"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
We are honored and excited to announce today, with Elisa Camahort, Jory des Jardins and Lisa Stone, the amazing founders of BlogHer (an association of 11,000+ women bloggers), the launch of BlogHers Act, a year-long initiative to harness the incredible power of women online.
That would be you.
BlogHers Act will take on two things --
1. Making a difference on a single global cause
2. Identifying the top four issues that women online want the U.S. Presidential candidates to address in order to win our votes in the '08 Election.
Imagine the opportunity that's in our hands right now.
All of us know the positive, productive, monumental ACTION of bloggers, especially women bloggers, when rallying around a problem, an issue or an event. Since we started blogging a few years back, we've witnessed - and been so lucky to be a part of - countless moments, big and small, when bloggers worked together to make a difference. And that's why it feels so right to kick it off here, on Been There, the place so many of you came to help during Katrina.
Here's what needs to happen first: We need you to weigh in on the core elements of the two BlogHers Act projects.
Please answer the following questions, either here in the comments, or in a post on your own blog. If you blog this, please do two things:
DEADLINE FOR SUGGESTIONS: June 15, 2007
(1) Post your link below!
(2) Tag your post BlogHers Act and be sure to ask your readers to answer as well, and tag it if they too blog about it. If you don't blog, just leave it in the comments on one of the BlogHers Act posts, because we'll be compiling the information from those too.
Here are the questions:
Project #1: Choose a global issue - BlogHer's red-hot issue for the year
If you could turn the power of the BlogHer community on to making a difference on a single global issue for the next 12 months, what would that issue be? Why? How would you and your community of blog readers help? Do you already have a blog or issue that you're working on and want the BlogHer community to fend for? Great! Tell us below! This year at BlogHer '07 in Chicago on July 27th , we'll be looking at some case studies of using social media to raise consciousness and awareness, and we'll apply them to an action plan for this issue.
Project #2: Creating an Election '08 Voter Manifesto
Let's create a Voter Manifesto, asking the media and presidential candidates from all parties to answer real questions and address real issues. Let's help them by creating a template: the questions any candidate must answer if they want to earn our vote next year. If you could tell the presidential candidates what is most important to you, what are the top four hot button issues you would ask them to address?
Please write your blog post or comment by June 15th to ensure your suggestion is included in the survey. On June 25th, BlogHer will issue a survey to the community, so everyone can vote for or against what's been proposed and choose our red-hot issue. The results will determine the causes we will be talking about and organizing around at BlogHer '07.
At the BlogHer '07 Conference in Chicago on July 27th, together we'll come up with an aggressive plan for the next twelve months of results-oriented action, culminating in a final report at BlogHer '08.
And please plan to join us - we'll be part of these sessions at BlogHer '07:
4:30 - 5:45 p.m., BlogHers Act: The Global Issue during the Community track breakout titled, "Getting it On(line) for a cause: Part 2 - Raising Consciousness."
10:30 - 11:45 a.m., BlogHers Act: The Voter Manifesto during the Politics breakout titled, "Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?"
We look forward to hearing your ideas, and to using BlogHer '07 to make a world of difference together!
Any questions, please email us at: Emilymckhann@mac.com or Coopermunroe@mac.com.
And thank you, Britt Bravo, for the awesome Margaret Mead quote!