Author Archive: Justin Jarvis, Community Manager, GTEC
We talk a lot about the convergence of the web and the world – what it all means, where we are headed and how to get ahead in the Internet Economy – now we’d like to take a second to give back. In the spirit of giving, Web 2.0 Summit is partnering with San Francisco Food Bank to help them in their quest to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin.
To learn more about SF Food Bank, members of the Web 2.0 Summit team recently took a tour of their facilities and were absolutely amazed by the experience. The scale of operations is overwhelming. Every week, SF Food Bank volunteers sort, repack and shelve over 350 tons of food in their 45,000 square foot warehouse for distribution to over 400 local nonprofit organizations serving over 147,000 people annually.
And it’s not all canned goods and processed foods. By working closely with local farmers, approximately 60% of all food that is distributed through SF Food Bank is fresh produce. These precious, highly perishable items are moved through the warehouse within 24 hours.
We’ll have more details about a variety of ways that Web 2.0 Summit attendees can support SF Food Bank in the coming weeks but for now we encourage you all to take a minute to learn about what you can do today to help. – http://www.sffoodbank.org/
Last year’s Web 2.0 Summit marked a pivot point for the five-year old conference. Early in the year, we recognized that the shifts in our industry mirrored the shifts in the world – and focusing only on the Web meant missing a much larger narrative.
Our conversation is no longer just about the Web. Now is the time to put the power of the Web to work—its technologies, its business models, and perhaps most importantly, its philosophies of openness, collective intelligence, and transparency.
Which leads us to our theme for 2009: Web Squared.