kids in Africa with
distended bellies asking for my money.
I suspect most of the money goes to that fat dude on the private jet in the coat and tie who
flies in once a month
to grease palms and
bring some rice,
his distended pockets
full of the cash
that was to
I only emptied my pocket and filled his.
My pockets empty -
their bellies are empty too.
What good did we do?
Fed up --- (what an ironic statement)
I'm going flat. Linking Directly. Peering through my camera's glass into their glass.
Transparency. Flattening. Is my money really getting there? Are they really getting
what they need? Are the people responsible good and faithful?
I cannot see all.
I am not
I can do better.
I can connect anew --
to see --
I can know names,
Cut out the fat cat.
I can remove barriers that are erected in my mind and go places that leave my stereotypes behind.
Every place, any corner, I cannot go, but I can help people who I know.
And that, my friends, is my view. To be. To Do. To fill my life and theirs too.
And that, my friends is the grail of connecting with those who you help through social action learning projects in schools and beyond. People who donate don't just want to give their money, they want to engage. Perhaps it is very fitting that the winner of this year's NetGenEd project created a video about mobile phone donating. With the people of Haiti still living in the streets - we can give our money but if the money we give is to ineffective, corrupt organizations -- what on earth have we done? (Kind of fitting that my dear friend Beth Kanter has a book coming out this month on this very topic -- The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change comes out on the twenty first. I wish her all the best and appreciate what she has taught me about non profits and social media. And in light of the situation in Haiti on the streets - it is high time to use these tools for some accountability when we give our money.)