URL: www.borninseptember.org What: A former New York City club hopper and party promoter finds purpose in bringing clean drinking water to Africa, and changes the game for cause marketing by cleverly combining powerful photo and video story-telling with social networking for good. Nominated for: Social Impact, Pattern Change, Story-telling Rate here: Born in September Beth […]
URL: http://www.freewheelinwaytogo.com What: Bike sharing was a hit when launched in Paris in 2007. It was cheap, convenient and eco-friendly. End of story? Not so fast. A U.S. health insurer changed the game and wrote a new story. Humana promotes its business agenda – lower health care costs – through a state-of-the-art bike sharing program […]
URL: hub.witness.org People: Peter Gabriel and others What: Peter Gabriel’s Witness was a visionary game changer when it was created a decade ago: putting cameras in the hands of ordinary people to document and bring world attention to human rights issues. Its video sharing web site, Witness Hub, leaps forward by networking digital photographers and […]
Bono is a rock star musician. Jeffrey Sachs is a rock star economist. This week, they were also bloggers for FT.com. Read their posts and you can see clearly how people with passion and purpose can produce journalism that stands out from the routine, gutless reporting we’ve been indoctrinated to view as normal and right.
If you’re bored with the talking heads, check out the action on the streets of St. Paul. Police there conducted “a pre-emptive strike against disruptive protests” ahead of the Republican National Convention, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Liliana Segura writes for AlterNet that the raids targeted video activists. Which leads to at least one […]
Newspapers are failing, and my friend and advisor Alan Webber knows why: the problem isn’t technology, shifting business models, the rise of social networks or all the other excuses newspaper executives like to talk about. The problem is lousy products. From Alan’s Nov. 13, 2006 post: What’s happened, I think, is that newspapers have stopped […]