Posts Tagged ‘social media’
Groups across the country have already started coming together to THINKfast! We are excited to share some of the great ideas that YOU have come up with in order to promote your events, fundraise, and encourage your friends, families and communities to take part.
Social media connects friends and family. Canada holds the title as the world’s most web-engaged nation, so it is likely very easy to reach your entire network (and then some!) using tools like Facebook. The Newman Club at the University of British Columbia is promoting their THINKfast event with a Facebook page where they are inviting people to join, sharing images and updates and letting people know why they are fasting for change.
Haul out your digital camera and show everyone what THINKfast means to you. A great example of a promotional video was done by the THINKfasters at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario – they even have their own YouTube channel and have linked to Development and Peace’s campaign videos. This allows participants to see how you plan to take action locally while also seeing the big picture and learning more about the work you’re supporting. Don’t they look like they’re having fun?
Check out their channel and give them some encouragement!
Personalize your Personal Page
When you register online as an organizer or participant in a THINKfast, you are able to modify your Personal Page to create a message that tells people how YOU connect to the issues. Donors like to know why their contribution is important and why you believe in the work of Development and Peace. Check out St. John Bosco parish’s Team Page. They’ve used images from our campaign (available here) to create their own promotional poster!
It’s your mission – wear it!
Don’t forget that you can order THINKfast t-shirts from us for $15 each! These are North American, union-made shirts and make great prizes for your top fundraisers, look great on event organizers or on each of your participants!
We have over 70 Teams already registered online and many people have started their online fundraising. You are off to a great start as Lent begins … keep up the great work!
What can we do to make a splash on (or around) Bottled Water Free Day???
How about having a public event to announce that your municipality, university, school, parish or other public institution is going bottled water free?
Or planning a meeting with decision makers to help make that happen?
Or building a sculpture – a monster, a waterfall, a giant water tap – from empty water bottles and displaying it somewhere public and visible?
Or creating a big, public display of signed pledge cards and getting lots of other people to sign on?
Your school, university, college, parish, community group etc. can endorse Bottled Water Free Day
Join the Facebook Group and Page to stay informed!
Videos, action activities, pledge cards and other resources can be accessed here.
Whatever you do, please tell us (and your local media)!
Genevieve Gallant: email@example.com
Siobhan Rowan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly DiDomenico: email@example.com
Development and Peace, along with the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Sierra Club, and CUPE is a full partner in Bottled Water Free Day.
Two weeks ago today we launched the Development & Peace THINKfast 2010 campaign.
As of today 25 groups and a total of 90 participants have registered. In 2 weeks we have raised close to $3000!
The Winnipeg parish JUST YOUTH Group “Youth Affecting Humankind” raised a stellar $1210 with just 9 group members. Keep up the excellent work!
Since then more and more groups are registering and signing up for THINKfast online. Click here to get directly to our new online fundraising tool.
Get in touch with us by phone or email if you have any questions or need any kind of support with getting online.
We are very excited about this great start into our THINKfast 2010 campaign and are looking forward to hearing about your experiences at your THINKfast. Leave a comment below this post anytime!
Your THINKfast TEAM
Dear D&P Member
Social Media has radically influenced how people are connecting with each other from all over the world and offers new ways of communications which were unthinkable for the general public just a few years ago.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE recently launched a Social Media pilot project to determine how Social Media applications can be of best use for the organization and its members.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill out this survey. The survey will give us important feedback and information on how D&P members use and think about Social Media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The survey can be accessed at the following link until March 1st 2010
Should you have any questions about this survey please contact Raphael Arens or Myriam Tremblay.
Social Media Project
Tel: 416-922-1592 ext 230
Or Toll-free at: 1-800-494-1401 ext 233
Projet médias sociaux
Tel: 514 257 8711 ext. 371
Toll-free: 1-888134 – 8533 ext. 371
We really appreciate your input.
Director, Education Department
Development and Peace
1425, boul. René-Lévesque OP., 3e étage
Montréal, QC, H3G 1T7
Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikatt, Eastern Ontario Youth Rep
I’ve been a user of social media for a while. I remember a few years back, when I got my first facebook page… all of the applications, the sharing tools and special features weren’t yet a part of the site, but at the time, it had all seemed so overwhelming!
How far we have come in such a short amount of time! Now, I think nothing of seeing my family from Alberta to New Brunswick converging for semi-regular Word Twist tournaments. Engaging in debates on social and political issues is a regular occurrence. Connecting with friends, keeping up to date on what events are going in my community, following the activity of my favourite organizations, and even building networks of professional contacts via the web is simply second nature to me now. I have a difficult time envisioning communication without it.
Social media truly has revolutionized the world and is connecting people from all over the world in ways that were completely unfathomable to the general population just under a decade ago.
Last week, Development and Peace hosted a Social Media workshop. Directors, national council members, volunteers, youth reps, and staff from across the Eastern Region converged in Toronto to engage in some meaningful discussion about how we can utilize social media platforms (such as facebook, twitter, and blogging) to better connect with our members, promote our education and fundraising campaigns, and generally increase awareness about all the awesome stuff that members of D&P are engaging in.
I was under the impression that I was fairly knowledgeable about social media and its potential for expanding our member base. But ooh man…there is so much more to it than I could have ever imagined! On the first day, speakers from various backgrounds and organizations, including Doctors without Borders, spoke to us about how social media is currently being used as a promotional tool for the non-governmental sector. They spoke about the benefits and potential risks of putting yourself completely “out there” on the web. Completely exposing yourself to the ups and downs of online support as well as criticism can be kind of a scary thought – but thus is the nature of this business! It sounds like there is a lot of divergence of opinion out there on appropriate levels of social media freedom, but it is all very interesting to say the least!
On the second day of the workshop, we all participated in an open discussion on what kind of social media policy we would envision for D&P. While there are undoubtedly a lot of different opinions within the organization, I’m thrilled that this discussion is being had. It’s so important for NGOs to go where the people are. In today’s society, the people are using the web. And it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.