Movements.org Success Stories
After meeting at our 2009 Summit in Mexico City representatives from STAND and WITNESS partnered to create custom advocacy videos for members of congress that they delivered in person on STAND's largest lobbying day. See some of those videos here:
Make "Never Again" a Reality - Genocide Prevention
This fall, WITNESS has partnered with STAND, student-led division of Genocide Intervention Network, to help its nearly 1,000 high-school and university chapters integrate video to support Pledge2Protect, a campaign focused on passing comprehensive genocide prevention legislation through Congress.
With Pledge On Camera, Hundreds of anti-genocide students from across the country are currently creating personalized videos for each U.S. Senator, which they will screen and hand-deliver in a few days on November 9th as part of the Pledge2Protect conference and the largest lobby day in genocide prevention history. This video is the core video that was added-to by STAND chapters across the country.
Get involved at http://standnow.org
Learn more about Pledge on Camera, the video advocacy aspect of Pledge2Protect and see the full credits for this video athttp://hub.witness.org/STAND
THE WORLD BANK AND MOBILE ACCORD
From Carol Pineau, award winning filmmaker:
At the 2009 Summit in Mexico City and the event in London in 2010, I met James Eberhard and began working with his company Mobile Accord to create the first ever major Geopoll, a text based polling that was in conjunction with the World Development Report 2011 (WDR) of the World Bank which was on conflict. The project was called DRC Speaks! The World Bank had done a major project in the 1990's called Voices of the Poor that involved talking to more than 60,000 poor people throughout the world. Their voices were instrumental in guiding future development programs. The DRC Speaks! project almost a Voices of the Poor for the digital age. We were able to send text messages to more than 4 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo. In the end, we received more than 1.2 million text messages. Their messages were astounding. They were raw, and at times horrifying. They are the authentic voices from the heart of one of the most deadly conflicts on earth.
In addition to DRC Speaks!, the WDR 2011 also featured an open consultation website where anyone could submit material answering the question, "What does conflict mean to you?" This was an open forum that would be seen at the highest levels within the World Bank and throughout the world. Through the Mexico and London Summits, we were able to partner with numerous groups and to showcase their concerns and issues.
These award-winning videos played on a jumbotron in Washington, DC during the World Bank annual meetings and were featured on the World Bank website. Neither the videos nor the projects would have been possible without Movements.org and all its member groups! Thanks for everyone's ideas, assistance and enthusiasm!
DANIEL TEWELES AND MAAJID NAWAZ
After meeting at our 2009 Daniel and Maajid went on to partner on projects for both the Quilliam Foundation and Khudi Pakistan to improve those organizations public engagement and digital strategies.
FULL COURT PEACE AND RAICES DES ESPERANZA
Both delegates at our inaugural 2008 Summit, Mike Evans founder of Full Court Peace and Felice Gorordo founder of Raices des Esperanza planned a trip to Cuba where FCP worked with Cuban youth to engcourage conflict resoultion through sports.
After meeting then Under Secretary of State James Glassman at our inaugural 2008 Summit, Oscar was later invited to be a visiting fellow for Human Freedom at the George Bush Center in Dallas, Texas. Read more about Oscar's experience.
EAST WEST INSTITUTE'S YOUTH PROTECTION AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP INITIAITVE
As part of 2nd World Wide Cyber Security Summit the East West Institute held regional working groups where youth leaders convened young people to discuss their online habits and digital safety. Three Movements.org Delegates Erica Acha, Elie Awad, and Kingsley Bangwell led sessions in Cameroon, Lebanon, and Nigeria respectively and then traveled to London to report their findings. In London they were able to network with technology leaders, heads of government, and other global figures such as the head of the ITU.
CAMAYM (CAMEROON YOUTH ALLIANCE)
From Eric Acha, founder of CAMAYM:
There is nothing more inspiring than to have hundreds of young activists from around the world gathered under one roof with one purpose. Having had the chance to meet and listen to some of the most brightest minds and youth activists at the London AYM summit was like an opportunity that came just when it was most needed. I listened with a learning mind to one success story, one after the other and learned from the experts whose tools contributed and continue to contribute to most or all of these success stories." At the end of the summit, one thing was clear: If they succeeded else where, why not in Cameroon. At that point, even before I left my hotel room I knew there was an urgent need to sensitise and unify the Cameroonian youth toward one goal, and that's how the Cameroon Alliance of Youth Movement (CAMAYM) came into existence.
Ever since the London AYM, our organisation has established solid working relationships with contacts I met at the summit, and continue to jointly work on projects with patters I met through the Summit and subsequent conferences.
To sum it up, Movement.org has been instrumental in every aspect of our existence and for that we are extremely thankful to the entire Movements.org team. You are an inspiration to many youth groups & activists around the world especially those in Cameroon.