Yesterday TOMS celebrated its One Day Without Shoes and Invisible Children is having its Cover the Night campaign in conjunction with Kony 2012. Both events are meant to raise awareness among young people to care about the issues for the respective organizations. However, the focus is on what foreigners can do for the people living in (insert country here).
Monday will be the re-boot, if you will, of A Day Without Dignity. We propose a day that illustrates what people living in poverty are already doing to change their own lives. We see development as a partnership, not a matter of what benevolent outsiders can do for the poor. Because of that, we decided on the theme Local Champions to feature the entrepreneurial spirit of every person.
Interested in participating? Here are some suggested writing topics:
- Locally-led development projects and stories of local action working successfully to address local needs.
- Advice on how to work as partners rather than as a savior.
- Suggestions or examples on how to support and champion those who are innovating in their own communities.
- Discussions on how to best represent the people we're trying to help to our donors.
- How to help without expecting to "Save the World"
Finally, we are going to host a t-shirt design contest. Let's see if we can come up with a nice looking shirt that supports the dignity of every person. The winning entry will then be made into a t-shirt everyone can buy. All of the proceeds will go towards Villages In Action (trailer above), a local TED-like event founded by Teddy that is held in his home village in Uganda to showcase the capability and innovative spirit of Africans.