Folks, I've been supporting the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge this season by giving $75k to the campaign. Nonprofits nationwide have been participating to raise money for their causes.
Right now, $1,655,270 and counting has been raised, excluding the money I donated. This is huge. I think we'll be able to raise even more by the end of the challenge on January 9th. If you're able, I'd really encourage you to support your favorite causes.
Bonus Challenge #4 was a Rock, Paper, Scissors match between the first two teams to raise $250 each day that week. The winner got $1500 and the loser got 4 Verizon Droid Minis (some are using 'em as prizes for their own supporters which is so great). The winners are listed first:
And, the final Bonus Challenge #7 starts on Monday, January 6th at 2pm ET. The team that gets the greatest number of donations between then and the end of the Challenge, January 9th at 11:59:59am ET gets $6000 for their cause.
Hey folks. I get asked by organizations how they can promote their issues better online. Sometimes creating videos can make a big impact. Anyways, here are some of the best viral videos of 2013 that tackle some important issues and a couple that might be intolerantly cute.
1. Code.org: What Most Schools Don't Teach
Bill Gates of Microsoft, Bronwen Grimes of Valve, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Ruchi Sanghvi of Dropbox, and others talk about how learning to code is a lot like learning to play an instrument or a new sport. Coding is not about being a genius. It’s about solving problems and every industry relies on technology.
2. Homeless Veteran Timelapse Transformation
Real powerful video showing the transformation of U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf who has faced poverty, homelessness, and alcoholism.
3. Pantene: Shine Strong
Sheryl Sandberg said it best. “This is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen illustrating how when women and men do the same things, they are seen in completely different ways. Really worth watching. Lean In prize of the day for sure!”
This also does a good job combining social good plus advertising, much like the Dove body image ones that Ogilvy did maybe five years ago.
4. Goldieblox Princess Machine
As a nerd who also has five nieces it’s real important that young girls have toys that teach building skills and inspire the next generation of female engineers.
Batkid is the real deal. 5-year-old Miles who was battling Leukemia was granted a wish by Make-A-Wish to meet Batman in Gotham. Watching San Francisco shut down to make his wish happen was pretty special.
(the Winston-Salem VARO before and after pictures, showing VBMS kicking in for real…)
The Dept of Veterans Affairs does a lot of different things for vets. Most of the workers are on the VA medical side, but there's also a group that processes benefits payments for vets. That's the Veterans Benefits Administration–VBA–and they work on over a million claims from vets each year. They work hard but get a lot of crap. So this is for them…
Okay, folks, I've seen you get the job done, with lots of extra hours, that's appreciated!
Next steps involve lots more use of VMBS to get stuff done, those photos illustrates that around 75% of the claims inventory has gotten online. It also means getting VSOs involved, which also means connecting outside software like VetPro connected to VBMS via Digits to Digits, D2D.
This is in my role as "nerd-in-residence" at the VA Center for Innovation. (That's my designated term, I know who I am, and have a sense of humor.) (For Washington, I'm funny; granted that's a low bar.) (The wife reminds me that I'm not as funny as I think I am.)
Okay, so my "home office" extends to the deck, and I have a bunch of feathered and furry friends who stop by. The wife and I have created the #Crileen Birdography Spectaular (that's Craig and Eileen…) to document the visitors. We've identified 48 species as of September 2013.
As a nutty connoisseur, here are my suggestions to attract birds and squirrels to your yard:
1. Provide clean-ish open water.
2. Use a "squirrel-resistant suet palace."
This squirrel defeated Squirrel-Proof Suet Palace. I'm okay with this, he can only eat so much at a time.
3. Feed squirrels to attract hawks. (see #2, note "resistant", they see it as a challenge)
4. Have glamorous new wife fill the feeders and water. Then have her do so for the birds. They appreciate it.
5. Go outside and act like a nut. (Mission accomplished)