“Make it a rule… never to lie down at night without being able to say, “I have made one human being at least a little wiser, a little happier or a little better this day.” – Charles Kingsley.
As beautiful as this quote is in meaning, sadly, regardless of how hard we try and due to our heavily loaded, work burdened and responsibility strained lifestyles, we always find ourselves lacking in the “giving” and “charity” departments.
However, it goes without saying that when there is a will, there is a way and social media might just be the solution to our time deprived schedules, especially when it comes to dedicating time to causes whether they be charity related or otherwise.
Therefore, the questions that need to be asked at this stage are the following: Is social media sufficient for bringing about change worldwide? Which social media channels and tools are actively involved in promoting causes? And how do we make the best of these in the little time we have within our daily routine?
The Power of Social Media Lies Within its Viral Element
Whether we are trying to bring an end racism, promote environmental awareness, protect children’s rights or achieve any other cause, I tremendously believe in the power that social media possesses in its ability to make things happen simply because social media is very viral!
Depending on the platform you choose to subscribe to and use, I bet there is always a way to get your cause related message across to your audience way faster than any news channel or regular billboard campaign!
The key is the geographically dispersed multi-cultural educated and intellectual audience and the ability to build trust and attract them to listen and even play a role in making a change.
5 Fast, Simple & Efficient Ways for Using Social Media to Bring about World Change:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.
- Make use of the Power of Tweets: Twitter is a popular social media channels with millions of users spread world wide. Make your tweets count! A few cause related tweets daily posted by each of us can make a difference: at least we feel united at some level! Example: #haleighcummings Support Awareness • Pls RT • 3 Missing Children • add a #twibbon to your avatar now! – http://bit.ly/2KzCdm
- Participate in Cause Dedicated Groups: Facebook has hundreds of them. All you need to do is choose a cause you empathize with or feel strongly for/against and actively participate in them through discussions, posting related images and videos and physically participating in events, when and if possible.
- Discover Social Media Related Sites & Tools: The first site that come to mind here is Twibbon which is a simple platform which links causes to Twitter through simple variously styled ribbons placed on your avatar. It takes no time at all and somehow has the ability to bring people closer together in their quest for a better world.
- Don’t Underestimate the Power of Sharing: Whether it be through social media channels or bookmarking sites, keep an eye opened for various articles that others share about several cause related issues. You will be surprised at the number of children and women related stories I read every day on Mixx, not to mention the other articles related to environmental awareness and human right violations all around the world!
- Be as Creative as Possible: May it be Flickr, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or your personal blog, there are a hundred ways in which you can really make a difference! A short cause related funny or emotional clip posted on Youtube targets millions of people’s attention. Posting a short story on your blog or a news clipping that you felt needs to be shared can also move people. Small efforts have the potential to grow into big outcomes!
Finally, I Urge You to Remember This:
“The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the man who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has none; the money which you hoard in the bank belongs to the poor. You do wrong to everyone you could help, but fail to help.” St. Basil the Great.
If you have any other ideas you’d like to share for a better world, please don’t hesitate to do so below.