an entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, emerging tech and all things social. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Crowdcentric, whose mission is to help people and organizations collaborate. The company achieves this by holding media conferences and developing web and mobile products.
Daniels is also the founder of Social Media Week, taking place as we speak (Feb 17 to 21). The event has spread exponentially since it began and now takes place in more than 30 cities around the world, bringing together more than 100,000 people offline. So how did Daniels come up with the idea in the first place? An election, of all things:
I had a simple goal of bringing people together to share ideas for how social media was changing society, business and culture. Inspired by the presidential election in 2008, for which social media played an integral role, I wanted to make the conversation about the societal changes that social media could bring about, as much as the business and cultural implications. We’ve seen local teams convene government officials in Lagos, Nigeria; musicians and actors in Los Angeles and agency heads in Bogota, Colombia, who have connected, engaged and shared their experiences and expertise with the rest of the world.
To hear more about Daniels, including details on Crowdcentric’s crowdfunding initiatives, read: So What Do You Do, Toby Daniels, CEO of Crowdcentric and Founder of Social Media Week?
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