Written by Jason Keeling on June 16, 2009
Last year a group of people celebrated West Virginia Day by logging-on to their computers. Instead of attending ceremonial events in recognition of statehood, they started typing. Their writings offer a glimpse at the best aspects of West Virginia and counter stereotypical notions of the state.
Saturday (June 20) marks the 146th anniversary of West Virginia’s statehood. This year West Virginia residents, expatriates, and general observers are invited to participate in another online discussion, but with a different focus.
‘A Better West Virginia Challenge’
The basic premise:
Identify an obstacle that hinders West Virginia and discuss its solution.
Address the above request as it relates to one (or more) of the following:
- Business / Economy
- Health / Wellness
This challenge’s purpose is to get people thinking and talking rationally about obstacles/solutions within the state. Therefore, keep in mind that submissions and comments should be offered in a constructive fashion.
Can social media lead to social change? Some may doubt the likelihood. However, consider that the citizens of Iran are bombarding social media to demand fair elections, according to The New York Times. There is no reason West Virginians can’t use such technologies to effectuate progress in our state.
Bloggers: If you’d like to be participate in the “A Better West Virginia Challenge,” before June 20 at noon, email your completed post’s hyperlink to jason(at)keelingstrategic(dot)com. On West Virginia Day, the various submissions will be listed at aBetterWestVirginia.com and 304blogs.com.
Twitter Users: Provide your thoughts at Twitter.com and use the #aBetterWV tag at the end of your updates. As #aBetterWV tagged comments increase on Twitter, they will become visible at WVTweets.com.
General Readers: Your thoughts are equally important and can be submitted as blog comments to further perspective. You might notify former residents regarding the challenge. If you’re on a social network such as Facebook or MySpace, you might offer thoughts there.
Those with further questions: Please use above email. If necessary, contact me at (304) 989-3262.