Asheville Twestival: Partied harder and raised more funds than most US cities

The global Twestival event, now in its second year, raises money via “social media for social good,” according to the event Web site. This year’s effort, celebrated on March 25 in hundreds of cities around the world, has raised $411,236 to date. This year’s funds will go to “education and 72 million children in the world who don’t have the opportunity to go to school,” according to the site.

Asheville adopted the event with enthusiasm last year, and did so again in 2010 . Asheville raised $3,055 this year, which was added into the total $108,551 raised in the United States. About two dozen U.S. cities threw Twestival parties on March 25, drawing a combined total of 3,406 attendees; Asheville’s partiers alone totaled 225.

Here’s the list of most of the U.S. party cities, which account for 3,036 attendees and $87,866 raised of the total. Note where Asheville ranks in each list; one list sorted by attendees and the other by funds raised.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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One thought on “Asheville Twestival: Partied harder and raised more funds than most US cities

  1. Ashley McFarland

    Wow! Way to go @avltwestival!

    Congrats to the team who put this year’s event together and bravo!

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