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Well, now I’ve done it…I’ve gone ahead and joined the Tweeters…follow me on Twitter

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Malaria Envoy

Twitter seems to be a more amazing tool than I’ve previously been willing to admit–I’m considering Twitter to make quick updates and find additional ways to reach out with information. Other folks, far more social media advanced than I, are currently Tweeting to end malaria. There is now an official Malaria Envoy of celebrities and leaders of business and media who are using Twitter to raise awareness. Anderson Cooper, Arianna Huffington, Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Sean Combs, Alyssa Milano, Ashton Kutcher—they are all part of the Envoy team.

It is the UN Secretary General’s goal that this year, 2010, we, as a planet, achieve 100% net coverage, so every person in a malaria zone has the possibility to sleep beneath a mosquito net. It is possible to get all those nets distributed out there, but we have to step it up. That ramping up of efforts will get us closer to the other time-pegged goal in 2015, when the plan is to bring malaria deaths down as close to zero as is scientifically possible.

World Malaria Day is not until April 25, but it is not too soon to use the social media tools in which you are already conversant to get your followers/friends/and fans active in the cause. Tweet or update your status today–it actually saves lives.

Twitter Nets

I have to say, I’m kind of driven up a wall by Twitter. As soon as I say that I’m sure I’ll be a Twittering fool in the blink of an eye, but thus far it has seemed to me like all the parts of Facebook that I don’t like. I truly don’t care what my friends or followers or followees had for breakfast or thought of the outfit Lady Gaga wore on the red carpet.

There are, however, some amazing things that have come of the Twitter Revolution. Last year, for World Malaria Day, Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a furious race to see who could first get a million followers on the social networking site. Ashton won, and to celebrate his victory over the media giant network, he vowed to send 10,000 mosquito nets, via Malaria No More, to Africa to fight the disease. Those nets were sent and have now all been distributed, with plenty of others. Ashton’s Twitter posting became the world’s most re-tweeted message on World Malaria Day, and resulted in many others making direct donations, so that the total number of “Twitter Nets” was 89,724! Other high-profile Tweeters got involved: Oprah, Anderson Cooper, Sean Diddy Combs, and Ryan Seacrest, among others.

Who, in your network of friends, is willing to join you in making a difference in the world?

Following in Their Footsteps

One of the causes of trepidation when you embark upon a volunteer adventure is our very human fear of the unknown. I always recommend that you vet a possible service trip you might be considering by interviewing, by phone and/or email questions, the organizers—and you should also ask to speak with past participants/graduates of the volunteer trip.

The Omprakash Foundation is a service organization “wiki” website, user-generated information posted via social media, YouTube videos, and reviews and feedback for international grassroots educational and service projects.

As their websites says, in an effort to allow all of us to play a role in social change, “…as people young and old travel the world to volunteer and build relationships with scattered schools and libraries, we invite them to bring these educational projects into the Omprakash network.

Each project is given the opportunity to represent its own needs on this website, and to make public its wish for volunteers, money, curricular materials, and the like. Omprakash responds to these needs by helping the world learn about them: once informed about the many foreign educational projects that need books, buildings, teachers, and other material resources, members of the Omprakash network realize that they can make a difference, and are inspired to donate or raise funds and collect other material resources under the umbrella of Omprakash. Likewise, by providing people with informational and financial resources that enable them to volunteer around the world, Omprakash also helps foreign projects find the human resources that they need.”

Read and watch to learn about the experiences of those that have already done the work you are considering…find the organization with which you’d like to partner to CHANGE THE WORLD, and start packing.