To Increase the Scope and Impact of the Citizen Sector
Tomorrow, I’m hosting a small working lunch at Changing Our World for Social Actions, the terrific online social venture that sometimes asks me for advice. We’ll have folks from Meetup, Avaav.org, Change.org, DonorsChoose, Idealist, ModestNeeds and other organizations – kicked off with a presentation by Peter Deitz and Christine Egger from Social Actions. I’m really looking forward to it.
A couple of days ago, Social Actions began to announce endorsements of its mission statement and terms of collaboration and they’ve already signed up Alonovo.com, ChristmasFuture.org, CommunityGoals.com, DoGooder.TV, DonorsChoose.org,GiveForward.org, GiveIndia.org, GlobalGiving.com, Helpalot.org, Ned.com,Prax.ca, Six Degrees, and Uplej.com. I’m sure there will be more; the value of Social Action is to create a combination of cross-platform search and collaboration among the various activism and giving platforms.
But to me, Social Actions is living proof of one of the key arguments I make in CauseWired – that online social activism is growing into a real sector. That’s why I really like the mission statement I grabbed for the headline on this post, one of four simple goals:
• To increase the scope and impact of the citizen sector by connecting people with opportunities to take action.
• To help individuals become effective wired change-makers independent of their age, location, wealth, or social media knowledge-base.
• To support and serve social action platforms that facilitate a range of actionable opportunities, including fundraisers, petitions, and offline meet-ups.
• To encourage collaboration among social action platforms so that the technology underlying online social activism reflects the full potential of social media.
The rest of Christine’s post on the endorsements is here.