Saturday, June 09, 2007

BlogHers Act: A new community activism initiative

BlogHers ActThis week BlogHer introduced a new initiative: BlogHers Act. I introduced the initiative on behalf of me, Jory and Lisa here. Here's the basic idea:
Have you ever imagined the impact if every member of BlogHer – more than 11,000 bloggers strong and growing every day -- focused our considerable brainpower, ingenuity and influence on one red-hot issue? How about if that one red-hot issue was the focus of an organized, year-long campaign to make a measurable difference that this community cares about?

Yes, some of you have. And you've emailed all three of us (sometimes more than once!) to ask BlogHer to take a leadership position in bringing the BlogHer community of powerful women together to create real change

Today, Lisa, Jory and I are very proud to say "yes." We're introducing BlogHers Act. And just like the BlogHer Conference is the conference the community built, we want BlogHers Act to take on a cause the community develops.

So today the work begins: It's up to all of us to determine, between now and the conference, what project we'll unveil and kick-off an action plan for at BlogHer '07 this July in Chicago.

BlogHers Act is an opportunity for the BlogHer community to have a collective impact on a global scale. We're going to pick a single issue, organize a year-long campaign, and blog the heck out of it.

BlogHers Act will actually be comprised of two projects to kick off, one focused on creating a Voter Manifesto for a very important target audience: the U.S. '08 presidential candidates, and one focused on a global issue that we will select as a community and take organized action around all year long.

The BlogHer '07 conference will be a flashpoint for both projects, as we each project will have a session at the conference for people to work on the projects face-to-face. In fact, we'll actually be unveiling the single global issue that was selected by the community at BlogHer '07. Will you be there?

We've asked a blogging duo who has proven capability to galvanize people to action to help us, Cooper & Emily from the BeenThere Clearinghouse Hurricane Katrina blog.

You can find details on how you can participate in Cooper & Emily's initial post, and you can find out what various BlogHer members proposed in just the first four days in their week-one wrap-up post.

You have until June 15th to blog your suggestion. Details here. And then look for our survey to finalize the issue selection, launching on June 25th.

So, blog out everyone: what is the single hot-button global issue you'd like to see thousands of women blogger turn their laser-like focus upon and work for real, measurable change of the next 12 months?

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