“Community 3.0” … The People Have the Power, Part 3

In my last two posts, I've lamented on the current and very possible future state of America, and that of many other developed nations. I've deplored the role of narcissistic special interest groups in our government and ultimately our livelihood. I've bemoaned the effect of the religious right's self-righteous social campaigns have had on the … Continue reading “Community 3.0” … The People Have the Power, Part 3

A thought for 2012 …

Well with 2012 only a day away, of course it's time for resolutions. It's time for you to profess you're going to do the things you said you'd do last year ... but probably didn't. It's time, with the dropping of the ball in Time Square, for you to all of sudden done a cape … Continue reading A thought for 2012 …

Before you give … “Walk a mile in their shoes!”

Well Christmas is over. We’ve braved Black Friday, Internet Monday, and Fed Ex Friday on the parade of consumption. We’ve opened our presents. We’ve had our kids get us up before dawn even thought about getting up. We've had the food, the basketball (at least some of it) … and now it's back to malls … Continue reading Before you give … “Walk a mile in their shoes!”

“Give, give … and give some more!” Make 2012 the year of the CGO!

We are in a precarious economic times. It seems like every business is trying to find that edge, that one thing that will set them apart from their competition."The status quo won't work - and if you don't change then your day days are numbered." Well now it's all about solutions. The question is:  What … Continue reading “Give, give … and give some more!” Make 2012 the year of the CGO!

“Imagine … an App Store for benevolence”

I've been thinking about something. With the disaster in Japan we've seen an incredible outpouring of charity. At last count over a hundred countries have pledged support along with a multitude of charities. And the Japanese situation only exemplifies  a current trend. One of the hottest marketing discussions coming into 2011 is cause marketing. We … Continue reading “Imagine … an App Store for benevolence”

Raising Homelessness Awareness via Foursquare … Good or Bad?

Urban Ministries of Durham has undertaken a thought provoking approach to homelessness advocacy. Will knowing that the homeless are everwhere even in your backyard create positive action. Or will it backfire and create a NIMBY backlash. We can only hope for the former. Amplify’d from mashable.com Non-Profit Creates Foursquare Venues for Homelessness Awareness Urban Ministries … Continue reading Raising Homelessness Awareness via Foursquare … Good or Bad?

A creative approach to panhandling

I have been visiting my daughter, Alex, in Westwood, the last few days, and every morning I go for a long walk with my new iPod (my first one). I ran across a guy who was carrying an art briefcase.  You know, the big ones.  He was clean cut and looked very respectable - like … Continue reading A creative approach to panhandling