Thursday, January 13, 2011

What's Next? Help Make A Difference

So What’s Next?

We did it! We completed what seemed impossible - a full year of What You Can Do. 261 videos, 261 one-minute ideas to help change the world. Over 70 organizations including Mercy Corps, Action Against Hunger, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, The Breast Cancer Site, Defenders of Wildlife and The Foundation all lent their programs, expertise and ideas. Countless numbers of people gave us their time and energy to help produce an entire year dedicated to warding off my inner demon: Impending Sense of Doom (ISD). Now that the exhilaration has subsided and my ISD is, for now, wrangled and contained, all that remains is… what’s next.

Which begs the question, what is next?

We recently heard from a truly amazing woman. She commented on one of our blog entries about how she moved passed her own ISD and found a ”Respite of Hope.” That hit me in the best way possible. She’s right, I thought. That’s exactly what we’re aiming for.

I know that my one-minute action can’t cool down the planet or stop wildlife extinction. But maybe my one-minute action paired with a million other one-minute actions could pull all of us collectively out of ISD and help us land on that elusive “Respite of Hope”.

So that is the goal this year. To build and grow this amazing community, to expand our reach to as many people as possible and get as many of us involved as we can.

We will of course be running new videos as the need arises. As I type this we are working on a video to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. We’re also planning a new week dedicated to fighting hate and bullying. We promise that more video content will be added. There will be more interviews from the experts, more blogs and more updates. All that’s left is you.

Won’t you join us? Together, maybe we can all locate our own respite of hope, even if for only one-minute at a time.

Here’s to 2011!
Jessica, Creator of “What You Can Do”

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