Helen Clark: Leading the way for development through Twitter
“I can think of no better way to spark conversations around the world on development issues than through the dynamic use of social media,” said Helen Clark in reaction to her listing in the UK newspaper, The Guardian, as the tenth most interesting person tweeting about global development.
Along with Helen Clark, the Guardian cites 19 others including the World Food Programme’s head Josette Sheeran and Alanna Shaikh, a blogger on UN Dispatch, which provides information on United Nations related issues, in its list of “Global Development Twitterati.”
“These networks are an incredibly powerful advocacy tool to educate and interact on the challenges and opportunities we face, and to work together to address them,” Helen Clark said during her first live Twitter chat on International Women’s Day in March. During the session, she directly replied to numerous questions on how to empower women across the world, and the chat garnered close to 2 million impressions on Twitter.
An avid user of social media networks, Helen Clark started to tweet in September 2010 to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Summit. On this occasion she participated in a live conversation on Facebook about the global fight to end poverty, directly replying to questions coming from social networking platforms. She has also hosted a live Twitter chat on the Arab Spring – answering questions from around the globe on development in the Arab world – and engages daily with more than 24,000 community members on Twitter and Facebook.