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July 12, 2010


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Elizabeth Cottrell

Excellent cause...Seth Godin supported it as well when he asked supporters to honor his "non-birthday" with a donation.

Robbin Phillips

Hi Paul. Great way to get the ball rolling. Let's use social media for good this week.

Paull Young

Hi Paul,

Another Paull here (though I've got 2 Ls) from charity: water.

Thanks for supporting us! Looking forward to meeting you at the conference.

Paul Chaney

Thanks for your comments Elizabeth, Robbin, and Paull. I'm motivated to help for two reasons: 1) I <3 the need to respond to this challenge and 2) I have great respect for Andy and am honored that he would request my support.

In 1996, I had the opportunity to go to Haiti on a church-related mission trip. We worked with an agency that also dug wells in rural villages, wells that provided clean water that made the difference between health and disease, and possibly life and death.

I drank from those wells alongside the villagers. I shared the simple fare of rice and fish provided by the villagers out of their meager coffers. For a brief, blessed period of time, I walked in their shoes and I am forever changed as a result. This is the least I can do. But, it is not all that I will do.

Paull, as to the conference, jury is still out on that one, but I'm hopeful I can make it.

Denise Wakeman

Hi Paul, I'm happy to help you help Andy. My primary charitable cause is Doctors without Borders who I've been supporting for years with a monthly donation. My other cause is Kiva.org where I have a lending team and am shooting for $10K in micro loans to support entrepreneurs world-wide. http://kivachallenge.com

Paul Chaney

Thank you Denise. As soon as I get this challenge accomplished, I'll assist you with yours. I'm thinking it's not a bad idea to make part of my business model a focus on using social media for social good. That's always been in my heart you know. Way back in 05 I spent two weeks solid after Katrina just blogging about the hurricane, finding resources, etc.

Truth be told, I even had a shot at becoming the social media manager for a large non-profit focused on developing nations, but it would have required a major move, which I was not prepared to do at the time. Still, this is big in my heart as I know it is in yours.

I don't want my epitaph to read "Hel made a lot of money using social media for marketing." I'd much rather it read, "He made a difference in this world."

Web Wizards

Hi Paul, I am glad I can help spread the word about your social media for wells article. I have tweeted it on http://twitter.com/webdesigntips to my 10,700 followers and on my blog post at my website http://www.webwizards.com.au

Paul Chaney

And I want to thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate it very, very much. I only wish more people shared your concern.


There are so many things that we take for granted that millions of people don't have. Water is one. Thanks for saving lives Paul. You have all my support!

Paul Chaney

Thank you Stefan for helping in this worthwhile cause. "If there is any good that we can do, let us do it now."

Des Walsh

I posted about it back in July http://deswalsh.com/2010/07/13/social-media-enlisted-to-provide-water-in-developing-countries/ . I see the site is showing almost 20% achieved with 30 days to go. Is there any push to boost that at the moment?

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