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Rock Bottom to Recovery

Since I was just mentioning Hope Mission, I would be remiss not to embed and talk about this amazing video that Hope Mission did about their Breakout Recovery program in Edmonton.  According to Hope Mission’s website;

The Breakout Recovery Community is a year-long, 12 step addiction recovery program which operates out of the Herb Jamieson Centre. The goal of the program is to provide men with supportive community, structure and accountability to help them make positive changes in their lives.

Men are admitted to the program on a continual basis and are provided with counselling, access to recreation and transitional housing.

In 2008/09 over 50 men celebrated at least one year in the program and in 2009/10 that number climbed to 80.

I have watched the video about 10 times and I love it.  Make sure you watch it, link to it, and tweet about it.  It’s that good and it’s a message of hope for those that need it.

Facebook

While in Edmonton we got lost.  I found out that no one in the car can read a GPS and I was driving with them navigating.  Not only that but NO ONE at Hope Mission would give Katie or DeeAnn an address.  Great discipline but a big time pain in the neck as we were trying to figure out where to go.  While we were driving, DeeAnn was trying to persuade me to spam my friends with the Lighthouse Facebook page so they will “like” it.  Somehow she started to explain Facebook to me and never really clicked in that not only was I probably in really early, I was in so early, I left before it got cool.  Twitter is much more my style.  As I have said, what the strangers I know on Twitter are doing are more interesting to me than what my friends are doing on Facebook.

So for about 30 minutes, she was evangelizing Facebook to me while I just ignored her but she did make some good points about if we are trying to make social change, we should use the mediums we have at our disposal and Facebook is one of the things we have at our disposal.

As much as I hate Facebook, I need to be using it more effectively than logging in once a year (generally in January).  From now on I plan to log in a couple of times a week if for no other reason than to reply to some of the messages and post some things to The Lighthouse’s page.  According to experts, an organization needs to spend about six hours a week to social media for it to be effective.  I don’t have six hours a week but DeeAnn seems to (she is The Lighthouse’s director of communications and it is part of her job).  That being said, I realized that more and more people are going to our Facebook page expecting to find that I show up more than once a year.  

As for Google Circles (cue tumbleweed), it is so quiet that I am not sure if it is worth my time and effort.  If I had to choose between the two, I think I would choose Facebook.  I am not sure I would use it if it wasn’t for the good work DeeAnn has done with it at The Lighthouse but she has so I need to be a part of that as well.  I care a lot about social change and that means taking the message to where the people are.  As for Google Circles, it doesn’t even seem to have a functioning API which is shocking considering it is coming from Google.  Twitter can’t post to it, Feedburner can’t post to it (and it is owned by Google).  Maybe that is intentional but I doubt it.  There just isn’t very much content that you can put on there without going to the site.  If things change, maybe I’ll head back but for now, it doesn’t capture my attention.