Hey, Erik, How Can We Change the World?
One Dollar at a Time
by J. Erik Potter
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.– Sir Winston Churchill
We’ve all heard it before. It’s nothing new really. If everyone would just donate $1 to a cause, we could raise millions for any cause overnight. There have always been two big problems: there wasn’t an easy way to spread the word to these millions of people and there were no means of funneling these millions of $1 donations to a deserving cause effectively. Enter the Internet.
Much like the whole “change the world” phrase appears daunting; the whole “get a million people to donate $1” appears just as daunting. Or is it?
Through blogs and social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn, word can be spread like wild fire. I just signed up for LinkedIn and have a meager 16 connections, yet through the power of the site, my message can be spread to over 77,000 other connections, a 4,800:1
ratio. If this ratio remains constant, I only need to connect directly with 208 people in order to spread my message to the magic million. 208 vs. 1,000,000 . . . that doesn’t sound as frightening. Does it?
The second part of the equation is the collection and funneling of the $1 donations. Sites like SixDegrees.org and Network for Good go a long way towards making the transaction easy. Once you’ve established an account, you can donate to one of over 30,000 charities. Their system even keeps track of your donations throughout the year for tax purposes.
The tools are here. So what’s stopping you from changing the world?
— J. Erik Potter
Thanks, Erik, for showing us how.
We can change the world — just like that.
–ME “Liz” Strauss