Action2015: Our Better World

Curious about the trending twitter and instagram topic “#action2015.” Here is the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Action2015.

Who?

You! Well really everyone, especially youth. because by the goals’ timeline are completed in 2030 the 15 year olds of today will be 30 year olds leading our world.

What is it?

A call to action. The voices of 1/1000 people in the world participated in the MyWorld2015 survey (your’s truly included) that is over 7 million voices being heard. Continuing to engage people improves the work of the UN, it’s partners, and insures no individual or country is left behind. Action2015 uses our contributions to help set new goals for the UN and the world, then we can help them met those goals an we and those around us benefit.

When?

Now, today, January 15, 2015, is the official launch of #Action2015. From today until 2030 there will be numerous was to engage and support Action2015.

Where?

You can get involved

1. Online: share info., your opinions, volunteer, attend a rally, attend a Google Hangout, participate in surveys, watch videos, read stories, and share your story

2. In-person: your country’s rally, at a UNA chapter meeting/event, volunteer

Organizations & Governments

3. Attending summits, engaging with citizen, passing laws to meet the new goals, and providing the opportunities for change in your region.

Why?

Prior to these summits, making the voices of everyday people, like you and me be heard by our representatives is essential to making sure our needs are meet.

After attending the UNA-USA call explaining the agenda of Action 2015. Robert Skinner told the listeners, the main purpose of involving everyday citizens helps not only continue to improve the achievements of the 17 MDG but continues to add to the potential Sustainable Development Goals. This is 3 fold:

1. Create a minimum standard of living for all humanity. The areas it may look to improve could include: healthcare, hunger, poverty, electricity, roads, transportation, education, internet access; doing all this while considering the environment.

2. Reconsider how we build society; infrastructures, city building, updating rural areas. This might include building roads, building clinics and schools, setting-up public toilets, making water clean and accessible, setting-up/improving electricity and internet access. Again, all of this needs to be done while considering Climate Action and the environments of each region.

3. Change how we hold groups accountable. The UN, governments, businesses, and public/private sector organizations all need to be held accountable to get the work done, protect the environment safely, and be held responsible when things go awry.

Learn more about the why of Action 2015 on their website: http://www.action2015.org/why-we-are-doing-this/

How?

Here’s some tips Action2015.org suggests that we can do to get involved:

“Here are three things you can do to help spread the word about action/2015 and the year 2015!

  1. Host a digital activity on January 15 on a social channel. It can be a Google+ Hangout, Facebook Question and Answer segment, and more. Help us spread the world about how to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Visit the action/2015 website and share our social media content!
  2. Join the conversation Use the hashtag #action2015.
  3. Holding an event in your community? Send us your digital assets, photos and more. Spread the word about what your community is doing to make a difference!”

These are 4 of the awesome Google + Hangouts I attended today, that you can watch, re-watch, like, comment, and share anytime:

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Change the Face of Your Nation

I recently forged new opinion of much of the continent of Africa. When most non-Africans think of Africa, we think of ebola, hunger, FGM, children soldiers, tribal culture, and maybe ankara frabic and unique jewerly. What we should think is educated, motivated, entrepreneurial people.

Here are some amazing Africans I met at the Social Good Summit:

Mercy

Mercy Chepkoech Sigey

Youth Inventor Global Minimum

“Mercy is a freshman at Strathmore University. She is passionate about wildlife and enjoys working with electronics. In high school, she started making a motion sensor along with two other classmates as they saw the need to fight against poaching in Kenya. Her team’s current prototype consists of a PIR module and an Arduino microcontroller which senses movement with a range of nine meters and sends the information to a computer through a cable. Learn more about Mercy and other youth inventors at http://www.gmin.org/.”Masshable SGS Bio

Olanike Olugboji Nigeria

World Pulse LIVE

“She has witnessed the environmental exploitation of her beloved homeland and mobilizes grassroots women to take charge as they have been most impacted. She believes that the only way to ensure the environmental security of Nigeria is to make sure that women have equal voice in these decisions.”  Mashable SGS Bio

Gerald Kobobo Afadani, Cameroon

Public Management, Howard University

“Gerald has over five years of experience working with presiding magistrates and liaising with litigants and counsels in the administration of justice at the Court of First Instance Tikoas. He is a Member Delegate to the Joint Court Registry Administrative Board and Permanent Disciplinary Council where he participates in the career evaluation and management of over 2,000 colleagues. He also serves as the Chief of the Trade and Personal Property Rights Register where he is responsible for the study, verification, and registration of companies. Gerald holds a master’s degree in Business Law, and a law degree in English Private Law, both from the University of Yaoundé II in Soa. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship program, he plans to extend the use of electronic templates in the incorporation of businesses to the Courts of First Instance. He also plans to advocate for and pilot the use of an integrated court management and business incorporation model.” Young African Leaders Bio

These amazing people not only inspire us, but help change the way outsiders view Africa. You can make people view your country differently too, where ever you live!

What can you do to change the face of your nation?

  1. Raise your voice! Use media (traditional and social) to share what you think. This can be about current events, the environment, techology, anything you want to voice your opinion on
  2. Be visible, volunteering in your community & attending local and national events, so people see you and the wonderful thing you are doing!
  3. Educate yourself not only attend school, but read, watch lectures, and listen to the wisdom of those around you
  4. Share your knowledge with in your community and media to tell the world
  5. Repeat these actions, because learning and sharing are not stagnate just like life is not; we are always changing and the world continues turning. Be apart of the present, honor the past, and plan for the future to make your goals a reality, because we want #2030NOW

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Digital Empowerment

 

I had the wonderful privilege to attend the Social Good Summit in NYC 9/21-22. Yes, I met celebrities, entrepreneurs, and executives, but that is not what moved me. It was the story of Jampa that inspired me and made me tear up.

Jampa Latso grew-up in Tsha Ra, Tibet. In this snowy mountain village, she was raised knowing her entire community wished she had been born male. Her mother told her  “The birth of a child is a miracle and its worth cannot be equated anything else.” As Jampa stated at the Summit,  this helped her find the strength to  “navigate through the maze of the educational paradigm”.

Upon graduating High School she saved up and bought time at her local internet cafe to study. This past spring she graduated from Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Asian Studies as her Major and Development Studies as her Minor. She was the first people in the history of Tsha Ra to ever attend a university.

Now she is able to “reflect my life as well as people in my community; I embrace multicultural values while strengthening my own identity, as a Tibetan girl.”

Jampa is currently a contributor to World Pulse.  She also has created and implemented small-scale development projects “Solar Panel Project (30 solar panels to 30 households); a Flash Lighter Project which benefited 54 families; a Second-hand Clothes Project which benefited 160 people and a Book Project that benefited 342 students and 18 teachers…The purpose of these projects is to have parents send more girls to school because they could see girls also can do so much.”  You can learn more about her here.

Her story should not be unique. Children should feel empowered and be engaged to learn. I may sound overly optimistic but with the Millennium Development Goals, the many projects I learned about at the Social Good Summit, and the amazing work I see people like Jampa doing each day I know that technology can help bridge educational gaps.

How can we bridge the educational gaps?

  1. Take back the computer labs, public libraries, and internet cafes. These computer centers usually have affordable internet access and sometimes have web-cameras, microphones, headphones, fax machines, printers, scanners/copiers, and much more depending on the location. Unfortunately, in recent years this facilities are over run with gamers, social media fans, video chatting, and erotic film aficionados. We should not feel timid to buy 2 hours of time to study, take online classes, watch a lecture, or read an ebook! Petition your local computer center for a study only time. If that is unsuccessful don’t be disheartened, continue signing-up to for time to use the computers to educate yourself.
  2. Donate to  organizations the give students computers, cellphones, scholarships, and free or near-free classes. Take a look at the Social Good Summit’s Agenda to find organizations.
  3. Volunteer to tutor or teach students worldwide. One such organization was discussed at the summit: Skype Classroom

Please comment to share your ideas and plans to digitally empower the world to provide educational opportunities.

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