As recently reported by Adweek, the daily, live, interactive YouTube show “What’s Trending” has scheduled its Second Annual Tube-a-Thon for this Thursday, December 12, at 6PM PT, 9PM ET. For the two-hour program, What’s Trending and Ford’s Fiesta Movement will unite the YouTube community and some of Hollywood’s most charitable stars for this next-generation digital social telethon aimed at raising money for Covenant House, a nationwide charity network dedicated to helping homeless kids.
The holiday themed Tube-A-Thon will be live-streamed from YouTube Space LA on What’s Trending for two hours of fundraising filled with music, comedy, performances and surprises. For every tweet with the hashtag #Tubeathon or #FiestaMovement, What’s Trending and Fiesta Movement will donate $1 to Covenant House. Read more
I’m not sure of its exact origin, but I’m indebted to ESPN SportsCenter star Stuart Scott for introducing me to this phrase: “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” Today is Thanksgiving Day here in America, and on the occasion, I am feeling deeply grateful.
Like many other entrepreneurs in America and elsewhere, I find a great deal to be thankful for in my occupation. Writing for OnStartups.com, Dharmesh Shah has posted an excellent short article entitled “12 Things Entrepreneurs Should Be Thankful For,” which I encourage everyone to read.
Among the story’s growing list of comments, here are a few of my favorites. Read more
In the ongoing aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, where the survivors are now facing new difficulties including disease and infections, the United Nations World Food Programme continues mobilizing to help millions of people with emergency food relief. Funded entirely by voluntary donations, WFP counts on our support to be able to provide food where and when it is needed most. Donations to help children and families in need in the Philippines can be made at http://www.wfpusa.org/emergency or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
Monday is Veteran’s Day here in America, and it’s a day of honor and celebration that has its roots in “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918, when Germany signed the Armistice to end World War I. I have written before about what this day means to me personally, and since America’s businesses are made up of its citizens, it’s natural that our esteem for our military veterans is the inspiration for many types of related cause-marketing campaigns, including those detailed last year at this time by Stuart Elliott of The New York Times.
Although my military service was during the relatively peaceful era of 1985 to 1990, it still was not all that easy. I know firsthand about the dread of boot camp, and the difficulty of enduring even basic training… but to me, my motivation was clear: I wanted to serve my country. Through those experiences and others, I came to have ultimate respect for those who have gone far beyond “basic training” to become the Marines, the SEALS, and other elite members of our special forces… whose bravery and daily commitments are seemingly made of granite. It is nearly impossible to duly honor them and express the appreciation they deserve.
Below, I am very proud to share the touching personal message I received from my cousin, whose son graduated around this time in 2011 as a Navy SEAL. Throughout the ordeal of her son’s training, we received updates of the harrowing experiences — one after the other — that this young man, and others like him, were willingly facing in order to serve our country. He was literally knocked back time and again, and each time, he stepped back up with even more determination; he never gave up, and today, his dream of being one of America’s finest and best trained specialists is a reality. And like everyone who wears a military uniform, ultimately, he did all of this to serve us.
As you read this and otherwise participate in Veterans Day in your chosen ways, please think of those young people who have dedicated their lives to the military, and consider reaching out somehow to let them know you appreciate them. Also, I invite you to learn more about the Wounded Warriors Project, and consider making a donation. Thank you! Read more
November 4-6, join the talents behind Event Marketer Magazine and the Event Marketing Summit for the third-annual EventTech, the world’s only conference and exposition focused on using social media and technology to optimize events and trade shows. Join hundreds of marketers from across the Fortune 1,000 and the best marketing agencies in Las Vegas for quick-dives into the latest technologies, the hottest trends and the most important digital+live best practices, including the following. Read more
It’s my pleasure to join others all around the world today for Blog Action Day, the annual campaign that has been uniting bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day since 2007. Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food and the Power of We, with tens of thousands of blogs taking part.
This year’s theme is human rights, and I have taken this opportunity to reacquaint myself with Amnesty International, the global movement of more than 3,000,000 people in over 150 countries and territories dedicated to ending grave human rights abuses. Right now, Amnesty is campaigning for a new law to stop people in some of the world’s poorest communities from being kicked out of their homes without warning.
In every part of the world, people are forced out of their homes without warning or consultation, without access to justice and without compensation. These forced evictions often involve violence. They destroy livelihoods and social networks, and drive people deeper into poverty… often resulting in many becoming homeless and destitute. Read more
For over 50 years, the New York Film Festival has been the city’s premiere showcase for the best new cinema from around the world. All the excitement for the renowned event’s 51st edition kicked off at Lincoln Center on 27 Sept., and the festivities runs on through 13 October.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to Read more
As recently reported on Dexigner.com, the leading online portal for designers, architects, illustrators, engineers, artists, and creatives of all kinds, Architecture for Humanity has opened registration for its upcoming annual Design Like You Give a Damn conference. Running 7-9 November, this fourth edition will unite innovators and experts in San Francisco to tackle all the issues surrounding designing for a more resilient world. Here’s a summary of this year’s program.
Thursday, November 7, 7 – 10:30PM: Opening night reception at Contemporary Jewish Museum Friday, November 8, 9AM – 8PM: All day forum, keynote speaker and closing reception at Autodesk Gallery
. Keynote Speaker: Michael Berkowitz – Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation Saturday, November 9, 10AM – 5PM: Chapter forum at Architecture for Humanity headquarters
The New Yorker Festival is a three-day celebration of ideas and the arts in New York City, running October 4-6, 2013. The Festival brings distinguished writers, thinkers, artists, and other luminaries to audiences from around the world. The full program and ticket information can be found on the site, where you can also download The New Yorker Festival App offering complete information, including neighborhood guides from the editors of Goings On About Town.
Although tickets went on sale on September 13 and often sell out very, very quickly, a certain percentage of tickets for all events will be sold in-person on Friday, October 4. For almost all of the events, there will also be a handful of tickets available at the door an hour before start time.
This week, Advertising Week hits New York City for its tenth straight year, and between now and Friday evening, it’s sure to cement its reputation as the world’s premier annual gathering of marketing and communications leaders. With more than 200 distinct events, The Week is a hybrid of thought leadership seminars featuring the industry’s best and brightest – and engaging special events which galvanize targeted constituencies. Spawned from creative roots in 2004, Advertising Week now draws from the client, media and broader cultural communities with a laser focus on the key business drivers shaping and influencing the global industry. Read more