Friday, November 30, 2007

Some inspiration

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead

NYC 12/10

Mark your calendars if you're in NYC on the evening of 12/10. There will be a Planning For Good event - more details to come soon. Suffice it to say we're rather excited.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

PFG City and City Leader Information


Bejing: Leader: Charles Frith (from December 1st) (

Dubai: Leader: Ralph Khairallah (

Singapore: Leader: Rob Campbell

Sydney- Leaders: Emily Reed (, Katie Chatfield (

North America

Atlanta: Michael Dezso

Austin: Leader: Libby Anderson (

Boston: Leaders: Brian Reich (, Gareth Kay (

Boulder: Leader: Joselyn Bickford (

Burlington: Leader: Maurine Gilbert (

Chicago: Leader: Danielli Alejos (

Charleston: Leader: Karen Kariv (

Columbus: Brendon Keenan (

Denver: Leader: Sean Miller (

Detroit- Leader: Casey Ingle (

Fayetteville: Dave Nelson (

Honolulu: Leader: Patrick Spargur (

Los Angeles: Leaders: Kate Bristow (

Minneapolis: Leader: Aki Spicer (

New Orleans: Leader: Michael Karnjanaprakorn (

New York: Leaders: Jinal Shah (, Amy Daroukakis (, Alexa Knight (, Stephanie Redlener (

Richmond: VCU: Leader: Quintina A. Conway (

San Francisco: Leaders: Ed Cotton (

Toronto: Leaders: Jason Oke ( Dino Demopoulos (

Vancover: Leader: John Canavan (

White Plains: Leader: Gawain De Leeuw

Latin America

Medellin: Daniel Mejia


Copenhagen: Leader: Daria Radota Rasmussen (, Casper Willer (

Regio Emillia: Marco Bandini (

Istanbul: Leader: Ozgur Alaz (

London: Leader: Mark Earls ( Amelia Torode (

Milan: Leader: Hans Suter (

Paris: Leader: Magali Charmot (

Live Earth Brief- Due December 17th


It’s no longer a debate. Global climate change is a fact of life today. Scientists from all over the world agree that the evidence of a warming trend is "unequivocal," and that human activity has "very likely" been the driving force in that change over the last 50 years; they believe the earth could warm by an additional 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit during the 21st century if we fail to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels. This rise in average temperature will have far-reaching effects. Sea levels will rise, flooding coastal areas. Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense. Droughts and wildfires will occur more often. Disease-carrying mosquitoes will expand their range. And species will be pushed to extinction.

Global warming is already affecting the world we know, endangering polar bears, shortening ski seasons and creating more intense storms.

The Live Earth global concerts on 7/07/07 helped to create a tipping point of awareness in the U.S. this summer. Live Earth is leading the charge to create a mass movement to influence people to address climate change, through the power of entertainment. With 8 concerts on 7 continents, and a broadcast on over 150 TV stations around the globe. Live Earth was the largest global media event in history. This event was the single largest online entertainment event ever, and in total we had an estimated live audience of 1 million people, and 2 billion total viewers around the world.

The UN secretary general has called the climate crisis “the most defining crisis of our time,” and has pointed to the U.S. (and China) as the leading emitters of greenhouse gasses. In the next 9 months, Live Earth will focus our efforts here at home where awareness and behavior change are lagging from the rest of the western world.

Background – Live Earth 2008 Campus Program:

On April 20, 2008 we will kick-off a massive Live Earth fueled student movement in the U.S. Ultimately, we aim to reach half the total student population – nearly nine million undergraduates.

Help us position Live Earth and create a messaging strategy that will kick-start students to take action. Help us define actions that will be the most relevant to students and help the cause. Evaluate our current messaging and inform us on how we can make it smarter, more impactful.

The Live Earth Assignment has 3 components:

1. How should LE be positioned to college students?
2. How should messaging come out of that?
3. What do the actions look like?

(Request full length brief for more information on the program and the assignment.)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Check out Social Actions

This is an interesting site that agreegates the fund raising efforts of groups and helps individuals to start their own.

Presentation to the Idea Village

Here's the presentation that was made to the Idea Village.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

UNICEF Presentation- Monday

Gareth will be at UNICEF this coming Monday presenting the PFG responses to the holiday brief. We will post the deck on this blog and links to it on the Facebook page. In addition, we will follow up with everyone on next steps.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

We finally have a blog up and running

Rather than build a website, we thought it made more sense to set up a blog where along with our Facebook group we can keep you up to date with what is going on.
The latest is that we are due to present to UNICEF on Tuesday November 20th. Thank you to everyone who contributed - there's some great ideas. Once we get over a time delay for confidentiality reasons we'll put the presentation up on Slideshare.
In the meantime, keep your eyes here and on Facebook for the latest news and the next brief. We're going to open this blog up to posts from committee members and the chapter leaders.