October 25, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Spacing magazine launches “Welcome Back America,” a viral event encouraging people around the world to celebrate a Barack Obama win together in their public spaces. This is a fun, but very public way for friends of the United States to say “Welcome back, we’ve missed you.” Worldwide polls suggest Obama is the overwhelming choice and we have rarely, if ever, seen people take to the streets to celebrate an election in a foreign country. Spacing has deliberately crafted the event so it can go viral and people in towns and cities around the world can decide where their own celebration will be — likely the natural place people gather when something big happens.
If the rest of the planet could vote, Barack Obama would win the American 2008 election in an unprecedented landslide. It’s safe to say that much of the world is waiting anxiously for the Obama victory think of the 200,000 people that saw Obama speak in Berlin last July.
The United States has lost moral support and sympathy around the world over the last eight years. The Obama win is a chance for a new start and to patch up both its reputation and its international relationships. We need to send a big fun signal of good faith that we’re ready to have them back. Let’s do that by gathering together in our public squares to celebrate this new era and show our American friends they are not alone in the world.
Here’s how it will work: When CNN declares victory (since it’s the news organization most internationally available) head to your city or town’s main square where public celebrations usually take place. If it’s a square with a big video screen maybe they’ll broadcast results so you can go early, or watch the victory speech after. Like when your sports team wins, it’s better to celebrate in public with everybody else.
In Toronto, head to Dundas Square. It’s got the space, those big TVs, and after every hockey championship, it is naturally filled with people.
Though planning this before results are in risks a “Dewey Defeats Truman” scenario (let’s all knock wood) it’s worth the risk. We may not agree with everything the United States does or even with all of Obama’s platform, but let’s put all that aside and, for once, celebrate America’s new start. Welcome back America!
Invite others to join and share this group. Start threads on your local blogs or forums.
Follow this link to the Spacing post on the event: http://spacing.ca/wire/2008/10/22/welcome-back-america-november-4th-celebration/
And here is the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=31607817887&ref=mf
Foro the poster image, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacing/2964300895/