Since March, I've been commuting between Boston and San Francisco. One of the best things about the commute is Virgin America airlines in flight experience. The food is decent, the is leg room in economy, it's clean, and there is wifi. But the wifi isn't the best part, everytime I fly I end up meeting folks who work in social media.
Last night, there was a couple setting next to me who once airborne, opened their laptops and started talking. I kept on hearing phrases like "facebook," "social return on investment," "gift economy," and "social change." I could not resist striking up a conversation with them, especially since we had so much rough turbulence that it helped distract me.
It turned out that I was sitting next to Eve Penny Cowan who is the founder of Future Leaders Institute that guides and mentors youth to employ social entrepreneurship to solve the world’s most pressing needs and Dan Jacobs who is the founder of EveryWun is a platform where individuals can leverage business donations to causes. It's an interesting idea - built on the ladder of engagement and the concept of a gift economy.
Behind me was Nicholas Reville, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Miro, a HD open source video player. It sports a gorgeous interface, built-in content, and the site also has an incredible how-to resource for creating Internet.TV.
I'll certainly be exploring these tools and programs in more depth.
What other airline (and route) offers a great flying experience and offline networking opportunities!