Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: Digital Sisterhood and Fierce Living at Spelman College on April 10

image

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

I am headed to Atlanta this week to participate in a conversation about fierce living online on April 10 with my digital sister, Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, founder of Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon. We’ll be talking about digital sisterhood and social media too. Copies of my new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online will be available for sale. If you are in Atlanta, plan to attend the event which will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the NASA Auditorium in Spelman’s Science Center, 350 Spelman Lane, SW, Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo Credit: Proof and Provision
Photo Credit: Proof and Provision

PS: For Digital Sisters in Atlanta: Drop by the Digital Sisterhood Meet Up: Cocktails & Conversation on Creativity and meet me on April 9, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Proof and Provision at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street, NE. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

 

 

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: #DigCitizen Profile of #WHSocial Alum Erikson Young

Photo Credit: Erikson Young
Photo Credit: Erikson Young

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Today I am sharing a Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project profile featuring Erikson Young, a social media leader, I met while attending the White House Social (#WHSocial) for the French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande in February.

Meet Erikson Young

1) Tell us who you are.

I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Kenya 2005-2007). I work as the Purchasing Agent and Property Custodian at the Smithsonian’s Office of Facilities Management in Washington, D.C. You can find me on Intstagram and Twitter as @eriksonyoung.

2) Why did you apply to participate in the #WHSocial?    

My #WHSocial application stated: It’s good for me to observe the diplomacy protocol at State Arrival Ceremony in process. It’s good relationship between French and U.S.

3) Share the key moments you experienced while participating in the #WHSocial.   

My key moments included:

  • Witness the real process of protocol handled by Office of Chief Protocol.
  • Learning the real purpose to develop a good relationship between U.S. and France through the public diplomacy.

4) What social media tools did you use to support your participation in the #WHSocial? 

Mainly, I used both Twitter and Instagram during #WHSocial for the French Arrival Ceremony. I also used my personal Facebook to share my family and friends.

5) After the #WHSocial, did you write or participate in any follow-up interviews for a blog, magazine, newspaper, radio station, or television station?

I used Instagram and Twitter to share my follow-up comments and photos.

6) Did you learn any lessons while participating in the #WHSocial?

Using social media and hashtag to share everyone to see the real public diplomacy. Let them to see some photos, tweets and others through their eyes.

7) What does digital citizenship mean to you?

I think digital citizenship is a powerful tool that we can use social media under the Bill of Rights such as Freedom of Speech and Media where we can share our comments and opinions freely without any fears. You can express your opinions and comments to White House officials by reach out via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media. They do read and listen to you.

8) How are you planning to stay engaged as a digital citizen?             

I will continue to use Instagram and Twitter to share my experiences with everyone.

9) Share several ways Americans can use their digital presence and online network to engage civically on a local, state, and/or national level.
 
  • Twitter is a powerful social media tool that you can use to get in touch with elected officials on any level in local, state, and national governments.
  • Share your opinions as your duty as digital citizen in order to improve the best service to our country and U.S. citizens.

1888501_10152688761626679_1829650133_n

Headed to Connect.DC’s Nonprofit Tech Summit – #NPTechDC2014

Photo Credit: http://connect.dc.gov
Photo Credit: http://connect.dc.gov

Greetings All,

I’m spending my #InternetGeek Tuesday at Do Something Better – A Nonprofit Technology Summit (#nptechdc2014) sponsored by Connect.DC. The #NPTechDC2014 will explore topics such as leveraging technology to reach audiences, design thinking for growth, funding for social good projects, and my personal favorite — digital citizenship and what it means to be fully engaged. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @anandaleeke for live updates. I’ll also share photos and short updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

PS: Join me tonight for the Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project’s Twitter chat at 9:30PM EST. See details below.

4e5e3e500238773bf52cea7e2904e4f0

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: #DigCitizen Profile of #WHSocial Alum Sherry Grandinetti

Photo Credit: Sherry Grandinetti at the White House French Arrival Ceremony, February 2014
Photo Credit: Sherry Grandinetti at the White House French Arrival Ceremony, February 2014

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Today I am sharing a Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project profile featuring Sherry Grandinetti, a social media leader, I met while attending the White House Social (#WHSocial) for the French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande in February.

Meet Sherry Grandinetti

1) Tell us who you are.

I am a teacher of visually impaired students in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. You can follow me on Twitter at @SaltyBeach.

2) Why did you apply to participate in the #WHSocial?    

My 140 character statement I submitted to participate in the #WHSocial stated how I honored I would be to attend the event as a teacher of the visually impaired and a former recipient of school loans. I also explained how I am proof of success from supporting education.

3) Share the key moments you experienced while participating in the #WHSocial.   

My key moments included:

  • A breathtaking view of the White House up close.
  • Chills hearing the President’s March and hearing him being announced in person.
  • Being so close to two leaders while they gave welcome speeches.
  • The electrical excitement in the crowd before the ceremony began.
  • Watching the pomp and circumstance during the arrival of the Presidents was surreal.

4) What social media tools did you use to support your participation in the #WHSocial? 

A cell phone, iPad, and camera.

5) After the #WHSocial, did you write or participate in any follow-up interviews for a blog, magazine, newspaper, radio station, or television station?

I shared the State Room presentations with school officials at all of my placements and with my students. I shared my personal experience with friends and family via Facebook. An area newspaper asked for an interview that has not occurred yet.

6) Did you learn any lessons while participating in the #WHSocial?

The main lesson I learned was always try to participate in patriotic and political events. It brings history to life.

7) What does digital citizenship mean to you?

Digital citizenship is a part of our world. Embrace it, use it to learn from, and network through it. I love it!

8) How are you planning to stay engaged as a digital citizen?             

I try to monitor the White House social media more often and engage in Twitter political interaction more.

9) Share several ways Americans can use their digital presence and online network to engage civically on a local, state, and/or national level. 
Engage and follow local representatives to stay involved with current events and pending laws.
4e5e3e500238773bf52cea7e2904e4f0

 

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: #DigCitizen Profile of #WHSocial Alum Bernetta Reese

Photo Credit: Bernetta Reese
Photo Credit: Bernetta Reese

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Today I am sharing a Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project profile featuring Bernetta Reese, a social media leader, I met while attending the White House Social (#WHSocial) for the State of the Union (#SOTUSocial) in January.

Meet Bernetta Reese

1) Tell us who you are.

I work as the Web Manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You can find me online as @BernettaReese on Twitter and www.bernettareese.com.

2) Why did you apply to participate in the #SOTUSocial?    

I wanted to help share the President’s message and show how real, every day, ordinary people can be involved and help make a difference.

3) Share the key moments you experienced while participating in the #SOTUSocial.   

Meeting Press Secretary Jay Carney and simply walking into the White House.

4) What social media tools did you use to support your participation in the #SOTUSocial?    

I used Twitter, Facebook, and also posted on Google +, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

5) After the #SOTUSocial, did you write or participate in any follow-up interviews for a blog, magazine, newspaper, radio station, or television station?

I wrote a blog post about my experience. Click here to read it.

6) Did you learn any lessons while participating in the #SOTUSocial?

My best lesson was to bring your own WiFi which I did.

7) What does digital citizenship mean to you?

Digital citizenship means to engage with people and access information about issues that matter to you by connecting with them online

8) How are you planning to stay engaged as a digital citizen?             

I’m a digital communications manager and all over the web. I love managing, leading, innovating, and engaging communities of people through digital communications.

9) Share several ways Americans can use their digital presence and online network to engage civically on a local, state, and/or national level. 
Anyone can make a difference and get involved! Opportunities are boundless in the digital world.
4e5e3e500238773bf52cea7e2904e4f0

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: Digital Citizenship Project Radio Series Features #IWOC Women Social Media Leaders

image

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

On Sunday, I hosted the Ananda Leeke Show’s Digital Citizenship Project series featuring women social media leaders Erin Dunne, Kelsey Glover, and Katie Kaestner. We discussed our recent participation in the U.S. Department of State’s Meetup for the International Women of Courage (#IWOC) Award Ceremony on March 4. Click here to listen to the audio recording.

#IWOC Women Social Media Leaders at State Department on 3/4/14 -- Photo Credit: Katie Kaestner
#IWOC Women Social Media Leaders at State Department on 3/4/14 — Photo Credit: Katie Kaestner

During the show, we gave a special shout out to our fellow women social media leaders who were unable to join the discussion: Laila Alawa, Salma Bahramy, and Jen Charlton.

International Women of Courage 2014 Awardees and FLOTUS Michelle Obama -- Photo Credit: State.gov
International Women of Courage 2014 Awardees and FLOTUS Michelle Obama — Photo Credit: State.gov

We also discussed how inspired we were by the 10 #IWOC awardees who were honored for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk. See list of #IWOC awardees below.

  • Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Director, Malalai Maternity Hospital Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Ms. Roshika Deo, Feminist and Political Activist, Be the Change Campaign (Fiji)
  • Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze, Bishop, Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (Georgia)
  • Dr. Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar, Tribunal President, High Risk Court (Guatemala)
  • Laxmi, Campaigner, Stop Acid Attacks (India)
  • Ms. Fatimata Touré, Etude, de Formation Femme-Action (Mali)
  • Dr. Maha Al Muneef, Founder and Executive Director, National Family Safety Program (Saudi Arabia) *Awarded in absentia
  • Ms. Oinikhol Bobonazarova, Director, NGO Perspektiva Plus (Tajikistan)
  • Ms. Ruslana Lyzhychko, Activist and Pop Artist (Ukraine)
  • Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa, Human Rights Lawyer (Zimbabwe)

Click here to read their full biographies.

FLOTUS Michelle Obama and the #IWOC Social Media Leaders - Photo Credit: State.gov
FLOTUS Michelle Obama and the #IWOC Social Media Leaders – Photo Credit: State.gov

We all agreed that meeting First Lady Michelle Obama was a powerful moment and game changer in our lives!

#IWOC Women Social Media Leaders met with U.S. Department of State's Global Women's Issues staff
#IWOC Women Social Media Leaders met with U.S. Department of State’s Global Women’s Issues staff

Our face-to-face discussions with staff from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (GWI) and Bureau of Public Affairs (BPA) gave us an inside view of how the staff makes things happen in their daily work. We met with Irene Marr from the Office of GWI; Moira Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy in the BPA; Vinay Chawla, Director of Digital Engagement in the BPA; and Hannah Lyons, Public Affairs Specialist in the BPA. To learn more about the #IWOC event and awardees, check out my Pinterest board of resources.

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: #DigCitizen Profile of #WHSocial Alum Dr. Janet Johnson

Photo Credit: Dr. Janet Johnson
Photo Credit: Dr. Janet Johnson

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Today I am sharing a Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project profile featuring Dr. Janet Johnson, a social media leader, I met while attending the White House Social (#WHSocial) for the State of the Union (#SOTUSocial) in January.

Meet Dr. Janet Johnson

1) Tell us who you are.

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. I study social media and the political process. To learn more about me, visit my web site and blog. Connect with me on social media (see web sites below).

2) Why did you apply to participate in the #SOTUSocial?     

I applied to participate because I study social media and the political process. Also, my dissertation was about the 2008 campaign blogs.

3) Share one to five key moments you experienced while participating in the #SOTUSocial.   

  •  I was standing in line for the U.S. Capitol tour the day before the #SOTUSocial and a young woman recognized me from Twitter. She was also attending the #SOTUSocial.
  • I was sniffed by the First Family’s dogs Bo and Sunny. Right place, right time.
  • Meeting Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer.
  • Asking a question during the #SOTUChat.

4) What social media tools did you use to support your participation in the #SOTUSocial?    

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

5) After the #SOTUSocial, did you write or participate in any follow-up interviews for a blog, magazine, newspaper, radio station, or television station?

My university promoted my attendance to the #SOTUSocial. Click here to read article. I was also interviewed by WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas. They did a Skype interview about my experience.

6) Did you learn any lessons while participating in the #SOTUSocial?

  • The White House is very strategic.
  • The White House does not control the citizen’s messages.
  • Everyone at the White House was very nice and shared a lot of information about their jobs.

7) What does digital citizenship mean to you?

No matter what political affiliation you are, you can participate and do it civilly. People tend to react instead of discuss issues over social media. We need to learn to listen and think before we type a message. Nothing will change if we are not forming effective messages that will actually help others understand our position. Civility is the key.

8) How are you planning to stay engaged as a digital citizen?             

I am always engaged and monitoring social media and politics. I am writing a research article about the #SOTUSocial. I am also going to apply for more White House Socials. I feel as if it’s a great opportunity to learn how the White House functions and how government works. It’s fascinating!
9) Share several ways Americans can use their digital presence and online network to engage civically on a local, state, and/or national level. 
People can easily get involved. They can use hashtags of organizations, candidates or issues that they feel passionate about. Teach and learn through social media. Just don’t react and attack. Be a proactive citizen that contributes to the conversation–not stop it.

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: #DigCitizen Profile of #WHSocial Alum Jason Knoll

Photo Credit: Jason Knoll
Photo Credit: Jason Knoll

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Today marks the launch of the Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project’s profile series featuring social media leaders who participated in the White House Social (#WHSocial) for the State of the Union (#SOTUSocial) and French Arrival Ceremony.

Meet Jason Knoll

1) Tell us who you are.

My name is Jason Knoll. I am a High School History and Government Teacher from Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more about me, visit my blog, http://jasonlknoll.com and follow me as @jasonlknoll on Twitter.

2) Why did you apply to participate in the #SOTUSocial?     

I applied to the #SOTUSocial to show my students that social media can be used an effective tool to engage with our elected officials and representatives.

3) Share one to five key moments you experienced while participating in the #SOTUSocial.   

  • I thought it was really cool to be able to connect with people beforehand using #SOTUSocial and then meet them and talk with them during the event.
  • I had a 15-30 minute conversation with my congressman in the airport as we waited to board our plane to come back home.
  • As a result of me live-tweeting, some of my students also live-tweeted, which led them to have interesting discussions with their classmates.

4) What social media tools did you use to support your participation in the #SOTUSocial?    

Twitter

5) After the #SOTUSocial, did you write or participate in any follow-up interviews for a blog, magazine, newspaper, radio station, or television station?

Yes for Reuters and The Cap Times Reuters.

6) Did you learn any lessons while participating in the #SOTUSocial?

  • Social media is here to stay, so it is best to embrace it and learn how to use it.
  • Take a look at Twitter to see some really cool work being done in the field of digital diplomacy.

7) What does digital citizenship mean to you?

Digital citizenship means using social media to engage with others about serious topics (i.e. policy), whether it is with a friend or an elected official.  It also entails sharing information with others so that they can be involved in the public sphere.

8) How are you planning to stay engaged as a digital citizen?             

I’m comfortable right now using primarily Twitter and my blog to stay engaged, and that I do not currently plan on using any other major social media platforms.
 
9) Share several ways Americans can use their digital presence and online network to engage civically on a local, state, and/or national level. 
 
  • Tweet to elected officials about an issue.
  • Participate in Twitter chats with government agencies.
Photo Credit: Twitter.com
Photo Credit: Twitter.com

PS: The first #digcitizen Twitter chat will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 p.m. EST (one hour). The topic is “Lessons Learned from #SOTUSocial and #WHSocial.” Follow me on @anandaleeke and use the #digcitizen hashtag.

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: My #SOTUSocial & #WHSocial Experiences Give Birth to The Digital Citizenship Project

French Arrival Ceremony photo collage
French Arrival Ceremony photo collage
Social media leaders at #WHSocial briefing with White House staff at EEOB on 2/11/14
Social media leaders at #WHSocial briefing with White House staff at EEOB on 2/11/14

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Guess what happens when the White House selects you to participate as 1 of 60 social media leaders in the State of the Union Social on January 28 and as 1 of 100 social media leaders in the White House Social for the French Arrival Ceremony on February 11?

#SOTUSocial Group Tour of White House
#SOTUSocial Group Tour of White House
Social media leaders at #SOTUSocial on 1/28/14
Social media leaders at #SOTUSocial on 1/28/14

You develop a desire to SERVE even more.

My desire to SERVE has manifested as The Digital Citizenship Project, an online campaign that:

  • Utilizes a private Facebook group and monthly #digcitizen Twitter chats on the last Tuesday of each month to build community among the social media leaders who have participated in the White House Social events in ways that encourage and inspire them to continue to use their digital presence to support policies and programs that align with their passions and interests. The first #digcitizen chat will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 p.m. EST (one hour). The topic is “Lessons Learned from #SOTUSocial and #WHSocial.” Follow me on @anandaleeke and use the #digcitizen hashtag.
  • Honors the great work of social media leaders by publishing profiles on my Internet Geek Tuesday blog series and conducting one-on-one and group interviews on The Ananda Leeke Show via Talkshoe.com. The first show will air on Sunday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The theme is “How College and Graduate Students Embrace Their Digital Citizenship.” The guests will be announced later this week.
  • Shares information that encourages the general public to become active digital citizens through online engagement opportunities offered by the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy and Organizing for Action, and promotes President Obama’s policies, programs, and WhiteHouse.gov.
  • Launches and celebrates Digital Citizenship Month in July to encourage more Americans to embrace their digital citizenship (more details will be provided in March and April).

I hope you will join me in this new adventure.

What does digital citizenship mean to you?

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: Headed Back to White House for #WHSocial French Welcoming Ceremony

image

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Great News! This morning, I’m headed back to the White House to attend the French Welcoming Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande.

image

During the Ceremony, President and Mrs. Obama will welcome President Hollande on the South Lawn. I’ll be there covering the event with an amazing group of social media leaders. Follow me as @anandaleeke on Instagram and Twitter and use the #whsocial hashtag to track the conversation and see photos between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. EST. The Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.

I’ll also be participating in the #WHSocial panel discussion with White House officials from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Old Executive Office Building. The discussion will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov.