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Your new venture a) sounds wonderful and b) reminds me a lot of another for-profit social good company, TOMS Shoes. Their entire for-profit business model is built around donating one pair of shoes to a child in need for every one pair bought. The founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, found a need which he could meet and figured out a way to make helping others a profitable business in the process-- which I think is really cool. As long as there is complete transparency in raising funds and donations, I see no problem with your model and in fact commend you for looking out for both people in need AND yourself.

4 years, 2 months ago on Love Drop: Making Money By Giving It Away


@wabbitoid "For many of us, twitter is more fun than productive." -- Great last point. This is where I fall into a trap, because I DO find a lot of good content via my Twitter feed (which oftentimes I end up retweeted or commenting on) but then somehow get sucked into checking the feeds for longer than I should. I think the takeaway from Gini's post and most of these comments is to have structure and dedicate an allotted amount of time to reading/catching up, if possible.

4 years, 3 months ago on How Much Time Do You Spend Reading Blogs?


You know, I hadn't even considered this, perhaps because, like many of us, I didn't actually turn over to the "new" Facebook until sometime Monday. At this point, it's all Facebook can do to hope that there were more like me who DID first find out about the changes via 60 Minutes.

But either way, shame on them for slighting 60 Minutes like that.

4 years, 4 months ago on The Facebook PR Mess with “60 Minutes”


I agree-- while these messages are great, we need to emphasize not only that it gets better but that we have to CHOOSE to make it better-- that there is some level of agency in all of this. Likewise with bullies. I'd venture to bet, though, that many would not consider themselves bullies if they were asked. The "it gets better" message may be a way to reach bullies, too, who via these videos, realizes (maybe even subconsciously) the damage they're doing.

As an aside, here is a humorous take on the "it gets worse" concept for bullies:

Finally, we must not make "it gets better" a fad or the latest celebrity bandwagon, which we'll all forget about in a few months. These gay suicides have not spiked in the last month, the COVERAGE of them has.

4 years, 5 months ago on Viral Video Campaign: It Gets Better