Social Media Inspires Social Change: What Would Madiba Do? #TIME2SERVE #67.

Social Media Inspires Social Change: What Would Madiba Do? #TIME2SERVE #67.

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Whether you’re a born free or a veteran of the social changes that evolved from the ’94 election, you’re a South African and you know that in our rapidly progressing phoenix of a nation, actions speak undoubtedly louder than words. Despite the fact that the celebrated Mandela Day occurs just once a year, on the 18th of July, you should continually be asking yourself the question:

“What Can I do to make everyday a Mandela Day?”

The renowned Mandela Day Website inspired the world last week with positive calls-to-action that will continue to effect social change in South Africa in even the smallest of ways. Their #TIME2SERVE campaign has taken social media by storm and attaches itself to physical actions taken by individuals who dedicated 67 minutes towards something in South Africa that would have made Tata Madiba proud.

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“Nelson Mandela saw himself first and foremost as a servant of South Africa’s people to whom he owed a duty and whom he led by example…let us all emulate the servant leader we loved by all becoming servant leaders ourselves – Madiba changemakers!” encourages the Mandela Day Team.

#socialmedia #social change

With the advent of smartphones, mobile tablets, portable laptops and live streaming, “it’s in your hands to make a difference,” literally and figuratively in 2015. Contemporary South Africans can like, share and retweet inspiring social actions that have been created and joined, enter into the Mandela Day Community online; and effectively broaden and enhance the campaign at the touch of a button.

Confused about how to effect meaningful change, which actions to join and which to create?

“Start with what you are passionate about and where you know your actions will have a lasting impact,” insists Mandela Day online. They also provide a list of the top themes relevant to this year’s campaign:

  • Food security
  • Education & Literacy
  • Shelter & Infrastructure
  • Service & Volunteerism

Then share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram and Linked In and tag it appropriately: #TIME2SERVE #whatwouldmadibado #phoneixnation67.

67 Red Velvet Cupcakes

Noo Stuff Design Studio is passionate about baking, reaching out on Mandela Day, strong calls-to-action on social media and The Sarah Fox Children’s Hospital. We’re donating 67 red velvet cupcakes to the hardworking staff of Sarah Fox this week because we believe that they deserve to be celebrated for everything that they do.

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“It’s in your hands now…”

Google has Updated and So Should You: Why You Need a Responsive Website in 2015.

Google has Updated and So Should You: Why You Need a Responsive Website in 2015.

2014 marked the year of the snake in the Chinese lunisolar calendar. According to Google, this year is the year of the Smartphone.

At the start of the new millennium dial up internet connection gave way to high-speed, mobile broadband and PSTN (public switched telephone network) made room for Wi-Fi; forever banishing that intensely irritating ISP dial tone that we all remember so fondly. The international mobile phone market insisted that Nokia was out and Blackberry in and before we had time to register ‘R’ on BBM, Samsung and Apple took the world by storm and released advanced android technology: a diverse range of Galaxy smartphones, tablets, iPhones and iPads.

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Our ‘square eyes’ have become rectangular and inevitably, statistics for 2014 reveal a rapid decline in desktop web usage and an incline in mobile user activity.

Just over a month ago Google updated its algorithm to rank websites by virtue of their ‘mobile friendliness.’ ‘Responsive’ is now the international buzzword used to describe the compatibility of a modern website with desktop computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. This means that RWD (responsive web design) has become vital to any business serious about their online marketing campaign and thus the growth of their enterprise. Marketo explains the importance of this mobile trend in a user-friendly infographic:

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So what’s the solution for modern businesses with outdated websites? It seems all too obvious: upgrade to a responsive website and do it quickly.

Using WordPress as our fundamental site builder, Noo Stuff Design Studio has access to thousands of responsive and attractive website themes and can help you achieve upward mobility in more ways than one. Creating custom, cutting edge digital design is our passion and we achieve a fundamental fusion of style and online functionality for a range of local businesses.

We have to agree with Marketo on this one: “go mobile or go home.”

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Words: Megan Wright