We were feeling a little unsure about using Soofa Signs

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To our surprise, some one walked through our gate to see the film, claiming she learned about the event from the Soofa sign (even though we had posted it on the neighborhood Facebook page 5 times).
— Adele Ulrich, co-director, hu-manup.org
 

Skeptical at first

Kirkwood resident and co-director of hu-manup.org, Adele Ulrich, wasn’t sure about the real value of the Soofa Signs when she first saw them in her neighborhood.

Then the Signs worked

As Adele explained to us, at first, "We were feeling a little unsure about using Soofa signs in Atlanta for our volunteer-run nonprofit, the planet project, and our initiative hu-MAN Up.org. There seemed to be lots of skepticism in the community, but we decided to give it try, at the last minute, just a day before our recent documentary in our series, Movies that Matter in the Meadow which had been getting zero fresh faces.”

We learned more about why her and her team decided to give it a try. For starters, “It [made] sense to us to have everything happening in the area on one kiosk and to avoid using paper – we also like the solar powered aspect, so we gave it a quick try and expected nothing and no one. To our surprise, some one walked through our gate to see the film, claiming she learned about the event from the Soofa sign (even though we had posted it on the neighborhood Facebook page 5 times). Better yet, she had been wary of the signs and was beginning to see their potential. After the film, the neighbor and I shared lots of resources on the Facebook page and it sparked interest and dialogue.”

I can see Soofa signs being a pebble, of sorts, in terms of events like this and Facebook and community being the pool in which more can ripple, after getting folks to an event and getting them talking. I hope that our continued posting about documentaries and Justice Speaks Open Mic opportunities will help folks realize that the signs have the potential to not only see what’s going on around town, but to create community.


 First advertisement hu-manup.org ran on the Soofa Signs in the Kirkwood neighborhood in Atlanta.

First advertisement hu-manup.org ran on the Soofa Signs in the Kirkwood neighborhood in Atlanta.

 Second advertisement hu-manup.org ran on the Soofa Signs in the Kirkwood neighborhood in Atlanta.

Second advertisement hu-manup.org ran on the Soofa Signs in the Kirkwood neighborhood in Atlanta.

Sandra Richter