Will 2018 be the year you turn doing good into a pursuit? There’s no one right way to give. Here are a couple of ideas to get going.
In a year defined by floods and fires, chef José Andrés has become the face of feeding the devastated and displaced. He has mobilized 16,000 volunteers and a network of 140 chefs to serve more than 3 million meals in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and Houston. In early December, he was coordinating relief efforts in Los Angeles from across the country in Miami.
His motto is simple: action before planning. “When you have people who are hungry, you don’t have time to sit down at a table and make plans,” he says. “If you’re lucky, it happens at the same time. But probably the planning is after. Big agencies don’t activate quickly enough.”
Be your own evangelist
Jason Flom, chief executive officer of Lava Records and founding board member of the Innocence Project, takes criminal justice reform to the airwaves with Wrongful Conviction.
The podcast, now up to almost 50 episodes, is an offshoot of Flom’s two-decade-long support for the Innocence Project, an organization founded by lawyer Barry Scheck that uses DNA science to overturn wrongful convictions. “It has the goal of exonerating people who were factually innocent,” Flom says, “and changing policies so these things don’t happen with such alarming frequency.” Although he’d spent considerable energies at the Innocence Project as both a fundraiser and board member for decades, in 2016 he wanted to find a way to leverage his digital savvy to spread the message. The best option, he reasoned, would be a podcast.
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