DAY OF DOING
ORGANIZE YOUR OWN DO DAY 2019!
ABOUT DO DAY
We want to show the world that you can bring a group of people together and accomplish something in just one day. DO Day connects and engages passionate DOers who want to solve issues and take action.
DO DAY 2018
DO Day Organizer: Mohamed Salia, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Over 150 participants from across 10 towns and communities in Bonthe District, Southern province of Sierra Leone, West Africa took part in DO Day. Participants were mainly women and youths who mostly use plastic bags for domestic purpose. There were also local chiefs and community-based organizations working on environmental issues who also got involved. The outcome of the day was that the target communities developed simple bylaws to encourage communities to refuse or use reusable bags in place of plastic.
DO Day Organizer: Saba Khalid and Waqar J Khan, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Between 10-15 women from Abdul Rehman Goth, a fishing village in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan took part in DO Day. The DO Day organizers collected waste on the local beaches and taught the women to separate the waste carefully and use the beach’s plastic waste in embroidery, jewelry, handbags etc. The participants managed to make 10 prototype necklaces made with different types of retrieved fishnet & earrings from straw. Throughout the process, the organizers spoke to the community and asked them how their livelihood (fishing) is affected by plastic and the challenges faced by the women in the area.
DO Day Organizer: Adrian Tot and Anna Theresa, Brussels, Belgium
Plastic-Free Plux strives to reduce single-use plastics at the famous Place du Luxembourg in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Their DODay event brought together over 50 participants. The DO Day
DO Day Organizer: Rocio Diaz Casado, Cusco, Peru
DO Day in Cusco had two different events. In the morning 40 students took part in DO Day and in the afternoon over 20 people from different tourism-related businesses and NGOs got involved. The students took part in workshops, in which the
INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS TANG
DO Day Organiser – Hong-Kong
Why did you organise a DO Day event?
I am a fan of the DO School method and the topic seemed appropriate.
Also the timing worked really well as one of the partner organizations, Heroes Too, was going to launch their Eco Pledge app to promote sustainability around this period
What excited you the most about DO Day?
Plastic is such a troubling and visible problem everywhere. The opportunity to get like-minded people together to do some co-creation on tackling this problem sounded very exciting. It was also good to work with St James Settlement, an innovative NGO who kindly lent us their premises.
What was the impact from your DO Day event?
Still work in progress. The best thing was the uniting of different communities who shared the same goal but did not know how to tackle the problem. It was a wonderful exchange of ideas, cultures, values and perspectives.
What were your 3 biggest learnings from the event?
1. The problem was the same but just that we saw it from different perspectives!
2. We can make a difference but we are still a small community
3. How do we get the attention of the wider public to insist on change?
If you could give 3 tips to a DO Day organizer for next year what would they be?
1. Don’t be deterred, too many people wanted to give up holding the event but in the
end perseverance prevailed
2. Put in a lot of face time to build trust
3. Plan meticulously, do not rely on things being alright on the day
JOIN DO DAY 2019
- A DO School expert facilitator will guide organization/company through your DO Day experience
- Your organization/company highlighted as a DO Day sponsor.
- Your sponsorship provides funds for impact entrepreneurs to host their own DO Day events.
DO DAY LOCATIONS
Germany - Berlin
Germany - Cologne
Germany - Munich
India - Kolkata
India - Lakhisarai
India - Mumbai
India - New Delhi
Trinidad and Tobago
USA - Palm Springs
USA - San Francisco
All participants of DO Day will allow the documentation of their prototype or creation by local organizers in the form it was submitted at the end of DO Day. All works will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/)