#Quakebook

Here is the cover of Quakebook

Right after the earthquake of March 11th, one man, simply called @OurManInAbiko on Twitter, put out a fledgling idea to the Twitterverse.  His dream was to put together a book of people’s experiences surrounding the quake, and publish it, with the proceeds of every sale going to relief efforts in Northern Japan.  The universe replied to him with enthusiastic passion for the topic.  Within a week, he had a huge number of submissions and even some celebrity support.  He got help editing the submissions from a dedicated few people who have such experience.  But largely it was his effort, and his vision, and his direction that made it happen.  (Well, he admits to having a supportive wife and family!)  Once he got the ball rolling, it really took off!  In two weeks he had all of the submissions together and began the process of editing it into final form.

Less than three weeks after the horrific events, I’m pleased to tell you that the book will be published first online shortly, with a print version available soon too.  As promised, all proceeds from the sale of books go directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts.

The title of the book is 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake and already the media coverage has been terrific.  It’s been mentioned in several Asian papers, including a huge excerpt in the Japan Times, and even in a Wall Street Journal Blog and the Huffington Post.  It’s a great cause and it’s going to sell millions.

You can pre-order your copy of the book here.

I have a piece in the book, and I’m honored to have done a teeny tiny bit of editing for it.  Just knowing that it’s out there and that people have come together and worked so hard for this project is humbling.  I am in awe of this group of dedicated humans.

Social Networking is amazing.  I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but I thought I’d reiterate it for emphasis.

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it was the great sociologist Margaret Mead, who said, “Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Japan has been made stronger by the mere existence of this group and this book.  Please not only buy it, but tell your friends too.

56 thoughts on “#Quakebook

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  2. What a fantastic idea (the book) and thank you for posting it here! Like many others, I wanted to be able to do something even if it was just to pick up the bits and pieces left behind by the Tsunami. This book will let alot of us help in a small way.

  3. This is an incredible idea and shows the amazing uses of social media. There will be undoubtedly and unfortunately more disasters in future but i hope this idea can be used again to help others effected.

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  5. I simply cannot fathom the abrupt upheavel (literally and figuratively) that has hit Japan. It’s absolutely heartbreaking – for the missing people, disoriented and lost family pets, environmental havoc…. Social media has opened up avenues for the rest of us to donate and support these victims. Thanks for your blog. I’ll be back.

  6. Hurray for the positives of social media and the efforts of every small group. This is humanity at work at its best!
    Congrats on being FP! This should help!

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  8. Brilliant idea of social media and social networking. This is really a great help to those countries that affected the tragedies. This will open up the mind of many people to help in donating what they have even if it is small.

  9. charity for our brother and sister there just buying e new book, and this and will be donated to jap. people. Every efford and support is need.:)

  10. Hi Amiee,

    This is a great effort.

    I am with a student group “Students for Global Media and Diversity” at Ohio University. We are discussing the media coverage within Japan and across the globe on the disaster and would like input from those in Japan and would like to ask if you would be interested in chatting with us via Skype during our regular meeting time.

    Thank you- Nadia

  11. Wow – that is amazing.
    Now when I hear about how expectations of students have changed with time – I’ll have this example to guide my answers.
    It’s uber-cool that the timelines are such that funds can be realistically raised with this publication.
    Fab!

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  13. i am grateful to see an instance of how social media absolutely influences our civilization.

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  17. This is amazing and such a poignant show of collective voice! I will be buying the book when it comes out on paper copy (I’m old fashioned). Looking forward to it!

  18. Oh, interesting! This recent quake grabbed my attn like no other recent disaster has (since 9-11 anyway). I’ve posted several blogs about the earthquake, the radiation, etc. Now I’m curious about this project.

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  20. What a great idea!

    Where would we be without the internet and social media to connect the good people of the earth together?!

    I hope someone also compiles a book documenting the who, what, why, when and mow much of nuclear power, its history, the disasters and the media responses to those disasters. Then maybe we might all learn a lesson or two.

    Remember, this ‘disaster phase’ is not yet over – it may not have even fully begun yet. Where is the help from the so called ‘international community’? What could possibly be distracting them from helping to save the planet from an environmental catastrophe which already looks set to have repercussions for decades to come?

    Oh wait, I remember now…

    Here’s some of the latest news FYI…..

    Japan To Make Citizens Pay Bill For TEPCO’s Nuclear Radioactive Fallout (March 29th)

    EPA Set To Increase Radioactive Release Guidelines! This Must Be Stopped! – PAGs

    EPA to Help Mainstream Media Obscure The Truth About Radiation Exposure to Americans (Article)

    Best Case Scenorio 3 Is Three Partial Meltdowns? Japan Nuclear Disaster

    Fukushima beyond point of no return as radioactive core melts through containment vessel (march 30th)

    Is Fukushima About to Blow? (March 28th)

    Fukushima engineer confesses to participating in criminal coverup, says flawed steel in Reactor 4 has always been a ‘time bomb’ (March 26th)

    ‘Radiation is good for you,’ says Ann Coulter as she weighs in on Japan’s nuclear crisis (March 18th)

    Mainstream media halts accurate reporting on Japan’s worsening nuclear catastrophe; disinfo campaign now underway (March 18th)

    Fukushima: Mark 1 Nuclear Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist To Quit In Protest (March 15th)

    Those Bastards at GE (March 15th)

    Radiation Rising at Fukushima – Corbett Report

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  22. Wow. Reading this post made my heart smile. I love that people pulled together to support Japan.

    It’s good to see a social network be put to good use.

  23. hmm….this post really made me feel so proud of them who really concern about what happened on our world, especially for Japan

  24. I simply cannot fathom the abrupt upheavel (literally and figuratively) that has hit Japan. It’s absolutely heartbreaking – for the missing people, disoriented and lost family pets, environmental havoc…. Social media has opened up avenues for the rest of us to donate and support these victims. Thanks for your blog. I’ll be back.

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