Tonight, the usual Thursday LATISM party is about something dear to my heart. Social good. This evening’s Twitter chat will be about doing good with your mobile phone and that go me thinking about some of the possibilities. To be honest, I’ve never really thought of using my phone for doing good in the world. My phone was just my phone to take calls, play games, note take, hop on Foursquare, etc.
I have done some good with it though. A while back Foodbuzz teamed up with Gowalla to donate to Save the Children, and every mobile check-in to a local Certified Farmer’s Market meant a donation to that organization. Being passionate about food, I can’t bear to think of others going hungry so I signed up right away.
It was a fun way to contribute to a cause and a great campaign. Checking into Gowalla’s app every time I went to a Farmer’s Market became a challenge to myself. I went to more markets, made it a point to stop and get off trains to shop at them. Not only did my check-in’s do good with the donations that got sent to Save the Children, my dollars spent at local markets, helped the economy and our community. Ripples in the pond…
Mobile phones make giving easy and much more accessible and seems a natural fit. We’re a mobile society, always on the go and strapped for time. It makes sense that our charity would be mobile as well. Check-in apps like Gowalla and Foursquare seem like games and they are, but can be used for good.
So take a minute, check your phone app store for cause-related apps. Feed a starving child or donate to your favorite charity. Doing good in the world will be food for your soul.
*This is a LATISM-sponsored campaign. Thoughts and opinions are my own.