WNW WELCOMES DANICA CORNELL, SCI-FI AUTHOR AND GREAT FRIEND!
Why for Me, Science Fiction + Social Responsibility = UNICEF
By Danica Cornell
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the lovely and talented, NONIE Jules, for inviting me here today. Nonnie, it truly is an honor to spend this time with you and your readers, and I’m very much looking forward to featuring you on my blog as well.
A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine asked, “Why are you supporting UNICEF? You’re a science fiction writer—I just don’t see the connection.” At the time, I was glad he brought this up because it occurred to me that if he was unclear about this, then others probably were as well.
As it turns out, I initially shared my views regarding my own social responsibilities in my 2013 blog post, How One Writer Hopes to Shape a Better World For All of Us—One Word at a Time. It was here that I outlined my primary goal as a writer is to entertain readers by transporting them deep into unknown times, unknown worlds, and unknown conflicts. However, I also acknowledged that the genre of science fiction offers another, perhaps even more alluring opportunity for authors. It allows us to awaken a slumbering global consciousness by opening a dialogue about the possible impacts today’s innovations could have on tomorrow’s civilization. For many, the question, “Are we on the right path?” is as complex as it is compelling. As both a producer and consumer of science fiction, I’ve found exploring challenging societal issues—especially those created through the forward movement of science and technology, to be especially thought-provoking.
Still, the hidden messages my books convey, represent only the beginning of my social responsibilities as an author. The second piece, at least from my perspective, has to do with children. The way I see it, children are the future. Sure, there will be robots and all sorts of gadgets and gizmos in every conceivable geometric configuration—many of these will undoubtedly emerge from tomorrow’s 3-D printers, just as popcorn does from today’s microwave ovens. But there’s no denying it will be today’s children who will actually lead all of us deeper into the 21st century. It’s because of this, that I’m pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds from my ground-breaking novel, DARK STAR I: The Assassins to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Why? To answer my friend’s question, I’m doing this in the hopes that some of the young people who benefit from this organization’s work, will turn around and help others later on, thus creating a better future for all of humanity…one child at a time.
For those of you unfamiliar with UNICEF, their focus areas include: child survival and development; basic education and gender equality; HIV/AIDS and children; child protection; policy advocacy and partnerships. Each and every one of these areas are vitally important, but the two areas nearest and dearest to my heart include child protection and gender equality.
There are a myriad of ways in which children around the world are in need of protection. The list is seemingly endless and includes such things as protection from violence; sexual abuse and exploitation; trafficking; gender-based violence; gang violence; and child marriage, just to name a few. Much of today’s child protection issues overlap with basic education and gender equality—something many of us are becoming more aware of due to the young female Pakistani student, Malala Yousafzai’s, amazing story of survival after having been brutally shot by the Taliban in 2012. To be clear, the work UNICEF does is varied and far-reaching. The fact that they’re an organization dedicated to addressing children’s issues means that they are helping to shape the future—something I care deeply about, especially given the fact that I myself am a mother.
Before I sign off, I’d like to encourage those of you who frequent Twitter to consider tweeting #ENDviolence whenever you have the opportunity. By joining together and raising awareness and support for UNICEF’s mission, we can help to forge a brighter future for today’s most vulnerable children. Please lend your voice to those who unable to speak on their own behalf. Let’s help UNICEF shape a better tomorrow…one child at a time.
Until next time…
Danica Cornell holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is a visionary entrepreneur, self-confessed chocoholic, and UNICEF supporter who’s busy penning the DARK STAR Science Fiction/Fantasy Series, soon to be published by Cool Geek Books.
Connect with Danica:
WordPress Blog: http://danica-cornell.com/
FB Author Page www.facebook.com/AuthorDanicaCornell
To Learn More About UNICEF, please visit http://www.unicef.org/about/