Monday, October 15, 2012

Blog Action Day: The Power of We


com·mu·ni·ty [kuh-myoo-ni-tee]
noun, plural com·mu·ni·ties.
  1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
  2. a locality inhabited by such a group.
  3. a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the ): the business community; the community of scholars.
I have been a part of the Twitter community for almost 3 years.
I have been a part of the Linux community for over 20 years.
I have been a part of the Heavy Metal community for almost 35 years.
I have been a part of the Steeler Nation for, well, my whole life (thanks, Dad, I love you).
And, if you are reading this, you know we are a part of the Internet community.

But how can a bunch of people sitting alone behind their computers or with heads buried in their phone be a community? More significantly, how can this disconnected, disparate group be a community that can have a positive effect on the world? Anyone who has been online for more than three minutes has likely experienced Godwin's Law. How do you get people who can't agree on the definition of the word "the[1]" to come together and make a real, positive change in the world?

Kickstarter and Indiegogo

You have probably heard of them. They are known as crowdsourcing sites and are famous for funding things like Amanda Palmer's new album and the OUYA video game console.

However, they can just as easily be used to fund projects[2] that support causes from the environment to medicine to education. These sites give "ordinary people" the power to impact the world in a tremendous way. Imagine supporting education in Tanzania or helping cancer survivors. The options are limitless.

This is how WE can have the POWER to make a better world. Or at least make the world better for someone.

[1] This is an exaggeration for effect, though I wouldn't be surprised if this did happen somewhere online.
[2] Indiegogo's Community category, for example.

#PowerOfWe #BAD12 #BlogActionDay

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