I feel as though we have failed as a society because we were unable to help a man who brought us so much happiness and laughter. And not just Robin Williams, but the 1 in 10 Americans that struggle with depression.
Depression, substance abuse, mental health disorders… they are so elusive to me. I’m fortunate to have never struggled with them myself, but have seen so many close to me fight these demons day after day, year after year. I don’t know how to help.
Right after I found out about Robin Williams’ passing, I had to run to an event for Charity: Water in San Francisco, where they talked about to nearly 1 billion people who do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Each year, dirty water kills more children than war, malaria, HIV/AIDS and traffic accidents combined.
These stories and so many others take a heavy toll on my heart. I keep wondering, “What can I do? What can I do today, tomorrow, next month, next year?”
I can’t save Robin Williams. I don’t have a magic cure for those struggling with depression or substance abuse. But I do have the means (and hopefully the friends) to help bring clean water to those who need it.
Perhaps it’s strange to bring both of this issues together in one post, but as I sit hear watching Dead Poets Society in honor of Robin Williams, his words keep echoing over and over in my head:
"Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary."
Raising money is hardly extraordinary. But providing someone with clean water is one of the most extraordinary things I believe we can do.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams. Thank you all the gifts, laughter, and inspiration you have given me.
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Two major announcements from Facebook today that have now converged into 1 Tumblr post:
- Everyone can now embed Facebook posts onto their website, extending the Facebook experience beyond just Facebook. Added bonus: You can interact with the post directly from whatever website you’re seeing the post on. If you “like” it below, that shows up on the original post… ON FACEBOOK. And you can also like the page where the post comes from. It even embeds the video. #WickedAwesome
- Zuckerberg announced Internet.org today, his new project that aims to provide internet access for everyone in the world. Yes, this will eventually serve his bottom line, since more internet access = more people with the potential to have Facebook access, but this will also have the much bigger affect of providing information to people of all walks of life all over the globe. They are going to work to reduce the cost of internet access, the data required to access, and the electricity needed to charge mobile devices. Information = knowledge, and knowledge=power. People will be able to access Facebook, but they’ll also be able to access THE REST OF THE INTERNET. Including articles that provide information on clean water, how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (heck, all diseases!), and so much more. The possibilities are endless. This is the true definition of shared purpose, in my opinion, where doing something good for the world also does something good for your business. #Amazing.
Woohoo!! So excited about this. Client approvals will be much easier, and it allows you to capture content from more sources and pull that in. Wonderful.
A little over a month ago we launched Video on Instagram, and today we’re happy to bring you our next major app update. We’ve included a few of the most requested features and added something special as well. Here’s what you’ll find in Instagram 4.1:
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The biggest development in dining out, food trucks, is taking the nation by storm with amazing, fresh food, low overhead, and ability to travel and reach a new audience on a daily basis.
Way to go, No Kid Hungry! Can’t wait to get some food trucks involved in Dine Out this September!