Share Your Superheroes

Jun 18, 2008

We all have people who have influenced us, who have made a difference in our lives. Some of mine are listed here.

Squidoo has organized a really cool contest, meant to honor these people. Make lenses on your everyday superheroes, and stand to win $500 for a charity of your choice.

It’s a great way to thank those who have made a difference in your life, and contribute to charity at the same time.

Who are your everyday superheroes? Here’s a chance for you to thank and acknowledge them.

Once Upon A School

Mar 20, 2008

An awesome, inspiring talk by Dave Eggers, calling for us to take action and volunteer to help in education.

Take part, and make a difference by checking out Once Upon a School. Anyone can do it.

Social Media – Changing the World

Dec 21, 2007

Yet another inspiring story about how social media can make a difference. Blogs, Twitter, Podcasting, etc aren’t tools being used to waste time. They aren’t just about being heard, and getting your voice out there. It’s about relationships. Connecting with people.

I personally haven’t gotten involved in this too much partly because I haven’t been on Twitter that much in recent weeks, and partly because I personally don’t know how I can really help (can’t donate online because I don’t have a credit card).

Susan Reynolds is an artist, author and just a really creative person. She’s been quite involved in Twitter and Second Life, and just building relationships in these digital realms. Recently, she has been diagnosed with cancer. After a “full afternoon and multiple stab wounds”, as she put it, she needed something cool to help keep bleeding down and relieve the pain, and finding traditional ice packs too heavy, she decided to use a bag of frozen peas. She took a photo of it, and shared her story on Twitter.

A few days later, Cathleen Rittereiser suggested that people donate the cost of a bag of frozen peas to fund cancer research. Susan’s friends took that off-the-cuff remark, and ran with it. And as of today, we now have the Frozen Pea Fund, which will be raising money for breast cancer research, in Susan’s name. Lots of people are contributing in different ways. Spreading the message by inserting peas into their avatars (pea-vatars as they call it), building the wordpress site, and many other ways I’m probably unaware of.

You can read more from Connie Reece. Or you can go straight to the Frozen Pea Fund and donate.

I just thought I’d try to help by spreading the word. Social media, all this blogging and Twittering and all, is about real people. It’s about real connections being formed. It’s about a real difference being made. Why don’t you join in?

Free-Range Drama Farm: A new way of learning

Nov 8, 2007

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times before, but now that it’s getting further down the road, and really gearing up for the pilot program, I think it deserves another mention.

I really like the idea of the Free-Range Drama Farm, and I hope it turns out well. As Chris Brogan wrote, “There’s something really cool about people finding new ways to help others learn, and Sarah Deutsch’s announcement for beta testers is even cooler!”

What’s my point in all of this? That I really think you should go and support what she’s doing. If you’re interested in drama or theater, go check it out and sign up to help with the pilot program. If you’re not, but you know people who are, inform them and get them to help, if possible. If you’ve got a blog or website, help to spread the word with these small banners. Even if you don’t fit in any of the above, go join the forum and share your ideas. Or if you just really don’t have the time to do any of those, just take a couple of minutes to donate (from the sidebar of the website) or visit their store and make a purchase.

No matter who you are or what you’re into, you can contribute to this. And I really believe that it will be very worth your while.

Check them out: Free-Range Drama Farm.