FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
I could not help feeling dismayed that this country would rather vote “for some guy who, we know merely as the son of two politician parents and whom foreigners find agreeable.” There was an expression of longing for honesty, decency, and democracy at the funeral of our former president Cory Aquino. It baffles me on why it should mean that this automatically transfers to a son or a daughter by means of heredity. Further more, the electorate chose to vote celebrities, or who had some show business background in the Senate slate.
I acknowledge the fact that people have personal choices yet I believe choices should be based on an informed process. It is also about assessing the risks and choosing which risk is most acceptable to the electorate.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
There are roughly 24 million internet users in the country who comprise the bulk of the electorate. We hope to target the youth sector in the 81 provinces in the country through the social media users who live in that province. If 0.2% was the influence of online media, we hope to reach out to 16% of the electorate through social media. Since the influence (source of information) of Family or relatives account for 16 percent , online information will be a useful source to share to friends. There are about 50 million registered voters.
In the recent months, Blog Watch breaking tweets have made it to traditional media. We Interviewed seven (7) presidential candidates in the May 10, 2010 elections and some senatorial candidates, congressional candidates and a few local candidates. We also covered the first Inaugural of President Aquino, the very first citizen media coverage of its kind in Philippine presidential inaugurals. We also covered President Aquino’s first SONA, first 100 Days and the EDSA 25 celebrations. Traditional media sometimes picks up our breaking stories from our twitter timeline and that first broke in Twitter. Tri-media can help us spread our solution too.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
Writing feature articles along side the video series and makes it available to those who want to share this in their blog posts. Embedding a video is something that is also easily shared. In fact , we want to encourage citizens to embark on their own continuing education. Twitter followers often feature some of our articles and share this on their online news sites or even in their TV show. It is our hope that tri-media will also be interested in our project and promote it in their news. Journalists and major news/tv networks follow Blog Watch on Twitter.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
The growth is easily measurable in number of hits and retweets of those in twitter
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Tri-media feature our video series. Growing awareness on responsible voting and becoming watchdogs of good governance