….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
Recently facebook was messing me around in indescribable ways! It culminated in a facebook vigilante law student trying to censor my thoughts on post-modern feminism because she wanted to let me know that my “work & reputation” would be affected in her opinion if I continued to express my opinions online! lol. Well, after falling off my chair laughing at the simplicity of a lawschool 101 analysis, I did something naughty and ended up being banned from posting by facebook for 7 days!
Yeah, the word “skank” may have featured in the process of me getting banned by a bunch of sex-negative stalinist feminists trolls who didn’t really know who Susan Sontag or Germaine Greer was! Very literate, indeed! Of course I was quaking in my shoes, cos you know, no one who has ever gone to LAW SCHOOL ever called others horrid names before! NO! We are all just sitting around group-hugging the planet! hahahaha!
Anyway, as all things happen in this universe for the right reason in my life, I decided to look for alternatives to facebook and tried Jackthedonkey.com! Imagine my surprise when Jackthedonkey got all happy about my sustain-able blog and next thing you know I’m on first name term with its founder David Katz! What a crazy, wild lovely & may I say very HAIRY guy ! He has NOT shaved or cut his hair for 283 days to raise money for charity! Sorry I could NEVER EVER do that…well…:) He must be dreaming of a clean shave by now! Wonder what this is doing to his love life? hahahhahaa! Just kidding, David! But seriously, LOOK at him!!!! The Charities better be grateful!:)
I managed to walk in on his website and started posting some of my artwork when he hit the big $10000! Yes, his website , a charitable facebook alternative raised $10000 for charity! That’s great. I had some ideas about making his website look “prettier” for Womyn (well, clearly not the “air-fisting” , censorship-loving angry ones!) and I wanted to see if I could talk to him about the idea of micro-crediting some of the very small social projects I work with; e.g. school books for children in extreme slum areas like HIV slums of Uganda, Nepal, Jamaica, India, Tibet and even Detroit? We are going to get talking once I finish this blog and I get a sense of what he thinks of the idea. He is doing a fantastic job!
For a long time I want to turn Sustain-Able blog into a e-magazine! I even approached my friend Wilfried who used to run the biggest Swiss media corporation and hung out at Fleet Street a lot! He said if I could get it moving to being distributed as a niche, special interest online first, that is the way forward. I had already worked with http://www.spiralmuse.org in San Francisco for over a decade on some of the ways to present & attract niche, empowered, feminine demographics as an NGO! I think there could be a very good match between Jackthedonkey.com’s visions and the diverse content of Sustain-able ?
David I just want to warn you….the universe moves in mysterious ways! If I noticed your work and the kind of positive energy you are sending out…hmm…this thing could get….”rather big”…..shall we try to skype or have a chat on the phone? Since both of us want to raise money for charities that we care about, I think even though you haven’t shaved for 283 days and I am meticulous groomed….hmm…..I’m sure we can find common grounds as people! 🙂
Anyway, for those interested in the idea of “On-line advertising & possible social media with an Ethical Conscience”, do read what David Katz has to say about himself and his work! Join http://www.jackthedonkey.com! I did because Facebook is now truly Evil and full of belligerent, horrible, unreasonable, bullying, vigilante femi-fascist trolls who never lifted a finger to help a charity in their lives! Unlike people like David! 🙂
From David Katz: ” JackTheDonkey.com is a URL I had purchased years ago for personal reasons (tribute to a relativeís ex-husband who is an ass), with the thought that this could one day be used to do some good but I wasnít sure how and it remained dormant. Then a few years ago, with the economies around the world tanking, I started thinking about all of the charities that I cared about and how they were inevitably going to suffer. Given that bailouts were being handed to the banking and automotive industries by governments around the world, I started obsessing about how I could help “bail out” the charities and causes I cared about (eg. MS Society as one of my sisters has MS; Ontario Special Olympics, as I had been a coach and league administrator for them; and many others).
At the time, I saw that social networks were becoming increasingly popular among a mainstream audience. I also recognized that the Internet was creating many opportunities for individuals to click for a cause, through sites such as freekibble.com and freerice.com which cater to specific causes (supporting homeless pets and world hunger respectively).
Then it clicked for me! How about a social network where you can click for the charity of your choice? JackTheDonkey.com makes clicking for a cause social, as you can click for the charity you choose to support when registering with the site while clicking with new people outside of your personal social networking circles (here everyone is your friend!).
When Jack first started rolling out, it was based around sharing “pictures” and “thoughts” to make clicks – but I realized that we needed something more to help connect our movement with those people who traditionally “don’t give a poop about much” – and new indie music (and its ability to connect with individuals) could be the answer…so we started adding iGiveapoop.com on JackTheDonkey.com to add a “musical good” sidekick to our “social network for social good”.
We started refreshing Jack a couple months ago and will be adding another key social networking component in the next couple months that I think differentiates us further in the social network category (beyond the feel good of clicking for a cause).
As for the donations being paid to the charities, up until the past few months, the majority of the dollars earned for the charities had been donated from my wallet and I wasn’t sure how much longer I could afford to run this while keeping a roof over mine and my dogsí heads (this has been self funded).
When I first launched, I gave free ads to friends and family as a means to capture data for potential advertisers. I was seeing strong click throughs, but not much optimism for paying advertisers until we reached ìcritical massî…so I put google ads on knowing that we only got paid each time someone actually clicked on an ad. I was confident that given our historical strong click through rates with non-paying ads, that in time this could be a solution and recently, Iíve started to be proven right! With the changes we have started making to Jack, I’ve seen that the amount of money we are now pulling in from google ad clicks is actually covering the amount being earned for the charities. As you saw, last night we reached $10,000. All signs indicate that we are heading in the right direction!”
Cecilia is a Hong Kong Chinese-Australian Social Entreprneur, Artist, Directors of NGO in Africa, South Ameria, Asia and California who really really likes to "tell it how it is", having travelled to over 40 countries around the world & seen some interesting things every so often.
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