Posts Tagged ‘Change by Doing’

I Love This Video–Fiverr Has So Many Unexpected Oddities

Fiverr.com is a hoot. I’ve found everything there from hand-knit zombies to logo design.

And this video I commissioned for, yep, a whopping five bucks.

Happy Friday!

Now Boarding…

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Contest Winner!

The winner of the first Change by Doing contest is Brodie, from Los Angeles. Woot Woot (If I weren’t so vehemently against emoticons, I’d insert something here that winks or smiles or dances a jig).

Brodie won skincare products from a new line at Dermalogica, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky, a canvas tote bag, and a  “Bullets to Bracelets” Ethiopian artisan created work made from old bullet casings melted  down into beads. All he had to do was respond to this question: If you could custom design a dream volunteer vacation anywhere in the world and tackle any problem, where would it be and what would you do?

Brodie wrote: “I’ve always been attracted to ancient European historical towns that still operate much like they did hundreds of years ago. And in many of these towns, architectural masterpieces are falling to ruin. It’s not that the towns aren’t thriving, it’s just that the cost of restorations are often prohibitive for these small communities.

A great volunteer vacation would be helping to restore these towns to their former glory. Medieval churches, historical homes, and cobblestone streets would flourish again. The benefits would be countless because when history comes alive, it brings us all together.

Many of these efforts are underway now along the Italian coast, and volunteer help would prove invaluable.”

Congratulations Brodie!

Andrew Mersmann Interview with Digital Documenters London

Feeling so lucky to have done this interview with Digital Documenters London. I posted about them earlier here, and their great work inspiring young people to volunteer, specifically energizing the movement around the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Through their work supporting young artists, documentary films are being generated now and through the games (and, of course, beyond) to help young hearts, minds, and spirits catch fire.

They’ve recently done a film with young volunteers to inspire volunteering, called Centrepoint & Me, and it has been nominated for an award. Final judging of the projects is done by a judging panel of guests as well as audience voting…so go watch a few amazing short pieces, and vote for Centrepoint & Me.

Interview from Digital Documenters London after the jump. Continue reading

Save Tigers Now

WWF/Martin Harvey

2010 is the “YEAR OF THE TIGER” on the Chinese lunar calendar. How ironic that the very existence of tigers is teetering on the edge right now as so many have been killed and poached and wiped out from their natural environments. There are probably about 3,200 tigers left in the wild–that’s in the entire world. The number of tigers in the wild has declined by 97% and three subspecies are already extinct.

The Chinese calendar repeats every twelve years. Continuing the decimation of the species means that by the next Year of the Tiger, in 2022, they could all be gone.

The World Wildlife Fund has a subsite: Save Tigers Now where you can learn more as well as donate directly to their conservation efforts. The goal is to reverse this ridiculous decline, and in fact DOUBLE the population of tigers in the wild by the year 2022. Leonardo DiCaprio is the ambassador for Save Tigers Now, and his commitment (to this and so many hugely important environmental issues), and ours, is what it will take to counter the poaching demand (tiger skins, bones, and organs are used in Chinese medicine and as tourist souvenirs) and indiscriminate clearcut logging and habitat destruction in Asia.

Anyone who knows me (or has looked at my photo on the “about” page of this blog) knows that I am wild about tigers. My experience at the Tiger Temple in Thailand and holding 5-week old tiger cubs as well as interacting with an adult tiger are memories that will always be with me. May we take the action required so that tigers can be more than only memory.