I came across this story yesterday and the more I think about about, the more it inspires me to move forward with some of the things I’m working on (look here over the next few weeks for details) This kid is a 7th grader from New Jersey who got involved in raising funds – and awareness – for autism research through his hockey team.Â Check out his site here: http://assistfrombubba.com/ He has several convenient methods by which you can make a donation (do so).Â Even if you don’t make a donation, take his story as inspiration to make a difference.Â In something.
The story behind how Bono decided to “…help” has been told before.Â This post is about how serious that help has become, to the point that it (and he) are at the actual and spiritual center of a series of initiatives that will positively affect tens of millions of people, and perhaps even hundreds of millions. Here’s a great [graphic from the NYT] illustrating the four organizations which Bono leads, co-founded, or to which he lends his celebrity: Wow.Â I love U2 and would enjoy meeting Bono as a fan of his music.Â I passed simple fandom a while back, though, and now would be humbled to meet Bono – the man driving this sphere of influence & social change.
If you live in the US, don’t forget to vote tomorrow. If you don’t like where we’re going, vote. If you don’t like where we’ve been, vote. If you love where we’re going and where we’ve been, vote. The only way to change or endorse directions is to vote. So vote. And while you’re at it, tell your future leaders what you want to see changed. Here’s a re-publishing of a message I received this morning from ONE: Dear John, Tomorrow, as American citizens, we will vote.
I noticed that the mainstream media did very little (relatively) reporting of the school shooting last week in Bailey, Colorado. Perhaps because there was yet another later in the week to report… I specifically noticed that none – not a one – of the blogs to which I subscribe made any mention of it. I’m incredily saddened to think we have become so accustomed to this that we simply have nothing else to say, and therefore tend to remain silent.
Yesterday, an as yet unidentified man walked into a high school in Bailey Colorado, took over a classroom and ultimately killed a student before killing himself.
With the exception of some front-page banners and badges for One.org and DATA, and a posting about my genuine admiration for Bono back during Live 8, this blog has been incredibly apolitical.
First of all, No – this isn’t a metaphor. There really *is* a porcupine in the bush.