The nominees have been chosen. Thousands of people have cast their vote. In just a few days, the winner of this year’s Waislitz Global Citizen Award will be named!
With so much on the line, you can’t blame this year’s nominees for feeling the pressure right about now. Anoop Jain, last year’s winner, remembers the feeling well. But in an interview last week, he had these words of wisdom to share with the current nominees:
While Anoop is simply reflecting on his own experience as a finalist, his words of wisdom resonate with all global citizens, including the 2015 finalists.
His advice also comes at a pivotal moment in this year’s award process: it’s the last day of voting and the race is neck and neck.
Many of you have already seen the award featured on the festival page, as a digital billboard in L.A. or Chicago, or across our social media. To give you a unique look into the creative ways that the award finalists are spreading the word about their nominations, we’ve pulled some highlights from each voting campaign.
We invite you to explore the impactful work of these nominees, and to join the 18,775 global citizens that have voted in celebration of these four innovators that are changing the game of international development. CLICK HERE to cast your vote!
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What Being a Global Citizen Means for Nyla Rodgers
For each day of voting, Nyla Rodgers, founder of Mama Hope, posts a picture or video about what being a Global Citizen means to her. These posts, which include lines like “A Global Citizen believes in progress not pity” or “A Global Citizen believes in human potential,” have gained enormous support. In the past two days alone, Nyla’s online community has shared her nomination 35 times. Nyla had this to say about the experience of being a finalist:
As a final call to voters, Nyla combined all of her social media posts to create a blog. Click here to check out her story then visit the award page to vote for Nyla as the next Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner!
Happy 45th Birthday Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
For his 45th birthday, Jackson, Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project CEO, filmed a video asking his supporters to rally 45 votes each. The combination of his compelling b-day video and a website full of Waislitz banners rallied votes from Uganda, The United States, Canada, South Korea, and faith communities throughout the world. Jackson described his campaign strategy this way:
Watch Jackson’s video below, then click here to grant his birthday wish and vote!
Gary White on Quality over Quantity
Gary White, Water.org CEO, believes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” So in the spirit of that African proverb, Gary looked to the team at Water.org and those who generously support the organization’s mission to help bring attention to the Global Citizen Award opportunity.
Once water.org got the word out about Gary’s nomination, their dedicated community of 2 million followers helped spread the news. One tweet highlighting the award received 151 retweets, and a link to Gary’s nomination in last month’s water.org newsletter was the most clicked link of the issue. In addition to water.org’s massive online following, Gary was featured in The Huffington Post mid-voting period— proving even more exposure to potential voters.
Sawa Heroes Unite
Daphne Nederhorst and the Sawa World team designed an array of banners and headers to promote her nomination across their website, social platforms, and email blasts. Her campaign has relied heavily on Sawa World youth leaders, called Sawa Heroes, who have banded together to mobilize votes from across the globe. Daphne described her campaign strategy like this:
Check out some of her banners below, then visit the award page to vote Daphne as the next award winner!
No matter which candidate you choose, CLICK HERE to cast your vote for the next Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner before polls close later today!