“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
The growth of social media has transformed the world and the way people can interact forever. Time and distance are no longer prohibitive to connecting people with shared interests or beliefs. You can help change the world with the click of a button.
Similar to how Compete Every Day is built to inspire you with stories of competitors and causes competing to change the world, HopeMob is out to change the world for the better. Created by Shaun King, HopeMob is out to “find those in need, tell their story, and then mob them with goodness, one cause at a time.” The group has assembled over 1,000 volunteers from all over the world in helping change the world.
“If Mother Teresa built a platform with the tech base of Groupon, Foursquare, and Netflix and the heart of CNN Heroes, it would look like HopeMob” – HopeMob.org website.
Shaun created the site as a way to provide social giving for those in need as well spotlight the untold stories of people needing and getting help. “People that want to give time and money don’t feel good about their current options. People that are in need don’t have the time or social network (to find help),” said Shaun. With the help of Kickstarter, HopeMob was funded in February 2012.
Like the social community Reddit, users of HopeMob can vote causes up to higher popularity rankings, allowing them to get into the “Featured” category. Once “Featured,” stories can receive donations. Shaun was quick to share that every dollar donated goes to the cause but that not “every need will be monetary.” Some may be awareness for a cancer patient wanting Facebook fans or an unemployed person needing job interviews.
Want to get involved with HopeMob? Be sure to check out their currently featured stories and start helping. It only takes the click of your mouse!