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Pause for a Cause


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Wicket and Pixie wanted to help me pass along a message. We want you to head over to SurveyForGood – Pause for a Cause to create a video related to your favorite non-profit or charity. Upload it to that website, and you’ll have a chance to win a trip to Africa. I happen to be one of the judges – but don’t think that I will play favorites!! What charity or non-profit do you support? Let us know.

Not only will the winning entries be used as Public Service Announcements around the World, there are some seriously cool prizes to be won!

  • Grand Prize: Trip for Two to Africa – One grand prize winner and a guest will receive a trip to Africa ($6,000 value) to contribute to charitable efforts in the field, while being introduced to tribal customs, encountering spectacular wildlife, and engaging in an unparalleled social and educational experience with the Freeplay Foundation.
  • The Jury Prize: A Trip to New York City and Portfolio Review – Two runners up will each receive a trip to New York ($1750 value) and an opportunity to showcase their portfolio in front of the creative heads of some of the largest advertising and media companies in North America.

What better (and more fun!) way could there be to promote the message of your favorite charity than this? This is a chance for you to show your creativity – your passion – and your loyalty.

Good luck to everyone. I sincerely hope to see a lot of entries, and a lot of charities being helped through the support of the communities.

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How Do You Find Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community?


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When was the last time you gave your time to your community – volunteering for something? The last time I did something was at ComcastCares Day. It was a tent set up by Comcast, staffed by local social media folks. We were spreading the message of the power of social media specifically to non-profit organizations. We taught them how to use outlets such as Twitter and Facebook to get their message across.

Maybe you want to volunteer your time and resources in your community – but you just don’t know where to start. Maybe you want to host your own Volun-Tweetup. Or maybe you want to do something a bit different. You can now check out All for Good. This site will help you connect with local volunteer opportunities. It’s non-partisan, nothing political is involved. It doesn’t matter what party you may belong to – what matters is that you want to help others.

All for Good is a simple-to-use web application that helps you find volunteer opportunities in your local community. You can get started by entering search terms (e.g. “seniors” or “education”) at the top of the All for Good home page. Once you enter these initial keywords you’ll be taken to a page of relevant results based on your keyword(s) and location.

Tap into your passions when looking for something to volunteer your time with. Your community needs you. If you’re doing nothing this weekend… why not look for a way you can help? You’ll not only be helping others, you’ll feel good about yourself… and maybe meet some new friends.

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Square on NetSquared

News of the upcoming NetSquared conference:

Hey Chris and Ponzi, I’m emailing the folks I’ve interviewed for Net Squared who aren’t coming to the Net Squared conference next week with some info about the online component in case you are interested in joining us there and/or helping spread the word about this part of things. On May 30 and 31st, we’re fitting 350 people into one of Cisco’s conference centers and hunkering down for a series of discussions that get straight to the point. The agenda’s here and here are the folks who will be there. We can’t fit more people into the conference — but we can fit them into an online version. We’ve scheduled speakers to appear in online chat session to answer questions on the topics about which they are passionate. You can see the lineup here: MeetUp, Bloglines, CreativeCommons, Libraries, health care. Those are some of the many topics to be covered in the live online part of the conference. I’m writing today to ask you to share the word about this remote conference. People can chime in, from their desktops and w/o having spend any $$$ on a plane ticket or a hotel.

Which reminds me: I’ve gotta start putting the agenda for Gnomedex together. We have most of the players in line… it’s figuring out who’s on stage before the other. I hate scheduling (coordinating it, that is).