Well, last year I was surprised, pleasantly, when the Obama platform used the metaphor "a craigslist for service."
Nice to hear Colin Powell using the phrase late last year.
Some months ago, I figured it might be wise to speculate as to what that might be, wrote "a craigslist for service in the Huffington Post.
Well, we all got something launched, in alpha, today. Arianna does a much better job of explaining and placing in context. (Reading this, you'll understand that writing is hard, and that's why I'm keeping my day job.)
This summer, the White House is planning to issue a national call to
service. But already a group of individuals from the worlds of tech,
marketing, academia, and public service, inspired by President Obama's
vow to make service a "a central cause" of his presidency, have banded
together to create a new website that aims to become a craigslist for
service. It's called All For Good.
The site, which is still in its infancy (you can check out its first, early iteration here),
brings together listings from a variety of service organizations (and
after the White House puts the call out, I'm sure many more will be
signing on) to help people from all over the country connect to
volunteering opportunities in their area that are meaningful to them.
All For Good will soon be transferred to a new non-profit, Our Good
Works, founded by the people who initiated the project.
If All For Good can indeed become a craigslist for service, bringing
together supply and demand, connecting those who can help with those in
need, it will be an exciting step down the road of turning familiar
words about service and community into acts that reduce the human
suffering that has been exacerbated by the hard times we are facing.
As the nation's Misery Index continues to rise,
our definition of service needs to expand. It's not just about
volunteering in places we all know need help like soup kitchens and
food banks (though, by all means, please do continue to support
those!); All For Good is also structured to remind us of the countless
creative and outside-the-box ways we can serve. Including those who
have been negatively impacted by the downturn. Across America,
unemployed people from all walks of professional life are finding ways
to apply their skills to helping those in need. A perfect example of
this is the growing number of laid off lawyers and accountants offering their services to people facing foreclosure or bankruptcy.