The Pinterest Group Board Continues

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the Project 2996 Printerest Group Board Campaign and that the campaign continues.  I’d also like to thank those of you that participated and encourage you to continue and help us to reach our campaign goal of at least one pin for each victim and our overal organizational goal of at least onea “real” tribute by a “real” person for all of the victims.

Here are some basic statistics:

     Total pins in the Project 2996 Group Board: 349*

     Followers: 526

     Members of the group board: 17 (besides myself)

Pinterest is still relatively new compared to some of the other social sites out there so tools are still being developed that can give us more analytical information, so it is hard to pull a lot more information without a lot of manual effort.  I can say that I noticed that some people have created their own Project 2996 boards or September 11th boards and repinned some of our pins there.  One other thing that I’m aware of is that the 3 presenations that I put together for this campaign have all had more than 4000 views, which is many times more than any of my other presentations on SlideShare!

I’d like to thank the following people who have created pins at the board:

Trish Nonaka, Traci Wilson, Cathy Parsons Schimdt, Lorraine Wronski, Christina-Marie Wright, Diane Sherlock, Mrs. Who

Bärbel Wallon, John Bowden, Dale Roe, Kelly JW

My apologies if any of the names I used are not your preferred name, but these are the names listed in Pinterest.  I also apologize if I left any of the pinner out who created any pins on our board.   I’d also like to single a few other people out for their effort and impressions that they left on me.  John Bowden was the first person (after Dale of course) who participated, and this really motivated me to keep this campaign going.  Bärbel Wallon is a German friend of mine and previously had no ties to Project 2996 and her involvement really touched me.  Cathy Parsons Schimdt asked for names multiple times after pinning people that she did tributes for and she encouraged my to continue the campaign by asking for more names to pin the near future, so thank you Cathy!

Looking at the campaign there are obviously some things that could have been done differently but it is always exciting to see when a campaign goes from an idea to reality and when people come on board and the campaign gets moving.  We can be proud of what we have accomplished so far but why stop here?  We can certianly reach the campaign goal of having at least one pin for each and every September 11th victim and we can certainly do this by the 12th Anniversary.  During the campaign the Facebook group grew from 400 to 462 people, so if every person in the facebook group were to create a pin for the tributes that they have already created, and do 5-10 more pins for victims without active tributes, we could easily reach the campaign goal of a pin for all of the victims.   It would also be great if you would mention Project 2996 and the campaign to your family, friends, and colleagues, and in the various social media circle.  I would love to see the size of the group grow, because this generates traffic and word of mouth buzz that helps campaigns to grow.  When you join Pinterest, please be sure to let us know your Pinterest user name and provide us a link to because there are often multiple people with similar names, so a link would look something like this ( )

I have some other ideas for keeping Project 2996 alive and growing, but I’ll talk about them at another time.  I’d also be interested in hearing your ideas.  I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone that had participated and hope that you’ll all help us to mark the 11th Anniversary by creating pins for all of the victims and let’s not forget that we still have arround 1300 victims in need of tributes.  Thank you.



11 Years After

I waited to write this post until late in the day. I was curious how the eleventh anniversary would be marked across the country. Eleven years after, we have passed two milestones. A little more than a year ago, the primary organizer of the attacks (no I will not mention his name) was killed. Last year this was still fresh and many people asked if we would enter a new chapter in our collective remembrance. The other milestone was the tenth anniversary. We love our round numbers, and as silly as it seems, a decade seems a natural time for our psyches to move on to a less burning form of grief.

As many suspected, today’s ceremonies were more subdued than they have been in past years. Anger has faded. We’ve stopped asking Why? and come to understand that once you look closely, there are no satisfactory answers that can explain why madness does what it does. Politicians have moved on and left families to handle the day themselves. And what is largely left to those who choose to mark September 11 th , is reflection.

Over the last six years I’ve talked to many people about the events of that day, and about how chose to move on. Some were family or friends of those who died, most weren’t. And I’ve noticed a pattern.

September 11 th has been used by politicians to further their own points of view. But the rank and file have generally treated the day as a day to forget the things that make us different. I’ve made sure to keep Project 2,996 free of politics, but was neither the first nor the last to make that decision.

If you look at the anniversary over the last few years, you can see that gradually, 9/11 is becoming a day to focus on the things that we agree on, instead of this things that separate us. It’s become a day to forget about partisanship. There are early attempts at making it a day to do something positive—a day to help others—whether through blood drives or charitable work.

I can’t think of a better thing to do on 9/11.

Quick Update

When I get up tomorrow morning I’ll write a real 11th anniversary post.

Right now, I just wanted to apologize to all of you who are leaving comments or sending me emails with updated or new tribute links.  Work has been crazy these last two weeks and the pipe and drum band is getting ready for a competition this weekend, so even my hobby is keeping me busy.

I will get to updating the list with all of the hard work you’ve put in, but it’s just not going to happen by tomorrow.

Little Victories

We’re entering into the final stretch and it is only a matter of hours until we’re at the 11th Anniversary.  I thought that I’d take a little time to tell you where we are and share some of my thoughts.

At the moment there are 7 people that have joined the Project 2996 group board @ Pinterest and we have over 300 pins!  Some people have taken the challange and pinned 10 or more or have created pins for all of the people that they have created tributes.  Of those 300+ pins there are a couple of repetitons and a few that aren’t pins of the victims, but we have more than 10% of the victims represented by pins! The board is being followed by more than 460 people. These are all little victories and I’m indeed proud of everyone that has participated and will still participate!

The big goal that I had when I started this project was that we would have a pin for all of the victims and as a secondary goal I wanted to see that there was a tribute for every victims (as has always been a goal of Project 2996)!  We haven’t reached either of these goals yet but as time is running out I say let’s go out with a bang!  Let’s see how much we can do in the remaining hours! If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, jump in, the water isn’t that cold!

For some other Little Victories, we can still do a lot of things. Let’s see what we can do of the following small goals:

  • 1000+ followers of the group board
  • 100 repins of our pins into other people’s own boards
  • 100 comments on the pins in our board
  • 100 members of the board
  • 100 likes of the board
  • 100 likes of the pins
  • 1000 likes of Project 2996 in Facebook

I’m looking forward to see what we’re going to accomplish before tomorrow is over.  Tell you family, friends, and people you meet about Project 2996.  Commit to creating 10 pins for victims without pins (more tributes would be great as well). Let’s make the 11th Anniversary something special.


Project 2996 group board

Pinned List

Tribute List

P.s. I’ve spent a lot of hours over the pat weekend putting together a list of victims that have been pinned and those that still need to be pinned.  The list started out as a copy of the Tribute list and I went through adding links to the victims where there is a pin.  I managed to get things in somewhat of an order for all of the flights and the Pentagon, but World Trade Center is still chaotic.  Getting the list together is very manually intensive. I can say that everyone that has a pin (at the time of my last update) has been noted, the alphabetical order is not always obvious and especially in the World Trade Center lists, some people are listed contained in the wrong list.  The best thing to do is to use Control F to search for names.

Pinterest Progress So Far

Glipse of Project 2996 Group Board on Pinterest

Hello everyone!  I just thought that I’d give you a quick update.  Above is a screencapture of part of the Pinterest Group Board. Dale has created ‘pins’ for all of the people he did tributes for, I’ve pinned all of the people that I did tributes for and then I’ve made a pass through the victims at the Pentagon and am about to start with the victims of the different flights.  Does anyone want to create some pins for any of World Trade Center victims or any of the victims of any of the flights?  Let us know your Pinterest user name and we’ll invite you to the group board. Below you can see a couple of recent pins.

Pin of Pentagon victim Teresa Martin

Pin of Pentagon victim Sgt. Tamara Thurman

We have a few members in the group board but it would be great to hit a significant number like 100 or even if everyone that has liked us on Facebook. You can ‘Repin’ pins that are already in the board into boards of your own as well as liking and commenting on them too. Be sure to check out the group board on Pinterest. Don’t forget that we still need more than 1200 tributes.

The Way of Coincidences

This isn’t meant as self-promotion, and I hope it doesn’t come off that way.

Working on this project now for six years, several times I’ve been caught by the coincidences that crop up.

The first year, while randomly assigning names, one participant wound up writing a tribute to someone who had lived in the house next door (though at different times). When I started Project 2,996 I didn’t know anyone who died that day–or any of their families. Sometime after I started the project I made friends with a family in my neighborhood, but it was another year until I discovered that my their BIL/Uncle had died in WTC1.

Last night I was struck by another coincidence. In the last few years I’ve taken up with a bagpipe band here in Raleigh–Wake & District Pipes & Drums–and I’m now part of the drumline. A few weeks ago when our Pipe Major asked for volunteers to play for the Jimmy V Gala to raise money for cancer research, I volunteered because…well, pipes & drums and then the pub on a Saturday night…what could be better?

It was only once I was at the Gala that I realized that the guests of honor this year were a group of 9/11 first responders and ground zero workers who have developed cancer.

In the video linked below, you can see the band playing (at the 0:16 mark)… I was right behind the Bass Drum, which comes into frame right as they cut away.

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Calling All Teachers…

Calling All Teachers

Having known some teachers in my life, I know that many of them are constantly on the look out for things that they can add to their lesson plans to keep their students interested in their class and to get their point accross in new and exciting ways. You might be aware the the 11th Anniversary of September 11 is coming soon. I have a few ideas of how you can incorporate this event into your class. There are a couple of campaigns being done at Project 2996, a non-partisan group dedicated to preserving the memory of the September 11th victims, that I’d like to tell you about. And, I’d like to tell you how you might be able to incorporate them into your lesson plans.

You’re probably wondering what Project 2996 is?. Project 2996 started out as a way to honor the victims of September 11th. Project 2996 wanted to see that an online tibute is posted for every victim of September 11th. One done by a real person, that honored the way that the victims lived and not the way that they died. We all know more that we care to about the hijackers and a host of other peole that have done bad things to our society and aren’t worthy of using the space they do in our brain cells that they do. After updating the list of tributes after last year, we currently need around 1,300 more tibutes.

Here is a presentaton explaining what Project 2996 is.

To help celebrate the 11th Anniversary, we decided that we’d like to create a Project 2996 group board on Pinterest. The goal of our most recent campaign is to have a pin for each victim with a picture. The description around the pin would tell a little bit about the victim, will link to Project 2996 tributes, or will make it clear where we don’t have a tribute yet. These pins will also give people to a chance leave a comment afterwards. If people have a personal story about the victim that they’d like to share, there is some space to do this. Also, since pins are very visual this really helps people to realize that these were real people and not just some statistic being batted around.

How can I use this in my lesson plans. Imagine finding a victim (or more depending upon your time bandwidth), learning more about them and writing a tribute of your own. You can then create a pin in the Project 2996 group board on Pinterest and link to your pin. You can also create some pins where other people have done tributes, or where no tirbute has been done. The tributes and Pinterest group board provide different opportuinites and some people might prefer one to the other or want to do them with equal interest. Now, imagine the opportunities that this might give to your class. Your students can research one of the victims and find out about their lives. They can also see how Pinterest works and can be used for group projects. One thing is for sure, the experience will leave you different than it found you and you won’t look at September 11th the same.

Every victim has their own story, they had parents, siblings, spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, kids, friends, and colleagues. They led a life and they left a mark on the world. We hope that you’ll help us to discover this and share it with the world. We hope that you’ll join us in one or both of the campaigns at Project 2996.

Here some links to information that can help you get started…