Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day – the day bloggers unite to publish posts that discuss poverty in some way. By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation today, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause. Blog Action Day is a nonprofit, grassroots movement of thousands of individual bloggers coming together for one cause.

The big question is why should we care about someone else’s problem? It’s not our issue, right? Wrong! If you’re asking yourself that question then no need to read on…..

Next question: How can technology be used to fight poverty?

In many cases it can’t! The worst kind of poverty means that you have no food, clean water, shelter and/or medical care. There are many wonderful organisations that help relieve these shortages.

However, information poverty is another form of poverty that we can address. Information empowers people – computers and the internet give access to information.

So what can you do?

  1. Why not volunteer your computer skills to a local charity that helps relieve poverty in your area (yes poverty does exist just round the corner from you!)
  2. Contribute to the One Laptop per Child Foundation.
  3. Donate your old computer and mobile phone to an organisation like Computer Aid International.
  4. Through Kiva, make a microloan (as little as $25) to help entrepreneurs in developing areas lift themselves out of poverty.

If one of these doesn’t appeal to you then do your own thing & be proud. Oh – and how about giving us some more ideas about fighting poverty through technology – use the comments box.

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4 responses to “Blog Action Day

  1. Pingback: You are Never Alone » Blog Action Day against Poverty, 15 October

  2. Thanks for the heads up Carol.
    I have linked to your post and blogged about the campaign at
    http://blogs.educationau.edu.au/ksmith/2008/10/15/blog-action-day-against-poverty-15-october/

  3. Thanks Kerrie – it’s amazing what the ‘collective’ can do. How we wish we didn’t have to blog for poverty.

  4. Excellent post for Blog Action Day 2008! You nailed the need and how we can address it more effectively through our use of technology. Thanks! I think Kiva is very worthy.

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