Can hashtag activism save the world?
Wednesday 18 February 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm @ Vodafone, 20 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland City

Not a day passes without a hashtag, online petition, tweet or Facebook status exhorting us to pass it on, sign up and save the world. Captive orca, the Arab Spring, Boko Haram, the icebucket challenge - the list goes on as causes exhort us to spread the word and help save the world.

But how effective are these - do these hashtags flame through the echo chamber only to burn out, or do they manage to exit into the real world and truly create change for the greater good? Join our panel as we discuss this issue and perhaps come up with a few solutions of our own.


Toby Manhire

Toby  is a columnist for the NZ Herald and the NZ Listener and a former comment editor at the Guardian in London. He edited the 2012 book The Arab Spring: Rebellion, Revolution and a New World Order.

Stuart Young

Online Communications Manager Oxfam NZ

Stuart has been the Online Communications Manager for Oxfam New Zealand since 2010 where he manages websites, social media and emails to supporters.

Gareth Hughes

Green Party MP

A second time on the panel for Gareth, who well-known for his support for the potential of the digital world in the political sphere.

Eddy Helm

Co-director Curative

Eddy and her team at creative agency Curative work exclusively on projects that help to make the world a better place. Eddy learnt that a good idea has the power to change attitudes and behaviour, and loves the challenge of making ideas come to life to work in the real world.



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