Social Causes

I’m All In For The City of Hope

I was approached by the City of Hope in Los Angeles and asked to do a fifteen second video about why I’m “all in” for the fight against women’s cancers. I said yes without hesitation, and as we were talking about it, I was flooded with memories of the women in my life that have been affected by cancer. I used to joke that “death runs in my family”, but really it isn’t a laughing matter. Practically every woman that I am related to has been diagnosed with some form of cancer, and most of them have died.

It’s time to end this madness, it really is.

Below is my humble contribution, I would appreciate it if you would watch it (again, it’s only fifteen seconds) and then click the “like” button right here:

If you or a woman you know has been affected by this horrible plague called cancer, a “like” will be stating that you are “all in” also.   All in for a cure.  All in to end the suffering.  All end to save our mothers, our daughters, our wives and our friends. I’m not asking you for money, or time or anything else that requires a lot of effort…just awareness. I believe in the power of social media, and how quickly a good message can spread around.

Please watch this video and share it with others.

I’m all in. Are you?

My New Role In Social Media Marketing and Strategy

logo-v1Those of you that have been following my adventures for a while know that I put my heart, soul and mind into social media.  Since writing my own blogging platform a decade ago (the billion dollar idea that I never capitalized on…) to my almost-obsessive fascination with brand interaction on channels like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, I am constantly observing and strategizing ways to make the interaction and engagement between companies and customers better through social media. I have spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of years consulting businesses of all types and sizes regarding their engagement (or lack thereof) within these online communities.  From Fortune 100 companies that distribute hardware all around the world to non-profit agencies that are doing their best to make a difference in the world, I have worked with groups to lend insight, support, ideas and action to social media programs. Given all of that, I’m quite pleased to announce that I have taken a new role within the industry.

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140Smiles TWTRCON Pre-Event

operation-smileWhen Adventure Girl Stef Michaels invited me to the 140 Smiles event I knew I couldn’t say no.  140 Smiles is the official pre-event for TWTRCON and is designed to raise money and awarenes for Operation Smile, a 501(c)3 organization that helps children all around the world.  I’m going to ask for your help with this (just scroll down a little if you want to get right to it), but wanted to share with you a blurb about what this great organization does.

Since its founding, Operation Smile volunteers have treated more than 130,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities and the organization has a presence in 51 countries. In addition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and leaves behind crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.

To know me at all is to know that I am extremely sympathetic to groups like this and have personally worked to help people (particularly children) around the world in different ways for most of my life.  I know that most of you feel the same way, so I want to ask you for your help.  It’s really quite simple, you’ll make a huge difference and you get to play around with Twitter! What could be better?

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Blog Action Day: Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day, you can check out the main site here, or follow the Twitter feed here.  The idea behind this movement is to raise awareness of a particular issue by mobalizing bloggers all over the world.  This year that issue is poverty, and it’s something that I can speak to with passion and experience. I’m going to keep this very short, I want you to think about what you might be able to do to help, not read my life story.

For almost 20 years I have been travelling to Northern Mexico with high school kids from all over the West Coast to build homes for the very poor. Along with several partners we have brought youth groups of all sizes to the desert to live in tents in the middle of nowhere, eat food off of a portable stove and work 8-10 hours a day in the scorching heat building houses that are barely larger than your guest room.  

The families that we are building for are often living in nothing more than a box, a lean-to or even an abandoned car when we meet them. Over the course of a week we not only provide realiable shelter, we also get to know the parents and children as real people.  We eat with them, laugh with them, cry with them.  Packing up and leaving at the end of that week is such an emotional challenge, but it’s also satisfying to know that we have given a boost in life to a group of people that otherwise would have nothing.

Over these two decades we have worked in conjuction with Amor Ministries out of San Diego, California.  If a week-long trip like this sounds like something that you would be interested in participating in, you can find out more information by contacting Amor. I assure you, doing this will change your life and the lives of a family forever.

If you do not have the time or the inclination to travel, you can make a huge difference in somebody’s life by sponsoring a child in another country.  I have been sending $32 per month to Compassion International on behalf of a beautiful little girl in Uganda named Olivia.  They make it easy enough for me, the money is automatically debited from my account each month and Olivia benefits by way of food, water and education.  It’s amazing to me that for the price of one nice sushi lunch I can help a child that desperately needs help for an entire month. Olivia writes letters to me and draws pictures, and I do the same for her.  Please, if you can, go over to the Compassion International site and sponsor a child.  The process will only take you a few minutes, but the impact that your simple act will have will change a life.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  I hope that you will do something today to make a step toward ending poverty.  If you do something or know of something that can help, please feel free to talk about it and add links in the comments.