This year Twestival is going 'Local' in cities around the world on Thursday 24 March 2011. Events for Twestival Local will raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits that organizers identify for having an incredible impact within their own community.
The events can be as big or small as the city wants to make it. We have had Twestivals in a local pub, a bowling alley, a trapeze studio, and even a giant yacht, all thanks to the generosity of local donors and sponsors who come forward to support the volunteer efforts. It is about using your time, talent and resources to come together on one night to make a difference. Think global, act local.
If you are interested in getting involved you can sign-up as a volunteer or tweet your local organizing team directly. If you do not see your city on our official event list, consider getting a team together to register before March 10th! We will help connect you with others who have shown interest.
Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but work from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact. Since 2009 over 200 cities have participated by hosting offline events raising close to $1.2 million for 137 causes; most notably education and clean water.
If you'd like to get a bit more info about the history of Twestival read : Twestival. Two years on.
72 million children in the world do not get the opportunity to go to school. Education is a cause which everyone agrees gives people the tools to pull themselves out of poverty - yet it receives so little funding or awareness compared to other issues. So we decided to put the spotlight on this global education in 2010 by supporting Concern Worldwide who have a comprehensive and compassionate approach to education and reach some of the most vulnerable children. On March 25, 2010 over 175 cities hosted events and raised over $400k. Our funds have been deployed to Malawi, Liberia, Haiti and Burundi. Six months later, we traveled to Liberia to visit one of the larger projects we are supporting to report back on how the donations have been used. Please take a look at all the videos and photographs.
Over one billion people on the planet do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. That is one in six of us. The inaugural Twestival Global on February 12, 2009 highlighted this important cause in 202 cities that hosted events and carried the message of charity: water. The events, which were organized under very short timescales raised $264k, resulting in 55 wells for over 18,000 people in Ethiopia, Uganda and India. Two months after Twestival, we went with charity: water to Tigray, Ethiopia to drill our first Twestival well and produced daily videos of the drill. Please watch.