G8 REBOOT – Help to spread the word. Lend us your screens.

by oneafrikan on June 23, 2005

I’ve been quiet online for a while now, and it’s been because I’ve both had lots on after work hours, but also because I’ve been spending my time trying to get a microsite out in time for it to make a difference.

Check out http://www.g8reboot.net to have a look.

Like most people in the UK, I sent in my text messages to the Live8 concert, hoping to get a ticket. I really, really wanted to go, but unfortunately I didn’t get one. In fact, only two people I know did get tickets, so I don’t feel that bad after all ;-) I know that a SQL random select statement isn’t unfair, so that’s life, and that’s cool.

Anyways, it got me to thinking – “the concerts are about raising public awareness for the G8 summit in Gleneagles, so that we can collectively put pressure on our leaders to do the right thing – trade justice, dropping the debt and more & better aid –
so what can I as an individual do instead of going to the concerts. We’re all in this together, right?
” And then I remembered the May 1st Reboot that the creative community has been doing for a few years now, put the two ideas together, and thought that it would be cool to do something similiar online.

If we can spread the message, then we can create more awareness. And that is good.

I know that there are a lot of people who run websites, particularly in the tech / web / creative community, and in turn each of those websites has an audience – so if we can get to each websites audience, then we can really create more awareness. It’s not unrealistic, and it gives people an opportunity to do something in spite of not being able to go to the concerts, or Scotland for that matter. So I ran the idea past a few close friends, and started working on it the next opportunity I got. Along the way, Damien and Ryan offered to get involved, so we made a small team which made things a lot easier. Several late nights and a weekend or two later, we’ve managed to put something together that is enough to get the ball rolling.

What’s left, is for us collectively to spread the word.

So, respectfully, I’m asking people who read this around the world, to spread the word. Help us to get this out.

Tell people you see and work with, email your friends, email people on your blogroll, tell people on messenger, add a line to the bottom of your RSS feed, add a button on your site, add a Make Poverty History banner on your site if you can, post the message to your sites on the day, tell your local newspaper, get involved.

Making Poverty History is not something that we can just assume our leaders will do, neither is it something that we can assume our neighbour or parents will do for us. And while it is a massive task, and one which will probably underscore this century, all of us can do something small to help, so that collectively it makes a bigger difference.

So, respectfully, I’m asking people who read this to help us spread the word. Lend us your screens.



good work ga!!

by morgs on June 25, 2005 at 3:38 am. Reply #

Gareth’s G8 site

Gareth has created a site to help spread awareness about the G8 summit and the problems in the nations of Africa. The site has information and tons of banners and buttons that you can put on your web site to help spread awareness.

Gareth’s blog…

by Marc Abramowitz on June 27, 2005 at 1:12 pm. Reply #

Nice work. I’ve linked to your post and I’ve also added one of those nifty buttons to my sidebar.

by Marc Abramowitz on June 27, 2005 at 1:12 pm. Reply #

Hi Garth,

I’ve posted the g8reboot blog entry. :)

by Jacques on June 28, 2005 at 8:31 am. Reply #

How fortunate that you, like many others it seems, have obtained a conscience in time to capitalise on all those searches being made for G8. What will it be next month?

Cynical from UK.

by Synical on June 28, 2005 at 10:20 pm. Reply #

Thanks Marc, Jacques – really awesome that you guys are helping to spread the word ;-)

by Gareth Knight on June 29, 2005 at 1:32 am. Reply #


If you knew me, or took the time to read the rest of the blog before posting a comment like that, you would know that’s not the case. You’d also see that I haven’t actually made a lot of posts about the G8 summit itself a) ‘cos I’m not an expert and won’t pretend to be; b) ‘cos I’m reading all I can, to educate myself about it. Maybe next time I’ll be better informed and better educated to make serious posts about a serious issue.

When the whole Live 8 thing took off, the idea started to germinate and gather momentum, until one night we worked hard to get a first version out. We didn’t like that too much, so worked some more to get the next one out, and that is what you see. I don’t remember Bob Geldorf announcing the Live 8 years ago, and I don’t remember the Make Poverty History campaign being launched long ago either. Our site was a reaction to existing campaigns, trying to use our skills usefully; and an attempt to make a difference in using those skills.

Next month, I’ll probably get more sleep.

How about you?

by Gareth Knight on June 29, 2005 at 1:40 am. Reply #

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