Dale Partridge, founder of Sevenly on leading a generation towards generosity at Identity Conference 2012.
“It’s not about the amount of wealth you can accumulate, it’s about the impact and change you can create.” —Neil Blumenthal
The slow-motion disaster of the food crisis in the Horn of Africa is truly horrifying. Last Wednesday the United Nations declared a famine in two large regions of Somalia; 3.7 million people, nearly half the country’s population, are affected. The crisis is larger than just Somalia. Right now the devastating drought in the region means that more than 11 million people need food aid across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
You can help by making a contribution through the Tumblr Dashboard or on the Somalia tag page, and we’ll match your support up to $10,000. Proceeds will go to the United Nations World Food Programme.
Finally, the latest Style Hatch premium theme, Swell is live! Although the design is a bit more on the simplistic side there is an insane amount of detail that went into the build and overall experience. Early next week I’ll write up a post going into the details of how I pull off some of the more intense features. For now, here’s an overview of some of my favorite features:
After seeing real-world usage of Swell I already have a growing list of tweaks and improvements for the theme. Most of them are focused on increasing performance so that the theme is lightning fast when hundreds of posts are on the page at once. Across all the Style Hatch themes I’ve pushed live nearly 100 updates, so this is only the beginning.
If you have any questions, ideas or issue email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always try to get to emails within a day with the exception of weekends and holidays.
At the beginning of May I decided to start taking a portion of each theme’s sales to give back and help do good in developing countries. Now, for every 5 themes sold 1 person will be given access to clean water through Charity Water. At the close of the month I will share more details, including the ability to track and see specific freshwater projects that were made possible through Style Hatch. I really hope that this doesn’t come across as a marketing gimmick. Honestly I’m extremely excited to give back to something that makes a real difference. Already hundreds of people will be helped. Learn more about what Charity Water is doing—Why Water?
There is a lot going on behind the scenes with Style Hatch right now as I’m working to launch even more premium Tumblr themes and move to other platforms (no plans for Wordpress themes). On Monday Jess Brown, my first full-time employee, starts working with me at New Ezra and Style Hatch. His official role will be the director of customer experience which will cover support, outreach, as well as many other things. The future is extremely bright!
This week is going to be a good week. I’m extremely excited to reveal details on all three later this week—especially the ‘giving back’ portion. Starting yesterday, May 1, a significant portion of every Style Hatch premium Tumblr theme sold goes directly to funding clean water projects across the globe. For quite some time it has been my goal to integrate giving into each of the companies started under New Ezra, including Style Hatch. Now it is a reality!
— Eric Ryan
From Method cofounder Eric Ryan, on Building a Business with a Social Purpose.
Steve Martin (via petervidani)
Writer and editor Bruce Nussbaum presents the case that we are now entering the “Twilight of Pessimism for America” and finally moving beyond the notion that America is on the decline. Although Nussbaum is writing specifically regarding the perception and attitude of Americans I believe that the same sense of optimism will be true in business, technology and the general view of the future.
Beneath the noise of politics, the Know-Nothingism, the anger, the arrogance of belief and the corruption masquerading as lobbying, another culture is being built in cities where the future is more evenly distributed an far more optimistic. It is where political leaders really lead, Gen Yers build their lives on their own platforms and people wait for the bad movie that is Washington to end. I’m betting that in the decade ahead, the signal that is America’s comeback will grow stronger and replace the current noise.
Here’s to a new optimistic year and era!
Short documenary about the charity organization and skateboarding school Skateistan that works with girls and boys in Afghanistan between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programs.
On the second day of their September project the charity: water team hit water providing clean water to the Bayaka people for the first time. This well is the first of 210 projects that will be the result from all the contributions raised during the September campaign. Find out more about charity: water, their branding and transparency, and their September campaign.
Scott Harrison from charity: water stopped by the new 37signals office to speak to the team about the unconventional ways that charity: water stands out from other charities through branding and transparency.
Another key to CW’s success is that 100% of donations are used for direct water project costs. (A group of private donors, foundations and sponsors help pay for the everyday costs of running the organization.) CW even pays for the paypal and credit card transaction fees when people donate online so each penny goes straight to actually building a well.
Read the post “How branding and transparency help charity: water stand out” on 37signals - signal vs. noise.