Thursday, July 8, 2010

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Brings Attention to South Africa through World Cup

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is using the World Cup to expose the plight of South Africans in the face of poverty through their blog. The blog will feature reflections regarding the past, present, and future of the communities were the games are being played for the duration of the tournament. It's exciting to think of how many more people will be exposed to this cause through the attention of the World Cup. This is yet another example of how events can help to change the world.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

June Adventures

Please excuse my long absence. I’ve been spending some time traveling and at events that have the potential to change the world.

On Sunday, June 6th I participated in Tour de Brooklyn, organized by Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives wants to make New Yorkers aware of the bicycle facilities that currently exist on the streets of this city, while calling for greater safety improvements. They also lobby for better biking conditions for New York City residents. Transportation Alternatives is in part to thank for many of the new bike lanes throughout Brooklyn. While Tour de Brooklyn is a bike tour through Brooklyn, it also gets the word out about this organization and it's cause.

I also attended the ninth annual Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Besides being a four-day showcase of musical acts, Bonnaroo raises attention about environmental issues such as composting, community gardens, and sustainable resources. Additionally, there is a section of Bonnaroo’s “Centeroo” (the main area where stages and vendors are) dedicated to nonprofit organizations. I had the pleasure of stopping at many of these tents (although there were so many tthat I was unable to stop at them all) including Oxfam, Defy Thirst, Hope Love Strength Foundation, Mountain Justice, Save Our Cumberland Mountains (a member of The Alliance for Appalachia).

Oxfam: Odds are that you’ve most likely already heard of Oxfam. Oxfam works to alleviate poverty around the world.

Defy Thirst: Based in Atlanta, they’ve been around for a year now. Defy Thirst works to make safe water available to all through cheap, efficient water filtration technology, by increasing awareness of the power clean water has to provide life, and by empowering the world to stand up, and Defy Thirst!

Hope Love Strength Foundation: The world’s leading rock n roll cancer foundation which builds awareness of global cancer needs, supports cancer centers around the world, and builds international marrow databases through the “get on the list campaign”. Through a simple q-tip swab of my cheek, I am now in the international marrow database.

Mountain Justice: Seeking to add to the growing anti-mountain top removal citizens movement, Mountain Justice contributes to grassroots organizing, public education, nonviolent civil disobedience and forms citizen action.

Save Our Cumberland Mountains: empowers Tennesseans to protect, defend, and improve the quality of life in their communities across the state by working for social, economic, and environmental justice for all.

In my conversation with Defy Thirst, they specifically mentioned that they were going to have a booth on the Warped Tour as well. Hope Love Strength Foundation mentioned that part of their mission is to be at concerts and festivals like Bonnaroo in order to gain awareness for their cause. I encourage nonprofits to try this idea. I was able to meet with several wonderful organizations and learn more about important causes of our time. Bonnaroo is a socially-conscious festival, focusing on environmentalism efforts and education. Many Bonnaroo patrons are socially-conscious people to begin with, so you have a great target-audience of people who want to come to your booth to learn more and take action.