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Volunteers getting together, is cleverer

Posted on June 7, 2013

Individuals can inspire great social change, but its difficult to accomplish great things on your own.

I'm very excited about what might happen if more people, were to connect with others who might want to make a difference. The August 2011 riots that started in London, probably had many of us united by shock, fear and a feeling of wanting the disruption and chaos to stop. Many of us were only united by those things through the scenes on our TV screens. Things started to change, when people connected and then acted.

On that occasion, it happened through twitter under the #riotcleanup, with people inspiring each other to get out on the streets. Today this has become #wewillgather, where people, from anywhere, can connect about anything that they want to make a difference to, however small.

I’m exploring virtual spaces where volunteers can meet up, share stories and build bridges. This week (1- 7 June), to mark Volunteers' Week 2013, I’ve started a twitter conversation to begin connecting with other volunteers and think about how, together, we can help bring down barriers to make a difference. Come and find me, @tellsinem, and tell me how you #givemytime.

#givemytime is Sinem's Clore Social Fellowship research piece.

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Sinem Cakir

Sinem Cakir

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