Great Example of an Advocacy Widget: 18seconds.org

first_img18seconds.org, has a great widget available at their website. It is a great example of how to spread the word about your cause while inspiring others to take action! It is part of an awareness raising campaign about switching to CFL light blubs. Any user can customize the widget to give me the information by state, city, or zip code.The 18seconds.org CFL Summit took place on February 22, 2007 and was held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San José, CA. The Summit, hosted by coalition partner Yahoo!Currently, there is a lot of attention on global warming and energy efficiency in the United States, and the Summit organizers believe that we can capitalize on this momentum to bring CFLs to the tipping point.It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a CFL. This group of activists is formalizing an effort to make the CFL the bulb of choice for America by creating the 18Seconds Coalition – a cross-sector “network of networks.” The coalition is open to organizations, elected officials, corporations, nonprofits and individuals that want to champion the CFL cause as a means to save money, promote energy awareness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The 18Seconds.org website, built by Yahoo! is a tool to track nationwide CFL purchases by metropolitan area and state. Any organization can easily download the “badge,” which draws data from 18Seconds.org and creates a tracker on the organization’s website.It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a CFL. We are formalizing our effort to make the CFL the bulb of choice for America by creating the 18Seconds Coalition – a cross-sector “network of networks.” The coalition is open to organizations, elected officials, corporations, nonprofits and individuals that want to champion the CFL cause as a means to save money, promote energy awareness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/02/18seconds_cfl_s.htmllast_img read more

9 ways freelance women can help each other get ahead

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Patriarchal systems would have us think that women are competitive, jealous of each other, and gossipy. That we don’t want to see each other win.On International Women’s Day this past Friday, I shared a post on my Instagram; a story of the first examples of women’s leadership within the household I grew up in. I shared how seeing role model matriarchs in my family helped define my own leadership trajectory. Part of what I wrote was, “It’s up to us to show each other the way through truth, kindness, and unshakeable courage. Celebrate women’s day today and every day because when she wins, we all win.”That last line, “When she wins, we all win,” seemed to really agree with my followers. I’ve learned over the years that being in service to each other is the only true way create lasting success.So not that you need this list because you’re probably already doing most of these, but here’s my take on nine ways women can help each other get ahead in business.Share resourcesSend boooks, articles, videos, programs, events that you come across to someone in your circle that would benefit from the material.Be a connectorScan your network of contacts and facilitate an introduction between two people who could help each other or benefit from knowing one another.ReferGive out referrals for your favorite women in business. Hand it out like candy!Share it out!When someone in your circle starts a new business, gets featured, or has an event that could benefit from more exposure or awareness, share their news! You can do this by posting, re-posting, or forwarding with a link back to their work.Do business with other women-owned businessesFrom my graphic designer to my tax person, I do business with other women. Seek them out and make it a point to work with them.ListenSometimes we just need to be heard, not for someone to fix things. Offer your full presence and a listening ear.AcknowledgePick five random women from your circle and just send an email or, better yet, pick up the phone with a kind, encouraging, or inspiring word.InvestWomen face more challenges in securing funding than our male counterparts. Consider ways to put your resources to use by investing in women-owned business ventures. I’m beyond grateful to have had an opportunity to invest in a woman-owned venture this year.Give backAll of our progress will be for nothing if we do not empower the next generation of women leaders. Volunteer your time, be a mentor, teach young girls, or delegate a portion of your income to social causes you care about.What is one action you can take on from this list to empower women in your circle? We’re all in this together.Ariane Hunter is the CEO & Founder of Project She Went For Her Dreams. She works with enlightened women and businesses to develop creative brands and build artistic marketing strategies to standout in a meaningful and authentic way.last_img read more