Featured on Fox News – 12 Days of Holiday Giving Using Social Media

While in NYC for the launch of the #12DaysOfGiving holiday fundraising campaign, I was invited down to the Fox News TV studio to explain a little bit about the power of Social Media for good. It was a ton of fun... what was scheduled to be a 5 minute interview ended up being nearly a 10 minute segment. Check it out!  

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A big THANK YOU from the blue hair…

I made a promise that if the #12DaysOfGiving campaign managed to raise at least $2000 in support of our Day 5 featured charity (National Autism Association), I would dye my hair blue. (I pretended that this was a big chore on my part - for the kids - but really I was excited to do this... I haven't had my hair blue since high-school) Well, it took a little ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 8: Lotay Yang & Black Card Circle Foundation

Day 8 features Lotay Yang (@Lotay). Lotay was one of the first connected with when I first got active on twitter several years ago. He's been recognized as someone using twitter to inspire the world, but, having had the chance to spend time with him both personally and at his Black Card Circle Foundation events, I can vouch that inspiring is who he ...

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The #12DaysOfGiving gets a little bit insane…

Fundraising is fun. Fundraising on Crowdrise is even more fun. Fundraising on Crowdrise for the #12DaysOfGiving is the most fun ever invented. Some of the team have gotten a bit "creative" to help raise funds for their chosen charities. Some people might think it's a bit over the top, but we just think it kicks ass. In no particular order, here are some of the crazy challenges going on within the ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 7 – Dr Andy Baldwin & Got Your Back Network

Day 7 of our #12DaysOfGiving challenge features Dr Andy Baldwin. You may recognize Andy from the 10th season of reality TV show The Bachelor. He is also a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and has been honored on the Washington D.C. Most Influential People under 40 list in 2009, and Outside Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of the World list in 2006. His Twitter bio reads: @DrAndyBaldwin - U.S. Navy Doctor, ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 6: Mark Horvath & InvisiblePeopleTV

Day 6 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge features Mark Horvath. According to his Twitter bio, Mark (aka @HardlyNormal) is: "Just a hardly normal guy trying to navigate through an abnormal world by helping others. Founder @invisiblepeople & @wearevisible" I had the privilege of meeting Mark in person for dinner this summer while we were both visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba (where I grew up and my family still lives). I will say that Mark is ...

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Day 5: @JosephRanseth & National #Autism Association – #12DaysOfGiving

Hey! Welcome to Day 5 of the #12DaysOfGiving Challenge! This project has been a powerful testament to the power of community. What started as a simple idea and conversation between two people has evolved into a viral movement involving 1000's of people. Thank YOU for being a part of it. I believe that we can help each ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 4: Sean Gardner @2MorrowKnight & Charity Water

Day 4 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge features a personal favorite of mine: Sean Gardner, aka @2MorrowKnight. Sean is the prolific social media blogger on Huffington Post, well known for his #TwitterPowerhouses series. I met Sean years ago on Twitter and have had enough phone conversations with him to know he is one of the enthusiastic people on the planet and probably doesn't ever sleep. If there was someone ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 3: Ann Tran & St Jude

Day 3 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge features Twitter hero a Huffington Post blogger, Ann Tran. I've known Ann for about as long as I've been on Twitter and we were featured in the Huffington Post article 16 People on Twitter Who Inspire the World. According to her Twitter Bio, @AnnTran_  is: "Happily Married. Spiritual Seeker. Enjoys Travel, Beaches, Wine, Hiking and Photographing Nature." She is also extremely motivated and passionate ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 2: Dennis Crowley & Camp Interactive

Meet Dennis Crowley, our featured social good superstar for Day 2 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge. His Twitter profile (@dens) says simply: "I like snowboards, foursquare and unemployment." We think he's being modest, though. Not only is he the co-founder of Foursquare, but he was also on Family Feud. (Yeah, there's lots of other impressive stuff that you can read on his site, but we ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 1: Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Hope Runs

Who better to lead out our first 1 of #12DaysofGiving than social good superstar Claire Diaz-Ortiz. @ClaireD - has been leading social innovation, philanthropy, and causes at Twitter since 2009. She is the author of Twitter for Good: Change the World, One Tweet at a Time, and is a frequent international speaker on how to use social media for good. Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, ...

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The Ugliness Takes A Turn Toward Beautiful…

WOW That's really the only thing that can be said at this point. What started out as a fun little idea to raise a few dollars for charity, while simultaneously making fun of my poor grooming habits and subsequent lack of dates, has now evolved into a super fun little soap opera. First, Carl Seier made fun ...

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