It is a dreary grey Monday morning here in the Bay Area. If you need a laugh over your coffee or lunch break today, here are links to two Internet movies that are good for a chuckle.
Ha-Hoa Dang, the Web Assistant for EMILY's List wrote me last week to let me know that EMILY's List, a political network for pro-choice Democratic women, has partnered with the September Fund, a 527 group set up by former Clinton advisor Harold M. Ickes, to post the Fund's video "Vote for Change." As you can see from the screenshot, there are some folks talking to a bush . . . I think you can see where this is going. You can watch it with Quicktime or Windows Media here, or watch it on YouTube.
Last week I went to NetSquared's monthly San Francisco Meetup and talked with Japhet Els, Rainforest Action Network's Online Organizer. He told me about their recent Internet movie, "Petrolius: The Oil Habit," a spoof oil commercial. You can watch it on RAN's site, or on YouTube.
As of this writing, 104,168 people have watched the September Fund ad on YouTube since October 12th and 13,688 people have watched "Petrolius" since September 5th. It is pretty amazing how viral videos have become an integral part of outreach for political and social change organizations.
If you are interested in tools and examples of nonprofits using vlogging and digital storytelling to do their work, check out my notes from last week's NetSquared Meetup in San Francisco.