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  • 1. Technology: Advocacy in the 21 st Century
    • Sean Thibault - Communications Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
    • Rabbi Scott Sperling - Director, URJ Mid-Atlantic Council
  • 2.
    • One who learns from his companion a single chapter, a single law, a single verse, a single expression, or even a single letter, should accord him respect.
    • Ethics of the Fathers 6:3
  • 3.
    • The broad range of communication technology tools available to us have amply demonstrated how valuable they can be in building community.
    • Social networking has become an unstoppable force in our society, bringing people together for many purposes.
    • Clearly, advocacy on behalf youth has been greatly enhanced by this phenomenon.
    • Yet, as the expression goes, With great power comes great responsibility.
  • 4.
    • Where do we draw the boundaries of appropriate and inappropriate use of these technological wonders?
    • How do we help keep the intersection of youth and communications technology as a place where respect for Judaism’s highest values and the best interests of youth are held as sacred?
  • 5. What is the New Standard for the intersection of technology and youth work?
  • 6. BBYO’s Policy “… may not initiate any type of communication with teens… Public one-on-one communications (i.e. posting a comment to a wall) are discouraged at all times.” “ Should a professional, advisor, summer staff or volunteer choose to maintain a virtual presence and see something on a teen’s profile that is immoral and/or illegal, it is the responsibility of the adult to notify their field services supervisor” BBYO is a youth-led organization, staff should utilize teen leaders to broadcast virtual messages to teen online communities before issuing any type of information online (message board posts, group messages) themselves.
  • 7. NFTY’s OurSpace Initiative “… some statements made online are in direct conflict with middot , our Jewish values, including but not limited to: lev tov - a caring heart, mechaven et sh’muato – determining exactly what one hears, seyag l’dvarav – guarding one’s speech, and machrio l’chaf zechu t – judging others favorably” “… we support each individual’s right to freedom of speech…”
  • 8. Investment in Technology
  • 9. Organizing Online Content (in this case, video)
  • 10. Organizing Online Content (in this case, video) Easy to Share!
  • 11. Read All About It
  • 12. Using Online Tools
  • 13. Maximizing Interactivity
  • 14. Branding & Narrative
  • 15. Tools for Community Organizing
  • 16. Media Literacy & Me
    • First of all you have to get over the ancient belief that adults know better than youth themselves what is good for youth!
    • It is easier to be in the same network with youth than ever before!
    • Support the developing of self-concept and self-confidence of a young - this is ensures coping in all areas of life, including virtual worlds.