Fact: Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day with nearly half the world’s population (2.8 billion) living on less than $2 a day.
If you want to do something about poverty, here are some steps. First, check out the official site for more information and ways you can help.
Second, follow the Stand Up, Speak Out campaign on Twitter.
More info from my good friend, Whurley:
Now, on to the actual day. There are three ways to get your hands dirty on Oct. 17, 2007:
* Organize a local “Stand Up” event
* Attend a pre-existing event in your area
* Visit the Web site (www.standagainstpoverty.org) and participate in a “virtual” Stand Up
So, you might ask, why are we only spreading awareness by standing up? Love or hate the UN, we can all agree this is a great cause. I love the idea but was left wondering, what happens once everyone stands up? After all, the name ain’t Stand Up â€” it’s Stand Up, Speak Out. So where’s the speaking out? UN? Anyone? If we’re all going to raise awareness, shouldn’t we take this opportunity to actually make a difference? Can we finally follow through and actually speak out?
So here’s my idea. We create a BarCamp-like event in communities around the globe where groups can meet for the stand up and then make with the talking and have an open discussion/brainstorm session about improving conditions in their locale. In fact, I am one step ahead of you; I already put up the site. So go to the wiki. Add your local BarCampSpeakOut and/or Stand Up. Add your own ideas. Get things going in the comments on this post. I’ll make sure they’re added right away.
What are you still sitting there for? Get to cutting, pasting, and linking.
Source of most of this info, super Whurley.
I support this cause, and I hope you will as well.
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