12.14.2008

This Blog Has Moved . . .

. . . to www.evange-list.com.

The siren call of WordPress.org was just too strong, the peer pressure too great, and I'm a glutton for getting in over my head with technology.

All past posts and comments have moved to the new website. The new site is still a work in progress, but isn't everything? On that note, please feel free to send me feedback/suggestions. Ideas from friends are the greatest gift and source of growth.

Thank you, Blogger, for two solid starter years. (It's not you, it's me.)

Catch you all on the flip side.

Peace,
Qui

12.02.2008

Be a Voice for Darfur (and meet the new Facebook Petition)

Will you help me? It will take you less than 5 minutes to read this post and take a stand for justice. Never have I felt more passionately about my work.

Darfur finds itself in its sixth year of genocide. A perfect storm of gender-abuse, child soldiering and rampant murders that has claimed roughly half a million lives from this war-torn region of Sudan.
  • The good news: President-elect Obama pledged "unstinting resolve" to end the Darfur Genocide. His new national security team includes individuals who are deeply familiar with the ongoing Darfur crisis.
  • The new team must use their familiarity with with - and passion for - the isse to take decisive action to end the genocide. Ending the genocide in Darfur is a promise that must be kept.
As a part of The Save Darfur Coalition's full-court press to ensure that Obama's administration makes good on his pledge, the coalition recently launched a new campaign: Be a Voice for Darfur. The campaign aims for no less than 1 million postcards to be sent to Obama's attention within his first 100 days in office. Postcard signatures are due by Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009. The postcards will be printed and delivered to the Whitehouse later in the Spring, complete with a rally. An un-dissmissable reminder that this issue matters to Americans, and our President.



You can help by adding your voice NOW.

  • Sign the online petition at www.addyourvoice.org or through Save Darfur's Facebook petition. (For my fellow nonprofit and social media junkies, the new petition feature on Facebook Causes is a game changer for online advocacy - check out the screenshot at left.)

  • Spread the word through Twitter (#voice4darfur) Facebook, MySpace, email, and the water cooler. Please consider blogging about this, even if it deviates from your normal topics. (Social media for social good!) This Blogger Toolkit will help you get started.
Via my boss Geoff Livingston's post on Social Media Club blog: "The time to for action is now, and in a year when many of us are suffering financial hardship, we can still make a difference. Signing the petition, tweeting or writing blog posts are great ways to help without expending a lot of cash."

Next Tuesday, December 9 is the 60th anniversary of the United Nation's Genocide Convention. With your help, this campaign can get Darfur past Obama's doorstep and put an end to the genocide before another year goes by. Let's stop being bystanders to genocide.

Thanks for being a voice for Darfur.

It’s never too late to give Thanks

It's a few days post-Thanksgiving, and we're all coming down from the high (thank you NBER for officializing our year-old recession today). It continues to be a landmark year for "social philanthropy." In fact, 2008 marked what I believe was the first annual TweetsGiving.

This Twitter-driven group hug encouraged people to share what they're thankful for, and donate to a good cause. Spearheaded by Epic Change, #tweetsgiving raised $10,000 in 48 hours to help build a classroom in a school in Tanzania.

Which brings me to what I'm thankful for.

Thankfulness.

It's a simple thought. We have so much to be grateful for, but without gratefulness, no one would recognize blessings of any shape or size. Without the capacity for gratitude, how would we recognize the daily miracles that keep us breathing and functioning, let alone thriving? If I never felt the magnitude of thankfulness, I would never be humble.

This has been a remarkable year in my life. From my mom's journey out of despair into joy, to my professionally rewarding day-to-day, from love to friendships galore, weddings, babies and more. I'm in awe, and yes, humbled. But it hasn't always been this good. And a seemingly life charmed is only a moment from being tested and torn.

Even in the bleak moments, we have much to be thankful for. If we can find the gratitude, we can find beauty. "When it's darkest you can see the stars."

Thank you for being you, and for tolerating the mush. Keep saying "thanks."

11.10.2008

Get Your Pixels @ StopPovertyNow.org

The Grameen Foundation was on top of microfinance before Kiva was a gleam in Matt Flannery's eye. Yet it was Kiva that took the social media bull by the horns, setting the bar high for other microfinance groups (and anyone with a mind to tackle social media/online fundraising). Wasn't it just last Christmas that Kiva had to turn away donations because they were oversold?

Raising money online is not that easy for everyone. (This is my annual "Understatement of the Year.")

That's why I'm so thrilled to learn about StopPoveryNow.org, a new online fundraising effort from the Grameen Foundation.


Grameen is selling A LOT of pixels for $10 a pop. (I purchased part of girl #2's left eye - that's my mom in the photo).


It's the Million Dollar Homepage with a Mission. Like when the Grinch got a heart beat.

This is a superb time to launch a fun donation platform. Word of mouth can take it far. And StopPoveryNow.org might just be the next best online fundraising case study. I hope you'll join me in making sure every pixel is purchased.

10.14.2008

Kill Poverty

It's Blog Action Day (tomorrow) and this year's theme is poverty. I have griped about Blog Action Day in the past (volume of voice does not equate to change). This year there is a bigger focus on action (good), so act. It's time for open source activism, so do your thang.

If you think for one second that a green planet will do any good for a world of souls suffocated by despair, think again.

There are countless ways to kick poverty's ass. If you're reading my blog then you probably want to take advantage of social media for your own cause. In that case check out Skelliewag's 30 tips on for beating poverty with technology (hat tip to Jared).

My recommended action: Learn more about microfinance and do something to further the work of microlending organizations near you. It's not just about Kiva (although they've done a great job raising awareness for microfinance at large).
  • Grameen Foundation: Check out their FAQs on microfinance. Each year, more than 18 million people around the world die from poverty.
  • NEST: The 3-legged stool is here. Nest helps imoverished women artisans in developing countries by selling their wares on the open market and giving them micro loans to sustain their work.
  • See Call + Response with a friend. It's opening week at the theaters. By buying tickets, you will not only help keep it in cinemas longer, you'll also want to thwart modern slavery like never before. I've seen it twice - it's tremendous.

    Proceedsf for Call + Response (a 100% nonprofit film) go towards groups working to end slavery. I love the Outpost store for the Not For Sale campaign - proceeds go back, and you're creating sustainable business opportunities for emancipated people. Smart!
Give money. It's a recession. Don't waste money on holiday gifts - give donations on behalf of your loved ones to help your global neighbors. Consider one of the causes above, or anti-genocide and clean water efforts. Poverty takes so many forms, and its perpetually entertwined with health and death. We can fix that.

We really can fix that!