**URGENT MESSAGE TO FRIENDS AND EVERYONE REALLY**
For years I have wondered why it is that no matter how many people and organisations care about dealing with todays challenges, we still seem to be unsuccessful, even in terms of things that we ALL know are really, really important and urgent to deal with. Have you ever wondered the same thing???? I've found through my studies and my work that a major reason for this is that those who are dealing with issues are not working together enough. Why? Because there is no one place to go to find out what's going on in relation to any particular issue in a particular location. Don't take it from me though, try it yourself! Can you find a single website that makes it easy for you to find a comprehensive overview of, say, homelessness in your town? Does it let you contribute to identifying what the issue is, who is involved with addressing it and where the gaps are, as well as give you the tools to actively get involved in developing and implementing initiatives that address the problem together with other people and organisations?
I couldn't find anything like that ten years ago when I bought the www.humanityonline.org
URL, and I still can't find anything like it.
That's why I'm working with an awesome team +Kristina Donauskytė +Joel Crawley +Alistair Gardiner +Emlyn Roberts-Harry
at +Humanity Online
along with many other amazing people from around the world who have joined in our efforts like +Mike Searle +Ayoub Khote +Alan K +Steven Palmer +Victor Vorski +John Blossom
and many more
(some hang out in this community goo.gl/2nN3kI
) to develop a website where there is one page per issue per location, with task/project management and collaboration tools to help people work together. The website is being designed to ensure that all people and organisations will be able to contribute to identifying what the issue is, and get involved in developing or implementing initiatives that address it.
Some major organisations are taking an interest in this project and have spent time talking to me about it, including major governance bodies and national and global civil society orgs and movements. And that's AWESOME
, it makes me and everyone else working on this project realise that there are a lot of people and organisations who realise that we'll benefit from something like this and who'd want to use it.
But to make this project successful we need to build a working prototype, and for that we need funds. To get funds we need everyone who understands how this website will transform how we work together to say to everyone they know that we need something like this. That's where you come in; my friends, family and people in my network; each one of you can help. On March 17th we are launching a crowdfunding campaign, and we've begun the countdown (see +Humanity Online
), so keep an eye out for that. But before we launch we need as many people as possible to help spread the word. That's why we've set up a Thunderclap - http://goo.gl/cpjhuv
-which lets you sign up so that on the 18th of March at 8pm exactly hundreds of Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr messages will be sent - one from each account of the people who signed up - spreading the word about our crowd-funding campaign and giving us a better chance to get funding for the prototypePlease take just a minute to sign up to participate in the Thunderclap here http://goo.gl/cpjhuv and do me a huge favour by sharing this post and the Thunderclap campaign with everyone you knowThank you! #IfWeWorkTogether #HumanityOnline