- I take the liberty to share a letter from Shannon Clark which he wrote
about an initiative to help children in Uganda. I also note that Shannon
is the founder and organizer of Mesh Forum http://www.meshforum.org,
a conference which will be held May 7-9, 2006 in San Francisco.
Shannon is a long time participant at our lab, interested in flow
economy and Mesh Forum reflects his passion for networks. Andrius
Take a look at http://www.invisiblechildren.com/theMission/partnerships/
A group of three young filmmakers who have used online tools in
incredibly creative ways to raise a lot (over $500k) of money and get
their film seen by over 1M people already - all on behalf of the
children of Uganda.
On April 29th they are organizing events in over 129 cities across
All organized online and mostly by youth.
I found this via a article that linked to the following blog post
A reminder of how these tools, used well, can really and truly change
the world - one person at a time.
I suspect that there are things that many people on this list could do
to help - and that there is much that all of us - whether for our own
non-profits or our for-profit ventures - could learn from what they are
doing and achieving.
It appears that they are getting the attention of the mass media as well
- but that their focus remains on holding events and spreading awareness
one person at a time.
A few (among many) notable items:
- they sell their DVD's of the "rough cut" of their film in packs of two
- asking that people pass one along to friends
- they ask that all public screenings of the film, which they are happy
to have people organize, be free (but that DVD's are available for sale)
- they are working with some companies on related products, and one of
their projects is (very smartly I think) looking at ways to have people
in Uganda build bracelets for sale overseas
- they are thinking really big - with a goal of raising funds to support
100,000 children in Uganda through high school
- on April 29th they will be doing a lot of very smart things - filming
the gatherings, being well organized about the process, asking all
attendees to write a letter to the president, a letter to one of their
senators (with stamped envelopes provided), and to create a work of art
w/photo - with the artworks to be gathered up and used to create a book
for later sale
i.e. they are harnessing letters from youth (and their parents) to have
a targeted impact directly on elected officials, and at the same time
they are building products with their community
Impressive and very much of the YouTube/MySpace generation.