I am excited and my excitement will not be complete if I fail to share this news with you. Guess who will be a panel member at tomorrow’s Live #globaldevlive Question and Answer session powered by The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network? You guesed right. I will be on the panel and I invite you to join the conversation.
The focus will be on #Clicktivism. (The Oxford English Dictionary defines Clicktivism as “the use of social media and other online methods to promote a cause.”)
The salient questions that the panel will seek to answer are as follows:
Are clicks more important than cash in campaigning?
Can clicktivism have a strong enough impact to bring change, and is it the cheapest way to get results?
- Brie Rogers Lowery, UK director of Change.org, London, UK. (Twitter: @brie_rl): After working in consultancy, Brie joined Change.org in 2011 to launch its UK operation – growing the user base from 200,000 to almost six million in two years.
- Noelle West, director of communication, Invisible Children, California, USA. (Twitter: @noellejwest): Noelle manages digital strategy for Invisible Children, a non-profit committed to ending violence and child abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and creators of the KONY 2012 campaign.
- Mia Cambronero, senior campaigner with Avaaz, Washington DC, USA. (Twitter: @mpc27): Mia is a former social media coordinator for President Obama’s new media operation at Organizing for America and the U.S Democratic Party.
- Saira O’Mallie, UK campaigns manager at ONE Campaign, London, UK. (Twitter: @sairaomallie): Saira works as part of a global movement that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
- Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International, London, UK. (Twitter: @the_mcquade): Aidan previously worked for over 13 years in humanitarian response, development and human rights in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Angola at the end of the civil war.
- Larissa Ocampo, online community manager at One Girl, Melbourne, Australia. (Twitter: @larissaocampo): Larissa works for an organisation that focuses on empowering women and girls through education. She has previously written a critical review of charities and clicktivism.
- Blossom Nnodim, public relations manager and blogger, Abuja, Nigeria. (Twitter: @blcompere): Blossom has a particular interest in social media, social good and social technology.
- Ify Elueze, petition initiator, #BringBackOurGirls, Bonn, Germany. (Twitter: @evie_prettie): Ify brought world attention to the plight of the kidnapped girls in Chibok, Nigeria through a petition on Change.org with over one million signatures.
To join the conversation:
Cross-post comments and best quotes on Twitter using the hashtag #globaldevlive even as the Question and Answer session is on.
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Everyone is invited!