Last year we had the great pleasure of helping launch what has to be one of the more ambitious new world-changing organizations today: The Elders. Brought together by Nelson Mandela and backed by the likes of Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.
When's the last time you heard the dare of playing 'Knock, knock Ginger ' on someone actually saving thousands of lives?
It started on April 13th when Kutcher realized he was closing in on a million followers on the newest social media darling Twitter.In his typical prankster form Kutcher offered to 'Ding Dong Ditch' Ted Turner's house in Atlanta if he reached the mark before his nearest rival CNNbrk (CNN Breaking News). The following day Larry King responded that CNN was up for the match and that Ted doesn't take these competitions lightly. Kutcher, under the handle of 'aplusk' (a+k), and CNN raced to the milestone as fans of both competitors lobbied on and offline to be followed.
It was nice to see a respected New York Times' international columnist credit our project, Nothing But Nets, as one of the key drivers behind making Malaria a relevant issue and putting a huge dent in the problem. Now they want to transfer some of that grassroots energy behind an equally horrific killer - pneumonia. It will take a lot more than a trendy brand name however.
Of the myriad approaches to tackling climate change, Greenpeace UK has come up with one of the most clever and innovative approaches in recent history. Calling it Airplot!, they’ve bought up a piece of land smack dab in the middle of the proposed expansion area of Heathrow Airport, with the aim of stopping a third runway from ever being built. Aside from leveling an entire village, the expansion of a third runway would blow the UK’s climate targets out of the water. Needless to say, Greenpeace UK, Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson, comedian Alistair McGowan and prospective Tory parliamentary candidate Zac Goldsmith, along with the nearly 37,000 people that have signed up as ‘beneficial owners’ of the land are up in arms and will stop at nothing to stop the expansion.
A very interesting thing is happening right now, centered in Toronto but connected and relevant to the whole world. Last night, a digital executive named David Armano posted a story to his blog and sent a message to his Twitter network that has, as of a few minutes ago, raised over $14,000 in less than a day (he was at $5K in less than 2 hours) for his cause. This is an exciting story about new emerging models of social change, people's self-organizing capacity for creative response, and the power or networks.
Convio, the leading CRM provider for the non-profit sector, announced the awards at their Client Summit held this week in Austin, Texas, with over 700 clients and partners in attendance. The UNF site, one of our major projects for 2008 and a true labour of love for a large team here at home and in DC, won the innovation award for best website.
It appears that a tide of change is washing not only across the US this fall, but in my home city on the Pacific as well. On Saturday night, Gregor Robertson became the city's resounding choice as mayor, and his party, Vision Vancouver, "thumped" the long ruling, right leaning NPA party resoundingly, gaining 90% of city council and big majorities on both other elected boards.
For 10 years the United Nations Foundation's (UNF) website has taken a backseat to its multiple campaign sites, and the organization that was created by Ted Turner's astounding $1B gift to the UN played a high impact but relatively quiet role in the world. Today, that's no longer the case. Early this morning, the new UNF website was officially relaunched, a labour of love from all of us at Communicopia, and a huge new step forward for the UN Foundation.