Okay. I think I really have turned some sort of metaphysical corner. After a recent rough patch I thought would never end, I looked up and found so much to be grateful for all around me:
- You: After my last blog post, over 50 of you reached out via phone, tweet, Facebook and the comments here to hold up a mirror & remind me of all that I have to be thankful for and that I’m not alone. My buddy Danny sent like a football-team full of amazing folks, and I’m so grateful you’re here.
- Zoe: My niece Zoe came over after school and we arranged artwork she’s created since preschool on her wall to transform her bedroom into her very own art gallery.
- Sanjay: The better half of Epic Change is coming home Monday for 5 whole days.
- Free Bagels: The guy at the deli threw in an extra two bagels with cream cheese when I only ordered one.
- Mashable: Somebody at Mashable seems to think To Mama With Love was pretty rad. They listed our little Love campaign on their list of 9 Social Good campaigns worth recognizing. We were at the top of a list that included some pretty big players – like Pepsi Refresh, Charity Water & 350. Nice.
- European Summit for Global Transformation: A friend found a sponsor so Mama Lucy & I can attend the European Summit for Global Transformation next month in Amsterdam. I get to see Mama, hug many old friends, visit a fabulous city & eat pommes frites with mayo and curry until my heart’s content. You should come too.
- Happy Endings: A changemaker I love is bringing a chapter to a perfectly happy ending with so much grace, love and brilliance that I’m in total awe. TT, you know who you are ;)
- Fresh Opportunities: I might have the opportunity to help an amazing soul half the world away walk into the power of leading with his own heart.
- Inspiration: Today, a team in Tampa that’s already gotten a jumpstart on planning their very own Tweetsgiving event will announce an the changemaker whose voice & impact they’ll amplify at their November event and throughout the coming year. Inspiring.
Amazing how a little bit of gratitude changes everything. Speaking of which…
Yes. TweetsGiving, our global celebration of gratitude and giving, is on for 2010. With a twist. And we’d love for you to help us plan a gratitude party that spans the globe.
Here’s the skinny:
- Epic Thanks: This year, we’ll give Epic Thanks. We’ll be co-branding TweetsGiving as “Epic Thanks” to make the event accessible to even more participants who may use other social media platforms , who live their lives (gulp!) offline and those across the globe who don’t celebrate ThanksGiving as we do in the US. We’ll still be using the TweetsGiving brand too, so you may choose to brand your local event as “TweetsGiving” or “Epic Thanks” or, as we will globally, you may use both – whichever you prefer.
- Date: We’re hoping the majority of events will be held on Friday, November 19th, 2010, but are open to events that may occur from 11/18/10 – 11/24/10. Based on feedback from many former hosts, we believe this date will attract even more attendees and want to give you a bit of flexibility to choose what might work best in your community.
We’re hoping you’d like to bring Epic Thanks to your city, company or campus:
Step 1. REGISTER YOUR CITY OR CAMPUS. (by 11/1/10)
Fill out this short form. Once your registration is approved, you will be added to our Google Group of event hosts as an active forum to share ideas and ask questions. The group will be moderated by Avi Kaplan, a member of the founding team behind the original TweetsGiving. Only events registered by November 1 will be listed on the official Epic Thanks/TweetsGiving site.
Step 2. CHOOSE YOUR CHANGEMAKER. (OPTIONAL – by 11/1/10)
It’s your choice. You may either host your event in honor of changemakers, like Mama Lucy, supported globally by Epic Change. Or your event team may choose a grassroots changemaker they’d like to honor at your local event. (See what Epic Thanks Tampa is up to for an example.) A few more details:
- Changemakers: Changemakers are people who create hope in our world. They teach us how to hope. They give us reason to hope. They restore hope when it seems lost. A changemaker is not an organization, and it’s not a cause. A changemaker is an individual who, like Mama Lucy Kamptoni, leads social change and community transformation.
- Grassroots: Epic Change is a grassroots organization. As our organizational mission is to amplify voices that have not been heard, we prefer to work with changemakers who have not had significant visibility or funding to date, and who do not derive their power from traditional sources (e.g., wealth, celebrity, political connection, etc.). That said, we are not simply looking for people with great ideas, but rather people who have already demonstrated their ability to lead and inspire social change in their communities.
- Outcomes: If your team chooses a changemaker, we’ll ask that you raise funds toward a specific, concrete goal rather than an overall cause. For instance, funds may build a school or playground, send 10 children to camp, provide resources to 3 classrooms, feed 100 homeless families, etc. In addition, if your team chooses a changemaker, we ask that members of your team commit to following up over the subsequent 12 months to ensure stated objectives are met..
- Compliance: To comply with our nonprofit charter, all changemakers are subject to final approval by Epic Change staff. To guide your initial selection, selected changemakers must perform work that is charitable, scientific, literary, educational, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Events may not promote spiritual or religious beliefs, commercial products or political agendas.
- Fiscal Sponsorship: Funds may be awarded to and managed by the nonprofit of the selected changemaker’s choice, or approved changemakers may be fiscally sponsored by Epic Change to ensure all funds are spent to meet specified outcomes in alignment with our nonprofit charter.
- Allocation of Funds: If you choose your own changemaker, 50% of your event’s proceeds will be awarded to the changemaker of your choice. If you choose to support our global initiatives only, 100% of funds collected at your event will support future Epic Change fellows like Mama Lucy Kamptoni. We will announce our future fellows in advance of your event, and will provide their stories & short videos describing their work for you to share with participants.
- Selection: Your team may use whatever selection mechanism you choose to select a changemaker to highlight at your event. We prefer that you choose someone known and respected by a member(s) of your event team, but you may open the selection process to a public vote or public input if you’d like.
Step 3. PLAN YOUR PARTY.
We believe personal creativity is an integral part of creating lasting social change. So your party is really up to you. We ask only that you include three key elements:
- Gratitude. Your event should inspire participants to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. Our shared gratitude is the basis of this global celebration.
- Giving. Your event should inspire participants to give in honor of whatever they’re grateful for. You may inspire giving through ticket sales, an auction, a raffle, in-person donation requests, whatever you choose. Our hope is that most funds will be processed online, and we ask that all cash collected be submitted via wire transfer or via PayPal using a personal credit or debit card within 24 hours following your event.
- Changemakers. Your event should acquaint participants with a changemaker you choose, or an Epic Change fellow, in celebration of our shared gratitude for the changemakers around the globe who create hope in our world.
Your key responsibilities as a gratitude party planner include:
- Marketing: While we will provide basic marketing materials as they become available (logos, boilerplate language, etc.), your team is entirely free to create and/or adapt any marketing materials you choose. Your team is also free to create an independent brand, look & feel for your site and materials.
- Sponsorships: You may solicit sponsorships to cover event costs. Sponsors should pay vendors directly for services rendered. Corporate donors whose funds will not be used to cover event costs should submit their donations via the website you create, or via a check mailed to Epic Change at 315 Jackson Avenue, Satellite Beach, FL 32937.
- Donation Processing: You may choose to use Paypal, Chipin or Eventbrite to process donations and ticket sales. Our Paypal account is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Website: A website will be required to collect your event’s funds and rally your community, but may be as as simple as an Eventbrite page, a Facebook event page or a WordPress blog.
- Independence: Events are independently organized. Your site & promotional materials should make it clear that your event is organized entirely independently, in support of US 501c3 nonprofit Epic Change.
- Program: In short, your event is yours. Plan a tweetup. Host local speakers sharing what they’re grateful for. Cook dinner for an intimate group of friends for whom you’re grateful. Interview people in your community & premiere a film about gratitude in your town. Chalk thank you notes on sidewalks. Leave anonymous gratitude gifts on doorsteps of local changemakers. Have a local spa host a night of pampering everyone will be thankful for. Create a piece of artwork. Host a virtual event. You’re only limited by your imagination.
Ready to unleash the gratitude in your community in honor of changemakers everywhere who create hope in our world?
REGISTER HERE NOW to be part of Epic Thanks 2010.
Need more info? A quick Google search may answer your questions about the history, purpose and outcomes of TweetsGiving to date. If not, email email@example.com or tweet @meshugavi with additional questions.