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Social Media and Resilience July 18th-19th, 2013

The Thai Red Cross, IFRC and ICRC are holding a workshop on July 18-19, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.


  1. The definition of "resilience" will act as a guide for all sessions throughout the workshop. According to the IFRC definition, "resilience" is the ability of individuals, communities, organisations, or countries exposed to disasters, crises, and underlying vulnerabilities to: anticipate, reduce the impact of, cope with, and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long-term prospects.


    Participants from the Thai, Singapore, Vietnamese, Myanmar, Lao, Cambodian, and Indonesian Red Cross societies took part in the workshop.  


    The workshop is split into several learning points, participants will hone their ability in using modern social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, then they will learn how they can use social media to reduce impact and help individuals, communities, organisations, and countries to cope with disasters, crises, or vulnerabilities. Finally, participants learned how to anticipate unexpected challenges and risks in the social media sphere.  

  2. Organizations tweeted about the workshop.
  3. 8:50 AM: The organisers are holding an opening speech for the Social Media and Resilience workshop.
  4. Participants seem excited.
  5. 9:15 AM: Icebreaker: everyone is introducing themselves and their newest Facebook update.
  6. 9:30 AM: Participants are filling out a questionnaire so we can gauge how much they have learned by the time the workshop is over. 
  7. 9:40 AM: 1.1 Introduction to Social Media and Resilience

  8. Main learning points presentation 1.1
    - What is social media?
            -Online technologies and practices that people use the to share opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives.

    - Social media means being a participant in a conversation, it means being part of a network. It is not a one-way street of communication. 

    - It is absolutely crucial to have a "social mindset". A "social mindset" is the ability to listen to other people within the network. You are simply a facilitator for a much larger conversation. 

    - The use of social media has been increasing drastically since the year 2000. Now is the time to become active in social networks. 

    - Social media can encourage life-saving actions. Communication can be used to mobilise a large mass of individuals.

    Participants are sharing there thoughts about the presentation:
  9. The great timolue discussing what resilience means+setting the stage for #sm4res
    The great timolue discussing what resilience means+setting the stage for #sm4res ScGo/
  10. 10:00 AM: Coffee Break and Sticker Sticking

  11. Participants stuck their national society stickers onto a large poster. They answered questions about their respective countries and national societies.