Why we picked “Raise Your Voice” as our theme
We have the power to create the world we want to see when we raise our voice to promote positive change and expose unjust actions. However, those who speak out are often under attack. This Blog Action Day we will celebrate those heroes who raise their voice when faced with censorship, threats and even violence.
- We will raise our voices to defend their right to raise theirs.
- We will overcome silence with our words and actions.
- We will share their stories.
- We will fight for those whose voice has been silenced.
Blog Action Day was founded in 2007 by Collis & Cyan Ta’eed, from Envato in Australia, as a way for the people they met within the wider blog community to work together on a special project they all cared about. In 2009, Collis & Cyan asked the team at Change.org, who were then the world’s leading blog network for social issues, to take over responsibility for running Blog Action Day. Change.org successfully ran Blog Action Day until 2011, when they handed on Blog Action Day to the Voice Blogging Project.
The Voice Blogging Project has developed numerous blogging events and projects bringing bloggers, not-for-profits and media to cover global issues of human rights, environment, poverty & development since 2009.
The Voice Blogging Project is run by co-founders Karina Brisby and Jason Wojciechowski, with support from volunteers. Karina and Jason have extensive experience creating innovative digital projects in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and South Asia. You can find out more about their other projects at Corelab.
Over the past four years countries represented by participants has increased to reach 130 and over 40 languages have been used in Blog Action Day posts.
Blog Action Day continues to develop a unique community of bloggers from all walks of life, perspectives and interests, who come together on October 16 to be part of a huge global conversation.