Thursday, November 27, 2008


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, 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:

"New groups organizing online are eschewing traditional labels and structures, creating themselves for short-lived but powerful campaigns, and then morphing into other types of causes and campaigns...These flash causes have changed the definition of charity and volunteerism, and they are an important microtrend."

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Blogger Marcia Stepanek said...

Susan - Thanks so much for your comment and for writing. Glad you like the blog. I look forward to your comments and feedback/suggestions going forward!

December 5, 2008 at 11:14 AM  

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