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We are building a community of Geeks for Peace, and "geek" can mean a lot of things. Our primary work consists of PeaceProjects that are technology development and training for the enhancement of communications and engagment capacities. Our method is truly a "teach a man to fish" operation, in that we provide training, education and mentorship throughout the implementation of each PeaceProject. We make sure that our partners can maintain, update and improve each project as a result of skills they acquire during the partnership.
That's not all we do. Our aim is to not only implement PeaceProjects on the technology front, but to establish an engagement focal point in communities for like-minded individuals. We are already doing this through a monthly coffee-shop discussion series called PeaceTalks, an online curation of PeaceArt and PeaceTech, Remote Internship opportunities for motivated students in multiple universities, promotion of awareness through film screenings, our blog and newsletter, and an active participation in various other peace and security events and groups.
PeaceGeeks launched in October 2011 and obtained official non-profit registration in British Columbia in April 2012. To learn more about our story, visit http://peacegeeks.org/about.
- Minimal overhead
- No overseas travel
- Personal connections
- Lean, agile & adaptive
- Flat & efficient structure
- Two-way communication
- No physical protection costs
PeaceProjects are empowering lives every day on a permanent basis. We collaborated with non-profit organizations to support their mission and enhance their effectiveness. Our partners drive every decision on the project, rather than being forced to accept a handout that isn't right for them. We are helping individuals to spread their message, to be more effective at reaching their goals, to connect with their stakeholders and potential partners throughout the world. Our partners come away from each PeaceProject having learned skills for continued success as a result of training and education during the project.
In the past year, over 60 volunteers have contributed over 1000 hours to successful PeaceProjects with 3 successful international partnerships. PeaceProject teams have included members from Canada, the US, the West Bank, Lebanon, Egypt, Uganda and Saudi Arabia. Volunteers can work from home a few hours a week and impact lives on the other side of the world. Hence our slogan: Connect Locally - Empower Globally.
For example, our partnership with the Centre for Women in Governance, or CEWIGO (http://cewigo.org), in Kampala, Uganda helped CEWIGO to more effectively explain their mission, engage their community and connect with donors and partners in other parts of the world. Our volunteers guided CEWIGO through a process of re-branding, website renewal and technology training.
In the West Bank, PeaceGeeks worked with the Dalia Association (http://dalia.ps) to implement a social media campaign to crowd-source examples of youth initiated philanthropy within the Palestinian community. This campaign is promoting active community engagement and changing the conversation about Palestinian aid.
For more information on all of our projects, please visit http://peacegeeks.org/projects.
Ultimately, the empowerment gained through each PeaceProject leads to better lives. The communities impacted by the work of PeaceGeeks and our partner organizations are better able to pursue other necessities: to address issues of food, water and shelter, to seek education, to live out their individual dreams - all while being more free of violence, harassment or persecution.
Moreover, we are changing the lives of our volunteers. PeaceGeeks is unleashing a wave of talented individuals who have otherwise found no path for direct contribution. They can now impact peace without missing a job for months, leaving a home, or worrying about security.
How You Can Help
PeaceGeeks is still in start-up mode and we need your help. Our volunteers and partner organizations have been able to accomplish amazing successes over the past year. We have been operating with no outside funding whatsoever. Our entire expenditures so far, only about $1200, has been funded by personal contributions of the founders. We do have a fundraising plan in place and are actively pursuing public and private grants, corporate sponsorships and monthly giving plans. However, each of those take time and momentum to put in place.
That is why it is so important for this crowdfunding campaign to succeed. You can help us cross the bridge to long-term success. Without your help in funding now, we will not be able to operate beyond December 2012.
Initial Goal: $10,000
If we reach this goal, then PeaceGeeks can keep moving forward toward long-term, sustainable success. It will also allow us to fully complete our partnership work with HarassMap (http://harassmap.org) in Cairo, Egypt.
HarassMap is an Egyptian non-profit organization that launched in late 2010 just before Egypt's revolution. Their mission is to tackle the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Cairo, which affects the vast majority of women there. HarassMap uses technology and grassroots engagement to help break the crippling silence on this issue. Through HarassMap’s website and real-time map, visitors can view and submit reports about incidents of harassment, learn more about the issues, find out where to get help and find support to speak out against harassment. In the context of Egypt, HarassMap’s work is groundbreaking, and the team has been recognized internationally for their efforts towards addressing these problems.
PeaceGeeks has already helped design a new logo to appeal to a broader community. Now they have asked us to collaborate on another project. Due in part to HarassMap’s success, they have asked us to collaborate on another PeaceProject, including the development of a rebranding strategy, an animated video, and a new website.
HarassMap needs a new website that:
- better explains what they do and how to be engaged
- speaks to their different stakeholders
- makes it easier to find relevant information
- has effective language management capability
- has a user-friendly and consistent design across the whole site
- attracts more men, who have a key role to play in ending harassment
Stretch Goal: $25,000
Our initial goal of $10,000 will be great to achieve, but we're not going to stop there. Our next fundraising target is an additional $15,000 that would help us do so much more. We would have be able to clarify our other fundraising efforts and have the much needed stability that all organizations in startup phase hope for. Most importantly, we would have the resources to move confidently forward to our next proposed PeaceProject with Isis International (http://isiswomen.org) in the Philippines.
Isis International advocates for the realisation of women’s human rights in the struggle against patriarchal and fundamentalist forces by documenting feminist visions, creating critical communications, and strengthening social movements. Working primarily with women’s groups and networks that use communications for women’s empowerment, Isis employs feminist analyses, media production, advocacy, networking, and capacity-building strategies.
PeaceGeeks is currently discussing ideas for a PeaceProject partnership with Isis. Our initial ideas are to help them upgrade their website to make the content more accessible and searchable. We also plan to help them implement new mobile communications tools to connect women alumni in the field both to each other and to Isis directly. This will help Isis communicate strategies, best practices, requests for assistance and stories of success more quickly and clearly.
The great majority of your contribution -- 70% or more -- will go directly toward execution of those PeaceProjects.
The remainder will help pay for limited necessities:
- legal costs
- government registration fees
- physical space for events
- basic office supplies (pens, paper, etc.)
- print materials to help us spread the word
- the expense of this very fundraising campaign (i.e. perks and shipping)
If you would like to make a more substantial donation and discuss opportunities for recognition or partnership, please contact us directly.
What You Get
You become a PeaceGeek. Welcome to our community!
By contributing to PeaceGeeks, you are joining a truly global movement for the enhancement of peace and security in a new and innovative way. You gain the satisfaction of helping to empower individuals throughout the world to more effectively improve their own daily lives.
As a sign of our appreciation for your contribution, we are offering a number of perks as listed on the right. You can claim custom greeting cards featuring unique artwork from our projects, stickers with our logo and messaging, a logo’d water bottle or coffee mug. You can even have lunch or dinner in Vancouver (or a Skype chat) with members of the Executive Team, including our founder. Have a unique idea for what you’d like to receive for your contribution? Let us know!
We are attempting to keep our costs to a minimum. If you’d like to make a donation without receiving the perk shipped to you, be sure to select that option.
Thank you for every contribution. Each dollar really does count!
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Other Ways You Can Be Involved
Volunteers are the foundation and life blood of PeaceGeeks. You can help us support peace by joining us as a PeaceGeeks volunteer or recommending PeaceGeeks to your friends, colleagues and other network contacts. Individuals and organizations can volunteer, or sponsor a specific PeaceProject. Contact us at email@example.com for more details or visit our website: http://peacegeeks.org.
Team on This Campaign:
Chief Tech Geek
Remote Interns Program Geek