Big discovery day yesterday as folks shared lots of links for sites that combined the power of social networks with the needs of social causes.
I’m sure there are lots of sites out there and that I’ve only scratched the surface. Over time as the best technology comes to the surface and aggregators attempt to make social portals, some will dominate. But in this field of social activism there are millions of organizations out there, each with their own focus and spin, many overlapping and yet working together to make the world a better place.
The issue in all this chaos is that of the individual volunteer looking to find the one or few organizations whose cause and approach aligns with their own sensibilities. But that’s the topic of another post.
In the mean time, take a look at Aviva (the insurance company) and their approach to leveraging communities in order to support local causes and allocate their CSR funds at http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/. And see the marriage of social networking and social engagement at http://getinvolved.ca/, “the social network for the socially conscious” and http://www.dailychallenge.org, “the social network for do-gooders.” It’s interesting to note that both of these are sponsored by media, specifically TV and radio.