My grandfather told me, “There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who talk about doing things. And those who do them.”
For years my best friend and I have wanted to change the world. The only way to do it, we decided, was to stop talking about it.
We created a forum, “Social Discussion” for anything and everything that deals with social change and injustice. As important as writing, sharing articles and re-tweeting video is, we wanted to do more. We felt we needed to get out in the world and meet the people we would write about – hear from them so we can tell their stories to you! So, despite the fact we both have “day jobs,” we decided Nike had the right approach; we’d “Just Do It.”
For the past three months we’ve gotten our hands dirty by helping tell stories that matter. Meeting people, writing and creating our own video content on issues from human trafficking and women’s equality, to domestic violence and clean water possibilities in African villages. We wrote about the conflict in the Middle East (my old home) and homelessness (one of my best friend’s many passions). We’ve met proponents of gay rights and human rights, animal rights and the rights children have been stripped of, being used for slave labor. We covered politics first-hand; the presidential debates and the conventions. And although, we’re not experts on these issues, we care…we have opinions…and there’s nothing wrong with a little “Social Discussion” on matters of humanity.
Nearly 3,300 Tweets and 1,500 Followers later, @Sawworldwide (our Twitter Account) is helping make a difference. Our blog (thesocialdiscussion.wordpress.com) is making an impact, as well. Having been viewed nearly 10,000 times, we’re now followed on five continents and in over 60 countries; Bulgaria, Gambia, Sudan, Pakistan and India. Hong Kong, Morocco, Greece and Korea. Qatar, Norway, Haiti and Sri Lanka. Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Israel, to name a few.
Thank you, all of you! For following. For caring. For joining in Social Discussion. Most importantly, thank you, for helping us change the world! We’ve come a long way in a short period of time – and we have a lot more to do. So here’s to a 2013 of not only making the world a better place, but doing it together.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Peace and Love,
“To change the world, start with one step. However small, the first step is hardest of all.” – Dave Matthews