Update: Feb 17, 2012 Boom! And that’s how it’s done. Congrats HopeMob.Congrats world.
Feb 16, 2012 Tired of skanky media with lousy messages and negative role models? Prefer to find fabulously positive uses of social media to uplift and inspire humanity? Ready to be part of something worthy, exciting, and impactful?
“I believe in miracles” (cue soundtrack by Hot Chocolate which is in my brain…Actually…scratch that…Hope Mob has its own soundtrack, called “Believe”–the Walk of Hope (catchy too, and you get it free when you become a backer!)
Shaun’s description of HopeMob would make any venture capitalist with a heart grin widely and open a wallet…I can even envision the pitch deck, as he describes, “if Mother Teresa built a platform with the tech base of Groupon, Foursquare, & Netflix & the heart of CNN Heroes, it’d look like this!”
Those of you familiar with Kickstarter know that he won’t get a penny unless he hits that mark, and no donations will be processed UNTIL he does. So, for a great post-Valentine’s Day to humanity, how about showing this project some love? I’m in. You?
What’s Hope Mob About? How Does It Work? When Will it Launch?
Here, let them tell you:
- A family loses their house in a fire. HopeMob tells their story!
- A great single mom loses her job. HopeMob profiles her!
- A first generation college student is about to drop out of school because he can’t afford tuition. HopeMob spreads the word!
- A child with cancer has a wish for more Facebook fans. HopeMob tells her story!
- A dad has his only car break down and now he can’t get to work. HopeMob profiles him!
- A family with a disabled toddler needs a special van to transport their child. HopeMob spreads the word!
Unlike other platforms that focus on hundreds of small issues, HopeMob simply tells one story at a time and focuses all of our collective energy on this one cause.
Using STORY POINTS, you can help boost a story up through our cause queue until it becomes our one and only FEATURED STORY with a HUGE international audience. That is when the MOB swarms the cause with HOPE!
Before we launch in late March, HopeMob already has over 1,000 volunteers from 35 states and 6 continents committed to making this platform one of the most diverse, socially networked teams ever assembled to do good in the world!
I’d say that’s work giving a KickSTART in the wallet, eh?
Go for it! They (WE!) need you NOW!
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Instilling Mindfulness & Humane Education In Kids
Don’t ‘cha love happy endings?
Now it’s time to REALLY get busy.
Question: Do you think Shaping Youth should try to do a Kickstarter funding project for one of our ventures?
Or should we save our storytelling for piloting the new crowdsourcing on HopeMob?? What’s the ’cause-marketing’ fatigue factor out there right now, economy and all?
Which of our many projects should be given the golden opportunity first? A TEDx style media literacy deployment to scale and train with hands-on regional workshops, speakers, and insights?
Our nutrition, body image, eco/sustainability, and stereotypes media literacy games to “train the trainer” (all ages and stages?)
Sparking the larger movement with allies to combat the sexualization of children?
What are your most urgent hot buttons? Leave a comment below, or tweet me… @ShapingYouth.