Blog Action Day 2012: The Power of We

By | October 15, 2012

Happy Blog Action Day!

Over the last few years, I’ve participated in a yearly blogging event called Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.

This year’s #BAD topic is: The Power of We. According to the organizers, “The Power of We is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet half way around he world.”

I’ve spent my entire career focused on collaboration and community, and making a positive difference in the world. And, more importantly, I’ve been so fortunate to meet and work with hundreds of other people and organizations working towards the same ends.

Reading some of the other posts on this topic has encouraged me to reflect on the impact that the collective WE have made and reminded me that we are making an impact. We are making a better world. And each of us is making an impact as an individual that is magnified by our collective efforts. We are so much more than the sum of our parts.

So, I want to  just take a step back and dedicate this post, and this day, to all of the people collaborating to create a better world. Thank you.

UPDATE: I recently met @Big_Hass at GeekFest Jeddah and he was telling me about how he’s working to change the negative perception of hip hop in Saudi Arabia. He’s also using music and the community he’s building around music to support youth in the country. It’s been a real uphill battle, as hip hop has a pretty negative perception here in the Kingdom. He ended up writing a Blog Action Day post as well, and as far as I know it’s the only other BAD12 post written here in Saudi. Big change, slowly, slowly. I really encourage you to read it!

Update 2: Another Saudi-based blogger wrote a #BAD12 post! This one is from Fruitful Fusion, an online Graphic Design and Crafts blogger. She wrote her post about Ateeq, community-run project teaching women to crochet – and a workshop she’s leading on the topic. Woot!


>> Read today’s Blog Action Day posts from all around the world
>> Follow the #powerofwe conversation on twitter
>> @Big_Hass’s BAD post on Hiphop in Saudi Arabia
>> Fruitful Fusion’s post on a community crocheting project