I attended this event as part of We Canada, which is a nation-wide initiative for sustainability and which brings the diversity of Canadian voices to the Earth Summit 2012 event, as well as to the attention of the Canadian government.
The event was basically a networking opportunity for major non-government organizations in Vancouver. It features keynote speakers and, of course, extensive collaboration and idea sharing amongst the attendees. One of the keynote speakers, Ajay Masala Puri (@masalapuri), who co-founded many social movements such as Coop Culture, RangiChangi Roots, Canadians For Obama, Bridge to a Cool Planet and East Of Main held a monumental presentation on how social media plays a huge role in evolving how we organize movements from local to worldwide. His soul-searching question of “Is anyone in this room comfortable in organizing on a large scale with social media?” prompted one or two hands raised. He then replied, “I would like you to post a video that would get 2 million hits in the next 3 days”. Yes, that is how we measure success these days with the growing power of Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs such as this one. Exposure is unlimited.
You may ask me about how does this relate to me as a student. I would reply (to you) that as a student, you and I have more influence than you may perceive. It is interesting to note that the voting turnout for university students is actually higher than the average voter turnout for the Canadian Federal Elections. If we, as university students, can help determine the results of the Federal Elections, then why can’t we start a social movement from social media that we use 24/7 anyway?
As the tagline for the IDD states “Making Connections Happen”, I want you to connect with the world and with me by telling me what positive message you wish to empower the world. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Chris Ng