How to Make a Difference in Your Hometown

imageThis is it, everybody. Time to make a difference. We’re done clicking like buttons, we’re done saying “you know, what they should do is…”, we’re done sitting on the sidelines watching our towns go down the toilet. It’s time to do… what?

What do you do with all of that pent up energy that is dying to make a difference?You have to act, and you have to act quickly, or else that shouting will become a whisper lost in all of the rest of the noise. You almost wish that there was a blueprint that read, “Every city, in order to reach its highest potential must complete these steps in this order. Number 1…”

But there’s not. Bubble burst. However, I do think that there are 3 steps that you, personally, can do to prepare yourself to make the biggest impact whenever the opportunity strikes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it CRAZY to Expect to Get Reasonable Pay at a Nonprofit?

imageI’m excited about this post; I’ve been thinking about coming home and writing this all day. In a lot of ways, this post will be a follow-up to yesterday’s post about some of the major hurdles for international fundraising, but it approaches the topic from the opposite direction.

In Nonprofitlandia, one of the things that is fascinating to me is the expectation for “every dollar” or “97 cents on the dollar” to go to “the program”. A donor wants to know that the donation they make is doing the most good, and they want to hear “Yes Mr Donor, we work very hard to keep our overhead costs low so that 95 cents on the dollar of your donation goes to support such-and-such.” I’m about to ask what will probably be a controversial question, so hear me out before you start casting stones. Does keeping overhead costs low translate into “doing the most good?”

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Major Hurdles with International Fundraising (and how to avoid them)

imageSo, your heart beats for activism, but your not entirely sure what you want to do with that passion inside of you. The sexiest approach would be to hop on a plane and go visit some developing communities in Africa or Asia or South America and come back with a video of a story that paints you as a humble activisty savior who happens upon an inspiring situation who can now motivate the nation to help bring water/peace/freedom/expression/etc to a tribe/village/city/nation/continent. Although I’m a big fan of local activism, I’m not here to discourage anyone from pursuing their dream. However, there are definitely some huge difficulties in starting an international campaign like this, and you should be aware of a few things before proceeding. Let’s look at some of them.

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Slacktivities In Jacksonville

imageMy first memories as a child were growing up on a street called Gina Circle in a town called Jacksonville, Arkansas. I was too young to realize it at the time, but it was the kind of neighborhood where you make sure to lock your doors and to not leave anything outside that you don’t want stolen. As I grew up, I had a vague understanding that my high school wasn’t as cool as the next town over, Cabot, or any of the schools in Little Rock, about 20 minutes away. From what I could tell, my school didn’t have PTA meetings, we didn’t have ACT/SAT study groups, we didn’t have local companies come in to sponsor events, we didn’t have teachers who really even seemed like they wanted to be there. Read the rest of this entry »


We’ve Saved the World – Now What?

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Congratulations everyone! Give yoursleves a hand, let’s slap each other on the back, our work is OVER.

We’ve done it; Aids: Cured. Global Warming: Cooled. Unsustainable Fuels: Sustained. Child Soldiers: Home. War: Peaced. Lost Planes: Found.

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What the Hell is Retired Slactivist Supposed to Mean, Anyway?

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Good question. A nice follow up would probably be “And why the hell is your picture a couch? (And a comfy couch at that!)

I first heard of the word “slacktivist” in 2012; I was volunteering full time, up to my eyeballs in a human rights organization that shall remain nameless. The nameless organization just so happened to launch the most viral Youtube video ever and I saw very quickly some of the best sides and some of the worst sides of humanity – specifically internet humanity.  Read the rest of this entry »