July 2008 Posts

GlobalGiving Tips for Beating the Heat

It;s really hot at GG HQ in Washington, DC.  We’re all a little bit weary, so for fun, I asked all the GG staff in the office today to complete the sentence “It’s so hot…”

 It’s so hot…

…Hot?! It’s not hot.  It’s 117 degrees in Kuwait City.  Now that’s hot. (Joan) 

…I ate hot sauce to cool down. (Cecilia)

…you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. (Tanveer)

…I had some iced VOSS(Robert)

…all three networks’ news anchors have decided to cover Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq not because they think it’s newsworthy, but because they think it’ll be cooler in Iraq. (Michael)

…all the water buffalo at the zoo have evaporated. (Greg)

…that it can be characterized as “wicked” hot. (Alison)

…all I want is a Rita’s mint chocolate chip cream ice. (Marisa)

…I can’t think of anything funny to say. (Kevin)

But, at GlobalGiving, we’re about finding solutions to our problems, so we also compiled a list of GlobalGivers’ favorite ways to beat the heat.

Alison: Hang out in the GG conference room (and play Wii). 

Cecilia: Head over to my friend’s place for Iron Chef Night.  8:00 p.m., see you there!

Tanveer: Go see The Dark Knight at an IMAX theater.

Marisa: Try the cream ice’s at Rita’s.

Michael: Drink plenty of non-alcoholic / non-ceffeinated beverages, and place ice cubes on wrists/ankles/back of the neck.

Wylia: Drink a Mint Julep in the shade with a personal “fanner”

Robert: Drink more water VOSS.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Oh Cecilia

I wanted to welcome new GlobalGiving staffer, Cecilia Snyder.  As you can see by the picture on the right, she’s ready to go!  She is joining our Supply Fortress as the Community Marketing Manager, and we’re excited to have her join the GG Team.

To introduce her to you, our blog readers, I sat down with her and got the answers to some pressing and important issues.

A: What is your name?

C: Cecilia Snyder

A: What attracted you to GlobalGiving?

C: Innovative giving model, especially the idea of local organizations being able to promote themselves to a large audience.

A: Describe yourself in 5 words.

C: Creative, Goofy, Passionate, Musical, …

A: Where have you never been, but would like to go?

C: Petra

A: Pancakes, waffles or French toast?

C: ALL OF THEM

A: What’s your favorite book/TV show/movie?

C: All the President’s Men, Law and Order, All the President’s Men

A: What’s playing on your iPod right now?

C: Beatles

A: Name two interesting facts about you.  Name one untrue thing.  Put them in any order.

C: I was a rock n’ roll singer in high school.  I have pet ferrets.   I grew up all over the world.

A: What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?

C: Double Tall Latte

A: What’s your favorite board game?

C: Scrabble

A: What’s your favorite karaoke song?

C: Anything by ABBA

A: Do you have any hidden talents?

C: Hmmm. I am GREAT at Charades.

Hot Town, Summer in the City

I like music. Despite my apparent obsession with U2, I do actually listen to other music.

And when this auction for Jimmy Buffett tickets, with 10% of the proceeds going to GlobalGiving, popped up in my email, I went to YouTube and started listening to Margaritaville.

Sometimes songs will remind me of experiences, places, people, or just a particular point in time. And there’s no better example of that reminder than songs of summer. The following 5 songs are distinctly summery to me.   

Feel free to comment with your own musical summer reminders; I’d love to hear them!

5. Bananarama – Cruel Summer

4. Madonna – La Isla Bonita

3. U2 – Beautiful Day (had to have at least one reference)

2. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime

1. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City

Mapping Media (beyond the world atlas)

A little under one month ago I attended AU’s Beyond Broadcast 2008: Mapping Public Media conference. The one-day session looked at using mapping as a tool for engagement and storytelling. These informative and aesthetically-pleasing maps definitely speak for themselves – a few of my favorites were: NPR’s 2008 Election Map, Stamen’s OaklandCrimespotting.net, and Linkfluence’s Presidential Watch ’08.

I also ran into Mapufacture.com’s Andrew Turner, who mentioned he’d just created a very cool Global Charities map featuring some Kiva loans, as well as GlobalGiving’s New Projects and Recently-Updated Projects.

The Future of Philanthropy: Giving 2.0

From the Stanford Social Innovation Review posted a very nice article about philanthropy. 

 On full disclosure, GlobalGiving is mentioned in the article.