Collective participation for good

The best thing about the internet is we can all help each other. 

The collective participation on Wikipedia, Stack Overflow, Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr and others allow us to contribute towards something bigger than the individual. 

It’s a powerful notion when you fully consider the scale and impact. 

Another fine example of the collective participation is crowdfunding. 

This year Lauren and I have started a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise. We are attempting to raise $5k dollars for Charity Water. 

This is what I wrote this morning to get my campaign going:

Hi everyone.

This time of year, we receive some nice gifts of all types from friends and business associates. This year we wanted to encourage folks to make a donation to our fundraiser instead of sending us a gift. It doesn’t matter what size. It’s the thought and the act of doing something that matters.

We are trying to raise $5,000 for this holiday drive. The money will go to charity : water which is one of my favorite charities.

To kick it off we are going to make a $1,000 contribution. In addition, we will match the total of the contributions made by December 31, 2015.

I hope you will consider making a donation. Happy holidays.

Today is Giving Tuesday. I love GivingTuesday much more than Black Friday or CyberMonday. 

It’s way better.