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Women around the world share their stories about using social media for social good.

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  • 1.WorldShaperswomen using the webto shape, influence &change their worlds

2. Who are WorldShapers? Women are helping to shape the world in many unique and creative ways. And WorldShapers aren't just keeping it local, they are embracing the power of technology and social media to make a bigger difference, and shape their world. Dream big, and start taking those small steps that will get you there. Worldshapers are women just like you and me. 3. Women have a unique lens with which to view childrens socio-emotional health, understanding how pop culture is defining kids before they even have a chance to define themselvesAmy JusselFounder/Executive Director of Shaping Youth USA 4. What started as playground duty turned into a media movement and the birth of Shaping Youth. For 3 years I volunteered weekly at lunchtime, witnessing a living lab of a media/marketing saturated culture, impacting what kids eat, how they act, what they wear.Was it me, or was there zero accountability in how these messages are landing on kids? Overt sexualization, consumerism, body image and behavioral cues became cultural currency to elevate social status, right along with media devices themselves. The APA study validated my initial findings of the damage wreaking havoc on kids psyches, and I knew women would get this immediately. So I started documenting the experience to lead change in this arena using film footage, my blog, hands-on counter- marketing games with kids and social media as a distribution channel. 5. Women have a unique lens with which to view childrens socio-emotional health, understanding how pop culture is defining kids before they even have a chance to define themselves. And so the Shaping Youth community grew like the cornstalks in the Field of Dreams movie, If you build it, they will come, as women expanded the conversation via Twitter, text, mobile/social using inclusiveness to roll forward with unstoppable momentum, much like the viral video The Girl Effect. Women add fresh voices, new perspectives, solutions and ideas that bring along humanity, not just any one gender. I cant wait to take it to the next level and begin a massive mind shift toward a brighter worldview for us allWanna help? Amy Jussel Founder/Executive Director of Shaping Youth USA 6. Online communities aren't just about finding people from high school. The new wave of online communities are focused on social issues, cause areas, and making social change. Amy Sample Ward Director of community and content at Netsquared and nonprofit consultant @amyrsward UK & US 7. I am a nonprofit technology consultant and the Global Community Builder for NetSquared . I'm dedicated to supporting and educating the progressive social change sector about evolving technologies that cultivate and engage communities.The value of community is multiplied exponentially when moved online. With social technologies, we have the potential for communities to form anywhere online. Comments on a blog can turn into a discussion, then a topic of a new blog or wiki with many authors. A Video on YouTube can inspire video, audio, and text responses from millions of others. Online we are no longer bound by time and distance in the same way we are in offline communities 8. Online communities aren't just about finding people from high school. The new wave of online communities are focused on social issues, cause areas, and making social change. There are applications, platforms, even specific social networks dedicated to providing ways to find others that care about similar issues, promoting opportunities to take action to friends, and sharing in the creation of calls to action with organizations.The effect of this networked approach to social activism means that we can crowd source solutions to real social problems. Anyone can post proposed solutions online and find collaborators, get feedback, and even find funding to put the idea into action. By aligning communities around cause areas and leveraging our networks to take action, we empower all of our communities to come together; and together, to solve issues in unprecedented ways.Amy Sample Ward Director of community and content at Netsquared and nonprofit consultant @amyrsward UK & US 9. I've had many moments when my thinking about the nature of learning - true learning - has been transformed, changed and transformed again. The members of this community give generously of their expertise - its a genuine gift-giving community, where people share their stories, their knowledge, and their time Dr Angela A Thomas Author Youth Online,Sydney University anyaixchel Australia 10. Throughout my career I have been involved in a number of research projects related to the use of virtual worlds for educational purposes. I have focused on the intersection of online role-playing, new media literacies, fan fiction, digital culture and issues of identity, the avatar and the body. Over the course of a seven year research project I studied young people's use of online communities and published a book "Youth Online: Identity and Literacy in the Digital Age.More recently I have been involved in research projects with adults set in the virtual world "Virtual Macbeth and the "Persephone" which used Secondlife to explore literary texts. My aim with each project has been to demonstrate how educators can use digital culture and social media to create stimulating and engaging experiences for a generation of young people who were born in a digital age. 11. Being part of the wider educational community inside Second Life has offered me great opportunities to learn and grow as an educator. I've been inspired, motivated, and challenged by my colleagues there. I've had many moments when my thinking about the nature of learning - true learning - has been transformed, changed and transformed again. The members of this community give generously of their expertise - its a genuine gift-giving community, where people share their stories, their knowledge, and their time - and out of this, great things, creative things, and a tremendous sense of accomplishment can grow. In turn for all of the fascinating things I have learned from others, my aim too is to share what I can with my community and give back what I can. I hope that my work interests and inspires others. Dr Angela A Thomas Author Youth Online,Sydney University @ anyaixchel Australia 12. The use of a website, film, blogs, art exhibitions and engagement of people who are highly talented in these fields was the main reason for the success of the efforts - together they were able to use current communication platforms to engage women throughout Australia. Of course, it's always the generosity of people that makes amazing things happen! Anita Pahor, Australia 13. I have often marveled at how influential movies are, but I was often saddened that the shape of their influence could often be to desensitize the audience around issues such as violence, rape, abuse, etc.When I was asked to develop a platform for Australian women to learn about poverty in India and some economically based solutions to it, I thought it might be interesting to make a film/documentary. I was humbled to find a director, co-producers and film crew that were as excited as I was about using film in this manner.Anita Pahor, Australia 14. Before I knew it, we were in high profile Australian womens' homes filming them, asking their perspectives on global poverty and soon after that, we were following their adventure around India. A story emerged before our eyes and the feature length documentary In Her Footsteps was born. Over the year, this platform known as Women's Opportunity raised just shy of $1 million dollars for the development of microfinance initiatives. I think the use of a website, film, blogs, art exhibitions and engagement of people who are highly talented in these fields (Karbon Productions, Jimmy Too Design,Wonderwebby and others) was the main reason for the success of the efforts - together they were able to use current communication platforms to engage women throughout Australia. Of course, it's always the generosity of people that makes amazing things happen! . Anita Pahor, Australia 15. Across the world young people are making important contributions as world citizens, productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers and agents of changeAnnie Le CavalierDirector Vibewire Youth Inc. @vibewire Australia 16. My journey with media & technology as a powerful tool for transformation started back in 2001 whilst working in Montreal, Canada, as an educator with marginalised youth. I was always looking for innovative ways to make learning fun and engaging. Whilst playing around on a Hi8 video camera one day, I noticed I immediately had everyones attentiona rare occurrence. The more I used the camera, the more dynamic and constructive our sessions became. Spelling bee turned into beats and rhymes, poetry turned into improv theatre, and home economics turned into episodes of Ready, Steady, Cook. During this time I also conceived and implemented a community portal for the kids at a time when Drupal was just starting up. The aim of my work was always to provide opportunities and platforms for them to shine; to tell their stories; to showcase their brilliance and consequently to impact their self-esteem and build confidence. 17. My current work at Vibewire here in Australia, is no different. Vibewire exists to support young people to shape their world through social and creative expression & entrepreneurship. Vibewire acknowledges that across the world young people are making important contributions as world citizens, productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers and agents of change.We are dedicated to encouraging and stimulating an entrepreneurial spirit by unlocking the talents, imagination and creativity of youth as drivers of change, addressing important economic, environmental and social is