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CauseWired's Laptop/Printer Contest

By Tom Watson on February 8, 20106 Comments

Some lucky nonprofit or social entrepreneur is going to win a free free laptop and printer bundle courtesy of HP and CauseWired Communications!

But you’ll have to answer a key question first, in order to win: “How we’re going to use social media and web technology to change the world.” Drop your ideas and thoughts into comments, no more than 500 words please – and include a link to your organization or website.

Here’s the skinny on this give-away. It’s part of the HP Create Change effort. For every purchase from the Create Change site that is part of the HP direct purchase website, HP will donate 4% to one of the following seven nonprofits that you can designate. The nonprofits are: American Red Cross, CARE,, Junior Achievement, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, World Wildlife Fund.

You can download a widget for the HP Create Change effort form their site and follow their conversation on Facebook.

So what’s the deal with the contest? HP has asked me and a few social sector bloggers – Beth Kanter, Allison Fine, Katya Andresen’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog, Jolly Mom, and Amy Sample Ward – to ask our readers a question about social change. And then each of us bloggers will pick a winner from the comments on our blog.

Note: we’re not receiving anything. Only contest winners get the equipment. So let us know what you think!

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  • Nadine L says:

    Improving my Local Animal Shelter
    Many shelters are in serious need of help, especially in these times. Many animals are being given up because of foreclosure, job loss and money problems. Unfortunately the animals in these shelters are the last concern for most people. Citizen involvement is essential if progress is to be made. My local shelter is great, but often overwhelmed with all the surrenders they are getting. I donate as often as possible. but they can always use more help.
    I would like to organize a meeting with other interested people by placing ads through Craig’s List and my local newspaper , correspond through email and hopefully meet at some point to set goals. Address the most serious problems first. I would also like to involve the city council, board of county commissioners, or the humane society’s board of directors in our efforts and get suggestions from them.
    Part of my efforts would also be to launch a site where interested members can sell their products with a portion of their profits going directly to the shelter for help with the needs of the animals in their care.
    Of course, the technology bundle would help greatly with the initial ads, the correspondences and setting up the site for me and others to sell our products, with a direct link to a percentage of each sale going to the Shelter or shelters we choose and of course maintaining the site.

  • hipbone says:

    Mario Morino has a post, entitled Social Outcomes’: Missing the Forest for the Trees? up at Venture Philanthropy Partners. “Too often,” he says, “measurement has become an end in and of itself” and follows up with six bullet points. Problem is, he’s offering his points at the end of a cul-de-sac. He doesn’t allow comments.

    I’m currently moderating a discussion on SocialEdge, the Skoll Foundation’s wonderfully talkative website on a related issue: The fetishization of metrics. Our topic: If the value of social entrepreneurship is not reducible to simple quantitative terms, how do we define and capture the impact we are having?

    Sure, I can post a link to Morino’s piece on SocialEdge. But I can’t really encourage the 20 or so people who have already posted 40+ comments on my event to engage with Morino at his place, because there’s no parking for comments in his cul-de-sac. That’s a handful of small missed opportunities, and one big one.

    He might have received comments from 2 or 3 of the 20+ if he’d had a comment section open — he didn’t. More than that, he might have engaged in cross-site conversation, bringing his readers to SocialEdge and SocialEdge readers over to his place.

    Yesterday, or was it the day before, the Harvard Business Review “Conversation” blog had a piece titled Beware of Vanity Metrics. I was able to post a link there and mention it along with Morino’s piece on SocialEdge.

    But let’s go further. I hosted a conversation between SocialEdge and the Public Innovators blog, and saw the first shoots of linkage between the two..

    Connection, blog-to-blog conversation, wider readership, networking, enhanced impact.

    I want to see funders talking with those they fund, in the open, so both sides can express their real needs. I want journalists talking with social entrepreneurs. I want to see blogs talking with other blogs and wikis, I want to see all these conversations linked and noted on twitter, I want name-recognition, then mild friendship, then trust to develop, let’s get real collaboration arising from widely distributed, ongoing web-conversations.

    I’ve participated in an online “think tank” about nuclear policy, a powerful brainstorming tool for discussing issues “outside the box”. Bloggers who discuss military topics manage collaborations so well, they’ve even published books co-written by “blog-friends”.

    For me the most exciting of all is a cross–blog conversation developing now between a one-time counter-terrorism expert and a leading Taliban theoretician — both more interested in conflict-resolution than conflict. I’ve chronicled it on Rheingold’s SmartMobs blog and made my own contribution to their dialog too.

    If cordial online conversation is possible between two people representing such radically different positions as the counter-terrorist and the Taliban, there’s hope for those with lesser conflicts to overcome.

    I’m committed to stirring up web-wide conversations with a view to creativity, conflict resolution, and all manner of social change, via my work for SocialEdge (I monitor events there most months) and wherever else the opportunity may strike.

  • velvet1116 says:

    We are already changing the world ,one tweet at a time ,one blog post at a time.
    Its amazing of the out pouring of goodwill and money for Haiti , so we have all seen this happen first hand. I like that I can” text the money right out of my account”, making it fast,easy and very simple. Using technology with a social media , such as twitter ,allows people to see and watch who is involved. Seeing so many people ,most people want to join in and be a part of so it grows bigger and very fast. If people see actors, writers,politicians ,they feel its safe and join in.
    We have also seen where politicians can get the attention of the people ,get their ideas out , also have the people respond back. President Obama used social media’s to reach younger voters.
    What I like is all you need is a free twitter account and you have access to millions of people. Seems to be a better idea than getting a phone book and trying to get in touch with that same amount.
    Twitter is eco friendly , the message is sent out in a second to millions compared to sending a letter ,trees cut down ,stamps (I wouldn’t want that bill) and the man hours.
    I’ll take twitter ,thank you!
    More social media’s like Facebook ,MySpace, and blogging to name a few, all get people to connect ,interact and get their opinion out, visit, show pictures and the best part ,its free.
    So, everyone can use these social media’s,the rich or poor,young or old , republican or democrat , there are no lines drawn. Everyone is allowed to join ,state their opinions and it is acceptable.
    Imagine what the world can do with a simple tweet.
    We can and have changed the world already , I love that it has been for the good and better of so many people.
    Using technology more people can and will volunteer ,time,money or both , being able to work from home for causes that are important , reaching a broad range of people, making money for those causes one click or 140 characters at a time.

  • Annette D says:

    I would like to address the young people, especially high school students about the issue of continuing their education. I am a mom of two sons, one age 21 and a junior in College and the other age 16 and a junior in high school. I have been lucky enough to have been able to be a stay at home mom and I have used this opportunity to volunteer in my kids schools. I began volunteering when my kids were in elementary school by helping in a number of different ways including reading to the kids, being a room mom and going on field trips. I continued to help out in middle school and now that my son is in high school, I am helping out in the College Room. We have a room set up with college catalogs, applications, financial aid information and computers to aid the kids in their quest to pick to perfect college, technical school or even armed services. We try to help the kids by answering questions they might have and if we do not know the answer, we find the answer. We currently use the schools web site to post information about college visits and scholarship that are available. I think that it would be a great idea to set up a blog where the kids could interact, ask questions, and post responses. Kids are so attuned to all of the different types of social media and it would be a great opportunity to “talk” to them about one of the most important decisions that they will soon be facing. The youth are truly the future of this country and the better prepared they are through education, the more successful they will become.

  • Scott says:

    We are using social media technology to help communities stop smoking.

    We are pursuing every available opportunity to get social technology into the hands of communities to help them solve everyday problems. We are starting with a campaign to help our local communities quit smoking. We take the position that undertaking the very, very difficult task of “kicking the habit” is significantly improved when we do it together. We rely on our family and friends to support us with such tasks. Quit Together aims to streamline that support network using social technologies. In fact, starting May 1st, we want to win Pepsi’s money (see our website) to take these technologies to iPhone and Android phones. We’ve created a viral video to help us do just that. This video is a good example of how we will mix (low budget) creativity with social technology to help create new ways for people to communicate and improve our lives together as a community. About 1 1/2 years ago, I quit smoking after 22 years. I owe my success to those who encouraged me along the way. Now, I want to amplify that effect, using social technology, and help hundreds, maybe even thousands or millions, quit smoking as well — to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Thank you.

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