As some of you know, I’m working on starting a non-profit that will improve people’s lives through charitable living. My idea is to bring people together around global events and generate infectious positive energy that will give participants a sense of fulfillment and purpose. The rewards we’ll receive by participating will reinforce our place in the community, rather than our current materialistic habits. I believe our culture is changing, and we’re going to lead the charge.
Big dreams, I know, but I’ve already mentioned how I’m sorta like a viral infection (you’re going to click on that link just because you’re curious), so maybe this isn’t such a big step.
You’ll have to stay tuned for more on my project, as I’m literally just getting it off the ground (with lots of awesome help, I might add!).
I’m doing a ton of research, as I know almost nothing about non-profits, or frankly, doing any sort of charity work at all. The best way to learn, and in fact keep me motivated, is to connect with people. Not surprisingly, I’m generating quite a bit of positive energy in my life, and in those of the people helping me get started.
I want to share some of that… in fact, I came across a beautiful American Indian saying:
When you come on something good, first thing to do is share it with whoever you can find; that way, the good spreads out where no telling it will go.
In that spirit, I want to share “Worldshapers ’09″, an e-book recently published by Jasmin Tragas (aka Wonderwebby on Twitter). Jasmin and I met very peripherally on twitter, not even sure how. I must say, I would have described technology as a man’s world. Especially technology evangelists. I’m sure I’ll get killed for saying that, just as sure that there are some awesomely smart and talented woman technologists out there… just that they are seriously outnumbered by the guys!
Worldshapers showcases the work of women around the world who are working to shape, influence and change their worlds. You’ll find their stories, plus links and contact details for the projects they’re working on – as well as suggestions for things that you can do to help shape the world you live in.
Please read Worldshapers ’09. You’ll feel better just by reading it! And, imagine how you’d feel if you could get even more involved?
I find it to be a very important example of how the power of community technology enables a unique feminine perspective to use technology heal and inspire, to bring people together. It really is about the purpose, with technology as a means to the end. Just as it should be.
Purpose-driven technology, I like that phrase.
Back to Worldshapers. I especially like page 18, it’s Eileen Clegg’s visual story. Brilliant. That sort of presentation seems to resonate with my mind. Interesting how she mentions visualization technology as an ancient wisdom. My company, will also tie into an ancient practice. That of community, sitting around a campfire and weaving a story in honor, and celebration of life. More to come!
PS We’re close to starting a newsletter. If you are curious about what I’m doing, please leave a comment and I’ll add you to the email list when we do start the newsletter.
PPS I originally didn’t use such good phrasing around the “man’s world” comment — I’m saying it jokingly and with a light heart!!! Laugh, please. Don’t be angry. Please.