Sometimes in life, everything just comes together. Power Shift 2009 is one of those instances for me. Let me play out for you the last week.
Last Friday: I was on twitter and saw the following tweet from @jake_brewer:
Last weekend before #PowerShift09. 131 hours till we open the doors of the DC Convention Center and start building a massive stage.
Having not heard of the conference before I looked it up online. I saw it was in Washington, DC and ran from 2/27-3/2. I knew that I would be in Pittsburgh on 2/27 and could quite frankly drive to DC for the conference. I’m also looking for new opportunities professionally and you never what can come from putting yourself in a new environment.
Backstory: I met Jake last May at the Cause Marketing Forum when he was at Idealist. I was in a session and taking notes on my computer and twittering and he came up to me after the session and said that I was the only other person in the room except for him taking notes digitally. Everyone else was using pens and notepads (this is true of many conferences I attend with a lot of nonprofit people there). Since I was at a socially-conscious tech startup and he was at Idealist, we exchanged information and kept in touch all year mostly through social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I saw that in the fall he left Idealist for the Energy Action Coalition and sent him a note of congratulations on the new position.
Fast forward to late November and I was asked to moderate a panel at the California Endowment called “Social Media, Social Justice” and one of the panelists was Jessy Tolkan, Executive Director of the Energy Action Coalition. After the panel, Jessy and I got to talking and we ended up going for a drink with two of my favorite and fellow LAisters to Trax at Union Station and talked about election night, the EAC and what they had planned for 2009.