Today is Blog Action Day, thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – Poverty. Blog action Day is a non profit, grassroots movement of thousands of individual bloggers coming together for one cause – End Poverty.
Blog Action Day originally began when a 27 year old Canadian student at Notre Dame University named Shawn got inspired by a speech given by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (author of the book “The End Of Poverty”).
That speech inspired him to withdraw from grad school, liquidate his savings and begin his journey to try and make the world a better place – one meaningful difference at a time.
Shawn’s is just one example of the myriad ways for one person to make a difference. It just took one young college kid to make this into a worldwide movement.
What can you do to make a difference or get involved ?
Publish: If you have a blog , podcast or a videocast you can commit your blog or site to participate in Blog Action Day. If you participate I encourage you to put up a post, video or podcast about poverty.
Donate: You may also wish to donate the day’s ad revenues to a poverty related organisation like Give India or help other entrepreneurs in the developing work with a micro loan through Kiva , or help to feed hungry school children in India through Akshaya Patra
Participate: Eliminating Poverty is a movement that requires participation , promotion and fund raising on a mass scale. With every registered blogger, the event reaches more people and grows in scale creating a buzz and going viral. You can Post about your participation on your blog and help your audience sign up who will in turn do the same and create a buzz for this initiative, post the blog action day video on your site ( just pick the code from the home page of teh site and paste it on your site ), put up a banner on your site and spread the word.
Watch the speech by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs that inspired Shawn to start this movement.
“I have something to prove, as long as I know there’s something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime I move, I make a movement.” – Ani Difranco (American Singer, Song Writer and Guitarist. b.1970)