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Friday, February 25, 2011

// Underheard in New York - social social media

[this post is English only]

Every day we avoid contact with the homeless. We ignore them, we don’t see them, we look past them. Whether it’s due to a lack of trust or discomfort or even older stereotypes, it’s easier to write them off as a group rather than look at them as individuals.

Underheard in New York is an initiative to help homeless residents in New York City speak for themselves. The people behind Underheard provided Danny, Derrick, Albert and Carlos each with their own mobile phone, a month of unlimited text messaging and a Twitter account. They’ve found their voices by texting their thoughts, feelings and actions to Twitter. The mission of Underheard is to use their social media presence to create real interaction and make them a part of our global community.
In other words, get to know them as individuals.

Great project with a nice pay-off: “Fighting homelessness 140 characters at a time”.

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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