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 »


The Local Library: Not Just For Kiddos

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About a month ago, I re-discovered something truly amazing that I hadn’t even thought about for probably a decade.

I was making my normal rounds through Barnes & Noble, wishing that I had some extra pocket money for some books that I’d like to read. Because, honestly, I missed reading. Books had been such a huge piece of my life as a kid; I remember spending summer days sprawled out on the couch with the latest Goosebumps or Animorphs or sports novel and wouldn’t stand up until the book was done. It really catapulted my comprehension levels as a kid and there’s really nothing quite like curling up with a great book. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »