Thank you to those who reached out to us to let us know we’ve made a positive difference in your lives – you are why we do what we do. Thank you to those of you who publicly shared your stories with the CiviliNation community so that others being attacked and harassed online know they are not alone. And thank you to our donors who enable us to continue to fight to make the Internet a positive and embracing environment for all.
Our mission – to foster an online environment where every person can freely participate in a democratic, open, rational and truth-based exchange of ideas and information, without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment or lies – remains more important than ever. But there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to make that a reality.
One important step in that direction was the February release of CiviliNation founder Andrea Weckerle’s book Civility in the Digital Age: How Companies and People Can Triumph over Haters, Trolls, Bullies and Other Jerks. It’s a practical resource for both individuals and businesses that offers real-world solutions. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to buy a copy for yourself, your family and your company and start putting the enclosed information and tools into action. (All proceeds of the book go directly to CiviliNation.)
Another step we took was gathering support for the creation of the CiviliNation Academy for Online Conflict Management. Featuring a combination of animated videos that teach core concepts and videos showcasing experts in online reputation management, privacy protection, identity management and legal solutions, the Academy will house a library containing hundreds of videos. Our goal is that this resource library will become the go-to destination to obtain real-world information and leading advice when individuals and organizations face the misunderstandings, clashes, and reputational hits that happen online on a daily basis. Our hope is that in 2014 we can fully fund the creation of the Academy, which began with our July fundraising campaign.
We’re looking forward to a wonderful 2014!