To quote Qui:
"Changebloggers, as defined by Britt Bravo, are 'people who are using their blog, podcast or vlog to raise awareness, build community, and/or facilitate readers/listeners/viewers’ taking action to make the world a better place.' These actions occur across nonprofits, government, corporations and the general civic sector."Much like Maddie, I wonder if I really qualify as a changeblogger. We all know about ASAE's "Associations Advance America" slogan, but we also all know about plenty of associations that are doing "advance the interests of our own industry at the expense of everyone and everything else" work, too. I now work at a place that focuses on promoting the missions of moderate to progressive nonprofits online. But I have often wondered how much one person can do.
I was raised to give money and time to causes I believe in. My parents stressed that no matter how much my own resources might be strained, there are always people more in need. No matter how tight things have been for me personally (and in grad school, things were DAMN tight), I've always given at least small amounts of time and money away. Over the years, I've tended to focus on women's rights, LGBT rights, groups that help the poor, hungry, and homeless, animal protection groups, and arts organizations.
Several years ago, I had a bit of an epiphany. I was writing my monthly smallish (relatively speaking) check to a large international environmental protection organization. And I realized that my small contribution would barely register. At the same time, I realized that my beloved DC, land of taxation without representation, gets periodically screwed. Since all politics is ultimately local, I made the commitment to give only to organizations that directly serve my local community.
So even though I am well aware of the severity of global issues, I've chosen to focus on doing what I can to make my neighborhood and my city a better place for the people who live here. And I'll answer the questions below with that in mind:
What is one change - big or small, local or global - you want to see in your lifetime?
Congressional representation for the residents of Washington, DC
Who is already working this issue that you think others should support?
DC Vote, the DC Statehood Green Party, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Adrian Fenty, and Representative Tom Davis ( Republican, but a good guy who's unfortunately retiring at the end fo 2008).
How are you going to use your Web/tech/marcom skills to further this cause? (Or, what are you already doing that works?)
That's a good question. I've participated in all the marches and letter writing campaigns and I educate people outside the area about the situation whenever possible. But I think it's time to think about how I can put more of my "money" (resources) where my "mouth" (aka this post) is.
So who am I going to tag?
- Hecate - a dear friend who's been changeblogging for a very long time, although she may not have thought to call it that
- Lindy Dreyer - little voice, big ideas
- the Beaconfire Bloggers - because we're all about changing the world, personally and professionally
- And I'm going out on a limb and tagging Guy Kawasaki. I realize it's extraordinarily unlikely that he reads my blog, but he did name his blog How To Change The World, so I think he's asking for it.