Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
|Photo Courtesy of Charity: Water|
Happy holidays everyone! Keep on giving.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
But as TIME Magazine (and everyone who corresponded with me today) acknowledges, 2011 protests worldwide - from New York City to Cairo to London - have profoundly impacted the way we live, and what we are discussing. These demonstrations were aided largely by social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. I wrote about social media's role in the Cairo protests back in February.
Certainly, the 2011 choice is very timely. Great analysis of their selection on the website, and in the video below.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The site allows users to tag their chimes with up to five interests such as "Apple" or "architecture", and let's people subscribe to updates about a particular topic, essentially a stream of "chimes"that are aggregated based on the tags authors have added to their posts. As on Twitter, users can subscribe to each others' feeds, though Chime.in offers additional control over what appears in their "chimeline": Individuals can choose to receive only updates pertaining to a particular subject..."This is why Gross calls Chime.in an "interest network", a term that is also a recognition of its creative genius. It's worth a try. So when you get moment, sign up, log in and chime in.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Through mostly Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, people - from India to the United States - are spreading the word, participating in donor drives, and ordering a free test kit. As of November 11, 2011, there are just less than 20 days left to find him a match.
Can Social Media Save Amit Gupta? Porter Gale asks. I'm optimistic that it can.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This is cross-posted in the Huffington Post Women Section.
We are all impressed by those who create value in the lives of others, work tirelessly to accomplish their dreams and embody the purpose-driven life they often reference in their conversation. Passion is their fuel. It adds depth and energy to their vision, and provides a spark to create something timeless and substantive. As Arianna Huffington so brilliantly states, "passion is the key to success." Writer Gretchen Rubin shares a similar thought:
A passion gives you a reason to keep learning and to work toward mastery. It can often give you a reason to travel, and therefore to have the new experiences so key to happiness. It gives you something in common with other people, and so fosters social bonds. It gives you purpose. It often has a satisfying physical aspect -- rock-climbing, fly-fishing, knitting. It gives meaningful structure to your time. It makes the world a richer place.
If it's true that passion is defined as an intense, driving, or excitable feeling or conviction, then these women profiled in this post are its prime example. The fact that each one of them is passionate about different things is not coincidental: they represent the diversity of voices in our world who have found a channel for their ideas and use them to better not just their own life, but the lives of those around them. What makes their work unique is its focus, determination, and intensity. What drives it, as evident by their actions, is passion.
blogger for Huffington Post and AdAge, she’s very passionate about new media and how we can
use it to create positive change and develop connections. She’s launching a highly-anticipated
business venture in 2012. She told us: “Every day is a gift. My happiness level is
increasing with age.”
The Single Woman
TheSinglewoman, brimming with quotes and affirmations to help you ‘Seize the Day’! When
Oprah Winfrey expressed gratitude about it on her Twitter feed, there was no doubt that it had
struck a chord with a global audience. It’s a phenomenon. The posts are not only passionate,
A world-renowned authority on environmental issues, Olivia Zaleski is passionate about green technology. She promotes green alternatives in her speeches and public appearances. The first editor of the
Huffington Post Green Section and a former reporter with CNN, Zaleski is now a new media correspondent with The Daily, the first national daily news publication created for the iPad.
The beautiful world of Lily Jang: she speaks three languages and is one of the most celebrated journalists in social media because of the way she stays connected to her fans. Her great profiles and reports reverberate far beyond her viewership.
Isa Zapata brings a whimsical and vibrant element to her art, combining her
Latin roots with eclectic sensibility. Using social media for social good, Isa Zapata is using Twitter, Facebook and her blog to spread the word about her nonprofit endeavors. Her statement to us: "I want to make people happy with my art, and remind everyone that life is simple and beautiful."
Britt Michaelian is known as the Smart Start Up Coach for Lifestyle
Entrepreneurs at Work Smart Lifestyle, where she helps aspiring entrepreneurs design businesses
that allow them to pursue their dream lifestyle. Britt is also Co-Founder of Social Media Girlfriends,
a fast-growing social media community for women to connect, support and encourage each other to be the best they can be.
Founder & Publisher of Momeo Magazine and Entrepreneurial Moms, Carla Young is an inspiration many. With a dedicated staff and loyal following, she is able to focus singularly on her passion for helping ‘mom bloggers’ and momprepreneurs.
A specialist on career development and a savings expert for geezeo.com, Natalie P. McNeal is the author The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life.
In fact, the word “Frugalista”, which she owns a trademark for, was a ‘Word of the Year’ finalist by
Oxford University Press.
GreenGirls, the creation of the eco-minded Apple Levy, is a great resource of articles, blogs,
videos and other content highlighting a green lifestyle. Her work with eco-conscious
celebrities is well-known
A smart popular culture observer with keen eye for what’s hot, and a knack for epic videography.
This is how many describe Sarah Austin. And they’re correct. She's an angel investor in a
tech start-up, and her Pop17 site, which deserves its own prime time show,
profiles great names in the world of social media.
Click here to see the entire list of 41 women in this Passionistas post.
Authors Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 21 of the series: 39 Inspiring Men and Their Passion for Charity.
Back in 2008, a mere two weeks after the presidential election, Huffington Post blogger Matt Littman, in a piece titled What Makes a Great Secretary of State?, cheered openly for Hillary Clinton to take her current position:
At a time when the world is yearning to see America return to the forefront of global leadership, Secretary Clinton can lead the charge. She already may be a historic figure, embraced by the world community, but in this role, she would add significant international achievements to her legend.That was 2008. And three years later, we see just how brilliant Clinton's foreign policy leadership has been. She has been an amazing force in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. From the uprisings in Northern Africa, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and the perpetually perplexing negotiations with North Korea, her vision is making a big difference.
Whatever differences Obama and Clinton have, they have buried them for the good of diplomacy and national security. And we have all benefited from their partnership. So its easy to see why TIME Magazine (above) put her on their current cover. She has used her power in a very smart way, and this has only elevated her throughout the world.
Though Clinton wants to step down from her post in November 2012, I hope she stays another four years. She is already one of the best U.S. Secretaries of State in history.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
From the Business Examiner to small business clients, her digital philosophy of “engage, empower and share” has its fans. Including me. While some are still unwilling to embrace and utilize popular platforms like Twitter and Facebook, Kravitz believes they are vital to thriving in the 21st Century Economy. As an entrepreneur, she looks at both sides of the coin, and tests every angle before making her judgment. This approach works well, and often wins over the social media skeptics.
You have a diverse group of business clients. How do you manage all of them online, and connect with a wide range of customers?
|Business visionary Teresa Kravitz|
Even having a small presence is better than nothing at all. For instance, having a presence but never saying anything... as long as you answer when people take the time to reach out to you, that would be a step in the right direction. To me, refusing to put your company out there where customers can find you, just doesn't make sense... you're missing out on so much.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It's one of the newest trends: companies inviting notable names in social media to a grand opening or product launch so they can post about it on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. As the Wall Street Journal vlogger Elva Ramirez (above) notes about the arrangement: "they're getting you to engage with their brand but they're getting you to tell all your friends about it too." So look for this type of marketing to catch fire in 2012.
Businesses have taken a big hit for not being responsive to consumers on social media platforms. But if done right, the "tweet ready marketing event" could go a long way towards reversing the bad press for their non-responsiveness. A failure to reach out to consumers is potentially damaging behavior in the short- and long-term, especially with a tech savvy generation more comfortable in the online world.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Russell Simmons once said, "Art allows people a way to dream their way out of their struggle." The co-writer of this post, Lori McNee, couldn't agree more. Her work is extraordinary. As an artist, she gives back to her community through the expression of art. Recently, she had the unique honor to convey the healing power of art to a group of veteran women who have been severely wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
This opportunity was made possible through Higher Ground, an amazing nonprofit that taps into a network of resources to aid long-term rehabilitative efforts for veterans with traumatic brain injuries, blindness, severe burns, and much more.
Because we are particularly supportive of charitable efforts to look after veterans and their families, art therapy for wounded warriors is something to really get excited about. In fact, McNee's art session was a huge success. The majority of the women warriors had never painted before. So in order to alleviate any of their anxieties, they were assured that they were not there to impress anyone with the end result.
One healing factor of art is that it gives the participant some measure of control over what they do. It also allows the creator to focus on something positive, which takes them away from their discomfort and benefits their health in the long run. A safe environment was provided where the women could explore and courageously express their intuitive feelings on their own canvas, in a non-verbal way with the support of Higher Ground therapist, Cara Barrett.
|Lori McNee and Women Veterans. Photo Courtesy of Higher Ground|
They were taught about the hidden meaning of color and how artists can use color to express themselves, and to create a mood in their paintings. Some of the ladies chose cool, calming colors like blues and purples that represented the peace they were feeling during this art activity. A few of the others gravitated toward the warmer tones like red, orange and yellow to represent their courage, determination or optimism.
One lady even depicted an emotional memory of her late Troop Leader, while others painted abstract designs. Each woman enjoyed the process of creating her own work of art. Afterwards, the project was assessed and the women were asked how they felt while they were painting. The majority of them said painting felt wonderful; they didn't think about any of their injuries, pain and stress.
Another awesome activity from Higher Ground! Their summer and winter camps in the picturesque mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho are extraordinary. The veterans leave the camps with a restored sense of independence, a desire to improve work and school performance, and an increased ability to cope with combat related stress. Indeed, our veterans should also be cared for when they return home, and not simply on the field of battle.
This post was co-written by Lori McNee. To learn how you can help, please contact Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and Higher Ground.
|Google's new doodle pays tribute to claymation pioneer|
Art Clokey. Image Courtesy of Google
See more of his work here, in the Washington Post.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|Steve Jobs. Photo Courtesy of Apple|
He started Apple Computers in his garage in 1976 with $1300. He failed, made lots of mistakes, and was repeatedly told no, but it never stopped him from working hard, and believing that he could give full substance to the scope and depth of his vision. He invented the personal computer, and revolutionized the music and phone industries with the iPod and iPhone. And changed the way we consume media with the iPad.
He also helped change the way we see animation with Pixar, the company responsible for some of the most stunning animated movies of the past 15 years. As Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin pointed out, Jobs studied Buddhism, Hinduism, calligraphy and a host of other subjects - things that assisted his seemingly seamless merge of people with the power of technology. My mom met him in Los Angeles in 1982, and they had a great tech conversation. She remembered him as a great salesman for the Apple brand, and a serious "ideas" person. And she was right.
He created and debated ideas, but never let them sit on the shelf and just catch dust. I loved that! He was all about the WOW factor. Like Henry Ford, Maggie Lena Walker, Milton Hershey, Reginald Lewis, John D. Rockefeller and many, many others, his legacy will be celebrated long after his passing. As Steve Jobs himself once said:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.Indeed. Great words from one of civilization's greatest minds. R.I.P. Mr. Jobs.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I love how Cory Booker starts his speech at the Google Zeitgeist Conference: about being optimistic regarding what can be, while having a "deep sobered understanding of what is". I have followed his career for almost seven years, observing the way he has greatly transformed the landscape of Newark, NJ. This has to be one of his best speeches. You'll be moved when he discusses the boy whose life he tried to save and his father's "grand conspiracy of love". From beginning to end, you'll see why he is one of the world's most inspiring and most talked about figures.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
|Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo Courtesy of Facebook.|
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This is cross-posted in the Huffington Post Impact Section.
A life of kindness and gratitude is tremendously powerful. And when applied to the charitable efforts making the world a better place, the results are often extraordinary. From across diverse backgrounds and all ends of the globe, these gentlemen exemplify a global view of sharing and helping others in their daily lives, and through the amazing networked nonprofits they support. They all embody the spirit of Booker T. Washington's famous words: "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Reluctant to talk about themselves, they deftly shift conversations from themselves to other people, or to one of their many projects. They are dreamers and visionaries. They like to imagine vibrant communities bursting with culture -- music, art, history, theater, film -- and full of people realizing their potential. But they're not only dreamers, they want people to be a part of their dreams.
Claire Diaz-Ortiz, leader of Social Innovation at Twitter Inc., and author of the book Twitter for Good, is brilliant in the international community of philanthropy and is someone all three writers on this post respect. Her ideas, and Twitter, have led countless people toward social good. The Networked Nonprofits we support - 2morrowknight with SeeYourImpact, Amy with United Way, and Yasamin with The 1010Project - are impacted by her work. And by Twitter. As are all of the men highlighted here. In fact, if it weren't for Twitter, we may not have had the honor of talking with all of them and sharing their insights.
In a world that will soon have 7 billion people, these men understand how important it is to engage non-profits that help raise our standard of living, expand our worldview, and give us hope for the future. Indeed, together, we thrive!
Why he rocks:
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Andrew Baldwin, M.D. is a physician, humanitarian,
U.S. Navy diver and media personality serving as a family medicine resident at the
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Southern California. AndyBaldwin.com
On Twitter: @DrAndyBaldwin
His favorite non-profit:
@GotYourBackNet (GotYourBackNetwork.org) As the founder, he makes sure it
provides an avenue for the children of fallen soldiers to learn and be inspired by
the most successful leaders of our generation.
Why he rocks:
Dessert Eater. Tongue-In-Cheek Talker. On Twitter: @jeffrago
Why he rocks:
Why he rocks:
For many, there is no need for an introduction here. He’s a tech wizard who is one of the most
humble you’ll ever meet. A social media guy who lives and breathes all aspects of tech,
business and news. On Twitter: @zaibatsu
His favorite non-profit:
Reg suppports the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation @GatesFoundation because, as Bill puts it,
“Our friend and co-trustee Warren Buffett once gave us some great advice about philanthropy:
‘Don’t just go for safe projects,’ he said. ‘Take on the really tough problems.’”
Those problems include global health concerns, agricultural efficiency, and education.
Why he rocks:
A blogger and WordPress pro, and owns Tech18, an emerging blog about all aspects of Technology. He loves helping friends worldwide, and values education. On Twitter: @gupshupblog
His favorite non-profit:
“I would like to tell everyone about @Nisha360, a 20 year old girl who is using Social Media
(Twitter) to start "The Water Project,Inc" - an organisation which will provide water to communities
all over the world, suffering needlessly without it. To support her project, you can donate here and
she also updates her blog daily to get the support from everyone and until now
she has reached 70% of her goal.
Authors' Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 20 of the series: The Social Media Vision of Jessica Northey.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
GOOD Magazine also has some great ones, including one on the issue of water in developing nations. Nonprofits and charities don't get the kind of attention in social media that they should. So if it take infographics and other tools to create awareness, then that's awesome.
I'm an optimist and a realist. And I know we can put an end to malaria in our lifetime. (CLICK THE IMAGE below to see why millions are enthusiastic about the progress being made.)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
|Photos by Chad Coleman|
As a writer for an ABC News affiliate, and creator and editor of Mollie In Seattle, Ruiz-Hopper has cultivated an impressive fan base that gives her support and feedback. A fan base she keeps rock solid by being approachable, relevant, and gracious.
Like the catwalk itself, she uses the grand stage of social media to express her passion for fashion. She manages to pull all the threads together - the innovators driving her industry and the trends we’ll be talking about. So it was truly an honor to connect with this philanthropist, noted ‘ideas woman’, and fabuloso fashionista.
How do you believe social media has changed your industry? I'm a blogger/writer and I also work in PR. Social media has really revolutionized the way people communicate with one another in such a great way. It kind of puts people on a level playing field where we can now communicate with virtually anyone, anywhere, anytime. News comes to us in real-time. I can watch a live stream of my favorite designer's fashion show and get up to date information on the latest trends in shoes. Information is now endless and available to me all the time whether I'm on my computer, smart phone or iPad. This is all a result of the awesome-ness that is social media.
|Photo by Mike Luong|
You are quite the fashionista. Everything you're doing is just consistently buzz-worthy. And that's hot! How are you managing to thrive in Seattle, which is particularly strong in the fields of technology and sustainability? First, thank you very much! Fashion is something I've been crazy about ever since I can remember, I think it rubbed off on me from my mother and grandmother who were very fashion forward and my style role models. I think the most important element in anything is that you have to be genuinely passionate about what you do, whether it's technology, wine or in my case fashion. I love waking up every morning and dressing up in something that makes me feel good. I also have a smart phone that helps me stay connected with my friends, family and social media all the time. I can update my Twitter feed whenever I need to, take a picture of a pair of shoes I want, or friend someone on Facebook I just met at an event. I attend different networking events, sometimes it's weekly, and sometimes it's monthly. An important part in remaining relevant in any industry is showing up, being an actual body and face that people can shake hands with and relate to. Finally, it's very simple: be a nice and pleasant person to be around, if you're happy and positive others will want to share in that.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I am a huge fan of everyday people who push the boundaries of convention to raise awareness for causes that matter. And few causes are as urgent right now as the deadly famine in east Africa.
A population equivalent to entire state of Ohio is at risk of starvation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and other parts of East Africa. Hundreds of thousands refugees have fled the drought-stricken region, and in the past three months, nearly 30,000 children have died.
Now, one mom is using social tools like video, blogs and an unconventional fundraising platform to change that.
Blogger Sarah Lenssen decided she had had enough of watching a famine unfold - and get buried - in the news. So she dreamed up a powerful campaign to help people take action, called #Ask5for5. It works like this: you donate $5 to provide food and water in east Africa. Then, you get five of your friends to give $5.
Ask5for5 and help save a life! from Ask 5 for 5 on Vimeo.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This is cross-posted in the Huffington Post Culture Section.
Art has always been an important part of civilization. It provides a road map of where we have been, shows us who we are, and gives us an idea of what's possible. Stylistically and substantively, social media is increasingly playing a part in the work of some 21st century artists like Gaby Zwaan.Originally from The Netherlands, Zwaan made a huge splash at this year's 140 Conference, which is long respected as a winning platform for both emerging talent and dynamic personalities. And he clearly made the most of his appearance. Dressed in a cool suit and sneakers, his energetic presentation and Twitter-themed art made him an instant audience favorite.
Zwaan's work is masterful, thought-provoking, visually-stunning, and brilliantly expressive. I'm sure this is what the Tour de France organization saw when they approached him in 2010 for a project. As an arts geek, I can tell you that there are probably 140 reasons to love and appreciate the work of Gaby Zwaan. Maybe even 141. Either way, his star is on the rise.
I really liked being at the #140conf. It was interesting and a great way for me to show myself. Speaking on stage with Jeffrey Hayzlett was really great and painting two twitter-inspired pieces the next day topped it off. But what was the icing on the cake was the love of all the people that where there and came to talk to me. I always love it when people tell me what my work makes them feel like or what it reminds them off. After the 140 conference, I was also in New York for a meeting with a gallery. They loved my work and in early October, I will be showing in New York City. A dream come true! I also signed on with an agency that will represent me in the USA.Once home I started painting for my NYC show and got all 14 pieces done.
I can tell you love Twitter from some of your artwork. How does the site's 140 character platform appeal to you?
Yes I do like twitter. I see it as a way to show people what I'm doing, and more important, what I'm all about. When Van Gogh, another famous Dutch painter had something to share he always wrote letters to his brother. I was in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and I saw some of those letters on the walls there. I have a vision that one day my tweets will be on a wall in a museum. I see twitter as part of my DNA. It is just as important to me as the paint I use. Could not do what I do without both.
One of Zwaan's Twitter-inspired paintings.
Courtesy of Gaby Zwaan.
How important do you think art has been to civilization?
When I check the news every day I almost have to think there is no civilization anymore. So I hope art was not important to getting us into this mess. What I do think is that all forms of art will bring us some positive light that will get us through this mess and hopefully back to a bit more civilized world. And I can only hope that at least one person that looks at my work and has a better day then he/she would have had if my art was not there.
Who are some of the artist who have influenced, inspired, and/or shaped your artistic vision?
I have to say none actually. I only started painting in the summer of 2007 and before that I thought art was uninteresting. I never went to a museum. Well, once but that was to impress a girl (laughs). I knew some painters, mostly the Dutch masters but that was about it. Once I started painting I started to get interested in art. Somehow people always want to compare your work/style to other artists and I've been compared to many many but different ones all the time.
What influenced me is the way street artists think and the way they act. I like that and I think that it helped me to do just what I feel like doing. I like doing stuff with balls and that is what street artist do too. I like to take on the impossible, like showing in a amazing gallery in New York. That's something I just went for even though some people said it was not going to happen at this point in my career. When people tell me I will not get there, it inspires me the most. I'm like an athlete, I want to win. And then once I cross the finish line, I put the bar higher again. I thrive on challenges.