PhiLAnthropist Interview: Ben Morrison on 'Twestival' and Charity: Water
Photo courtesy of Ben Morrison.
Thursday, February 12th is shaping up to be a busy night for LA, especially in terms of tech-related events. In addition to Twiistup, LA will also host it's first 'Twestival', an event happening in 200 cities all over the world, to benefit Charity:Water, an organization dedicated to providing developing nations with clean water. 'Twestival' takes advantage of the power of Twitter to bring people together for a charitable cause and to drive change.
The event, which takes place Thursday night at 740 Club downtown, is the result of a completely volunteer-based call to action on 'tweeted' back in January and the response was staggering. The first Twestival took place in London in September 2008 and served as a fundraiser for a local homeless shelter where in just two weeks, the organizers, all Twitterers, put together an overwhelmingly successful event. Word spread, and this time those involved decided to take it global. The grass-roots effort spread to LA and again, in just a little over two weeks, after putting out their call to action on Twitter, the volunteer-organizers have planned an amazing event.Comedian and actor Ben Morrison was one of these people to catch word of the event and step it up by contributing his time and ideas and has volunteered to host Thursday's event. LAist had a chance to ask Ben a few questions about his experiences so far.