As part of our effort to educate students about global issues and train student leaders and organizers, we offer free webinars throughout the year. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for upcoming events.
Climate change and COP17. Discussion of the impacts of climate change worldwide, and the significance of international efforts the upcoming UNFCC conference on climate change. Led by Ilana Solomon of ActionAid USA. Thursday November 17 at 9pm Eastern.
Communications 101. AIDemocracy staff will discuss strategies for using print and social media to raise awareness and inspire people to take action. Wednesday November 16 at 9pm Eastern.
Strategic Planning 101. how to launch that great idea to change the world. AIDemocracy staff will share basic approaches for planning your event, campaign or project. We’ll cover problem/opportunity analysis, targets, fundraising, communications and more. Thursday November 10 at 9pm Eastern.
Leadership and Organizing Basics. AIDemocracy staff will share insights on group leadership, and building a community for social change. We’ll cover basics of leadership, organizing, advocacy and networks. Thursday November 3 at 9pm Eastern.
Education for All? Join Brian Callahan from the Global Campaign for Education to discuss the major challenges to achieving education for all, the benefits of education, the US role in promoting global education, and what students can do to get involved in promoting education around the world. Tuesday October 25 at 8pm Eastern.
Challenges to Global Food Security. Katie Campbell from ActionAid USA and Nafiz Imtiaz from ActionAid Bangladesh will discuss challenges to feeding the world’s hungry, and how students can get involved. Tuesday October 18 at 9pm Eastern.
2010-2011 Webinars Included:
Women & Climate Change: Their Reality, Their Potential, and the Policy They Need
Speaker: Tonya Rawe, Senior Policy Advocate, CARE USA
When we think of the current victims of climate change, visions of adorable polar bears unable to live in warmer climates may come to mind. But polar bears aren’t the only ones that are already feeling the effects of the changing climate! Women, particularly in poor countries, are also on the front lines of climate change as their livelihoods are often tied to the environment. Fortunately, these women also have enormous potential to enact meaningful change around environmental issues. Tonya Rawe, a senior policy advocate with CARE USA, discussed this particularly vulnerable group and the power they can have in effecting change.
What Next? How to be a Consultant / Peace Corps Volunteer / Professor / Innovator / More!
Speakers: Seth Green, Sarah Bush, Karen Showalter and Nathan Green
AIDemocracy past and current staff Seth Green (AIDemocracy founder!), Sarah Bush and Karen Showalter shared experiences, advice and tips for getting started in the “real world”. Between them, the speakers had gotten a PhD, gone to law school, worked for a private consulting firm, joined the Peace Corps, worked overseas, gotten a Masters in Public Affairs, and started a non-profit. Special guest Nathan Green, founder of campus2careers, also provided tips on how to transition from college to a career.
Fighting Back Against Malaria: Using a Community-Driven Approach to Combat a Global Crisis
Speaker: Sarah Davey, Providence College
Malaria has long been one of the biggest killers in sub-Saharan Africa. With between 250 and 600 million reported cases a year, including nearly 1 million deaths, the disease not only has physical and medical effects on people, but it also exacerbates poverty and weakens often already-impoverished communities. But there is hope. The President’s Malaria Initiative, with the goal of eradicating malaria by 2015, has been one of the most successful global health initiatives on behalf of the United States Government. This success has largely been due to the community approach taken by the initiative in coalition with other global and local actors, governments, and NGOs. In fact, in an address given in February 2011, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah stated: “The community-driven approach of PMI has led to a remarkable result: an equitable distribution of malaria prevention and treatment across rich and poor, urban and rural, men and women, boys and girls. To distribute the same kind of gains across our entire global-health portfolio, PMI’s efforts must serve as a model.” The discussion focused primarily on the fundamental differences between PMI and previous global health initiatives.
Building a Successful Campaign Strategy: Translating Ideas into Action!
Presenter: Patrick McDermott, AIDemocracy
Ready to take action on issues you care about? But where to start? Patrick explained the basics of planning a strategy for action – from identifying goals to measuring success. Participants learned concrete tips and tools to help them get started changing the world!