So I’ve been thinking a lot about Summer and what it means. For many summer is warmth and more sunlight, longer days. For some it’s summer vacation and freedom, for others it’s a chance to start a new activity when it’s not cold or the schedules aren’t overflowed with back-to-school madness.
I thought about The Causemopolitan, the type of information that I want to be sharing with YOU. Many times people have been asking me about how to get involved in giving back and where to start. How to get inspired to finally take the first step to giving back.
I had an aha moment.
I’d like to introduce you to Cause It’s Summer. A fun new series on The Causemopolitan where guest bloggers tell THEIR stories and share their reasons of what giving back means to them, where to start, and how to get involved TODAY.
Posts this summer will include how-tos, reflections on personal experiences from starting a nonprofit to changing careers and include many ideas, tips and go-get-ems that you need to get thinking, “Hmm, maybe now is MY time to give back too.” So be on the lookout every THURSDAY starting tomorrow June 17th for this special “Cause It’s Summer” series.
If you’re interested in contributing, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My inspiration for this series goes out:
* Karen Bantuveris who asked me to be part of her summer guest blogger series on Volunteer Spot. Since meeting Karen in March, barely a week has gone by that we haven’t been in contact and I love her ideas for giving back.
* Chris Brogan always talks about take what you are saying in email and saying to friends and make it a blog post because if two or five of your circle are talking about something it probably has value to the world at large. Share it and then everyone can see it. This summer series is a homage to that school of thought.
* Beth Kanter who is the ultimate inspiration for how to inspire others to give back. But more than that, I remember a few summers back she was moving from the East Coast to the West Coast and had a bunch of guest bloggers on her site during her travels. I thought what a great way to keep your blog going, while telling other stories, while engaging your readers and audience.
* Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom. I’m certainly NOT a mom, but I do have a thing for moms and for mommy bloggers. I love their close-knit circle and warm luscious photos of their kids and fun craft projects. I love the way they share with each other. Design Mom ran a series (on hiatus from the birth of her 6th child!!) to tell stories of other moms. I’ve read a bunch of them. I was so moved. I wanted to create a series with the same emotional experience.
Week 1: Dear New Orleans, I’m Yours by Robert Fogarty of Evacuteer
Week 2: Open Up and Say Ah by Joey Soto of Soto Yoga
Week 3: Shop For A Cause by Tori Mistick of Eco-Fashionista
Week 4: On Volunteering In The Summer (And Beyond) by Susan McPherson of Fenton
Week 5: The Impact Of Traveling Abroad by Drew Myers of “Oh Hey World”
Week 6: Daily Dose of Inspiration: The Changemakers Series by Olivia Khalili of Cause Capitalism
Week 7: A Creative Society Is A Prosperous Society! by Ryan Fix of Pure Projects
Week 8: A Do Good, Feel Good Summer Reading List by Emily Goligoski of The San Franista
Week 9: Khaki-Wearing Westerners Do Not Have The Answers by Milena Arciszewski of Pando Projects
Week 10: Challenge Post: The Allure of a Challenge by Alexa Brandt, Babson MBA Student and ChallengePost summer intern
Week 11: 826LA Heats Up by Laura Hertzfeld of News Vagabond
Week 12: Giving Back: Green Eggs & Chocolate by Andrew Seely of Melts In Your Pocket
Week 13: The Journey Of A Foster Child Is Not An Easy One by Stephanie Schneider of XPrize and Paisley Petunia