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Are you ready to celebrate Digital Citizenship Month in July?

Today is Social Media Day. So take a few moments to declare your social media independence and make a My #DigCitizen Supports Campaign sign. Write the phrase: My #DigCitizen Supports _________. Fill in the blank with your ideas and/or interests. Use your mobile phone, digital device or camera to take a photo. Post it on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter with the #DigCitizen hashtag. We’ll repost it.

Recruit your family and friends to participate.

Visit http://digcitizen.tumblr.com.

Follow @DigCitizenMonth on Instagram and Twitter.

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Esther Dyson, founder of EDventure Holdings, angel investor, philanthropist, and author of Release 2.1: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, wrote,

"The Net offers us a chance to take charge of our own lives and to redefine our roles as citizens of local communities and of a global society."

Dyson’s words remind us how powerful the Internet can be in our lives as a platform for giving voice to what we care about. They also helped to inspire Ananda Leeke, a Digital Communications Innovator, to use her digital footprint to inform, influence, and inspire others.

HOW IT ALL GOT STARTED

In 2013, Leeke penned Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online, a book that discusses how the Internet influenced her career, community service efforts, creativity, and work as the founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network. During her book tour, she gave a talk about the importance of digital citizenship at Spelman College’s Women Interactive conference that encouraged people to explore how they could marry their passionate interests with their digital presence to inform and inspire others to support causes and programs in their local and national communities. 

Following her own counsel, she decided to apply to participate in the White House Social events to demonstrate her support of President Barack Obama’s policies and programs in 2014. The White House selected her to serve as a social media leader for the State of the Union, French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande, and Tumblr Q&A session on education and college affordability. The U.S. Department of State invited her to serve in a similar capacity during the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. These experiences inspired her to launch the Digital Citizenship Project (DCP), an online initiative that encourages individuals to marry their passionate interests and digital presence to support campaigns, causes, events, ideas, movements, policies, programs, and values that build awareness and community, create positive change, and promote social good.

DIGITAL CITZENSHIP MONTH IN JULY

To date, DCP has held several Twitter chats and conducted radio show interviews with people who have used their digital presence to participate in the White House and State Department Social events. From July 1 to July 31, DCP will use Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter to launch the online celebration of Digital Citizenship Month and a digital storytelling campaign called My #DigCitizen Supports. Interviews featuring social media leaders sharing their definition of digital citizenship and experiences will be featured weekly on the Tumblr blog. A series of weekly #DigCitizen Twitter chats about the digital citizenship power of communities of color, baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials will be held.

MY #DIGCITIZEN SUPPORTS CAMPAIGN

DCP will use the My #DigCitizen Supports Campaign to post photos of people expressing how they use their digital presence to support their passionate interests and ideas (see photos above). You can participate too by creating a sign that reads “My #DigCitizen Supports _____________.” Fill in the blank with your passionate interests and ideas. Use the #DigCitizen hashtag and Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter to post your photos. DCP will repost and share your photos.

HOW TO CONNECT

SPREAD THE WORD

Share this blog post with your network and encourage them to participate in the campaign! Many thanks for your support.

CREDIT

Dariela Cruz of Dari Design Studio created the #DigCitizen Month badge: http://daridesignstudio.com. The photograph of Ananda Leeke  (woman in red blazer) was provided by Jeff Brooks of Photog4Naturals: http://photog4naturals.com.

Calling DC/MD/VA Digital Sisters!
Join Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke for her Digital Sisterhood book signing on June 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street, NW in Washington, DC. The book signing event is also serving as the June DSN Meet Up. Click on the link to to learn more about her book and to register for the event.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-sisterhood-book-signing-for-author-ananda-leeke-dsn-june-meet-up-tickets-11847709819
If you are unable to attend, you can purchase the book on Amazon for Kindle or as a paperback. It is a great summer read!
http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Sisterhood-Memoir-Fierce-Living/dp/1491706392
Thank you for the support!

Calling DC/MD/VA Digital Sisters!

Join Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke for her Digital Sisterhood book signing on June 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street, NW in Washington, DC. The book signing event is also serving as the June DSN Meet Up. Click on the link to to learn more about her book and to register for the event.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-sisterhood-book-signing-for-author-ananda-leeke-dsn-june-meet-up-tickets-11847709819

If you are unable to attend, you can purchase the book on Amazon for Kindle or as a paperback. It is a great summer read!

http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Sisterhood-Memoir-Fierce-Living/dp/1491706392

Thank you for the support!

Join Digital Sisterhood Unplugged (#DSUnplugged) Weekend on May 25 and 26

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Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

You are cordially invited to participate in the Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekends Initiative (#DSUnplugged) on May 25 and 26. 

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#DSUnplugged Weekends encourage women to slow down and take a break from their digital lives and electronic devices once a month. The break could be 30 minutes, an hour, a half-day, a full day, or an entire weekend. It’s up to each woman to choose and commit to a timeframe that  works best for her.

If you’d like to join us on our 2013 #DSUnplugged Weekends, check out the schedule below and use the #DSUnplugged hashtag to share your plans, comments, and questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

#DSUnplugged Weekend Schedule

  • May 25-26
  • June 22-23
  • July 27-28
  • August 24-25
  • September 28-29
  • October 26-27
  • November 23-24
  • December 28-29

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Special Invitation for Washington, D.C. Area Residents: 

If you are in the D.C. area on Sunday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m., join Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke, a registered yoga teacher, for a free kind and gentle yoga class (30 minutes) in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park.  Click here for details.  Also, sign up for Ananda’s free 30 minute yoga classes in the park (May – November).

What Kind of Digital Sister Are You in 2013?

Collage by Ananda Leeke

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012, the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) used seven categories to identify and to honor 100 Digital Sisters of the Year. The categories were based on digital sisterhood archetypes DSN founder Ananda Leeke discovered while writing her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013).  They include:

  • A Creativista is a woman who gives birth to creativity (art, books, films, products, services, and webisodes).
  • An Empirista is a woman who thinks of herself as CEO of her own corporation, ME, Inc.; maintains an entrepreneurial mindset; and gives birth to ideas and transforms them into businesses, economies, institutions, networks, and organizations that add value to people’s lives.
  • An Empowerista is a woman who creates and curates content, shares information and experiences, connects with others and establishes positive relationships, and builds and participates in communities that empower her and others.
  • An Enchantista is a woman who taps into the magic of her spirit as she focuses her energy, opens her heart, trusts her intuition, embraces her fears, and shares her gifts in service to others.
  • An Evangelista is a woman who supports and advocates a philosophy, a values system, a lifestyle, a cause, or a campaign that improves her life and others’ lives.
  • A Flowista is a woman who unplugs from her digital life and tech devices for periods of time so she can recharge and take care of herself; and encourages women to unplug from their digital lives by incorporating mindfulness and self-care practices.
  • A Lifestylista is a woman who lives her life as a work of art; expresses it through her passion for beauty, entertaining, fashion, food, home décor, personal style, and travel; and inspires others to live their lives as works of art.

Each archetype helped Ananda value, own, and express her voice through reflections and stories. They also inspired her to stay positive and passionate when she realized her book would not be published at the end of 2012 (as she had promised). They are currently reminding her to practice loving kindness as she follows her publisher’s guidance in making changes to the book manuscript (the archetypes are included in the book manuscript).

Do any of these digital sisterhood archetypes represent who you are?

Which digital sisterhood archetypes do you want to incorporate into your life this year?

Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 Favorite Moments

Happy New Year!

Today Digital Sisterhood Network is reflecting on our favorite Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 moments. See our list and photos below.

What were your favorite moments?

Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 Moments

1) Naming the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year a/k/a “Digital Sisterhood 100″ and receiving their emails, Facebook posts, and tweets.

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

2) Traveling to New York City to host the #DSMonth Meet Up at Argo Tea and  Field Trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda - Photo by Christina Soriano

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda – Photo by Christina Soriano

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

NYC Field Trip

NYC Field Trip

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

3) Working with Brea Ellis, founder of What I Wore: tip to toe blog, to organize two Digital Sisterhood Month events: Fierce Living in Fashion 15 Minute Flash Mob on U Street (#DSFlashMob) and Salon Series on DC Style (#DSStyleSalon).

Brea Ellis & Ananda Leeke

Brea Ellis & Ananda Leeke

4) Shopping with digital sisters on U Street and eating a snack at Ben’s Chili Bowl during the #DSFlashMob event in Washington, DC.

#DSFlashMob meet and greet at the Mediterranean Spot on U Street

#DSFlashMob meet and greet at the Mediterranean Spot on U Street

#DSFlashMob shopping moments at Zawadi on U Street

#DSFlashMob shopping moments at Zawadi on U Street

#DSFlashMob shoppers at ben's Chili Bowl

#DSFlashMob shoppers at ben’s Chili Bowl

5) Learning from the #DSStyleSalon speakers and audience at the Tenley-Friendship Public Library in Washington, DC.

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove,  Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove, Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

#DSStyleSalon audience

#DSStyleSalon audience

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke at #DSStyleSalon

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke at #DSStyleSalon

6) Interviewing Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Dariela Cruz, Stacey Ferguson, Kelly Heisler, Elyane Fluker, Nadia Jones, Claire-Dee Lim, Allissa Richardson, Jessica Solomon, and Elena Sonnino on Digital Sisterhood Radio.

7) Hosting #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter chats with:

8) Taking Kimberly Wilson’s Yoga and Meditation class at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC.

Yoga teachers Kimberly Wilson and Ananda Leeke

Yoga teachers Kimberly Wilson and Ananda Leeke

9) Chatting with Valerie Trammel at the She Writers Meet Up held at Teaism in Washington, DC.

She Writers Meet Up - Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

She Writers Meet Up – Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

10) Replying to the Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter positive comments from the Digital Sisterhood community.

11) Reading Janel Martinez’s Black Enterprise article about Digital Sisterhood Month.

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12) Going to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see the Women Who Rock exhibition.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

13) Seeing the #DSMonth badge on digital sisters’ blogs and web sites.

#DSMonth Badge

14) Attending the TEDxAdamsMorganWomen event and hearing the fantastic speakers.

TEDxAdamsMorganWomen Event

15) Meeting digital sister Kesha Bruce, an artist and writer, at her opening night reception at Morton Fine Art Gallery in Washington, DC.

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

On December 21, the Digital Sisterhood Network announced the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. They represent the “Digital Sisterhood 100,” fierce living women who rock the web and world!. To learn more about them, check out the “Digital Sisterhood 100″ list below. It is organized into seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista.

  • A Creativista is a woman who gives birth to creativity (art, books, films, products, services, and webisodes).
  • An Empirista is a woman who thinks of herself as CEO of her own corporation, ME, Inc.; maintains an entrepreneurial mindset; and gives birth to ideas and transforms them into businesses, economies, institutions, networks, and organizations that add value to people’s lives.
  • An Empowerista is a woman who creates and curates content, shares information and experiences, connects with others and establishes positive relationships, and builds and participates in communities that empower her and others.
  • An Enchantista is a woman who taps into the magic of her spirit as she focuses her energy, opens her heart, trusts her intuition, embraces her fears, and shares her gifts in service to others.
  • An Evangelista is a woman who supports and advocates a philosophy, a values system, a lifestyle, a cause, or a campaign that improves her life and others’ lives.
  • A Flowista is a woman who unplugs from her digital life and tech devices for periods of time so she can recharge and take care of herself; and encourages women to unplug from their digital lives by incorporating mindfulness and self-care practices.
  • A Lifestylista is a woman who lives her life as a work of art; expresses it through her passion for beauty, entertaining, fashion, food, home décor, personal style, and travel; and inspires others to live their lives as works of art.

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2012 Digital Sisterhood 100 List

1) Creativistas

 2) Empiristas

3) Empoweristas

4) Enchantistas

 5) Evangelistas

6) Flowistas

 7) Lifestylistas

Day 15 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a field trip to see the Mickalene Thomas exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke toured the exhibition with six amazing digital sisters: Xenobia Bailey, fiber artist; Liz Calvin, advocate and justice seeker workers; Xina Eiland, President of The Eiland Group and PR professional; Sylvia Wong Lewis, founder of Narrative Network and PR consultant; Patricia Patton, founder of BoomerWizdom.com; and Sanura Weathers, founder of My Life Runs on Food blog. During the field trip, Bailey gave the group a mini lecture on the importance of Thomas’ work. Group members also shared how Thomas’ work impacted their lives, discussed their online and offline activities, networked, shared resources, and purchased hats created by Bailey.

  • Click here to read Lewis’ blog post about the Thomas exhibition. She also wrote an article about the NYC Field Trip for her Examiner.com column.
  • Click here to see the event photos.

After the museum field trip, Eiland, Leeke, and Weathers enjoyed an afternoon of self-care and shopping. They went to get Seven Nails on the corner of Union and Seventh Avenue for manicures and pedicures. They also did some window shopping at several vintage shops including Almost New Vintage Clothing on Saint Marks Avenue.

Eiland and Leeke also visited Eponymy, a boutique in Park Slope, to meet a very special digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a French bulldog. As a socialite, model, and arbiter of style, Lady Bianca Miller shares her views on her blog,That’s what B said. She also has a Pinterest page too!

Day 14 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a meet up at Argo Tea (Chelsea location) in New York City. The meet up was organized to conduct outreach to women in social media and technology. During the meet up, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder met with Halana Black, founder of Garlic and Lemons, Christina Soriano, founder of Soriano Designs, and Amy Vernon, a freelance writer, digital strategist, and General Manager of Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs. The group discussed how women can present themselves as a business and brand with multiple businesses and passions. They also shared resources, brainstormed ideas for collaborative partnerships, and identified ways DSN can provide support in their 2013 efforts.

Watch video from Digital Sisterhood Month’s #DSStyle Salon Conversation with Personal Style Blogger Brea Ellis and Author/Entrepreneur Rosemary Reed Miller held at the Tenley-Friendship Library in DC on December 12, 2012. The video also features Ananda Leeke, Digital Sisterhood Network. giving an event introduction. Many thanks to Sharon Malachi for recording the video.

NOTE: Please turn the volume up on your computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device to hear the video (recording is a little low).

#DSMonth Day #1 Recap: Field Trip to TEDxAdamsMorganWomen
Day 1 of Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 featured a field trip to the TEDxAdamsMorganWomen event that featured women and men speakers who addressed the topic of “The Space Between.” Their talks focused on how to move past dichotomous thinking and see the gray area in between. The speakers included Nicole C. Lee, the first female President of TransAfrica; Karen Dolan, Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies; Kethia Clairvoyant, Founder at Fit for Life by KC; Shonali Burke, Vice President, Digital Media & Marketing at MSL Group; David Deal, CEO at Community IT Innovators; Nicolette Pizzitola, CEO at Compass Point Associates LLC; and George Koch, Founder and Chair Emeritus Artomatic, Inc. Kety Esquivel, a Digital Executive at Fenton, and Suzanne Turner, founder of Feminism 2.0 and Turner Strategies organized the event. Click here to learn more about the TEDxWomen national events.

#DSMonth Day #1 Recap: Field Trip to TEDxAdamsMorganWomen

Day 1 of Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 featured a field trip to the TEDxAdamsMorganWomen event that featured women and men speakers who addressed the topic of “The Space Between.” Their talks focused on how to move past dichotomous thinking and see the gray area in between. The speakers included Nicole C. Lee, the first female President of TransAfrica; Karen Dolan, Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies; Kethia Clairvoyant, Founder at Fit for Life by KC; Shonali Burke, Vice President, Digital Media & Marketing at MSL Group; David Deal, CEO at Community IT Innovators; Nicolette Pizzitola, CEO at Compass Point Associates LLC; and George Koch, Founder and Chair Emeritus Artomatic, Inc. Kety Esquivel, a Digital Executive at Fenton, and Suzanne Turner, founder of Feminism 2.0 and Turner Strategies organized the event. Click here to learn more about the TEDxWomen national events.

#DSMonth Day #9 - Field Trip to National Museum of Women in the Arts

Day 9 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a field trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Digital sisters Ananda Leeke and Valerie Trammel saw the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, and Power”exhibition which illustrated the importance of women in the world of popular music from the 1920s to present day. They also had fun with the holiday tree and decorations in the foyer of the Museum.

To learn more about the Museum and the exhibition, visit www.nmwa.org/exhibitions/women-who-rock.