#prayforparis – a collection of social media activities, notes and advice

*This is a living page - sharing key messages



Some good, some not so: http://thenextweb.com/eu/2015/11/14/paris-a-tale-of-two-hashtags/




For Australians from our Foreign Minister


Support pictures from around the globe: 



ABC News Feed:


From Mark Zuckerberg

Changing your profile picture: https://www.facebook.com/FacebookAU/ (click on “Try it”)

“Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places. Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.

Here’s more detail on Safety Check and our policy for deploying it from the Facebook Safety page:


Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and concerns about this. You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world. We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”

Article about service from the Huff: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/paris-attack-facebook-safety-check_56467b13e4b060377349276d?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&section=australia&adsSiteOverride=au

And it works – my beautiful connection in Paris, Nadine, used it to let us know. -Charlie

From Mari Smith

Mari Smith, Social media

“It can be a real challenge for so many people to know what the most appropriate course of action is to take when there’s a terrible tragedy and it’s all over the news and social channels.

We may feel intense anger, sadness, grief, shock, even revenge. And, we may also feel deep compassion, empathy, profound love for those suffering, and a renewed motivation to help make a bigger difference on the planet. To help elevate consciousness. To help bring more peace and light to the world.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyone reacts to tragedies differently, with different emotions and agendas. When emotions go up, intelligence goes down. In our own heightened emotional states, we may be quick to judge others for what they choose to post.

Sometimes doing and saying nothing online at first can be helpful. To allow space for rational thought. Our social posts are out there forever.

We may focus on meditating, praying and envisioning more peace and love on the planet, starting with our *own selves* and our own immediate circle of friends and family. And, send healing love and compassion to those affected not only by the tragedies in Paris and Beirut, but all around the world.”

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Image credits


“The symbol, including Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower in the form of a peace sign, shows solidarity with the French capital and has been shared widely along with the hashtags #PrayforParis and #jesuisparis. Instagram has credited the user @jean_jullien for creating the sketch and confirmed to TIME that he drew it in response to the Paris attacks.”

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