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12 Days, 12 Stories, 12 Ways to Help

Day 5 - The Good Doctor Goes Viral

Ryan is not exactly a digital native. He first used the Internet when he was in his 20s, when you would wait for 20 minutes for a page to load. But like so many of his generation, he saw the incredible democratic potential of new technologies, and has always sought to embrace them as part of his work for social change. ...

When Ryan entered the race for the Saskatchewan NDP in 2009, he knew he couldn’t compete with the resources that some of the other candidates had. But he also knew that by using new media tools such as YouTube, Twitter and so on, maybe he didn’t have to. His adept use of technology, including Canada’s first ever political “money bomb” and a very professional series of YouTube videos http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectRyanMeili, was a big part of how Ryan managed to come from out of nowhere, spread his message to all four corners of the province, and come in a strong second place behind the eventual winner.

During the 2009 campaign, Alberta political scientist Dr. Chanchal Bhattacharya, said:

“Three of the campaigns are using the internet like it’s still 2000. Despite very limited resources, Meili is effectively using Web 2.0 social media like YouTube and Facebook to reach new voters and energize existing ones. It’s a 21st-century Saskatchewan campaign.”

Just before the 2012 leadership race, Ryan was featured at TEDx Regina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c78GnlSHKvM

His team continues to innovate in the latest leadership race - whether as the only candidate to live stream his campaign launch, his use of the Twitter-like video service, Tout (www.tout.com/ryanmeili) or as the first candidate to participate in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat (www.reddit.com/r/CanadaPolitics/comments/14a2td/im_ryan_meili_family_doctor_author_of_a_healthy/) He was also the first leadership candidate to reach 1000 “Likes” on Facebook and currently has nearly 1700, with more people signing on every day.

You can learn more about Ryan’s use of technology on his web site: http://www.ryanmei.li/meili2_0

Today’s Action - Spread the word!
Share this post, like the page and invite your friends to do the same. Tweet or post the following message “I’ve committed to sell ten memberships to help @ryanmeili become #skndpldr Will you be one? http://www.ryanmei.li/join” Make your own campaign video. Design a meme to promote a policy that appeals to you. Write a post to your own blog about why you’re supporting Ryan, or whatever strikes you as a great way to reach out to your social networks.

Of course, a great way to help every day would be to donate to the campaign. If you like what we’re doing, please consider giving $12 (or $1.20 or $120 or $1200, or whatever number you like) to help support the campaign. Donations of $50 or more are eligible for a free, signed copy of Ryan’s book A Healthy Society upon request.
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