Author Ken Budd discusses international development's favourite dirty word.
When writer and editor Ken Budd’s book came across my desk this spring, it wasn’t so much an exercise in “don’t judge a book by its cover” as it was in “don’t judge a book by its title.” I couldn’t help it—the title The Voluntourist: A six-country tale of love, loss, fatherhood, fate and singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem left me feeling perplexed. While I do love a good Bon Jovi sing-along (who doesn’t, really?), I’ve been conditioned to be highly skeptical of anyone who actively refers to themselves as a “voluntourist.”
There are good things going on in the world, and it’s important to highlight those things. When tech companies deploy their efforts and resources for good, it hits me, for reasons. Twitter is doing something really awesome, called #Tweet4Good. For every tweet using the #Tweet4Good hashtag, Twitter will give $1 to in ads on the platform to the Red Cross. Up to $20,000. You have until 12/31 to get your tweets in.
Giving to charitable organizations is awesome, but donors are often left wondering how much of their hard-earned cash is actually going to the cause.
Justin Nalepa's insight:
I've always been dubious when it comes to donations towards charitable foundations because of the amount that goes towards overhead costs of the organization. I love the idea of a free-to-use online platform for charitable giving. By getting rid of the processing costs of donations, there's a lot more transparency about where your money is actually going.
There are a lot of filmmakers out there who make one feature and then stop. They didn’t break through to that magical “next level,” and there’s no way they’re doing the same thing all over again. But for those of us who are determined to keep making films on a small scale, truly independently—and who actually enjoy it—it makes sense to explore new models in a distribution landscape that’s in the midst of its own creative destruction and reconfiguring.
How do you transform societies where development and innovation are part of an intrinsic cultural fabric? How can you transform individuals from the passive role of users of technological advancements to active makers of the technology and solutions that will impact their nation?
Justin Nalepa: Such an awe-inspiring story and video of young innovators from Sierra Leone.
Thunderclap helps groups of people share a single message all at once.
If a tweet falls in the forest... Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps users be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, that rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before.
This morning I presented an updated version of the the listening and storytelling presentation that I’ve done for a number of Social:IRL conferences. It focuses on starting with a goal-oriented foundation for your social media strategy, covers tips for online listening, and goes into the steps for telling effective stories that will connect people with your mission.
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done.
Claire Diaz-Ortiz works on the microblogging service’s social good and cause marketing initiatives, so she has a perfect view of how social media is helping organizations connect their stories to people around the world--and how that will change how we give back.
If you believe in non-profit journalism, it is time to support it. And if you support non-profit journalism it's time to go public with that support.
The end of the year is a hugely important time for non-profit fundraising -- many organizations raise major portions of their budget between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This year may be even more important for charitable giving because of the debates in Washington about amending the rules around tax-exempt donations.
Turtles and tortoises have been roaming the planet for 200 million years, but now many of them are endangered by poachers who can sell some animals for as much as $60,000. Lesley Stahl reports from Madagascar.
Justin Nalepa's insight:
It's surprising the lengths to which poachers will go to satiate a demand on the black market.
EngageMedia is a not-for-profit video-sharing website and free software project that began in March 2005. Launched in October 2006, the site focuses on video about social justice and environmental issues in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Unlike Youtube, EngageMedia is curated content around social issues and can be downloaded for sharing via USB in parts of the world where wifi is not widely available.
The world of transmedia is a beautiful place to visit but telling your story there can get expensive quickly. Whether you are seasoned producer or a greenhorn looking to dip your toe into the water, this handy guide will show you how to affordably produce a compelling cross-platform project without compromising on quality.