Last December we organized our first “Geeks Doing Good” event at the SF Food Bank. We had a good time, and more importantly, did a lot of good (especially by inspiring others, such as Robert Scoble). We’ve since set up a Facebook group and my colleague Andrew Kippen has done a phenomenal job pulling together more activities and volunteers.
Not exactly sure why, but compared to things like FriendFeed we aren’t getting nearly the responsiveness we’d originally anticipated. That said, the word did make it around the world to Cameron Reilly in Australia, who did a 30 minute podcast with me a few weeks ago. I think a lot of people have a lot of preconceived notions about volunteering. It certainly doesn’t seem “sexy” or “cool” to spend the day working in the SF Food Bank. It’s true, it isn’t really “cool” but a quick recollection of the “cool kids” I knew back in high school places them today working at the local TJ Maxx and/or something that involves using packing tape many hours per day (not that there’s anything wrong with either job – but they aren’t quite the expectations those kids probably had back in the day when they were being very cool), so I’m all good with not being cool.
Which brings us back to this weekend. Andrew & co have organized two more shifts at the Food Bank (morning and afternoon). I personally won’t be able to join this time around, but maybe I can get one LIVEdigitally reader per shift to sign up and volunteer on my behalf? I know there’s lots of other things you can do this weekend but I will promise you this – none of them are quite as rewarding. Knowing you’ve contributed to making the world a better place feels great (yes, even better than calling in a helicopter in COD4!).
Jeremy, I love this idea! I can’t wait to go to one.
I was in the middle of organizing a Do-Gooders panel for the Web2Open (unconference) section of the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco next month when I ran across Geeks Doing Good. Would you be willing to participate? Drop me an email if you are. Thanks!