September 2, 2009

See the Change You Wish to Make in the World

** Editor’s Post **

Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Many organizations, social entrepreneurs and citizens of the world share his philosophy. World Flix, a non-profit organization, displays a powerful variation of the quote on their homepage. They encourage individuals to “SEE the change you wish to MAKE in the world.” It’s a strong and encouraging message that seems to resonate with online donators.

If you haven’t heard of World Flix yet, it’s because their website just launched this August. I stumbled upon their site last week when doing some research for the Literacy ‘n’ Poverty Project (LnP). What struck me most about this young organization is the similar passion and drive for social change that it shares with LnP. World Flix is determined to change the world by advocating through new and traditional media. More specifically, they are bringing attention to important social issues through video clips on the Internet. Essentially, they are merging the concept of YouTube and charity, challenging the traditional model of philanthropy.

World Flix’s website highlights user-submitted video clips to bring awareness to global issues surrounding food, water, shelter, sanitation and health care. These videos empower individuals to donate to a cause of their choosing. It’s an incredibly fascinating take on raising donations and awareness for causes. The concept of e-philanthropy, I believe, is the future of charitable giving.

The great thing about e-philanthropy is that you don't have to be Bill Gates or Oprah to be a social entrepreneur or philanthropist. The founder, Laika Grant Mann, intended it to be that way. According to their website, “the mission of World Flix is to make it simple for people from any background to donate to social programs.” A nice bonus is that you will know exactly where your donation is going. For example, I just donated to the “Tibet Vision Project” and all proceeds will go towards purchasing a slit-lamp microscope for their new eye care centers in Tibet. Individuals can donate as much or as little as they want and know where they are making a difference.

I encourage you to take some time exploring World Flix and e-philanthropy. Watch some videos, too. And most importantly, spread the word.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to stay tuned. I’m excited to SEE the change that I helped MAKE happen.

World Flix:

This is the first of many editor's posts written by Olivia Chao, a Volunteer Online Editor with the Literacy ‘n’ Poverty Project. Olivia lives in New York City and also volunteers her time at the Covenant House where she assists troubled youth and their families. For the past three years she has been working in online marketing in the book publishing industry. Please leave your comments or email with your questions.

1 comment:

Eddie said...

Make a difference - let's spread the message far and wide.

A recent movie ''The YES Movie''about today young entrepreneurs changing the world, very inspiring movie. Louis Lautman)

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