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Volunteers unite (online)!
My Social Project is a social network for solidarity associations and people who want to be volunteers for them. The purpose of the website is to catalyse the growing number of volunteers and pairing them up with organisations that need a helping hand.
Why it matters
The number of youths available and even wanting to volunteer for social causes is growing. This can be a way of making social intervention more effective and private companies could perhaps integrate their workers in this project. However, if being a separate network from Facebook helps identify proactive participants, it can make it harder to reach a bigger audience. Will this project’s success depend, like many others, on its integration with bigger established social media platforms such as Facebook?
17. May 2012
The Extra Mile is a charity that collects frequent flyer miles from those that don’t use them or donate them, so that friends and family of terminally ill people can visit their loved ones back home.
Matt Dimmer came up with the idea after he had to travel back and forth when his father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2011. He realised that not everyone would be able to afford this, so he set up the Extra Mile to make it easier for families to embark on emergency visits to see ill relatives. Those with frequent flyer miles who don’t need them are encouraged to donate them to them.
In Ireland, a new initiative called the Ideas Campaign is drawing upon public and collective innovation in order to solicit ideas for economic recovery. 19 key areas including manufacturing, technology, construction, retail and education are being addressed. The campaign is an independent and non-political effort and coordinators will use the ideas to deliver an action plan to government. In just the first five days more than 1,200 proposals were submitted.