The ONE organisation is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by singer Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with activists and policy makers.
Recently, (well two days ago really), one of my younger sisters and blogger by the name of Sofia was caught being the 500,000th follower on ONE’s twitter account. This won her a nice Timbuk2 bag and an interview on the ONE website. Here’s how it went:
Jun 2nd, 2011 12:07 PM UTC
By Malaka Gharib
Meet Sofia Ramoi, @ONECampaign’s 500,000th Twitter follower and winner of our Timbuk2 messenger bag. She studies international marketing and public relations at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, and of course is a ONE member. I had a chance to ask the lucky girl a few questions about technology, Twitter and why she got involved with ONE. We’re pumped that she helped us reach the half-a-million mark!
So, how does it feel to be the 500,000th follower?
Ecstatic and I actually feel truly blessed, considering I had no idea there was a competition on to begin with. I was a bit shocked — it actually took a while to sink in, until you replied and confirmed neither of us were spammers!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a self-proclaimed thought-provoker, realist, opportunity-seeker, proud daughter and sister, global citizen with a conscience and lover of life.
How did you get involved with ONE?
Through a friend of mine, Tawanda. He was a ONE volunteer during the U2 360 show at Suncorp Stadium on the 8th of December last year. He signed me up on the spot!
I know that all of our issues are equally important, but which issue are you most jazzed about?
I think that the issues that ONE campaigns for all equally important. A multifaceted approach is required to address and alleviate the pressures of global poverty. Being originally from Papua New Guinea, I have noticed that I become extremely passionate and I flare-up especially about the issue of governance — I truly believe that without brave, passionate, results-driven leaders who respect the rule of law and systems of transparency and accountability, a country’s development is a double-edged sword.
So, since we found you on Twitter, and you’re an international marketing major, I figured I’d ask you a tough question: How do you think technology will change the face of our fight against global poverty?
We’ve recently witnessed how the adoption of various IT platforms by protesters was successfully used during the Arab spring. In terms of governance, those in power have in the past taken advantage of their uneducated and isolated populations, however, given the affordability and high rates of adoption of mobile phones in the developing world, innovative programs can be developed in order to educate and build public support for democracy. For example, the largest national newspaper in Papua New Guinea has since allowed their readers to text in their opinions about current national issues and have them published. This would have never happened otherwise.
If you could take over ONE’s Twitter account for a day, what would you tweet about?
Spread the word and RT this! Becoming a ONE member will take less than ONE minute. Join @ http://www.one.org/international/actnow/join/
Follow Sofia on Twitter at @spowf.