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Though it’s been out for a while, I only just saw Blood Diamond the other night. I was watching with a friend and I mentioned Camp Okutta, which I wrote about in a previous post. For some reason I didn’t expect Blood Diamond to be so graphic, but what was I expecting, given the film’s plot. I’m actually easily affected by visual experiences – movies, (some) commercials, art, theater, etc. so not surprisingly, something inside me stirred when I saw the child soldiers in action. Whenever I see movies with social messages, especially when they’re based on specific world issues and force one to question what’s happening to humanity, I ask myself, ‘but what can I do? what could I do besides give money?’ and then I usually forget about the movie and my questions soon after thinking about those issues.

n18706979456_6198.jpgA month or so ago I joined Planning For Good, and more recently Planning For Good – Minneapolis as a volunteer planner. Planning For Good is made up of strategic thinkers (account planners, strategists, etc.) who want to help solve real problems for non-profit causes. In the past few weeks numerous individual groups specific to various cities have sprung up on Facebook. The goal is for each city to meet collectively and share thoughts and ideas for briefs and then eventually everyone puts their ideas into the ‘idea vat’. I’m curious to see what future briefs/organizations we’ll be helping. Unfortunately, I missed the UNICEF briefing/meeting, but I’ll be sure to attend the next one.

I’m discovering Facebook is a growing platform for not only connecting with friends, but for finding like-minded people who want to do more than just chat and say hello. Though I joined a while ago, I’ve only lately become more active on FB. There are a lot of silly groups on FB (I’m probably in a few) but there are obviously some worth joining. To any planner (especially junior, or student), I encourage exploring such groups and joining Planning For Good. Interestingly, in the past two days, I’ve had two senior planners suggest I join, though I’d already done so a while back. So I’m just passing the message on. Cheers!

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I can’t believe summer is (for the most part) over. October is here already, and soon enough, Turkey Day (aka Thanksgiving). And we all know what this means. Holiday shopping season begins. The fun, the madness, the joy of holiday (can I say Christmas?). For the past few years, I just haven’t been able to come up with any sweet gift ideas when I am asked “What’s on your list?” I admit, I enjoy getting gifts, but I’ve come to realize that I have so much junk around here, and I don’t truly need anything.

I was looking at the One Laptop Per Child/XO Laptop site and my eye fell upon: “Give 1 Get 1 starting November 12”. I immediately thought how perfect this would be for a Christmas gift – either for your child/niece/nephew, etc. but more importantly, how meaningful it would be for that child millions of miles away. What if instead of exchanging gifts in your family this year, you pledged to purchase a few of the laptops? It would almost be like feeding the hungry a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, but probably better. (not that this isn’t a generous or necessary cause)

Designed by fuseproject, the laptop represents ambitious and inspiring ideas that I hope people come to believe in and support. Education and the opportunities it affords should be a part of every child’s life.


Here’s another example of the idea of planning for good:

Ideablob, recently launched by Advanta Bank Corp., is a social networking platform that gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the space to share ideas and potentially win $10,000 to help their business grow.

IdeaBlob is where entrepreneurs and small business owners can share and grow their business ideas – and have a chance to win $10,000 towards fulfilling them.

Great ideas are generated every day by people all across the country, and now these ideas have a place to live and grow. Eligible individuals with a good business idea can post it to IdeaBlob.com, and based on votes from the IdeaBlob online community – which includes other innovators as well as friends, family, colleagues, associates, teachers and mentors – one idea every month will win $10,000.

As individuals take part in IdeaBlob’s growth, their business has the potential to grow right along with it.”

Advanta issues Mastercard credit cards for small business owners and has been in business for the last 50 years. After doing some brief digging, I found they were started by a schoolteacher who helped fellow teachers get loans. I’m curious as to what the rest of the story is behind the founder and how Advanta evolved to become what it is today.

As we’re seeing over and over, there is power in community, and truth in authenticity. Ideablob has been added to my list of ‘great new ideas’ and goodness that aims to provide real things for people who need it.

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