In 2008 I was lucky to find many ways to give back to my community and my favorite charities. Not only that, I was introduced to your favorite charities and given ways to help them out as well. This was all made possible by the power of the internet and social media. As part of that, Mashable lent me their platform and readers to kick off a Real World Change 2.0 series on all of the ways we could support social giving and become involved in our community.
The final installment of the series on Mashable hit today, a list of places where people with tight budgets can find a way to give back, whether it is 50 cents or thousands of dollars. These are called microdonations, and you can see 8 popular microdonation sites and some of the related charities, such as Well Wishes, SM4SC (Social Media 4 Social Change) and The Staley Foundation there as well to find out how, and who, you can help. The full article on microdonations is here.
The Real World Change 2.0 Series covered a variety of topics in 2008 over on Mashable. The complete Real World Change 2.0 Series by topic, in reverse order:
The remainder of the Real World Change Series will continue here in 2009 and beyond. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart, and I am so happy the folks at Mashable thought it was important enough to let me kick start it over there. If you have a favorite charity, a social giving campaign, or any other innovative, new or different social media and giving news or ideas you’d like featured, please let me know by email or on Twitter.
Future Real World Change 2.0 Series posts will include ways social media is helping farmers and rural agriculture survive and thrive, global social giving, how to use social media to find or start charities, and much more. I hope to see us all giving back time, money, food, or whatever we can in 2009.
I talked about Evernote in my last post. It has truly become an essential tool on my desktop, online and on my phone. I think it was Ari Herzog who pointed me to the “How Do I Use Evernote” You Tube project (I could be wrong – I can’t find the Tweet, IM or email now), and I loved it. I actually found it hard to state only one way I use it, it’s become such an integral part of my toolbox. I replied, and you can see my unedited, no-make-up, just woke up response here, or you can view the initial video below and hit the “Reply” button underneath to put your own response on YouTube for all of us to see. Also, related to this project, I like how YouTube is doing some Seemic-style conversation threads, but have to say that Seesmic does it a bit better as far as tracking the conversation that flows from it.
I have new articles up at Mac.Blorge, Tech.Blorge and Mashable covering DEMO companies, Apple events, Ubiquity for the Mac and a brief commentary on TechCrunch50 vs DEMOFall08. Check them out and let me know what you think. The next piece in the social media for social change series on Mashable should be up shortly as well.
Also of note, fellow Blorger Opal and I are planning a weekly Mac podcast for you, so stay tuned on Blorge to hear more about that as well!