Echo Spot Hosts #AskAway Interview With Dean Fisher

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  • UPCOMING EVENT: The Echo Spot will hold a live #AskAway interview with Dean Tom Fisher on Tuesday, May 6 from 2:45 – 4:15 PM. During the interview anything with an x500 can ask a question or vote for a question they want to see answered. Dean Fisher will answer questions in real-time.

The Echo Spot offers a platform for students, faculty, and staff to exchange ideas and develop solutions for issues around campus.

The concept was developed and designed entirely by students and alumni at the University of Minnesota, including former Design Student Alumni Board president Coleman Iverson (B.S. Graphic Design ’11). Since the beginning of April, The Echo Spot has received over 18,000 page views and dozens of posts ranging from a push to change the T-shirt rule at the rec center to ideas for addressing campus crime.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 12.13.32 PM.png“The inspiration for Echo Spot came from students who felt like they weren’t being heard,” explains founding member Nadya Nguyen in the Minnesota Daily. Anyone with a email address (or x500) can post on the site or vote posts up or down. Users  have the option to post anonymously or use their name. Posts with at least 30 “upvotes” will be shared with appropriate departments and administrators.

The site follows the rise of niche social networks looking for alternative ways to have targeted conversations within micro-communities.

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