Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Blog Action Day 2012, Oct15: #powerofwe

BAD12emailheader.jpg…Calling all #highered bloggers to blog for #contingent #academiclabor issues. Let's do this one: try some Power of We on for size. You can choose your own cause to blog for (or blog for more than one). One recommendation suggests focusing on a social change movement. This is ours.

Not a blogger? Maybe it's time to start. Imagine if this one day all the contingent faculty bloggers (even ones not blogging on academia or issues) and our tenured friends like More or Less Bunk, Here Comes Trouble or The Professor is In, AAUP's Academe blog, Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed bloggers and others blogged about this social change movement. Surely someone would notice. 

Hello Bloggers


Welcome back to Blog Action Day for 2012. 

As previous participants of Blog Action Day, I am pleased to share three important announcements with you.
  1. Blog Action Day is October 15, 2012,
  2. Our theme is “The Power of We” 
  3. Use the  hashtag #powerofwe 
  4.  Registrations for Blog Action Day are now OPEN. 

Why did we choose The Power of We? 

 We choose this theme for a few reasons. First, the popularity of the subjects Community, Equality, Transparency/Anti-Corruption and Freedom, in the theme poll we ran via Facebook and Twitter, over the last few weeks.

Secondly, we felt that Blog Action Day needed to reflect the ever growing movements of people working together for positive social change.

Whether using digital tools like blogs, social networks and mobiles, or meeting face to face in local community halls, neighbors house, and public streets. Greater numbers of people have been coming together to make change, either for their own communities or the world at large.

For the team at Blog Action Day, we see The Power of We as a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, and we hope you take part and register your blog for Blog Action Day. 

Ideas for how you can discuss “The Power of We” f

or Blog Action Day: you might profile a person or a group who inspire you, talk about your own efforts to make change, or highlight a cause that has been successful for using people power to make a difference.
 
 
There are hundreds of examples you could choose from such as; fighting for healthier meals for kids in schools, protecting people’s rights in countries far away, stopping practices in industries that hurt the environment and communities, challenging authorities to listen and act for the people. 

Or, you may want to focus on historical social change movements such as the Suffragettes movement, campaigns against slavery or civil rights.

If you are active in a movement, you might even want to discuss the strategies and tips of how to organise to encourage other people to make change happen.  

Getting ready for Blog Action Day 

 As Blog Action Day gets closer (just under seven weeks away) we will be sharing thoughts from our NGO partners, previous Blog Action Day participants and interesting individuals about our theme, and ask them to provide suggestions and materials that you can use for your blogs on October 15, 2102.
Also, over the next few weeks we will be increasing our communications with a weekly email, as well as regularly updates, content and opportunities via our website and social media channels. 
The team at Blog Action Day can’t wait to see what you all blog about and we really hope that you enjoy taking part in Blog Action Day on October 12, 2012.

All the best
Karina and Jason and the rest of the Blog Action Day team



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