These days I'm loving the cross-pollinating going on between social media and "social good"; that is, using Web 2.0 and platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites to raise awareness and create change. I was reading through my Twitterfeed today and came across a post, "10 Ways to Support Charity Through Social Media". While it's a quick rundown of a lot of ideas and strategies that most "plugged-in" change agents already know about, it did point me in one new direction today.
The Summer of Social Good is an intiative/experiment running from June 1st through August 28th with the goal of raising awareness - and money - for some very important charities: World Wildlife Fund, Oxfam America, The Humane Society and Livestrong. Run by Mashable, the hugely popular Web 2.0 and Social Media blog, the Summer of Social Good is:
...the first large scale online charitable campaign to raise funds through the power of Social Media and the Internet. The goal is to use the power of “Social Influence” via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, blogs and other online media to raise an unprecedented amount for our fund benefiting The Humane Society, Livestrong, Oxfam America and WWF from June 1st until August 28th, 2009.
I thought this was a pretty cool idea, and as a way to show my support, I've not only Tweeted about it but I've placed the Widget in the right sidebar of The Changebase. Now, everytime you check this site between now and August 28th you can see how much money has been raised for these worthy charities. Not only that, but those talented folks at Mashable have made the Widget completely interactive: you can learn more, donate, tweet, or even share this campaign with your friends too. I hope you'll take a moment to read more about these organizations and share what you've learned with others!