The Inspired Mobility Panel from the Blogging While Brown Conference in New York was at it again, but this time it was a live broadcast for the world via Google+ Hangout. Thursday, August 7th,
The Inspired Mobility conversation has really taken off on social media, with people sharing inspirational quotes, memes, music, and videos using the hashtag
The mid-day hangout began around the time of day when most people need some motivation to make it through to the end of the work day and finish on a positive note – refreshed and ready to move into the evening’s activities either spending time with family and friends or enjoying a quiet evening, recharging for the next day. The great viewership of the broadcast, along with the lively conversation on Twitter, served as an excellent indicator that this was the perfect time of day to talk about ways to stay inspired on the go using mobile technology.
Caston began the conversation by explaining what the Inspired Mobility campaign is, supported by some enlightening statistics from a study conducted by AT&T in partnership with Ebony Magazine about technology and the worship experience.
“90% of people hold the belief that technology has a place in houses of worship […] Nearly 80% of respondents said that technology has had a positive impact on their worship experience.”
Smith made it clear that this was a “tech first” conversation. “It’s all about mobility and how people are leveraging it to experience their faith or inspiration. When it comes to people who aren’t particularly religious, don’t follow a particular faith, are not members of a group and don’t attend worship services,” she said,” [If] you do seek inspiration daily, weekly, or maybe even monthly - online, with your device, or with apps, we’re interested in you having this conversation, and letting us know how you are using this technology to inspire…”
Robinson shared some of her favorite apps that she uses to stay inspired on the go, like Path (
One of the viewers, still very much concerned about the present, told the panel via Twitter, “As a millennial wife with five children, I’m interested in options for my kids versus [in] ten years.” Caston replied with information about the YouVersion app for kids which, according to Smith, has just been released in Spanish, adding a multicultural element to it. Dizard added that there are several apps from digital coloring books to games that are faith based, and that developers are constantly adding more apps for children. Tiffani Robinson suggested that youth look into viewing streaming youth services through sites like Ustream (
Towards the end of the online event, the panelist talked about ways that faith based organizations can get started with reaping the benefits associated with adding technology to their church services to increase engagement, giving, and the reach of their messages. “When people walk into a sanctuary and they whip out their tablet, the expectation is that there would be Wi-Fi so that they could connect with the [Bible] app that’s there, or any of the other tools that you would use to participate in the service,” said Smith. While the discussion on the Google Hangout had to come to a close, the conversation continued on Twitter with the hashtag
For those who missed the broadcast, it is available online to view any time on Youtube. (