Nine months ago I had a fire lit under my feet about the whole system of engaging with people. I wanted people to be commenting on my website and recognized my inability of commenting on other people’s blogs and had a call to arms for other bloggers to jump in on the initiative to engage with others. The idea is not that we would then expect them to comment on our posts or karma would miraculously send others our way too. We simply wanted to show the love to others because it is what we expect with the blogging world.
Archives for August 2013
These are fun.
This is a really cool idea and a fascinating look into the world of 3D printing.
Much like sharing tech wreck stories, The Art of 3D Print Failure is all about sharing your failures—in this case—3D printing.
I thought it was awesome to see what it must be like for your 3D printer to run out of “ink”:
Back in March Dan Pallotta gave a predictably inspiring talk on TED, but this one put a very intriguing spin on our cultural attitude to charities, how they are run and how “our charity thinking is all wrong”.
Krista Lewis summed up the talk in this beautiful infographic. I find this incredibly encouraging as I work with lots of charities and it gives me room to bill charity clients guilt free. I also celebrate the idea that people are beginning to think about development work in broader terms which could help create real change.
Are you ready for some football?
Considering the 200-bed emergency shelter offered medical and dental care, psychiatric services, educational services, substance abuse programs, computer classes and job interview preparation, I highly doubt that 700 pairs of shoes where, in the words of the church pastor, “not a better way we could impact part of our city than if we would just one day ask the guys to wear their best shoes to church, to take them off, leave them at the altar and go home barefoot.”
I don’t think so.
Instead of bringing their “best shoes,” they could have simply brought $20 (a low mark for your “best shoes”) and donated $14,000 to the shelter. I’m sure that would have made a much greater impact!
Like many non-profits, I am sure the shelter was happy to receive these 700 pairs of shoes. Most non-profits are happy with anything they can get their hands on as they they generally operate as “bottom feeders.” This story, however, reminds me of personal conversations I’ve had with social outreach, non-profit organizations, who receive old, outdated technology.