Welcome. So glad you're here. Is this your first time? Joining the 'Gender/Generation Crosstalk' worldwide conversation is easy. By doing so, you'll be part of history.
Here's how to participate. You can sign up and sign back in anytime by clicking the Facebook button directly to the left (please allow access to profile and email address). Or, and this is nearly as easy, click the 'Join' button on the left of the screen. You'll fill out a short form that will become your online profile.
Once you have joined, you will be able to read, vote and comment on other people's ideas. At the new moon on September 13, 2015, the highest ranking messages, from the women, from the men, from youth, middle-aged, seniors and overall highest will be sent to Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. Each lunar month following, messages from these six "Voices of Humanity" will be selected and we will continue to send them to Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka. We know we can get the messages on her desk, and with enough participants, expect she will be interested to read and reply.
By adding a collective rhythmical dimension to the social media experience, we can build a sense of community that will heal the world.
We have applied for a Google Challenge Grant to fund our Voices of Humanity project with special attention to setting up Bay Area Network for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We should know if we were selected by September. See our application here.
What it is all about.
The UNA Gender/Generation Crosstalk is an online community where the crowd-sourced voices of the genders and generations will weave a tale of love and wit, remaking humanity's vision of itself in the process. Through this new lens, the human race will see itself as the intelligent, generous and capable species that we are, giving us the trust and confidence we need to cooperate on pressing global matters. More concretely, the intent is to build towards a Human Unity With Gender and Age Equality Built In conference to be held in San Francisco for International Day of Peace, 2016.
The Gender/Generation Crosstalk will soon (Summer 2015) be complemented by a "geographic slider" so the scope of the Crosstalk can be easily changed from Global to National to Metro and group levels. The idea is that the "Voices of Humanity" will support diversity as well as unity. In conjunction with the geographic slider, an Indigenous Peoples Voice will be implemented as well as a Voice for disadvantaged Minorities.
The Voices of Humanity will be morale builders whose messages are always new and inspiring, and that the multitude of organizations and networks that see the value of uniting humanity will promote the Crosstalk process as an easy way to build a global consciousness. We need a global consciousness to underpin a nonviolent Global Citizens Movement (GCM), and we need the GCM to persuade the nations and religions to cooperate. The simple trick that can make all this happen will be for local groups to make it a practice at their meetings to read aloud just a single one of the latest Crosstalk winners. This ongoing world-wide conversation will create a sense of community at all levels. It is the back-and-forth between the online and the in-person contexts that will make for success.
As its name suggests, the "Crosstalk" is designed to go across the major social channels in a big noisy way. Please keep it civil, but it is OK to change the subject. It is OK to be quick and funny. The unexpected is expected!
Here's how to invite your friends.
First participate yourself by writing a short message (150 words or less) to be voted on by others - that is key. All ideas are good ideas. And be sure to rate messages written by others - use the green and orange rating boxes. Then, through your social media and email, encourage friends to join this global conversation between the genders and generations: ugc.idp.intermix.org.
Suggested topics: Please feel free to set your own topic. A gender related topic is very appropriate for this first round of the Crosstalk, but it is OK to write about something else. Possibilities: the global roles of women and men, violence against women, Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), expanding the scope of the Women's Movement, how to bring in the men, and so forth. You might ask Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka a question, or encourage her. The field is wide open. If you have any thoughts about steps we can take towards human unity, please share!
Read more: Crowdsourcing the Genders. Together, we can make our world more compassionate and understanding. See also voicesofhumanity.org. You are more than welcome to register your participation in the Crosstalk as an Act of Peace on the One Billion Acts of Peace website. And please "like" us on facebook.
The Crosstalk is a project of UNA San Francisco and has launched with the backing of the United Nations Association (UNA), the UN Foundation and the Global Fund for Women. See below for the complete list of supporting organizations.
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