What is it?
Blog for good is a contest that challenges Aussies to use social media to address social issues.
For the winner, in partnership with @Problogger and Telstra, CBM is offering the chance for one blogger to fly to a country in Africa to see and blog about our work. The trip will be similar to Darren’s Tanzania Blog Project. Additionally,
- Darren Rowse will meet with you to offer tips on blogging
- CBM staff will provide pre-trip do’s and don’ts, cultural and sensitivity training, child protection guidelines, and education about poverty and disability
- CBM will pick up the cheque for your flights, hotels, food and fast internet uploads from the field
For the initial contest, you can write about whatever issue or cause you want to highlight. If you don’t know where to start, we’d suggest the cycle of disability and poverty. In the near future we’ll publish the full terms, contest details and judging criteria.
How is CBM involved/benefiting?
CBM is the partner non-profit in #blogforgood; we work to improve the lives of people with disability. Our projects are as varied–eye clinics, fistula wards, community workers–and we focus on care, prevention, community and empowerment.
We’re offering the blogger who wins a trip to see some of our work. Through their blog (and ours!) they’ll share stories of people they meet and what they’ve learned about our organization, and the issues we work with, to a wider audience.
We’ve found the blog to be a good, cost effective way for us to connect to you. We hope blogging spurs conversation about social issues in both Australia and lesser developed countries, and helps people better understand the issues and what they can do.
How you can get involved
If you don’t already have a blog, twitter or facebook, get started! Build your social media footprint, research the issues you’re passionate about, and being practising blogging for good.
The contest winner won’t be announced until December 2011 so there’s plenty of time to get started.
Questions or suggestions? Please leave them in the comments below!