I’ve been in countless conversations about the impact of social networks on our society. Most of these conversations are those of concern.
And rightfully so with all the trolls, extremists alt-right, fake news, spreading hate an fear on our social networks.
But I remain absolutely optimistic.
We need more voices not less in times like this. Imagine if we only had a few sources to turn to. Only a few publications. Only a few television channels.
Instead we all have the power to defend those that need it. To help those that can’t help themselves.
I see these these positive moments in my feed all the time. A kind word or a helpful moment of compassion.
And sometimes you see a miracle. It happened with the ACLU historic crowd funding.
And last week was yet another example. It all started with this tweet by Jerome Jarre. A public cry about the tragedy in Somalia.
And then it took off from there.
Shortly after that tweet, Jerome was able to convince Turkish Airlines to provide a plane to bring food to Somalia. But now they needed money to buy food and supplies.
Jerome launched a campaign on GoFundMe along with his friends Casey Neistat and Ben Stiller to raise funds.
People spread news about the campaign on Twitter and Facebook. Other vloggers created supportive videos. And in a few days they did it. Donations are now over $1.6MM and growing — coming from 104 countries and the average donation is $28.
It’s easy to get discouraged by what’s happening at times but people are making a positive impact every day in their communities and around the world.
Don’t lose hope in our social platforms. They may not be perfect but they keep us connected to each other.
And that is a very good thing.