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Twitter Roundup – April 22: Frost’s Fire and Ice at TEDxVolcano and what if Ashpocalypse hit the U.S.?

   /   Apr 23rd, 2010News

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thoughtful tweets from last week:

Jennifer 8. Lee (@jenny8lee), a NY Times reporter, best-selling author, and modern Renaissance woman, was one of the many Skoll World Forum attendees stranded in London after the volcano eruption. As Dowser reported earlier this week,’s Nathaniel Whittemore got the idea to throw an impromptu conference with the marooned attendees: TEDxVolcano featured a notable lineup of speakers – including Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, who apologized for luring folks to England before she recited Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice,” which ponders how the world will end.

The volcano caused Zipcar and GoLoco founder Robin Chase (@rmchase) to reflect on the need for transportation reform back home. Over 100,000 flights were canceled in Europe. What if the ash had blown westward, stranding passengers in the U.S.? Colossal traffic jams might have ensued due to the lack of public transportation options. Perhaps the “ashpocalypse” will spur us to consider transportation fallbacks — especially if the volcano keeps erupting.

Bruce Poon Tip (@brucepoontip) is the founder of Gap Adventures, which helps travelers take socially-responsible journeys to the far reaches of the globe. Poon Tip’s inspiration for sharing this quote from illustrator Mary Engelbreit seems to be the volcano, which stymied his planned trip to Europe. Events that thwart our plans challenge us to slow down, live in the present, and adopt a different mindset – a potential benefit that may, in the long run, outweigh even a week in airport limbo.

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