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Give Good Blog

Give Good Blog \ ˈgiv -ˈgud -ˈbläg\ noun. 1. a commitment, made by online writers and other participants in virtual communities, to principles of good virtual citizenship and to actions reflecting same; a commitment to the use of social media to advance social good, whether by raising awareness of a specific issue, or raising money for a cause, or simply using blogs and/or other social media platform to remind self and others to strive to make some little difference by whatever means available. verb. 1. online activities that adhere to and reflect this commitment.

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I Give Good Blog

My Give Good Blog commitment is threefold: First, to devote some portion of my storytelling efforts in this space (and my other online spaces) to tell stories that support or promote causes that are important to me – to continue to speak narrative truth to power in support of muscular dystrophy awareness (for my nephew, Tanner), to promote awareness of post-partum depression and to support any and all causes related to maternal and child health. I’m also passionately committed to raising awareness about how HIV and AIDS affects mothers and children in the developing world, and I've worked with the Global Fund and their Born HIV Free project and with mothers2mothers to get those stories into the flow of discussion on the Internet (you can read my posts on that on my trip to Lesotho to see Born HIV Free funding in action in this stream.) If you want to a reason to support that cause in a one-minute musical burst, check this out. Second, to ensure that any and all partnerships with or participation in corporate projects (basically, anything that yields payment or gifts or desirable opportunity to me) yield some form of social good – whether assistance in generating resources and/or awareness for one of my causes or for social responsibility generally, or actual contribution of funds or nice things or what-have-you to people or organizations that need them more than I do (as I describe in this post.) Three, to promote the idea that those of us with any kind of media platform have a responsibility to use those platforms for good. I’ve written extensively on using social media to promote and support social good: this is one such post. This is another. Technorati interviewed me on the subject; you can catch that interview at their State Of The Blogosphere 2010 site. I’ve also written extensively on the idea that mom blogging – promotion of specific causes aside – is a revolutionary and feminist act, and so is itself a form of social good. You can catch up on some of those posts in this stream. Do you Give Good Blog? Let me know – I’d love to hear about it. Do you want to? This is the space in which I cover the hows and whys and wherefores of Giving Good Blog, so read on...

And Then A Hero Comes Along

September 20, 2011

Here’s something that I said yesterday: “Being a mom is the closest you’ll ever get to feeling like a superhero.” I said it in response to something that Christy Turlington Burns said about the remarkable experience that one has, when one becomes a mother, of suddenly finding oneself able to move figurative mountains, that moment or series of moments when one realizes that, as impossible as it seems, one can feed other human beings with one’s own body and go days without sleep and lift multiple children in a single arm and just keep going, even when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed and your heart and brain are exploding, you can just keep going. Christy was making a point about how the work that we do as mothers lends itself to other work, more global work, the work of making the world better place. We can do this, she said, we do do this, because it’s just what we do.

We were talking about this, because we were speaking on a panel at the WIE (Women, Inspiration and Enterprise) Symposium on the topic of moms and social change, and, of course, one of the obvious questions that comes up when you talk about mom s and social change is how does one do it? One does it by doing it, obviously, but when we talk about just doing it (do it because you want to make the world a better place for your children, do it because you want to help other moms, do it because becoming a mom made you recognize just how lucky you are, do it because your grew three sizes the day that you had children and you just need to put that heart-power somewhere, do it because it matters, do it because it’s urgent), are we not, maybe, complicating the discourse of motherhood a little? (Continue reading this post at Bad Mother Confidential…)

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Somos Todas Blogueras

August 2, 2011

I need your help. Well, not me. This woman. She’s supposed to be in San Diego this week, receiving an award from BlogHer for her important work, and she might not be, because of her important work. It’s complicated, but also not: Yoani Sanchez is a blogger, in Cuba, and her work is important, and [...]

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We Are All Habiba

June 9, 2011

This is a horrible, horrible story: On Saturday the 4th of June ago a well known Spanish children’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ibone Olza, who also works for the main organization in Spain that campaigns to protect the rights of women and children at birth, “El Parto es Nuestro” (Birth is ours). Informed some of us via [...]

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“It’s Our Prayer That You Be Examples To Others”

May 2, 2011

Mother’s Day is this coming weekend, which means that I will, this week, be thinking of something to do for my mom, and for my sister, and for other mothers that I love, and that I’ll be telling my husband to get me flowers instead of chocolates and maybe a reservation for a nice night [...]

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Stand In The Place Where You Drop Your Chocolate Nibs

March 16, 2011

That’s me, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto – which is, let it be known, a stadium – with a spotlight on me, and a microphone. And a tutu, of course. And a toddler, who couldn’t understand why Mommy got to stand right at the ice in the spotlight and he didn’t, because, seriously, if [...]

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I Can See Your Halo

February 24, 2011

Today, I’m flying to New Jersey, because New Jersey is awesome, but also because Johnson & Johnson is there, and I kind of work for them – as a social media ambassador slash advisor on all things related to moms in social media using social media for social good, which is one of those job [...]

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The Heart Is A Muscle (Pass It On)

January 31, 2011

From my sister: I read and reread the comments to all of my sister’s posts about Tanner. I do follow them but have never made one myself. I am a strong woman and a mother… I thought I knew what I was capable of, I thought I could beat my demons by pushing my body [...]

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You And I Were Meant To Fly, And, Also Tweet (On Wheelchairs And Internets And Raising Our Voices, Oh My)

January 19, 2011

Once upon a time, in an Internet far, far away – which is to say, 6 months ago – I tweeted about Air Canada. I tweeted about them a few times, actually – I tweeted that they’d broken my nephew’s wheelchair, and I tweeted that they were working to replace it, and then I tweeted [...]

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I Have Decided To Stick With Love

January 17, 2011

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Thus spake Martin Luther King. Sort of. He actually said this:

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Women Are Heroes. WE Are Heroes.

January 13, 2011

This film was previewed at TED Women in December. I was there. I cried. I also laughed – a lot – but the crying really ruined my make-up, so. They were good tears, though: this is a moving, inspiring, empowering film. You should try to see it. It was released yesterday. Really, find some way [...]

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