Posted on December 5th, 2014 by Craig Newmark
Folks, I support #GivingTuesday each year because it's the real deal. I got an update from Henry Timms… More data and stories are still coming in, but here are the highlights as they stand right now (more soon!):
- Indiana University is estimating an overall 63% increase this year in online donations.
- Early results from Blackbaud show a 159% increase in online donations from the first #GivingTuesday in 2012.
- Network for Good processed more than double the donation total from last year.
- 20,000 partners participated in all US states – partners included nonprofits, local business and corporations working to benefit causes they care about, student groups, etc.
- There were over 40 local communities across the US (states, cities and counties) joined together in the spirit of civic pride. The Maryland Gives More statewide #GivingTuesday campaign, alone, raised $8.3 million for local causes.
- There were over 6,700 global partners participating, with #GivingTuesday activities taking place in 68 countries from Armenia to Mongolia to Wales. There were 7 countries and 2 regions leading localized #GivingTuesday movements including Australia, Brazil (#diadedoar), Canada, Ireland, Israel, Latin America (#undiaparadar), New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
- There were over 32 million Twitter impressions with 700,000 hashtag mentions. #GivingTuesday was trending no. 1 in both the US and UK.
- President Barack Obama released a special #GivingTuesday message and Prime Minister David Cameron voiced his support. Other notable names who gave their support of #GivingTuesday range from Malala to Melinda Gates to Matthew McConaughey.
- H.Res. 761 recognizing #GivingTuesday was introduced in congress this November. The #GivingTuesday resolution recognizes that philanthropy and charitable giving knows no party divide, as giving has the ability to transcend any differences of political ideologies and has the power to unite people across boundaries.
- Every major religion participated with people of all backgrounds, religions, and ethnic groups celebrating #GivingTuesday.
And here's an infographic from the Case Foundation about the successes of #GivingTuesday:
Did you give this year? (You can still give over on CrowdRise's #GivingTower Holiday Challenge…)
Posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Craig Newmark
Richard Gingras elaborates on Trust Project ideas about signals that may build credibility.
Here's his 5-minute talk on trust, maybe indulge me and watch it:
Like Richard says, we're trying to keep the focus on the community of editors, reporters, and publishers that is developing ideas to win trust. What do you think the best ways to develop trust are?
Posted on November 26th, 2014 by Craig Newmark
During Fleet Week, I took a brief tour on the USS Kidd through the Golden Gate and back. They wanted to do something special for the President, so they made this hat for him.
And, folks, I got a non-POTUS version of the hat so you can see what they look like up close:
On board, I learned:
- it's a "ship" not a "boat"
- UPDATE: chatting with a senior Marine, he tells me they call it a boat to irritate sailors
- the ship floats in what they call "water"
Again, thanks to all the vets out there, for all that you do… (and you can also follow the USS Kidd on Facebook, maybe support 'em.)
Posted on November 25th, 2014 by Craig Newmark
History keeps getting itself made, and now and then, regular people get a chance at sharing power. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms articulated this much more eloquently in Understanding “New Power”.
I'm pretty passionately committed to this for at least the next twenty years, have already been practicing it daily for the last twenty years.
Here's my nerdly take on the thing:
Recently, we saw the British, American, and French revolutions each spread power around to different ends. In the UK and US, we got different forms of representative democracy, but in France, we got some rather unpleasant mob rule, later evolving into representative democracy.
For sure, in the US, democracy is increasingly centralizing toward a moneyed class willing to pay legislatures for results, that's the whole Citizens United thing.
That's also with Heimans and Timms call "old power":
Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.
Previous revolutions aspired to what these guys call "new power" and I'm very hopeful we can get there:
New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.
Power, as British philosopher Bertrand Russell defined it, is simply “the ability to produce intended effects.” Old power and new power produce these effects differently. New power models are enabled by peer coordination and the agency of the crowd—without participation, they are just empty vessels. Old power is enabled by what people or organizations own, know, or control that nobody else does—once old power models lose that, they lose their advantage.
This doesn't say that new power involves no rules, like at the worst of the French Revolution. It's not okay, for example, to "appropriate" (steal) anyone else's stuff. We can, and already do better than that.
Anyone can share in this evolving power by participating, by making a genuine contribution, and there're a lot of ways to do that.
One way that's getting a bit of attention involves a new way to contribute to effective nonprofits, via CrowdRise and #GivingTuesday.
Everyone can pitch in, and work with each other.
This is just a start, helping people in the here and now, and getting ready for lots more.
Are you ready?
Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Craig Newmark
Military families shouldn’t have to struggle to find information they need.
MyMilitaryLife, an app by the National Military Family Association, eliminates the stressful search by connecting families with credible and tailored information. With the new Military Spouses Advice feature, spouses can recommend resources and share their expertise.
Users have unique access to advice from fellow military family members. Spouses can also rate resources and provide reviews on programs and services they’ve used. MyMilitaryLife is free for both iPhone and Android devices.
- Customized to-do lists
- Tailored suggestions based on branch of Service, location, and needs
- User rating system for resources
- Advice from fellow military spouses
- Due date reminders
- Notices of new programs
- Emergency phone numbers specific to military family needs
- Social networking features to share information
Please note: If you download this app from a smart phone, it'll take you to the app store or Google Play (depending on the device). If you click from a computer, you'll be redirected to the online version of the app. The only downside to the computer version is that it hasn't been updated with the new feature above.
Regardless if you're in the app or online, you can enter as a guest. As a guest, you can view content, but you've gotta create an account to add content.
Folks, it looks like a good attempt to provide milfams with the resources they need, but we need military spouses and family members to enter info on programs and add reviews for this to be effective.