Some holiday reading on social media and giving worth noting:
* Ethan Zuckerman, founder of Global Voices Online, writing about the use of social media in closed societies. Check it out here.
* Mario Morino's personal essay on the shifting landscape of need and giving in these uncertain economic times.
* Suzanne Seggerman's piece on video games-for-change and Barack Obama.
* Patty Stonesifer kicks off a new weekly advice column for Slate.com, called My Goodness, on "how to make the world a better place." Stonesifer, the former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be co-writing it with her daughter, Sandy, a project manager for a national study of the consequences of unintended pregnancy based in San Francisco. Read the introductory column here.
* Tom Watson's terrific new book, CauseWired, chiefly Chapter 7, on the rise of "flash causes." Watson has been a consultant with Changing Our World, Inc., and is a co-founder (with colleague Susan Carey Dempsey) of a new media consultancy called CauseWired Communications. Watson writes of flash causes: