This month the UN Foundation has teamed up with the popular social good app, Charity Miles, to raise money for great causes. The iPhone/Android app can be easily downloaded to your smartphone and every time you exercise – whether it’s running, biking, or walking – you donate money to a deserving charity.
Through the UN Foundation’s #VDay10k campaign your miles can be donated to Shot@Life to provide lifesaving vaccines for children in need, Nothing But Nets that provides nets to fight against malaria, and Girl Up that provides education for girls in developing countries – all worthy UN Foundation campaigns.
Charity Miles will donate 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, and 10 cents for every mile you bike. Each time you finish your exercise you can share how far you’ve gone and also choose the charity where you would like your donation to go such as in the tweet below.
Above: Tracey Clark and Kristen Doyle discuss how they were able to raise money and awareness about the Shot@Life campaign through their #Shot4Shot campaign. Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.
Last Saturday the UN Foundation and its Shot@Life campaign sponsored a session at EVO social media conference for women entitled Using Your Storytelling Powers for Good.
The overarching theme of the session centered around storytelling and how to effectively incorporate social good into one’s blog. Using the power of authentic stories, causes and non-profits can be successfully amplified on a personal blog especially if the cause or non-profit is something you deeply care about.
Devi Thomas, Director of Shot@Life, drove home the importance of storytelling to better discuss weighty issues.
Working with non-profits, whether they are local, national, or global, is quite easy. Many of these organizations are limited and cash-strapped. Any help a blogger can offer them will always be well-received. Do not hesitate to contact non-profits via traditional email or even via social media (especially Twitter) if they are active on the medium.
If you are going to write about and support causes be sure to stay around for the long haul. You don’t simply want to write about a cause and forget about it. Choose causes carefully and be fully invested in them.
Also, be sure to educate yourself as much as possible about the cause you care about and bring your readers and followers along on your journey.
Once you have identified a cause that you care about it becomes easier to discuss them on your blog by sharing stories that relate to the cause. It helps your readers become more interested in the cause and helps relay your passion for it.
Chrysula Winegar discussed hooks and anchors she used to write about Shot@Life from her mother’s friend who has polio to meeting Nelson Mandela.
Hang ur passions on ur life story. @Chrysula talks about 6 hooks & anchors she's used from life to connect to @shotatlife. #evoconf
Pierce Freelon and Apple Juice Kid, adjunct professors in UNC-Chapel Hill’s music department, demonstrated a mini beat-making session at Rio + Social, Mashable and the UN Foundation’s conference in Brazil about social media for social good, held on the eve of Rio + 20.
Freelon and Apple Juice Kid are the founders of ARTVSM, a socially conscious company merging art and activism by any medium necessary. They will go to the Congo this summer to set up a sustainable beat-making lab using open source technology and social media to change the lives of young people. They will also take their beat-making lab to Senegal and Kenya.
Here at Rio + Social in Brazil one of the most fascinating panels all day has been the Elders + Youngers panel where, as its name suggests, was a conversation between the younger and older generation. What is extremely fascinating about this is both groups have equal voices in the conversation. The elders can learn from the younger people and vice versa.
Chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, who is not an active member of the group but remains an Honorary Elder. The Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is also an Honorary Elder.
Along with this group of thinkers who have been charged to make headway in the global conversation about pressing issues is the all-important idea that this small panel should be scaled. As Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland mentioned during the panel she commended Rio + 20 for bringing in the voices of the young to the conference. Unfortunately as Robinson pointed out the youth have not been invited to the important tables.