Dec 19, 2007 at 12:11:53
“The Herorats are amazing! I can't believe I'm sitting here worrying about the safety of rats, but there you go.
The TOMS shoes are great too - I've heard lots of good things about them and the organization.”
PatrickE on Dec 26, 2007 at 15:11:54
“NEED is a great magazine!! I went to their website and signed up for a years subscription. It is the type of publication that this world is calling for. Can't wait to see more about NEED on The Huffington Post.”
I'm also a big fan of giving cashmere (anything), but scarves in particular. The big ones are incredibly warm and useful for travel as well, and cashmere is just so luxurious - and it's usually something people won't splurge on for themselves.”
“Like the other commenters said, this guy is one savvy politician who managed to keep answering questions with questions - however, I agree that we (as a collective) lost out on the chance to really ask him the tough ones. Why? Are we worried about offending or upsetting him? Isn't it a little too late for that?”
“Count me in as another person who doesn't read the Times or most other traditional media sources unless I come across an article mentioned on sites like this one. Traditional media, and the Times in particular, are either pandering to politicians or big business, or they are just straight up behind the times (pun not intended, but oh well).
Thank god (or more accurately, Sir Tim Berners-Lee) for the internet (I suppose I could make an Al Gore joke here, but I'll leave that to people who are snarkier than me) and all the amazing grassroots and community efforts being made (for more info on that, check out projects like this one - http://newschallenge.org).
Anyways, here's one more person joining the "damn, the Times is screwed" pile-on here. Not that it's necessary, but there's strength in numbers. Or something.”
Sep 23, 2007 at 22:48:33
“I, too, am a huge fan of donors choose. It's a great organization, and it's a great feeling when you get that package of thank-yous from the kids whose classroom and learning experiences that you helped fund.
A similar website/non-profit organization that I also really like is Kiva (http://kiva.org). It's an organization that lets individual donors participate in microfinancing entrepreneurs from around the globe. To quote them: “Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan you receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored.”
I've used Kiva and it is an excellent experience. Connecting with your lendees is amazing - perhaps someone will combine Kiva and Donors Choose and let a class lend money and communicate with the fundess?
I also love sites like Truthout (http://truthout.org), an independent news that focuses on just the facts, and the Common Language Project (http://commonlanguageproject.com). Their slogan is “Positive Reporting Across Borders” and their mission “is to develop and implement innovative multimedia approaches to international and local journalism.” They seek out the often-marginalized people directly affected by the issues they cover, avoiding the bureaucracy and government spin machines.
Again, this is a project that would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, without the web - “The digital age has created new opportunities to connect people around the globe. The CLP believes that this has opened up exciting possibilities for independent media, especially in the realm of international reporting.” They post all their extraordinary articles, photos, and podcasts on the site I linked above.
Of course, you can't overlook things like the Knight News Challenge, a contest that exists to provide funding to localized projects similiar the previously mentioned news site (http://newschallenge.org).