Story-telling lets us break down one of the other big misconceptions about aid, that it's colonial, a white man's hero mission. In every Save the Children programme that I've visited at least 90% of the staff are from that country and are passionate about what needs to happen to improve life for their fellow citizens.
If you were given US$1 billion dollars, what would you do with it? How much would you keep and how much would you give you charity? It's a powerful question that prompts a lot of different answers and emotions. It's a question that we hope the world will be asking itself from today... but more on that shortly.
Let's face it, we've all heard people making fun of disability. Some comedians even make a habit of making disabled people the butt of cruel, thoughtless jokes. It's not that we can't joke about the subject, but the challenge is to get people to think, to consider the point that comedians are trying to make - the reality behind the humour.
Some of the genealogy societies I belong to are doing an awesome job. Some I can say from my experience are doing not quite so awesome. Some I find downright frustrating. As a result of this and my twenty years in nonprofit fundraising and marketing I offer the following seven simple steps to Genealogy Society Success (at least from Scott's point of view).
I was immensely proud that my challenge raised funds in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. They're are an awesome charity and as many people at some point in their lives are affected by cancer I think people were not only inspired by my efforts during the expedition but really believed in the cause I was trying to help along the way.